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  • French strikes spread to nuclear sector

    26 May 2016

    On May 26, at least 11 of France's 58 nuclear reactors suffered outages, according to grid operator RTE, lowering output by about 5 gigawatts (GW) or 6% of the country's nuclear capacity. Members of the CGT union at all 19 of France's nuclear power stations voted on May 25 to join the strike against planned changes to the country’s labour laws, which have already paralysed much of the French fuel distribution network....

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  • Three killed, dozens injured in Indian chemical plant blast

    26 May 2016

    A massive explosion at a chemical factory near Mumbai killed three workers and injured at least 50 others on May 26. According to preliminary reports, the blast occurred in a boiler room of the Acharya Chemicals factory in the MIDC area in Dombivali East, Maharashtra. Firefighters are attempting to extinguish a large fire centred around the site of the explosion....

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  • Hazardex 2017 Conference – Initial call for papers

    25 May 2016

    The 2017 Hazardex International Conference and Exhibition will be taking place once again at the Holiday Inn Hotel in Runcorn, Cheshire, UK on March 2nd & 3rd 2017. After the success of the 2016 event, we plan to grow delegate numbers with an even stronger conference programme next year and are now looking for submissions for Hazardex 2017....

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  • India pharma plant explosion kills 1, injures 14

    25 May 2016

    An explosion at Srikar Labs located at Jawaharlal Nehru Pharma City (JNPC), Parawada, Visakhapatnam, in the state of Andhra Pradesh, resulted in one death and 14 injuries. A local official said the death was caused by ammonia asphyxiation and many of the injuries were caused by gas leakage, as well as some burns....

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  • Arkansas military pyrotechnics plant explosion injures two

    25 May 2016

    The Esterline Defense Technologies plant in East Camden, Arkansas, has been closed since May 23 when an explosion injured two workers. The company said it was working with area authorities to investigate the cause of the explosion at the plant, which produces pyrotechnic devices such as torpedo decoy systems, infrared decoy flares and anti-ship missile countermeasures....

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French refineries close over labour law strikes 24 May 2016

A strike over new labour laws has spread to all of France's eight oil refineries, the CGT union said on May 23, in an escalating dispute with the government. An estimated 20% of petrol stations across the country have either run dry or are low on supplies, but motorists’ groups say the number affected is in reality much higher....

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First UK fracking tests for five years on track after North Yorkshire vote 24 May 2016

North Yorkshire County Council approved shale gas tests in the village of Kirby Misperton, in Ryedale district, in a vote on May 23, where UK company Third Energy had applied to carry out hydraulic fracturing of shale beds at an existing well. There have been high profile protests against the use of this technique in the UK, most recently in Lancashire where councillors rejected two applications last year....

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Hazardex 2017 exhibition stands 80% booked! 24 May 2016

Following the success of the 2016 Conference & Exhibition, there are just a handful of exhibition stands remaining for the Hazardex 2017 event. Please contact us promptly if you are potentially interested in exhibiting next year as the remaining stands are likely to sell out in the next few weeks. Call +44 (0) 1732 359990 or email events@imlgroup.co.uk for more information. ...

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Court finds Cyprus criminally negligent for 2011 naval base explosion 23 May 2016

On May 20, a court in Cyprus found the government guilty of criminal negligence for its role in an explosion five years ago that killed 13 people and seriously affected the country’s economy. The court in Larnaca said in its ruling the Republic of Cyprus had shown criminal negligence in its handling of a large quantity of explosives that exploded at a naval base where they had been stored....

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Texas pipeline company and employee indicted for 2015 California oil spill 18 May 2016

Plains All American Pipeline has been indicted in California on 46 criminal charges stemming from a major oil spill last year that forced beach closures and fouled miles of shoreline near Santa Barbara, prosecutors said on May 17. Four of the charges are felonies, including knowingly discharging a pollutant into state waters, county District Attorney Joyce Dudley told a news conference....

Features

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French nuclear power at crossroads

Nuclear energy is the primary source of energy in France, generating 77% of the country’s electricity, the largest share of any country in the world. This situation is due to the French government deciding in 1974, just after the first oil shock, to rapidly expand the country's nuclear power capacity, harnessing the country’s engineering expertise and enabling it to bypass its relative lack of native energy resources....

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SIL 2 – The functionally safe option for oil and gas industry specifiers

The world's oil and gas industry is a strictly regulated, multi-billion dollar enterprise that uses cutting edge technology to improve the performance of operations and eliminate random, systematic and common cause failures. Simon Rooks of Tyco Fire and Integrated Solutions explains how SIL2 is fast becoming a cornerstone of best engineering practice, and provides an insight into the journey of compliance....

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The high cost of gangster capitalism

Pity those workers in countries where political considerations are deemed more important than their safety - their lives, even. A glaring example of this was demonstrated recently in Russia, where methane blasts in the Severnaya coal mine in Vorkuta on February 28 killed 36 miners and rescuers, but were deemed unavoidable by officials and politicians....

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