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  • PSA orders Statoil to review systems following North Sea hydrocarbon leak

    28 August 2014

    Norway’s Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) has issued an order to Statoil following the investigation into the leak at Statfjord C platform in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea, which identified serious breaches of regulations....

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  • CSB says fatal Mississippi fish plant explosion caused by ignition of volatile solution

    27 August 2014

    An explosion at a fish processing plant on the Mississippi Coast which killed one worker and injured others happened when sparks ignited a volatile mixture in a tank, the US Chemical Safety Board (CSB) said in a news release on August 26. CSB inspectors said that workers were performing hot work at or near the tank that exploded on July 28 at the Omega Protein plant in Moss Point....

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  • Three killed in incidents at US metal plants

    26 August 2014

    Police said a blast at Totall Metal Recycling in Granite City, Illinois, which killed two people and injured at least one more, was caused by a mortar round. The company recycles items including computers and cars and, according to its website, also deals with the ammunition industry and the military. More than 160 people work at the Granite City plant....

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  • Ukraine train derailment causes large oil spill and fire

    22 August 2014

    A train with 35 tanker cars of oil derailed at Horodyshche in Cherkasy Oblast, central Ukraine, on the morning of August 22. The derailment triggered a major oil spill, with 11 of the cars catching fire. According to the State Emergencies Service, quoted in Kyiv Post, crews extinguished the fire by midday and cleaned up over 1,250 square meters of contaminated ground with the help of 230 local emergency personnel....

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  • HSE confirms appointment of new chief executive

    22 August 2014

    Dr Richard Judge has been appointed chief executive of Britain’s workplace health and safety regulator and will start at the Health and Safety Executive in November 2014. The first recruitment round for the £160,000-a-year job was mothballed with the publication of the Temple review, and the job description rewitten to take into account the new requirements for increasing the commercialisation of HSE. ...

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US grain dust explosion injures seven 14 August 2014

According to the Columbus Dispatch, seven people were injured in an explosion on August 13 at an Ohio grain facility. Five employees and two state grain graders were at the Coshocton Grain facility in central Ohio when a suspected dust explosion took place as rail cars were being filled with corn....

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UK business lobby group says EU energy rules destroying jobs 14 August 2014

European Union energy rules have played a growing role in 'destroying British jobs', an independent UK business campaign group claims. According to a report by Business for Britain entitled Energy policy and the EU - How a better deal could bring down the cost of energy and save jobs, rising energy costs threaten 1.5 million jobs in the energy intensive sector, with 363,000 being at high risk....

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Eight injured in Poland ammonia plant blast 13 August 2014

ZAK said the situation "is under control", with hydrogen being flared. The incident was believed to have been caused by a pipe leakage, according to a company spokesman. A hydrogen explosion at Poland’s Zaklady Azotowe Kedzierzyn (ZAK) led to eight injuries and forced the company's ammonia unit to shut down, the company said on August 13....

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Thai tourist association sues for oil spill damages 13 August 2014

According to The Nation, a Thai tourist association has started a Bt1 billion ($31m) lawsuit against PTT Global Chemical for damages caused by the 50,000 litres of oil that leaked from a subsidiary’s pipeline off Raphong province in July last year. The oil spill reached Ao Phrao on the island of Koh Samet days later. ...

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Hazardex in the Regions 2014-15: UK & Europe: More papers released - Book your delegate places now 13 August 2014

Hazardex in the Regions conference & exhibitions are to run again in 2014 & 2015. Dates/locations so far include: Aberdeen 08/10/14 Central London 26/11/14 Swansea 28/01/15 Ellesmere Port 25/02/15 Rotterdam 25/03/15 ...

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Improving environmental safety through responsible monitoring

The escape of chemical pollutants into the environment either by air or water can pose a major environmental risk, not just on an industrial site but also to the surrounding area. For this reason, sites need to be carefully monitored so that emissions are accurately measured not only at known points of discharge, such as stacks and drainpipes, but also any other areas where there is a possibility of leakage. This article from ABB looks at some of the issues that need to be considered....

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A new enhanced oil recovery concept: wind powered water injection

DNV GL is proposing a new concept that combines mature water injection technology with the newest developments in offshore wind power to achieve more cost effective Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR). Initial studies show it will reduce the cost of water injection, avoid costly topside modifications and reduce greenhouse gas emissions....

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Problems at US pilot facility highlight challenges facing underground nuclear waste disposal

A serious accident in February 2014 at the United States’ only deep storage repository for nuclear waste has still to be satisfactorily explained. Five months later, scientists still do not know what caused the explosion of a barrel of nuclear waste at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in Carlsbad, New Mexico....

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