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Drinking Water Systems Imperiled by Failing Infrastructure

By Ryan J Foley DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Deep inside a complex of huge tanks, drinking water for Iowa’s capital city is constantly cleansed of the harmful nitrates that come from the state’s famously rich farmland. Without Des Moines Water Works, the region of 500,000 people that it serves wouldn’t have a thriving economy […]

Wyoming Proposes To Increase Oil, Gas Well Bonding

By Mead Gruver CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming regulators propose to increase the amount of bond petroleum companies must post in case they ever walk away from their oil and gas wells and leave the state with the task of plugging and cleaning them up. The proposed rule change — among several related to oil […]

Rail Maintenance Project Delayed on Weak Crude Oil Demand

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — The weak demand for crude oil and ethanol has delayed construction of a proposed $30.9 million rail car maintenance facility in northwest Iowa. The Sioux City Journal reports that local officials believe the TrinityRail project will still be built in Sioux City once shipments rebound. The 150,000-square-foot facility was supposed […]

Bringing on the Heat

Oven and dryer OEMs can benefit significantly by teaming with suppliers to specify infrared elements Infrared heating technology has become prevalent among industrial ovens, dryers and heaters used by a multitude of industries ranging from metalworking, thermoforming and printing, to the manufacture of adhesives or pulp and paper. The OEMs who manufacture these ovens and […]

Missouri College Students Tout Tornado-Resistant Solar Home

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — College students in southwestern Missouri have helped develop a portable solar-powered home they believe can withstand the most powerful of tornadoes, thanks to a triple layer of “armored” exterior walls. Using assistance from architecture professors, students at Springfield’s Drury University and Neosho’s Crowder College designed the prototype home that’s bound for […]