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Management of health-related and environmental impacts

  • Fact sheet
Pollution of the ground or of the atmosphere, contamination of food resources are some consequences of the immediate or delayed effects of a toxic or polluting substance release to the environment. The technical management of this situations and the resulting[...]
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Breakage of a black liquor tank

  • Accident report
  • FRANCE
At 2:30 pm inside a paper mill located 5 km east of Arcachon Bay, a 5,000-m³ black liquor tank ruptured. Black liquor is a highly alkaline paper manufacturing residue composed of organic matter, soda and other chemical products; it serves[...]
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Leak On A Kerosene Pipeline

Leak on a kerosene pipeline

  • Accident report
  • ALLEMAGNE
A kerosene leak (A1 jet category) was detected on a pipeline (nominal diameter DN: 108, pressure: 13.8 bar, operational since: 1942) connecting a refinery to a storage area outside the oil platform site. The quantity of lost product was estimated[...]
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Rupture Of A Red Aluminium Sludge Pond

Rupture of a red aluminium sludge pond

  • Accident report
  • HONGRIE
Around noon, a red sludge basin at an aluminium production site employing some 1,200 personnel broke over a 50-m length, releasing 1 million m³ of highly basic sludge; 10 people were killed and another 286 injured (due to chemical burns[...]
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Fire At A 15.000 T Storage Facility For Used Tyres

Fire at a 15.000 t storage facility for used tyres

  • Accident report
  • GRECE
A large fire broke out at an open used-tire storage in an industrial area, near a recycling plant that had started its operation only two months earlier. The fire expanded fast and covered the whole pile of the tires, estimated[...]
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Leakage Of A Pipeline In A Nature Reserve

Leakage of a pipeline in a nature reserve

  • Accident report
  • FRANCE
A leak was discovered on a crude oil pipeline (diam.: 40'', maximum service pressure: 40 bar, built in 1972) composed of welded rolled tubes. The accident occurred on a Natura 2000 site in the Crau Natural Reserve, home to several[...]
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Firewood Storage

Firewood storage

  • Accident report
  • FRANCE
In a wooden pallet recycling plant located on the former site of a company recovering electrical transformers, a fire of unknown origin broke out at around 4 am in a 2 000 m² wood storage area. The security guard spotted[...]
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Water Pollution

Water pollution

  • Accident report
  • FRANCE
In a wood processing plant, the door on an autoclave suddenly opened while its contents (wood + wood treatment product) were still pressurised at 11 bar inside. Given the door's dimensions and the pressure setting, the product spewed out of[...]
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