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Chile’s state oil company charged with improper fracking 17 January 2020

Empresa Nacional del Petróleo (ENAP), Chile’s state oil company, has been charged with improper fracking in Tierra del Fuego, the country’s southernmost region. The Chilean environmental regulator, the SMA, charged ENAP on January 13 after it failed to follow protocols outlined in its permits for ‘hydro-fracking’....

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Three dead, seven injured in chemical factory blast in Spain 16 January 2020

Three people were killed and seven injured after an explosion at a chemical factory in Tarragona, Spain on January 14. One person was killed after a large piece of metal was launched into the air by the blast, landing on an apartment 3km (two miles) away....

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Police investigate three ATM explosions in US 16 January 2020

Police are investigating a string of ATM explosions in Tampa, Florida after three blasts occurred in the past two months. Only one of the blasts resulted in money being stolen, however the circumstances of all three were similar to those seen in recent months in the UK and the Netherlands....

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President Trump unveils plans to simplify permit process for major projects 14 January 2020

On January 9, the Trump administration announced plans to accelerate permitting for major infrastructure projects in one of the largest deregulatory moves under the President’s leadership. Released by the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), the plan would allow several large-scale energy and infrastructure projects, such as the Keystone XL pipeline, to avoid legal challenges and go ahead with little pushback during the approval process.

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Study highlights new use for nuclear waste 13 January 2020

Researchers have found a new use for unused stockpiles of nuclear waste which they say may be more useful than previously thought. By transforming nuclear waste into a versatile compound, the chemistry researchers say the waste could be used as a new energy source as well as a way to create valuable commodity chemicals....

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Chemical factory blast in India kills eight 12 January 2020

Eight people were killed and six injured after an explosion at a factory in the Tarapur chemical zone in the state of Maharashtra, around 120km (74 miles) north of Mumbai. The blast on January 11 happened at the Ank Pharma plant during the testing of a new reactor....

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New report assesses risks posed by maritime batteries 10 January 2020

DNV GL has released a new report on battery safety in ships following a three-year collaboration with the Norwegian, Danish and US maritime authorities, battery manufacturers, system integrators, suppliers of fire extinguishing systems, shipyards and shipowners....

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23 dead and 150 wounded after gas explosion in Sudan 09 January 2020

23 people died and around 150 were injured after an explosion in Khartoum, Sudan on December 3. The blast occurred while a gas tanker lorry was transferring its load to an underground storage facility at the Sila ceramics factory....

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Removal of Fukushima nuclear fuel delayed by up to five years 07 January 2020

The Japanese government has announced that plans to remove spent nuclear fuel from two reactors at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant have been delayed by up to five years. The announcement on December 27 has increased doubts of whether the government is able to achieve its target of dismantling the complex within the next 30 to 40 years....

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Hazardex Awards 2020 - Nominees announced **VOTE NOW** 07 January 2020

A total of 20 nominations have been shortlisted across five categories for the Hazardex 2020 Awards, designed to recognise excellence in the hazardous area sector. The Winners will be announced at the Hazardex 2020 Conference and Exhibition Gala Awards dinner on February 26, 2020....

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