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Fire At A Chemicals Plant

Fire at a chemicals plant

  • Accident report
  • FRANCE
The summary of this accident has not yet been translated. In the meantime, please refer to the French summary : Vers 2h35, un feu se déclare sur 2 sites industriels mitoyens dans une zone industrielle. L'un, classé Seveso Seuil Haut,[...]
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Beware Of Smoke From Fire!

Beware of smoke from fire!

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Whether white (rich in aerosols or water vapour), grey (a mixture of aerosols and solid particles) or black (large solid particles), the smoke released from fires presents several risks. Beyond death from intoxication, fumes are a potential health hazard owing[...]
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Explosions in a hazardous materials warehouse

  • Accident report
  • CHINE
173 fatalitiesDestruction of civil infrastructure within a 1-km radiusCyanide pollutionSite rehabilitation Fire broke out at 10:50 pm at the site of a logistics company, operating since 2011 in the Tianjin port sector with a floor area covering 46,000 m². At[...]
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Two vats of hydrocarbons on fire following a malicious act

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  • FRANCE
The blasts occurred around 3 am in the storage zone of a petrochemical plant: 2 tanks ignited and their floating roofs were damaged. The 1st tank contained 11,300 m³ of pyrolysis gasoline (a mix of diesel, butene, toluene and butadiene).[...]
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Accidents with cross-border effects

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Events with cross-border effects are, by definition, of significant magnitude and, for the majority of them, are major accidents. 28 events registered in the ARIA database are identified as belonging to this category, 23 of which occurred in the territory[...]
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Chronic leakage of toxic effluents in a chemical plant

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  • ALLEMAGNE
In a chemical plant, a leak of effluents containing acetonitrile (a harmful and flammable solvent) from the process wastewater system lead to groundwater contamination. As the network was used only sporadically, the duration of the leak could not be accurately[...]
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Discharge of effluents containing heavy metals into a river

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  • FINLANDE
For 30 hours, 66 t of nickel sulphate, from a metallurgical plant producing nickel cathodes and 50,000 t of nickel-based chemicals, spilt into the Kokemaki River. The highest concentration of nickel measured in the river was 8,800μg/l for an instant[...]
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Rupture Of A Crude Oil Pipeline

Rupture of a crude oil pipeline

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  • FRANCE
A longitudinal rupture occurred at approximately 6 a.m. on a crude oil pipeline (DN 500, buried depth: 1 m in clayey soil; commissioning date: 1965; pressure: 69 bar) at 1.5 km from a nature reserve. No disturbance or pressure surges in the pumping operation[...]
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Water pollution by hydrocarbons

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The Water Framework Directive of December 2000 which commits the countries of the European Union with a goal of regaining the quality of the water and the aquatic environments by 2015, supposes a better protection of these environments against any[...]
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