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Firework warehouse explosion kills 24 in Mexico 06 July 2018

On July 6 a series of explosions at a fireworks depot in Mexico killed at least 24 people and injured more than 40 others. The biggest blasts took place as emergency responders arrived at the scene in the town of Tultepec, north of Mexico City. Local authorities said four firefighters and five police were casualties in the blast....

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UK company develops technology to detect radioactive material using particles from space 06 July 2018

Scientists have successfully developed a technology that can harness muons – essentially heavy electrons derived from space particles – to detect and safely manage radioactive waste. This could have major implications for nuclear decommissioning, the storing of historic waste and the testing of new waste management techniques....

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Two workers hospitalised with serious burn injuries after Australia factory blast 03 July 2018

Two men are in hospital after an explosion and fire on July 3 at a factory in Smithfield, western Sydney. A NSW Ambulance spokeswoman said six crews attended and treated two men at the scene with serious burns, one with burns to 36% of his body, the other with 18% burns. Sixty firefighters fought the blaze, which spread to a nearby building....

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Japan chemical plant blast kills one, injures 11 03 July 2018

An explosion on June 6 at a chemical plant in Fukui Prefecture, western Japan, left one person dead and at least 11 injured. A total of 12 people were sent to hospitals after the explosion, one died and another is seriously injured, a fire official told local media. The blast took place at the Protein Chemical Co. facility in the town of Wakasa, according to fire authorities....

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Vale and BHP sign deal with Brazil authorities over 2015 Samarco dam disaster 02 July 2018

Samarco and parent companies Vale SA and BHP Billiton Ltd have signed a deal with Brazilian authorities that settles a 20 billion reais ($5.30 billion) lawsuit related to the fatal 2015 dam burst, Vale and BHP said on June 25. The agreement was signed by prosecutors from the federal government and the states of Minas Gerais and Espirito Santo....

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One killed, six injured in Iranian refinery fire 02 July 2018

An explosion and fire at the Abadan refinery and petrochemical complex on June 28 killed one and injured a further six, according to the Iranian news agency Tasnim. One of the injured is reported to be in critical condition. The Abadan refinery is Iran's oldest crude processing facility and is situated in the country’s oil-rich Khuzestan Province....

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Pennsylvania company to pay $160 million after fatal truck explosion 29 June 2018

U-Haul Co. of Pennsylvania will pay a record $160 million in a settlement after a food truck exploded nearly four years ago, killing its operators, a mother and daughter, and injuring 11 people. The amount is the highest pre-verdict settlement in Pennsylvania, attorneys for the plaintiffs said on June 27. ...

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Nigeria road tanker explosion kills nine 29 June 2018

An oil tanker exploded in Lagos, Nigeria, late on June 28, killing at least nine people and injuring four, according to the state’s rescue agency. Adesina Tiamiyu, chief of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), said in a statement that 54 vehicles were also burned in the explosion on the busy Otedola bridge....

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US government says support for nuclear and coal plants a matter of national security 29 June 2018

US Energy Secretary Rick Perry said on June 25 that bailing out struggling coal and nuclear power plants was as important to national security as keeping the military strong, and that the cost should not be an issue. Perry said the security of the electricity grid was as important as having the right number of ships, aircraft and military personnel....

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UK government announces £200m funding for nuclear industry projects 28 June 2018

On June 27, UK Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark announced a £200m Nuclear Sector Deal (NSD), including establishing a £40m facility to support the design of advanced nuclear technologies at Trawsfynydd in north Wales. This site, which houses two first generation Magnox reactors currently being decommissioned, could be the location for the first UK small modular reactor (SMR)....

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Bow-Tie Diagrams in the process industries

Within the process industries Bow-Tie diagrams are becoming increasingly popular as a means of displaying hazards, consequences and the barriers, which prevent realisation of the hazard and mitigate the consequence. In this article, John Martin of ABB explains the background to barrier management, the uses and benefits of Bow-Tie diagrams and methods to ensure they are as useful as possible in whatever hazardous cenario they are employed. ...

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New Shell Pennsylvania Petrochemicals Complex takes advantage of shale revolution

In November 2017, Shell Chemicals officially started construction on its $6 billion ethane cracker plant in Potter Township, Pennsylvania, a project that will take several years to complete. Shell made it official in June last year when it announced a final investment decision on the plant. Since then, crews have been working around the clock to prepare the site for main construction....

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CSB: The Last Chance Saloon

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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