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Explosion kills one, injures one at explosives manufacturer in Poland 15 January 2021

An explosion at an explosives manufacturing facility in southern Poland killed one person and injured another on January 14. The blast happened in the town of Bierun at a factory belonging to Nitroerg, a manufacturer of explosives and initiation systems....

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New report addresses risks posed to emergency responders from Lithium-ion battery fires 14 January 2021

The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has issued four safety recommendations based on findings contained in Safety Report 20/01 which documents the agency’s investigation of four electric vehicle fires involving high-voltage, lithium-ion battery fires....

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Chinese nuclear developer told to resolve safety issues before moving ahead with UK plant 12 January 2021

The UK’s Environment Agency has told Chinese nuclear developer China General Nuclear Group (CGN) that it must resolve six safety issues before it can move ahead with its plans to build a new reactor in Essex, UK. Among the issues is concerns over how the group will dispose of radioactive waste at the planned facility in Bradwell....

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Explosion in gold mine traps 22 workers underground in China 12 January 2021

An explosion in east China's Shandong province trapped 22 workers underground in a gold mine on January 10. The blast happened at around 14:00 local time, however local authorities were not made aware of the incident until the evening of January 11. As of January 12, the workers remain trapped....

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Vacuum tanker explosion kills two, injures one in Kuwait 11 January 2021

Two people were killed in a vacuum tanker explosion on January 8. The force of the blast blew the tanker 30 metres down a road and caused injuries to a third person....

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Explosion kills one, injures 20 at battery recycling plant in China 11 January 2021

A blast at a battery recycling plant in the city of Ningxiang, China killed one person and injured 20 others on January 7. The explosion happened at a factory belonging to a unit of battery manufacturer Contemporary Amperex Technology Co Ltd (CATL)....

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Great Britain starts own chemicals legislation: UK-REACH 07 January 2021

With the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the EU and the end of the transition period on December 31, 2020, the validity of EU Regulation No. 1907/2006 ("REACH") in Great Britain also ended. A corresponding British law will now come into force ("UK-REACH"). Companies that trade in chemicals across borders should quickly adapt to the new rules....

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Pharmaceutical factory explosion kills one, injures one in Taiwan 05 January 2021

An explosion at a pharmaceutical factory in Taoyuan City, Taiwan injured two workers on December 20. One of the injured people later died in hospital from third-degree burns to 90% of his body....

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Oil pipeline explodes offshore Pemex refinery in Mexico 05 January 2021

A pipeline explosion occurred on December 31 near the Dos Bocas refinery in Tabasco, Mexico. An oil pipeline connecting the Pemex-operated refinery with offshore platforms suffered a loss of containment, Pemex said in a statement. No one was injured in the incident....

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Explosion at ExxonMobil facility kills one and seriously injures another in Nigeria 04 January 2021

A fire and explosion at an ExxonMobil facility in Nigeria killed an employee and injured another on December 13. The incident happened at the Qua Iboe Terminal on the country’s southern coast. Local news reports that the explosion happened while the two employees were lighting a gas flare....

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