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Gutted Chemical Safety Board Tries to Proceed with Single Board Member

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board, which has only one board member instead of the usual five, on Friday postponed a scheduled public meeting that was to include discussion of its plans to operate even as President Donald Trump pushes to …

India Investigator Recommends Moving S. Korea-Owned Plant After Gas Leak

CHENNAI/SEOUL – An investigation into a deadly gas leak at a South Korean-owned chemical plant in southern India that killed 12 people in May recommended the factory be moved away from inhabited areas, according to its full report released on …

India Releases Safety Guidelines on Restarting Factories After LG Chem Gas Leak

India has released safety guidelines for restarting manufacturing industries as it partially eases the world’s most expansive pandemic lockdown and tries to avoid further incidents after a gas leak last week. While restarting units, companies must consider the first week …

Gas Leak at LG Chem Plant in India Kills at Least 7, Forcing Evacuation of Thousands

An overnight gas leak at an LG Chem Ltd. polymer plant in southern India has killed at least seven people and forced the evacuation of thousands in the city of Visakhapatnam after the company tried to restart operations following the …

Petroleum Industry Revises Standard for Reducing Workers’ Fatigue

The American Petroleum Institute issued on Thursday a revised standard aimed at reducing fatigue among workers in the nation’s refineries and chemical plants, the trade group said. The fatigue standard, officially called Recommended Practice (RP) 755, was first issued in …

Harvey-Arkema Lesson: Chemical Plants Must Plan for Natural Disasters

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board on Thursday urged chemical plants to weigh the risks of natural disasters just as they would the integrity of pipes and production equipment. “Such facilities should perform an analysis to determine their susceptibility to extreme …

EPA Wants to Rescind Obama Chemical Plant Regulations

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency took steps on Thursday to roll back and delay Obama-era rules aimed at improving safety at chemical plants, which had come in response to a 2013 explosion at a fertilizer plant in Texas that killed …

Explosion at Georgia Chemical Plant Leaves 1 Dead

A man has died after an explosion at a chemical plant in Georgia. The Augusta Chronicle reports Richmond County Coroner Mark Bowen identified Wednesday’s victim as 29-year-old Steven Gonsalves, of Beech Island. Bowen says Gonsalves’ body will be sent to …

Arkema Plant Fires Underscore Chemical Industry Risk Management Challenge

In its devastatingly slow crawl up the industrial Gulf Coast, Hurricane Harvey is proving to be the biggest test yet of the safety and vulnerabilities of the U.S. chemicals industry. A Houston-area chemical plant was hit by explosions overnight after …

West Virginia Residents Sue Over 17K Gallon Chlorine Leak From Plant

West Virginians are suing one of the nation’s largest chlorine producers after a cloud of chlorine gas leaked from a railcar inside a company chemical plant near their homes. Attorney Jim Bordas says the Aug. 27 chlorine leak at the …