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Japan’s first hostile environment firefighting multi-robot system now operational 06 June 2019

According to Yomiuri Shimbun, the country’s first firefighting robot system has been deployed to an area with refineries, chemical plants and storage facilities in Ichihara, Chiba Prefecture. The system will battle blazes in hostile locations that are difficult for firefighters to reach....

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Massive chemical leaks at South Korea petrochemical plant leave 650 with health problems 21 May 2019

More than 650 people are suffering from severe headaches, nausea, giddiness or other health problems after inhaling chemical vapour leaked from Hanwha Total Petrochemical’s Deasan plant in Seosan, west central South Korea, local authorities said on May 21....

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Texas chemical plant explosion and fire kills one 03 April 2019

An explosion at the KMCO chemical plant in Crosby, Texas, killed at least one person and injured two others on April 2, according to local media. The blast started a large fire that firefighters took six hours to extinguish, and local officials imposed a shelter-in-place order for the surrounding area, which is about 35km north east of Houston....

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China to carry out exceptional safety inspections following fatal chemical plant explosion 28 March 2019

China's Ministry of Emergency Management will carry out a month-long special inspection in the fields of hazardous chemicals, mines and fire safety, according to the Xinhua state news agency. In a statement, the Ministry said lessons should be learned from recent accidents, and the country must thoroughly analyse its production safety systems. This follows the deadly chemical plant blast in east China's Jiangsu province on March 21 that killed 78....

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Dutch public prosecutor to sue Shell for explosion and toxic gas leak at Moerdijk plant 04 March 2019

The Dutch Public Prosecution Service announced on March 1 it would prosecute Royal Dutch Shell for an explosion in 2014 at its Moerdijk petrochemical plant and for the release of tonnes of carcinogenic ethylene oxide from the site in 2015 and 2016. According to the service, Shell did too little to prevent both incidents....

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Canada refinery suffers major explosion and fire during turnaround 09 October 2018

An explosion at the Irving Oil Refinery in St John, New Brunswick, started a major fire on October 8. Local sources said 3,000 people were at the site when the incident happened, mostly contractors working on a turnaround at the facility. The company confirmed that all its workers and contractors were accounted for. ...

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OSHA cites Husky Energy subsidiary Superior Refining for April explosion and fire 08 October 2018

On October 2, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said it had cited Superior Refining Company LLC - based in Superior, Wisconsin - for failing to control the use and release of highly hazardous chemicals after an explosion and fire on April 26 that injured several employees. The company faces $83,150 in proposed penalties....

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Explosion and fire at Indian refinery injure 45 09 August 2018

A major fire broke out at the Bharat Petroleum Corporation (BPCL) Mahul refinery in Chembur on August 8, with initial reports claiming 45 workers had been injured, two critically. A BPCL official told local media the fire started due to a blast in the compressor shed of the hydrocracker plant at the refinery....

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Hurricane Harvey shuts many Texas oil, gas and chemical operations 29 August 2017

Severe weather, heavy rain and flooding from Hurricane Harvey have caused widespread refinery and chemical plant shutdowns on the US Gulf Coast, the USA's main downstream hub. The US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement also said workers had been removed from 86 of the 737 manned platforms in the Gulf of Mexico, representing around 22% of the basin’s oil & gas production....

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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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