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Dutch public prosecutor to sue Shell for explosion and toxic gas leak at Moerdijk plant 04 March 2019

The Dutch Public Prosecution Service announced on March 1 it would prosecute Royal Dutch Shell for an explosion in 2014 at its Moerdijk petrochemical plant and for the release of tonnes of carcinogenic ethylene oxide from the site in 2015 and 2016. According to the service, Shell did too little to prevent both incidents....

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Solomon Islands face ecological disaster after oil spill from grounded cargo vessel 04 March 2019

Three weeks after a cargo ship ran aground in a storm off the Solomon Islands in the West Pacific, urgent efforts are being made to mitigate the effects of a large oil leak from the vessel on the world's largest raised coral atoll. An estimated 75 tonnes of oil have escaped from the Hong Kong-flagged bulk carrier Solomon Trader, out of 600 tonnes on board. ...

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Hazardex 2019 Awards **WINNERS ANNOUNCED** 02 March 2019

A total of 25 nominations were shortlisted across five categories for the Hazardex 2019 Awards, designed to recognise excellence in the hazardous area sector. The Winners were announced at the Hazardex 2019 Conference and Exhibition Gala Awards dinner on February 27, 2019. ...

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Senate confirms controversial appointee to head US environmental regulator 01 March 2019

On February 28 the US Senate confirmed President Donald Trump’s candidate to lead the US Environmental Protection Agency, the nation’s top environmental regulator. Andrew Wheeler, a former coal lobbyist, has been the EPA’s Acting Administrator since July 2018 when former Administrator Scott Pruitt resigned after widespread criticism over ethical issues....

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US Government bans lithium-ion batteries as cargo in passenger aircraft holds 01 March 2019

The US Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), in coordination with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), issued an Interim Final Rule (IFR) on February 27 prohibiting the transport of lithium ion cells or batteries as cargo on passenger aircraft. Devices with li-ion batteries for personal use will still be permitted in the cabin and hold....

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The Hazardex & PPTex 2019 Conference 28 February 2019

The Hazardex and PPTex 2019 Conference took place on 27 & 28 February 2019. Attendees heard presentations from senior figures in the high hazard industries, regulators and industry organisations. See below for the conference schedule. ...

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Hazardex & PPTex 2019 Exhibition 28 February 2019

The Hazardex & PPTex 2019 Exhibition was held at the Holiday Inn Hotel in Runcorn, Cheshire, UK, on February 27th & 28th. Many top process safety and high-hazard sector companies exhibited, with a full list available below. Attendance at the exhibition was free, as was participation in the Seminar Stream at the event, which included presentations from prominent industry figures. ...

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NASA to launch review of SpaceX and Boeing safety culture 22 February 2019

According to Reuters, NASA has started its review into the safety culture of the two companies it has hired to fly astronauts to the International Space Station, SpaceX and Boeing. The months-long assessment will involve hundreds of interviews designed to evaluate the culture of the workplaces and ensure the companies are meeting NASA’s requirements for workplace safety....

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US grain dust explosions rise in 2018, but fatalities and injuries decline 22 February 2019

The number of grain dust explosions reported in the US at grain handling, feed manufacturing and biofuel facilities increased in 2018, but fatalities and injuries in these events were down on the previous year, according to the annual report issued by Purdue University's Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering....

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CSB releases final report into 2016 Mississippi gas plant explosion and fire incident 21 February 2019

The US Chemical Safety Board (CSB) has released its final report on the investigation into the June 2016 explosion and fire at the Enterprise Products Gas Plant in Pascagoula, Mississippi. The CSB determined that the probable cause was a phenomenon known as thermal fatigue and issued recommendations to two trade associations and local emergency responders. ...

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