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US Chemical Safety Board provides investigation update into fatal December 2020 blast 04 March 2021

The US Chemical Safety Board (CSB) has released an investigation update on the December 2020 explosion at a chemical plant in Belle, West Virginia which killed one worker and injured three others. The blast occurred in an industrial dryer unit while Optima Belle, the tenant at the plant, was performing a process to remove water from chlorinated dry bleach....

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Meat processing company fined £176,000 for ammonia leak 26 February 2021

A meat processing company in New Zealand has been fined $337,500 (£176,000) after an ammonia leak in February. The leak at the Silver Fern Farms plant in Hawera on the southwest coast of New Zealand’s North Island contaminated a local stream, killing scores of fish and eels....

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Ammonia leak at ice plant kills 2, leaves 90 sick in the Philippines 08 February 2021

An ammonia leak at an ice plant in the city of Navotas near Manila killed two people on February 3 and left 90 others inured or sick. The surrounding area was evacuated with hundreds of nearby residents transported away after employees fell ill at the TP Marcelo Ice Plant....

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Chemical leak injures seven at LG Display plant in South Korea 18 January 2021

A chemical leak at a factory in South Korea injured seven people on January 13. The incident happened at a plant belonging to LG Display in the city of Paju, 34 miles (55km) north of Seoul near the North Korea border....

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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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