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The Cinderella of the renewable energy sector 09 August 2018

Just a few weeks after the UK government rejected plans for a £1.3bn tidal lagoon in Swansea Bay, the French leader in tidal power, Naval Energies, also announced it was pulling out of the sector. The company was one of the few to have developed tidal turbine energy technology to the industrial launch stage. On 24 July, the company deployed a new 2MW tidal turbine in the Bay of Fundy in Canada. ...

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Explosion science organisations 02 July 2018

There are a number of organisations worldwide dedicated to furthering the understanding of explosion science: those below, UKELG and FABIG, are two of the most prominent based in the UK. If you would like to bring any others to the attention of a wider audience, please send details to:

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Where openness can save lives 29 June 2018

Earlier this year, a worker dragging his foot along a factory floor sparked an explosion at a Texas chemical plant that killed one and injured another two. Fears of further explosions and toxic chemical fumes prevented fire crews from battling the ensuing blaze and a large part of the Tri-Chem Industries plant in Cresson, about 80 kilometers southwest of Dallas, burned to the ground....

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CSB: The Last Chance Saloon 15 June 2018

At the PS Congres process safety conference in Dordrecht, The Netherlands, in late May, US Chemical Safety Board (CSB) chairwoman Vanessa Sutherland confirmed to Hazardex that she had resigned her position at the agency. ...

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UK industry faces engineering workforce shortfall 02 February 2018

A report into the UK engineering labour market published by the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB) reveals the challenges facing the industry’s workforce now and in the future, including the likely retirement of one in five UK engineers by 2026....

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Canada and UK push for coal phase-out against opposition from USA and Germany 08 December 2017

Canadian Environment Minister Catherine McKenna and her UK counterpart, Claire Perry, launched an international alliance to phase out coal-fired electricity at the Bonn UN climate summit in mid-November, signalling a sharp contrast with US President Donald Trump's promotion of coal as a key global energy source and Germany's continued reliance on the fuel source for electricity generation....

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Honesty about potential high hazard plant risk may be wiser than dissimulation 05 October 2017

The aftermath of Hurricane Harvey highlights some of the problems facing high hazard industry regulation in Texas and the USA. Arkema, which owns the plant on the outskirts of Houston where a number of explosions and fires broke out after flooding caused by the hurricane, is now at the centre of a legal maelstrom centred on the company's refusal to give details of the hazardous chemicals it held on site....

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UK Government faces difficult decision over departure from Euratom 11 July 2017

The UK’s participation in the European atomic energy community, Euratom, is under threat from the Article 50 legislation that triggered the start of the two-year Brexit process in March. Now, some Conservative parliamentarians are saying they will vote against the Government if the UK decides to leave the organisation....

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US withdrawal from Paris accord unlikely to benefit coal, but could damage renewables 02 June 2017

President Donald Trump says the decision on June 1 to pull his country out of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change will boost American employment, particularly in the coal sector. The number employed in coal mining dropped from about 89,000 at the start of 2012 to around 50,500 in April, according to US Energy Information Administration (EIA). ...

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Trump budget would eliminate US Chemical Safety Board 20 March 2017

The Trump administration's budget blueprint would scrap the US Chemical Safety Board (CSB), an independent federal agency that investigates major chemical and oil industry incidents. The CSB has no regulatory power but is influential because its recommendations are often adopted by industry and government agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)....

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