Berlin en EPA To Hold Public Hearing On Cleanup Of Chlor-Alkali Superfund Site <div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The public has a chance to learn about cleanup proposals at a former chemical plant in northern New Hampshire that was named a federal Superfund site in 2005. &nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The </span>Chlor-Alkali<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> site is along the east bank of the </span>Androscoggin<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> River in Berlin. The plant had supported the production of paper in local mills. Mon, 26 May 2014 14:55:40 +0000 Associated Press 49181 at Half The Wood For Berlin Biomass Coming From New Hampshire <p>About 51 percent of the wood purchased for the new Burgess BioPower biomass plant in Berlin during its first two months of operation came from New Hampshire, according to a new “sustainability” <a href="">report</a>&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">filed with the state’s Site Evaluation Committee.</span></p><p>Thirty-five percent came from Maine.</p><p>Five percent from Vermont.</p><p>Eight percent from Massachusetts.</p><p>And "one truck load" came from Canada.</p> Fri, 23 May 2014 18:50:32 +0000 Chris Jensen 49065 at OSHA Claims Some Berlin Biomass Contractors Put Workers At Risk <p>Federal officials say six companies building a biomass plant in Berlin have put workers at risk by not following safety regulations.</p><p>The Occupational Health and Safety Administration proposes fining the companies&nbsp;about $280,000&nbsp;for thirty-one “willful, serious and repeat violations of workplace safety standards.”</p><p>“These hazards included potential cave-ins, falls, scaffold collapse, crushing, exposure to lead and electrocution hazards,” said OSHA spokesman Ted Fitzgerald.</p><p>Fitzgerald said there were no serious injuries or deaths.</p> Mon, 21 Oct 2013 19:16:28 +0000 Chris Jensen 37131 at Berlin Biomass Contractor Accused Of Fraud <p>The company in charge of building a huge biomass plant in Berlin is suing one of its contractors claiming fraud.</p><p>But a spokesman for the plant’s owner - Berlin Station - says it should still open late this year, right on schedule.</p><p>NHPR’s Chris Jensen has this report.</p><p>The<a href=""> suit was filed in federal district court in New York</a> by Babcock &amp; Wilcox Construction Company.</p> Sat, 08 Jun 2013 11:59:45 +0000 Chris Jensen 29101 at A Meeting To Help Fill 255 Jobs At Berlin's Federal Prison <p>The new federal prison in Berlin still has plenty of jobs to fill and there&rsquo;s a chance next Tuesday to learn more about them.</p><p>NHPR&rsquo;s Chris Jensen reports.</p><p></p><p>With 255 jobs at the new federal prison still available a job fair is planned next Tuesday in Berlin.</p><p>Officials from the Bureau of Prisons will be answering questions,&nbsp; says Diana Nelson, with New Hampshire Employment Security.</p> Wed, 11 Jul 2012 15:03:57 +0000 Chris Jensen 8555 at Federal Prison In Berlin Hiring, Expecting First Prisoners <p>After several delays the new federal prison in Berlin is getting closer to opening and hiring is underway.</p><p>NHPR&rsquo;s Chris Jensen has an update.</p><p></p><p>The first prisoners &ndash; about 50 minimum security inmates - could arrive at the federal correctional institute in Berlin as early as the end of August, says Judith Nichols, the prison&rsquo;s spokeswoman.</p><p>But that could be pushed back because there is still plenty of hiring to do.</p><p>&ldquo;We are looking to fill 341 positions. We currently have 86 staff that have been hired.&rdquo;</p> Wed, 11 Jul 2012 11:06:18 +0000 Chris Jensen 8531 at Man Killed in Berlin Fire Was Trying To Fight It <p>The man who died in a fire in Berlin Sunday was Edward Wedge, according to a news release from Troop F.</p><p>Wedge, 73, died of smoke inhalation, according to an autopsy conducted Monday</p><p>Investigators believe Wedge was working on a vehicle in his garage and it appears he tried to fight the fire.</p><p>In a written statement State Fire Marshal J. William Degnan said people should not attempt to fight fire in a building.</p><p>&ldquo;You have as little as three minutes to escape a fire once it begins in your home,&rdquo; he said.</p><p></p> Mon, 09 Jul 2012 23:06:03 +0000 Chris Jensen 8428 at Fatal Fire in Berlin <p>A&nbsp;body was found in a burned-out garage in Berlin Sunday afternoon, according to a news release from state and local fire officials.</p><p>The fire was reported in a garage at 16 Williamson Avenue about 12:30.</p><p>The garage was engulfed in flames when the fire department arrived and the body &nbsp;was found after the fire was extinguished.</p><p>The name of the victim was not&nbsp;released and an autopsy is scheduled for Monday.