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  • UK competition launched to find innovative nuclear technologies

    10 August 2020

    The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority – including Sellafield Ltd and Magnox Ltd – has teamed up with Innovate UK to launch a £3.9 million competition to find ways to sort and segregate radioactive waste at some of the UK’s oldest nuclear sites....

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  • Mauritius faces environmental disaster as shipwrecked tanker leaks oil

    07 August 2020

    The Government of Mauritius announced on August 6 that an oil tanker which had run ashore on the island nation’s southeast coast in July had started to leak oil, sparking fears of an environmental disaster....

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  • One person killed, two injured after guacamole machine explodes in US

    06 August 2020

    A man was killed and two others injured on August 5 after a food processing machine exploded in Schenectady, New York. The machine was being tested for the manufacturing of guacamole when the blast occurred....

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  • Real-time imaging can help prevent deadly dust explosions

    06 August 2020

    Researchers at Purdue University have developed an image- and video-based application using OpenCV algorithms that detect explosible suspended dust concentration. The app uses a camera or a video recording device to image and determine suspended dust and to accurately distinguish it from normal background noise....

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  • Explosion in Beirut kills 220, injures over 6,000

    05 August 2020

    An explosion in the Port of Beirut, Lebanon killed at least 220 people and injured over 6,000 on August 4 with 110 people still missing as of August 10. The significant blast sent shockwaves through the city, destroying buildings and overturning cars, and was felt as far away as Cyprus, 150 miles (241km) away....

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Causes of 2019 solar facility explosion which injured nine revealed in new report 04 August 2020

A final investigative report into the April 2019 explosion at utility company Arizona Public Service's (APS) solar battery facility in Surprise, Arizona was published on July 27. The report into the incident, which injured nine first responders, explains the reasons behind the explosion and offers several recommendations to prevent similar incidents occurring at other battery energy storage systems....

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Trump administration issues final ruling on transportation of liquefied natural gas by rail 04 August 2020

The US government released a final rule on July 24 allowing liquefied natural gas (LNG) to be shipped by rail despite critics warning that it risks explosions. The US Department of Transportation (USDOT) and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) amended federal hazardous material rules which had prohibited the transportation of LNG via train....

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Chemical factory explosion kills six in China 04 August 2020

An explosion killed six workers at a chemical plant in Xintao City, China on August 3. The blast in central China’s Hubei province happened in a workshop of an organic silicon company and injured four people in addition to the six people killed....

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US Chemical Safety Board to continue with only one board member 03 August 2020

On July 31, the US Chemical Safety Board (CSB) postponed a scheduled public meeting in which the agency was to discuss its plans on how to operate despite having a one-person board instead of its usual five-person board....

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Coal mine explosion kills nine in Colombia 03 August 2020

An explosion at a coal mine in the municipality of El Zulia in northeast Colombia killed nine miners on July 31. The blast happened at the El Cedro underground coal mine and is thought to have been caused by a build up of gases within the mine....

Features

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Intrinsic Safety – separating fact from fiction

How well do we understand Intrinsic Safety and how to achieve it? Roger Highton, Product Line Manager for MTL Process Connectivity Products at Eaton, separates the facts from the fiction....

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Ensuring your communication system supports your intrinsically safe operations

When assessing your current communications capabilities, an organisation charged with running critical national infrastructure would need to ask itself a number of key questions....

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IEC offers much more than standards and certificates

Every two months, Prof. Dr. Thorsten Arnhold, IECEx Chairman 2014-2019, provides an update on developments within the organisation....

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