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  • Trump budget would eliminate US Chemical Safety Board

    20 March 2017

    The Trump administration's budget blueprint would scrap the US Chemical Safety Board (CSB), an independent federal agency that investigates major chemical and oil industry incidents. The CSB has no regulatory power but is influential because its recommendations are often adopted by industry and government agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)....

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  • Six killed in explosion at Indian cold storage facility

    17 March 2017

    Six people were killed, eight injured and others are feared trapped when a cold storage facility collapsed in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, after a gas leak triggered an explosion. Local officials said the explosion was caused by an ammonia leak, and people living nearby complained of breathlessness and nausea and were asked to move out until the gas had dispersed....

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  • Explosion at fireworks company in Portugal kills one

    10 March 2017

    According to a source at the Relief Operations Centre (CDOS) in Oporto, reported in O Leme Jornais, a worker was killed in a blast at the Douro Pirotecnia factory in northern Portugal. Emergency workers at the site confirmed there were no further casualties. In 2010, another company employee was killed in an explosion while handling pyrotechnic products....

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  • US laboratory invents reusable sponge that could revolutionise oil spill cleanup

    07 March 2017

    When the Deepwater Horizon drilling pipe blew out seven years ago, beginning the worst oil spill in US history, those in charge of the recovery discovered a new wrinkle: the millions of gallons of oil bubbling from the sea floor weren’t all collecting on the surface where it could be skimmed or burned. Some of it was forming a plume and drifting through the ocean under the surface....

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  • Uzbekistan chemical plant blast kills six

    27 February 2017

    An official in Uzbekistan told RFE/RL that six people were killed in the chemical plant blast reported on February 23 in the city of Ferghana. Uzbek authorities originally reported the blast and said that there were fatalities, but did not say how many. No official death toll has been released....

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Czech armaments plant explosions injure 19 workers and rescuers 24 February 2017

A string of explosions in a Czech armaments factory has injured 19, with three in a critical condition, officials said on February 23. The Policske Strojirny plant near the town of Policka, some 150 kilometres east of Prague, processes old ammunition and in 2015 experienced an explosion of 320 tonnes of gunpowder which injured two workers....

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Paris incense factory explosion injures five, two seriously 31 January 2017

On January 30 an explosion in an incense factory in Montrouge, in the southern suburbs of Paris, left five people injured, two of whom were said by police to be in a serious condition. There were  twelve employees in the building at the time of the explosion....

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August gas plant explosion causes Christmas shortage of whipped cream across USA 21 December 2016

An explosion that killed one worker at the Airgas plant near Pensacola, Florida, on August 28, has resulted in a country-wide shorted of canned whipped cream and other popular toppings over the Christmas break, according to the San Antonio Express-News. The explosion destroyed two tankers and a large tank containing nitrous oxide, which is used as a preservative and a propellant in canned whipped products....

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Nine killed in Indian pharma plant explosion 12 December 2016

The death toll in the blast and subsequent fire at the Nitika Pharmaceutical Specialities plant in Nagpur, Maharashtra, rose to nine on December 11, with four others said to be in a critical condition. The first explosion on December 2 took place in a drier unit, and was followed by other blasts and a raging fire which quickly spread to other buildings on the site....

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South Carolina plastics plant explosion kills at least one 07 December 2016

A blast at the DAK Americas plant at Gaston in Lexington County, SC, killed at least one worker and injured several others, the local coroner’s office said. The plant makes a range of fibre, plastic and resins and has 430 employees....

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