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OSHA ComDust Rule Way Past Due: CSB Chief

By Rich Christianson Posted: 07/26/2014 4:42PM

The combustible dust explosion that claimed three lives at AL Metal in 2010 underscores the need for a national combustible dust standard, according to Rafael Moure-Eraso, chairperson of the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB).


Lumber Liquidators Sued for CARB Violation: Formaldehyde Flooring

By Alex Keown Posted: 07/23/2014 11:58AM

A lawsuit filed against Lumber Liquidators says Chinese-made flooring sold by the company emits formaldehyde at levels far above the level requiring cancer warnings under California law.


Registration Opens for 3rd Annual Wood Tech Summit

Posted by Rich Christianson | Posted: 07/22/2014 1:15PM

Registration is now open for the third annual Wood Tech Summit Leadership Conference, Oct. 9-10 at the Woodworking Centre of Ontario located on the campus of Conestoga College, one-hour southwest of Toronto’s Pearson International Airport.


CSB Video: Combustible Dust - Solutions Delayed

Posted by Rich Christianson | Posted: 07/22/2014 11:36AM

The Chemical Safety Board released this video July 16 following the release of its investigation of the fatal 2010 combustible dust explosion at the AL Solutions metal recycling facility in New Cumberland, WV.




A.R.E. Launches Web Portal for Retail Trends and News

By Elizabeth Fuhrman Posted: 07/16/2014 2:48PM

The Association for Retail Environments (A.R.E.) created a new website portal that features news, trends, commentary, member projects and products in one place.


USDA Funds Rural Wood-to-Energy Projects with $3.75 Million

Posted: 07/15/2014 2:55PM

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the award of more than $2.5 million in grants to develop wood energy teams in 11 states and an additional $1.25 million for nine wood energy projects.


Creative DIYers are Pushing Sale of Home Improvement Products

Posted By Elizabeth Fuhrman | Posted: 07/14/2014 3:51PM

Consumers are buying more home improvement products with an anticipated 6.9 percent growth from 2014 to 2015, according to the Home Improvement Research Institute.


Wood-to-Gasoline Plant Hits Financial Troubles

By Bill Esler Posted: 07/13/2014 6:30PM

KiOR, which converts wood and other cellulosic fibers into gasoline, said in an SEC filing it is unable to make a $1.8 million loan payment to a state agency that funded it, and has retained advisors to develop strategies, including possible sale.


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