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Chemical Plant Security: An Evolving Field

chem securityShortly after 9/11 there was considerable worry about attacks on U.S. chemical plants. So far no plants have been attacked but is that just dumb luck or are we doing something right? This article will look at the nature of the threat, what’s currently available to protect plants, how industrial control systems are dealing with cyber-security threats, and what to expect in the future.


Purging Gas Lines in All the Wrong Places

explosionIt is important to make sure that gas supply lines contain nothing but gas before the equipment they feed is started. Unfortunately, there seems to have been little guidance or regulation on how this should be done, and sometimes the pipes are purged (in pipeline work the process is called blowdown) into the interior of a building. With all that gas around just a spark can blow the place up. The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) cites a number of explosions dating back to 1997 caused by improper purging - practices that were in most cases allowable under prevailing regulations.

Mining: Polarized by Cash

miningLeading up to publication of Valve Magazine’s 2010 Market Outlook cover story (mid-October), we take a look at a few of the industries that we did not have room to address in the print edition, but are available for our readers here on ValveMagazine.com. We previously covered the pulp & paper and commercial construction markets.

Pulp & Paper: Losing Battle with Electronics, But Opportunities Remain

papermillLeading up to publication of Valve Magazine’s 2010 Market Outlook cover story (mid-October), we take a look at a few of the industries that we did not have room to address in the print edition, but are available for our readers here on ValveMagazine.com. We begin with pulp & paper. Check back in the next couple of weeks for forecasts on commercial construction and mining, which were among the many industries addressed at VMA’s Market Outlook Workshop, held Aug. 13-14, 2009.

Water Infrastructure: Show Us the Money

arra_sealThe federal government’s vigorous attempts to get the economy moving are producing gushers of money for water projects of all types. The American Recovery Reinvestment Act of 2009 allocates large amounts to water infrastructure, but it’s far from the only source: There’s the Water Quality Investment Act of 2009, changes to the tax law to allow more money for private activity bonds for water projects, and a good number of other water-related bills. Add to that a long list of earmarks sending money to legislators’ home districts and you have a lot of money. The trick is to ferret it out. In this article, we’ll try to bring things up to date on what's been happening legislatively with the water infrastructure.

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