Monthly Archives: February 2015

Scientists Warn That Novel Chemicals Found in Firefighters Blood Could be Toxic

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Many perflourinated compounds have been phased out of manufacturing due to concerns about toxicity and damage to wildlife. Among them is perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS), which, … Continue reading

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Brazil – Petrobras Brazil Offshore Explosion Kills 5, 10 Missing

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At least 5 workers were killed and 17 injured on Wednesday by an explosion on an offshore oil and gas platform operated by state-run Petrobras, … Continue reading

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Japan Readies First Robot to Probe Melted Fukushima Reactor

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HITACHI, Japan — A snake-like robot designed to examine the inside of one of three melted reactors at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant is ready … Continue reading

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Toxic Orange Cloud Created By Acid Explosion Spreads Over FIVE Spanish Towns

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Residents of five towns in Catalonia have been warned to stay indoors after a chemical explosion at a warehouse spread a massive orange toxic cloud. … Continue reading

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USA – Ethanol From Derailed Train Leaking Into Mississippi River

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DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — Railroad officials say it’s unclear how much ethanol has leaked into the Mississippi River following a train derailment in eastern Iowa, … Continue reading

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13 Workers Charred Beyond Recognition in Bangladesh Plastics Factory Fire

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At least 13 people were killed Saturday in a fire inside a plastics factory in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh. Local media reported that the … Continue reading

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Iraq – Burning Oilfields After Fighting in Iraq

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After a dramatic weekend of clashes between Islamic State (ISIS) fighters and Kurdish forces, an oilfield in Iraq has been left burning and damaged. As … Continue reading

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Argentina – Oil Company Forced To Leave Peru Town After Protests

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An Argentine oil company says it will withdraw from an area of the Peruvian Amazon where it has been prospecting for gas deposits. The company, … Continue reading

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CSB Urges OSHA For Combustible Dust Regulations in Wake of Ink Plant Fire Report – Video

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It took just minutes for a flash fire near a bag dump station inside a New Jersey ink plant to set off an orange fireball … Continue reading

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Explosion at Chemical Plant in Eastern Ukraine Sparks Fire

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DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — A powerful explosion rocked a chemical plant and set it on fire Monday outside the separatist stronghold of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine. … Continue reading

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Breaking News – TransAsia GE235: Both’Engines failed’ before Taiwan crash

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Black box data from the TransAsia Airlines turbo-prop plane that crashed in Taiwan has revealed that power was cut to both engines, investigators say. Taiwan’s … Continue reading

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USA – Trial Ends Over How Much BP Should Pay For Gulf Oil Spill

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The latest phase of a trial to determine how much BP should pay in Clean Water Act penalties for the 2010 … Continue reading

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UK – North Sea Oil Rig Fall Death Company Fined $160,000

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A company has been fined over the death of an oil rig worker who fell 75ft (23m) from a North Sea platform. Lee Bertram, 37, … Continue reading

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Brazil – Petrobras Chief Exec & Senior Executives Resign Over Corruption Scandal

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The head of Brazil’s state-run oil giant Petrobras and five senior executives have resigned in the wake of a huge corruption scandal. Maria das Gracas … Continue reading

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USA – Local Union President Says National Oil Refinery Strike Isn’t About Wages, It’s About Safety

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A minute after the stroke of midnight, United Steelworkers union members walked off the job at nine oil refineries and chemical plants in a national … Continue reading

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Nigeria – Deadly Pirate Raid On Greek Oil Tanker

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Gunmen have boarded a Greek-owned tanker anchored near a Nigerian port, killing one crew member and taking three others hostage, officials say. The Kalamos was … Continue reading

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Mexico – Nurse Who Tried To Save Babies From Gas Explosion At Mexico Hospital Dies, Raising Toll to 4

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MEXICO CITY — A nurse who was trying to help newborns to safety as a dangerous gas cloud formed at a Mexico City hospital has … Continue reading

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EU Backing Away From Nuclear Safety Fixes

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European countries are retreating from a Swiss-led proposal to strengthen international nuclear safety rules in the face of opposition from the U.S. and Russia. Less … Continue reading

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Bangladesh – Plastics Factory Fire Kills 13 In Dhaka

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At least 13 people have died and dozens have been injured in a fire at a plastics factory in Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka, officials say. The … Continue reading

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Taiwan Plane Crash: Teams Search For 12 Missing People – Video

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Rescue teams in Taiwan are continuing to search for the 12 people who remain unaccounted for after a plane crashed in a river. Thirty-one people … Continue reading

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President’s Budget Requests 12.271 Million for Chemical Safety Board for Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Will Support Hiring of Investigators and Recommendations Staff to Increase Mission Activities

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Washington, DC, February 2, 2015 – The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) today released its annual budget justification, accompanying the president’s budget request of $12.271 … Continue reading

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Libya – Gunmen ‘Kill 11 Including Foreigner’ At Oilfield

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Unknown gunmen have attacked a defunct Libyan oilfield leaving at least 11 dead, one of them a foreign national, the oilfield’s commander says. Three other … Continue reading

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Kazakhstan – Fire Occurs On Main Gas Pipeline

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Fire broke out Feb. 2 on the Orenburg-Novopskov main gas pipeline in Kazakhstan, the Kazakh joint-stock company, KazTransGas, said. “A rupture, followed by fire occurred … Continue reading

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INTERSCHUTZ 2015 – Hot Spot For Fire Prevention, Disaster Relief, Rescue & Security

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Dr. Thomas de Maizière, Minister of the Interior and patron of INTERSCHUTZ 2015, praises the efforts of voluntary workers – Additional hall space to meet … Continue reading

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Interschutz 2015 – Preparing For The Worst

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LÜKEX 2015 will simulate a severe storm tide Hannover. Five months after INTERSCHUTZ, in November 2015, disaster-relief experts will congregate once again in North Germany … Continue reading

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INTERSCHUTZ Is Looking For The World’s Toughest Firefighter

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In 2015 it will be back – the prestigious “Toughest Firefighter Alive” (TFA) contest. But this time we will be crowning the world champion! The … Continue reading

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Interschutz 2015 – Designed To Facilitate Knowledge Sharing

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INTERSCHUTZ 2015 will also serve as a prime source of valuable expertise. For the first time, the fair will feature a forum dedicated especially to … Continue reading

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Interschutz 2015 Largest-ever Turnout By Rescue Services

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China and Germany are working together to modernize China’s rescue services. To find out more, visit the German-Chinese pavilion at INTERSCHUTZ 2015. In October 2013, … Continue reading

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