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  • Greens start legal battle with fossil fuel lobbyists over chemical plant safety regulations

    18 April 2017

    According to CNN, the Union for Concerned Scientists, Sierra Club and Earthjustice jointly filed a motion on April 13 to intervene in a lawsuit filed by fossil fuel groups in March that asks the Environmental Protection Agency to delay new regulations on chemical plants, introduced in response to the 2013 fertiliser plant explosion in West, Texas, that killed 15 and injured more than 160....

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  • One killed, four injured in explosion at Missouri ammunition plant

    13 April 2017

    One person was killed and at least three others were injured after an explosion at a military ammunition plant in Independence, Missouri, a US Army spokeswoman said. The site of the explosion, the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant, is a NATO test centre and is the US military’s main supplier of practice rounds....

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  • Three injured in car explosion at New Hampshire gas plant

    11 April 2017

    Local media said at least three people were injured in an explosion at a welding gas facility in Manchester, New Hampshire, on April 10. The incident reportedly happened when a vehicle pulled up to a loading dock at Matheson Industrial Gases to refill supposedly empty tanks being transported in the car’s trunk. Gas from the leaking tanks exploded when the trunk release was activated....

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  • Portugal fireworks factory blast kills five, three missing

    04 April 2017

    Five people died and another three were missing after an explosion on the evening of April 4 destroyed a fireworks factory at Avoes near the Portuguese town of Lamego. The victims were all workers at the plant 100km east of Porto, and the factory's owner was among the dead. All of the workers at the factory came from three local families, a local council spokesman said....

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  • Five killed, three injured after blast at China oil plant

    04 April 2017

    Five people were killed and three others injured after a blast set a factory warehouse in eastern China on fire on the evening of April 2, Xinhua reported. The explosion was centred on the storage facility of a speciality oil plant in Anhui province’s city of Anqing owned by Wanhua Oil Products, and the fire at the plant was put out after three hours....

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Blast at cold storage facility in Indian Punjab kills four 31 March 2017

Four people died and more than 17 others were injured after an explosion in a cold storage facility in Dhuri near Sangrur, Punjab, on March 31. The incident took place at Guru Nanak Cold Storage and police said the blast occurred due to an ammonia gas leak, which caused the building to collapse leaving the dead and injured buried under the debris....

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Fire, blasts at Indian ordnance factory injure six 27 March 2017

Explosions and a massive fire took hold of sections of Ordnance Factory Khamaria (OFK) in Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh, on March 25, just one day after explosions rocked another ammunition factory at Itarsi in the same state. The ANI news agency said six had been injured in the incident at the 50 acre site, which is 320 kms east of Bhopal....

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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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