Equipment issues cause two air releases in PA

Port Arthur saw two large air releases in four days from major companies experiencing issues with equipment at their sites.

The first occurred midmorning on Sept. 19 when crews at the Total Port Arthur Refinery discovered a leak at a storage tank in its tank farm that was leaking material.

In a self-reported notice to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Total estimated that almost 700 pounds of unspecified volatile organic compounds had been released during the nine-hour event.

VOCs are compounds usually found in burning fuels and are considered dangerous to human health.

The company reported that the leak was repaired and the site was cleaned by 7 p.m.

In an email, representatives from Total said the company had no further comment about the incident.

Four days later on Sept. 22, Motiva experienced an issue with one of its units at its chemical plant that caused it to flare

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NASA releases Artemis mission plans to return astronauts to the moon

  • NASA just unveiled its first full plan for its Artemis program, a series of missions to return people to the moon for the first time since 1972.
  • The program would launch an uncrewed mission around the moon in 2021, followed by a crewed moon flyby in 2023, then a lunar landing in 2024.
  • The plan also calls for NASA and other agencies to set up a lunar base. 
  • But NASA needs $28 billion over the next four years to make Artemis happen.
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NASA has released its first full plan for its Artemis missions, which aim to put the first woman on the moon and the first man since 1972. 

The plan calls for a lunar landing in 2024, but before that, NASA intends to launch two other missions to the moon to test its new Orion spacecraft.

“Our plan to land the first

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Microsoft releases new technology to combat manipulated media

Microsoft on Tuesday rolled out two new technologies aimed at identifying and combatting the influence of manipulated media.

One, the Microsoft Video Authenticator, can analyze photos and videos and give a percentage chance that they have been artificially changed, the company said in a blog post.

The other includes technology helping creators add digital hashes and certificates to content made in Microsoft as well as a reader that can check those hashes and certificates.

Ideally, those two pieces would help users know the creator of content and be able to verify it has not been changed.

Microsoft also announced Tuesday that it is partnering with the nonprofit AI Foundation to make the new video authentication software available to news outlets and political campaigns.

The software company is also partnering with the BCC, CBC and The New York Times on a new project to test its authentication technology.

Lawmakers and experts

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