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Latest fire at Californian refinery to cause air quality investigation 21 February 2017

A fire broke out at the Torrance refinery in southern California on February 18 causing local authorities to issue a "shelter in place" order, and 67 people complained of respiratory problems to the South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD). The agency issued a Notice of Violation to the refinery for causing a public nuisance. No one was injured in the incident and firefighters extinguished the blaze after 30 minutes....

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Damage awards climb towards $30 million for survivors of Williams Olefins plant explosion 18 November 2016

A Louisiana jury has awarded a combined $16.1 million in damages to four workers injured in the explosion at the Williams Olefins chemical facility at Geismar, LA, on June 13, 2013. The massive explosion killed two employees and injured another 167, many seriously. The explosion started a large fire and people two miles away were ordered to shelter in place....

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Fourth person dies after BASF chemical plant blast in Ludwigshafen 31 October 2016

Another firefighter has died after being injured in the October 17 blast at the BASF chemical complex in Ludwigshafen, south west Germany. The explosion and subsequent fire killed two other BASF firefighters as well as a Polish sailor on a nearby tanker ship. The body of the sailor was retrieved by divers from the bottom of the BASF plant harbour where the accident took place....

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CSB says poor safety culture led to fatal explosion in 2013 at Louisiana petrochemical plant 25 October 2016

The US Chemical Safety Board (CSB) has released its final report into the 2013 explosion and fire at the Williams Olefins Plant in Geismar, Louisiana, which killed two employees. The report concludes that process safety management program deficiencies at the Williams Geismar facility during the 12 years leading to the incident allowed a type of heat exchanger called a "reboiler" to be unprotected from overpressure, and ultimately rupture....

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Dust explosion at Korean chemical plant kills one, injures four 19 October 2016

A dust explosion in a silo at the Star Chemical company plant in the city of Gumi in south eastern South Korea left one worker dead and four others injured on October 19, the Yonhap agency reported. A silo containing terephthalic acid powder caught fire while workers were removing the silo's pipes. The chemical is a raw material used in producing polyester, widely used for clothes....

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Two confirmed killed, one missing and six seriously injured after huge explosion at BASF chemical plant in Germany 18 October 2016

An explosion at a chemical plant in western Germany on October 17 killed two, with another man confirmed missing. The blast happened at BASF's main site in Ludwigshafen at around 11.30am during work on a pipeline transporting chemicals and flammable liquids to the plant's northern harbour on the river Rhine, the company said....

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Iran fears oil plant fires could be due to hacking 23 September 2016

AP says in one of its Big Story reports that a series of fires at Iranian petrochemical plants and facilities have raised suspicions about hacking having played a role, with authorities saying that viruses have contaminated equipment at several of the affected complexes. This follows the targeting of the country’s nuclear uranium enrichment facilities by the Stuxnet virus in 2010....

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Greenpeace report claims chemical accidents in China killed 200 in first 8 months of 2016 22 September 2016

According to a Greenpeace report quoted by the New York Times, 199 have been killed and a further 400 injured in the production, storage and transportation of chemicals in China from January to August 2016. The investigation, which relied on government statistics, found that there were 232 chemical accidents over the period....

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Brexit worries hold back some investment, but UK chemical and pharmaceutical companies project positive outlook 04 August 2016

The UK Chemical Industries Association second quarter member company business survey found that, despite weakening sales and exports in Q2 2016, chemical and pharmaceutical companies are continuing their positive outlook over the next twelve months,in the midst of significant post-Brexit concerns.  ...

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New Commission study shows high regulatory costs for EU chemical industry 19 July 2016

A new Commission study shows that the cost of implementing major regulations for the European chemical industry doubled between 2004 and 2014. Europe’s regulatory framework for chemicals, along with industry’s own efforts, plays an essential role in ensuring the protection of human health and the environment. In response, European chemical industry group Cefic called for a greater focus on competitiveness....

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