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Three injured in explosion on Chinese vessel off south-west UK coast 23 April 2019

The UK coastguard was called to assist the Hong Kong-registered cargo vessel Great Aspiration off Lizard Point, Cornwall, on April 17. A search and rescue helicopter winched three Chinese crew members off and took them to specialist burns units at hospitals in Plymouth and Swansea....

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French regulator to maintain enhanced monitoring of EDF Belleville nuclear power plant 17 April 2019

France’s ASN nuclear regulator said on April 17 it was maintaining its close supervision of state electricity utility EDF’s 2,600 MW Belleville nuclear power plant, despite some improvements in safety at the plant. ASN placed the plant under enhanced supervision in September 2017 after detecting a deterioration in safety levels since 2016....

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Tanker blast off Mumbai coast kills one, injures two crew members 17 April 2019

The Indian-owned tanker MT Maharaja Agrasen, carrying a cargo of 98,000 tonnes of crude oil from Saudi Arabia, anchored at a discharge point off Mumbai with a crew of 39. On April 13 it suffered an explosion and fire, leaving its chief engineer dead and two other crew members critically injured. The fire was subsequently brought under control by the remaining crew. ...

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Tepco begins removing first fuel rods from Reactor 3 at crippled Fukushima nuclear plant 16 April 2019

Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) started removing nuclear fuel on April 15 from the Fukushima Unit 3 storage pool, located at one of the reactor buildings damaged by hydrogen explosions in the 2011 disaster at the site. Three of six reactors suffered meltdowns after losing power following a powerful earthquake and tsunami at the power plant....

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Three hurt in explosion at Massachusetts chemical facility 16 April 2019

A chemical explosion at the IQE facility in Taunton, Massachusetts, injured three workers on April 14, the local fire department said in a press release. They were transported to an area hospital for treatment. ...

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After spate of explosions, Chinese authorities to increase oversight of chemical plants and speed up relocation plans 16 April 2019

Authorities said special experts will be designated to help govern the hazardous chemical industry in key areas, while speeding up efforts to move plants out of densely populated areas. The move comes as an investigation into a deadly explosion at a chemical plant in Jiangsu province continues....

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10 killed in fire at pharmaceutical plant in China 16 April 2019

A fire tore through a pharmaceutical company in China's Shandong province, suffocating to death at least 10 persons and injuring 12 others, the fourth major industrial accident in the country since last month. The incident occurred on the afternoon of April 15 in the basement of Qilu Tianhe Pharmaceutical when welding sparks ignited a heat-transferring substance, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported. ...

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Graphene coatings could help prevent lithium battery fires 16 April 2019

Lithium batteries are what allow electric vehicles to travel several hundred miles on one charge. Their capacity for energy storage is well known, but so is their tendency to occasionally catch on fire – an occurrence known to battery researchers as “thermal runaway.” These fires occur most frequently when the batteries overheat or cycle rapidly. ...

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Russian-linked malware found in second Saudi facility 12 April 2019

Malware linked to an attempt to sabotage a Saudi petrochemical plant in 2017 has been discovered in a second facility in that country, according to cybersecurity consultantcy FireEye. Researchers found evidence of the malware in an unnamed critical infrastructure facility.  ...

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Third Texas chemical company senior manager charged over Hurricane Harvey incident 12 April 2019

A grand jury has indicted another senior employee of Arkema, almost two years after two other senior employees were charged with “recklessly” releasing a toxic cloud of chemicals during Hurricane Harvey. Michael Keough, vice president of logistics, was indicted on felony assault charges due to “misrepresentations” he made following flooding in August 2017 at the Arkema plant in Crosby, Texas, which caused fires and toxic chemical releases on the site....

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