</p><p>Fire officials said they are still investigating the cause of the fire but there&#39;s a possibility repairs were being made to a vehicle.</p><p></p> Mon, 09 Jul 2012 01:06:48 +0000 Chris Jensen 8354 at The City That Trees Built Loses Its "Little Trees" Plant And More Jobs <p>&nbsp;</p><p>After about 25 years the Car-Freshner plant in Berlin is closing.</p><p>Judy Piarulli, an official at Car-Freshner&rsquo;s headquarters in Watertown, N.Y., &nbsp;declined to say how many workers are losing their jobs.</p><p>But Diana Nelson, an official with New Hampshire Employment Security office in Berlin, said 46 workers were laid off.</p><p>She said another 24 part-time workers lost their jobs in February.</p><p>The plant makes the <a href="">Little Trees</a> brand of air fresheners typically seen hanging from rear-view mirrors.</p> Wed, 18 Apr 2012 18:49:22 +0000 Chris Jensen 3207 at The City That Trees Built Loses Its "Little Trees" Plant And More Jobs Isaacson Steel Laying Off Workers <p>After Isaacson Structural Steel was sold off in a bankruptcy auction last month it wasn&rsquo;t certain what would happen to the employees. But NHPR&rsquo;s Chris Jensen reports it&rsquo;s clear now and the news is not good.</p><p>In a blow to the North Country more workers at Isaacson Structural Steel in Berlin are being laid off.</p><p>About 80 have already lost their jobs with another 40 still on the job finishing up a project, says Diana Nelson with New Hampshire Employment Security.</p><p>&ldquo;There will be a handful of employees at Isaacson&rsquo;s through mid-April.&rdquo;</p> Wed, 07 Mar 2012 18:45:33 +0000 Chris Jensen 2344 at Isaacson Steel Bankruptcy Lawyer's Bill Totals $313,000 <p>The Manchester lawyer who handled the bankruptcy of Isaacson Structural Steel in Berlin will receive about $313,000 for his work if a federal judge approves.</p><p>In a recent filing William Gannon asked the judge for $191,000 for his work between September 1<sup>st&nbsp;</sup>and February 29<sup>th</sup>.</p><p>Previously the judge approved about&nbsp;$122,000 for work between June 22<sup>nd</sup>and August 31<sup>.</sup></p><p>In the filing Gannon said he worked about 444 hours at $400 an hour in addition to work done by his staff.</p> Wed, 07 Mar 2012 17:09:21 +0000 Chris Jensen 2340 at Isaacson Steel Bankruptcy Lawyer's Bill Totals $313,000 Court Report Details Isaacson Auction <p>There were three bidders hoping to buy Isaacson Structural&nbsp;Steel with a $100,000 difference determining the winning bid, according to a <a href="">report</a> filed Thursday in federal district court in Concord.</p><p>The top bid was $2.4 million by <a href="">Counsel RB Capital</a>, <a href="">Myron Bowling Auctioneers </a>and&nbsp;<a href="">Hilco </a>Industrial.</p> Fri, 02 Mar 2012 17:08:53 +0000 Chris Jensen 2257 at Court Report Details Isaacson Auction Industrial Auction Firm Highest Bidder for Isaacson Steel <p>At an auction today/Wednesday in Manchester an Ohio company made the highest bid for the bankrupt Isaacson Steel. NHPR&rsquo;s Chris Jensen reports.</p><p>Last year Isaacson filed for bankruptcy leaving the future of about 150 North-Country workers in doubt.</p><p>Earlier this year a Whitefield firm bought a small portion of the business, an action expected to save about 20 jobs. But the larger portion was auctioned off.</p><p>William Gannon. represents Isaacson.</p> Wed, 29 Feb 2012 21:01:19 +0000 Chris Jensen 2209 at Industrial Auction Firm Highest Bidder for Isaacson Steel Hopes For Saving Isaacson Steel Jobs in Berlin Fading <p>Hopes that someone would buy bankrupt Isaacson Steel in Berlin and continue the business are fading. NHPR&rsquo;s Chris Jensen reports.</p><p>Throughout Isaacson&rsquo;s bankruptcy the hope has been that someone would buy the steel-fabricating firm, operate it and save about 130 jobs.</p><p>That seems less likely now.</p><p>A&nbsp;<a href="">filing in federal district court </a>Monday shows a Texas firm that specializes in selling off industrial equipment has a tentative deal to buy Isaacson&rsquo;s assets.</p> Mon, 27 Feb 2012 22:55:27 +0000 Chris Jensen 2141 at Hopes For Saving Isaacson Steel Jobs in Berlin Fading Federal Prison in Berlin Hiring Now, But No Guests For A Year <p>The Federal Correctional Institute in Berlin probably won&rsquo;t get its first inmates for about a year but it has begun hiring, says Deborah Schult, the warden.</p><p>&ldquo;Right now our major focus is staffing, staffing, staffing,&rdquo; Schult said Friday night at the&nbsp;Androscoggin Valley Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner in Gorham.</p><p>The prison had been empty while awaiting funding from Congress, which came late last year.</p><p>&ldquo;Last year we had 16 of us on site. Now we have hired 32,&rdquo; she said.</p> Mon, 27 Feb 2012 20:39:54 +0000 Chris Jensen 2139 at Federal Prison in Berlin Hiring Now, But No Guests For A Year