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News Extra: Scrapping Japan nuclear reprocessing facility will cost $8.9 billion and take 70 years 01 August 2017

The planned decommissioning of the Tokai spent nuclear fuel reprocessing plant in Ibaraki Prefecture will take 70 years and cost taxpayers about 1 trillion yen ($8.9 billion), according to the Japan Atomic Energy Agency. The JAEA submitted its estimate to the country’s Nuclear Regulation Authority on June 30 for approval....

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Six Vietnamese workers killed in explosion at Laos hydropower plant 01 August 2017

Six Vietnamese workers were killed when a gas cylinder exploded at the construction site of a hydropower plant in central Laos, Vietnam's media reported on July 30. The blast, which also injured two Vietnamese workers, occurred the previous day at the Nam Ngiep plant in Laos' central Bolikhamxay province, according to the state-controlled VnExpress news site....

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LPG explosion in China kills two, injures 55 24 July 2017

A liquefied petroleum gas canister explosion devastated three restaurants in the eastern China city of Hangzhou on July 21, killing two people and injuring 55, state media said. Forty-five received hospital treatment, including seven for severe injuries. A shop owner has been taken into custody, Xinhua state news agency reported....

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Takata announces new airbag inflator recall after filing for bankruptcy 14 July 2017

Takata will recall an additional 2.7-million airbag inflators in the US installed in vehicles manufactured by Nissan, Mazda and Ford, according to a recall notice by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The inflators were made from 2005 through to 2012 but the Japanese company, which filed for bankruptcy in June, did not identify the vehicle models affected in the notice....

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China gas pipeline blast kills eight, injures 35 04 July 2017

At least eight people died and another 35 were injured in a natural gas pipeline explosion in southwest China's Guizhou Province on July 2, Xinhua news agency reported. The explosion occurred in Qinglong County at a pipeline operated by China National Petroleum Corp and was triggered by a landslide after days of heavy rain....

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Samsung could offer explosion proof batteries for mobiles within two years 03 July 2017

In a report dated June 30, the Korea Herald said that Samsung SDI will be able to produce solid-state batteries within the next two years, posing far less of a fire or explosion risk than the current generation of lithium-ion batteries. The report, quoting an unnamed Samsung SDI executive, said initial use would likely be for mobile phones, with solid-state batteries for cars further down the line....

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Eight confirmed dead after China petrochemical plant explosion 05 June 2017

A large explosion and fire at a petrochemical plant in the city of Linyi, Shandong province, left eight dead and at least nine injured on June 5, according to Chinese media sources, which also said one of the injured was in a critical condition. The incident was triggered when a liquefied gas tanker exploded, starting a fire in the loading area of Linyi Jinyu Petrochemical Co. Ltd. ...

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Chinese authorities punish more than 30 over 2016 power plant explosion 02 June 2017

According to a report by the Xinhua news agency, more than 30 people have been punished after their responsibility was highlighted in an investigation into a power plant blast in the city of Dangyang in central China's Hubei Province on 11 August 2016. The explosion killed 22 and seriously injured another four. ...

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Dust explosion follows major toxic waste leak at Taiwanese-owned steel plant in Vietnam 31 May 2017

A dust explosion rocked Taiwanese conglomerate Formosa Plastics Group's new steel plant in Vietnam on May 30, a day after it resumed test operations for the first time since taking responsibility for one of the country's worst environmental disasters last year. The explosion was caused by the combustion of fine dust particles in the air as a result of an equipment malfunction, the company said. ...

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China railway tunnel blast kills 12 03 May 2017

All of the 12 people trapped in a railway tunnel blast in southwest China's Guizhou Province were confirmed dead after a 14-hour rescue in the gas-filled tunnel failed to find them, Xinhua said in a report dated May 2. An investigation is still underway but initial reports say a methane explosion is suspected as the Qishanyan Tunnel under construction is designed to pass through a coal seam....

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