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India power plant blast death toll reaches 36 07 November 2017

The death toll from the November 1 explosion at NTPC’s Unchahar coal-fired power plant in Raebareli, Uttar Pradesh, reached 36 on November 6. A total of 21 of the seriously injured were flown by air ambulance to New Delhi for specialist treatment after the incident and 18 are said to still be in critical condition, with further fatalities a possibility. Around 80 were less seriously injured....

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India power plant blast kills at least 18, injures 100 [Updated] 01 November 2017

At least 18 people were killed and around 100 injured after a boiler exploded on November 1 in the newest power generating unit at the NTPC Unchahar power plant in Raebareli, Uttar Pradesh. The number of dead and injured may rise as many are believed to be trapped inside the unit and many of the injured have suffered severe burns....

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Las Vegas airport aviation fuel tanks deliberately targeted during October 1 mass shooting incident 26 October 2017

On the night of October 1 a gunman opened fire on a crowd of concert-goers at the Route 91 Harvest music festival on the Las Vegas Strip in Nevada, leaving 58 people dead and 546 injured. It was subsequently discovered that he had also shot at a giant jet fuel tank on the edge of McCarran International Airport, beyond the venue where the concert was taking place....

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US study finds power from coal up to 100 times more toxic than shale gas 26 October 2017

The lifetime toxic chemical releases associated with coal-generated electricity are 10 to 100 times greater than those from electricity generated with natural gas obtained via fracking, according to a new University of Michigan study. In their lifecycle impact assessment, the researchers used Pennsylvania as the point of origin for both shale gas and coal, since both are abundant in the state....

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US urges worldwide ban on laptops in checked-in luggage on aircraft 22 October 2017

A US government regulator has asked airlines to ban large electronic devices such as laptops from checked-in luggage because of the potential for a catastrophic fire. The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) asked the United Nations’ International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to introduce a ban after tests identified particular dangers in overheating rechargeable lithium-ion batteries....

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Pipeline breach causes jet fuel shortage in New Zealand 15 September 2017

Dozens of flights from Auckland Airport have been cancelled after the a 168 kilometre pipeline carrying jet fuel, petrol and diesel from an oil refinery at Marsden Point in Northland to tanks in Wiri, south Auckland was cut by a digger on September 14. A spokesman from the refinery, owned by Refining NZ, estimated the pipeline would take between 10 and 14 days to fix....

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Fire on board tanker at Indonesian shipyard kills five 12 September 2017

A fire killed five and injured one at ASL Marine Holdings' shipyard in Batam, Indonesia on September 7, according to the Straits Times. The vessel owner-operator and shipbuilder said that initial investigations showed the fire likely started inside the tanker and was confined to the pump room, and that the casualties were all employed by one of the shipyard’s contractors.

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Correction: Extensive South Korean oil spill threatens tourism, wildlife and seafood businesses 11 September 2017

On 11 September 2017, an article with this headline was published on the Hazardex website. In fact, this incident took place in September 2007 and the article was based on a misreading of the date....

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Two workers killed in incident at Pennsylvania coal-fired power plant 30 August 2017

A FirstEnergy spokeswoman said two workers were killed and four others injured at the utility’s Bruce Mansfield coal-fired power plant in Shippingport, Pennsylvania, on August 29. Local media reported her as saying the workers were performing maintenance in an underground enclosure carrying out repairs on a pipe when it ruptured and they were overcome by toxic gas. ...

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Newspaper investigation following fatal accident at Florida power station highlights unsafe practices 23 August 2017

On June 29, molten coal slag spilled onto six workers as they tried to clear a blockage in a tank during routine maintenance at the Tampa Electric Co (TECO) Big Bend power plant at Apollo Beach, south of Tampa. Two of the six died immediately, three others succumbed to their injuries over the following weeks and a sixth is still in hospital with serious injuries....

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