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  • Explosion kills two at steel plant in Brazil

    16 August 2017

    An explosion at a Brazilian steel plant operated by Gerdau SA killed two people and injured 10 others on August 16, the company and local metalworkers union said. The blast occurred at a coke oven at Gerdau's plant in the state of Minas Gerais according to the Metalworking Union of Ouro Branco (Sindob)....

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  • US nuclear regulator decides against citing Westinghouse for safety violations

    14 August 2017

    The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) will not issue a civil penalty or cite Westinghouse Electric Co. for safety violations discovered at the company’s nuclear fuel fabrication facility in Richland, Washington state. Westinghouse officials acknowledged that the violations occurred and had taken a number of corrective actions, the NRC said in a press release....

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  • Initial report into fatal Colorado oil tank explosion says blast linked to emissions-control work

    14 August 2017

    The May 25 explosion in Mead, Colorado, that killed one worker and left three others seriously injured was caused by a build up of combustible products in a trench being dug between oil storage tanks at the Anadarko Petroleum site, Mountain View Fire Rescue Fire District said in a report....

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  • Cal/OSHA fines California ski resort for death of worker in avalanche control blasting activities

    14 August 2017

    Following an investigation into the death of a ski patroller at the Squaw Valley resort, California's Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) has cited and fined Squaw Valley Ski Holdings for violating two workplace safety codes, including for unsafe working practices while carrying out avalanche control blasting....

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  • South Carolina utilities suspend construction of two reactors in blow to US nuclear revival

    07 August 2017

    On July 31, the utilities involved in the construction of two new nuclear reactors at the V.C. Summer Nuclear Station in Jenkinsville, South Carolina, said all construction work would halt on the site because of delays and cost overruns. South Carolina Electric and Gas Co. (SCG&E) and partner Santee Cooper commissioned Westinghouse Electric Co. to build two AP1000 reactors at the site nine years ago....

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Two killed in US school gas explosion 03 August 2017

A natural gas explosion at Minnehaha Academy in Minneapolis on August 2 collapsed part of the building, killing two people and hospitalising nine others, officials said. The explosion was caused by contractors doing work on the building, Minneapolis Assistant Fire Chief Bryan Tyner said. Both of those killed were school staff members....

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Colorado ranch owner claims oil spill sabotaged sale of property 02 August 2017

The owner of Bishop Ranch, a big-game hunting operation near the town of Parachute in Western Colorado, has sued the Encana energy group over a pipeline leak last year that the suit says contaminated the property and killed its planned $5 million sale. The suit claims that even if the spill is cleaned up, the stigma would affect any future sale....

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Five hurt in explosion at Michigan steelworks 02 August 2017

At least five employees were injured after an explosion at United States Steel Corp.'s Great Lakes Works facility in River Rouge, Michigan, on July 31. The five workers were transported to local hospitals for treatment following the incident at the facility's Hot Strip Mill, according to a statement from US Steel issued on August 1....

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News Extra: US researchers discover role of microbes in remediating 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill 01 August 2017

For the first time, a research team at the US Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) has identified all of the principal oil-degrading bacteria active in the massive Macondo well leak in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, as well as their mechanisms for chewing up the many different components of the released crude oil....

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News Extra: Nuclear plants in Ukraine and USA hit by cyberattacks 01 August 2017

Monitoring systems at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine were taken down by the worldwide cyber attack in late June dubbed ‘Petya’. Systems usually used to monitor the area around the power station for radioactivity following the nuclear meltdown there in 1986 were not working, the Ukrainian authorities said, and the area was monitored manually until automated systems were restored a few days later. ...

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