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Used Lithium Batteries Are Not Ordinary Waste!

Used lithium batteries are not ordinary waste!

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The performance of lithium batteries and storage cells has expanded their areas of technical application (telephony, computers, electric vehicles, rechargeable hybrids and electric bicycles). This development is now resulting in an increase in the number of batteries and storage cells at the end of their service life that must be processed or recycled. But lithium batteries and cells are not harmless objects: the high reactivity of the metal means that their use and processing/recycling, present risks. This is illustrated by the following flash, [...]
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Methanization: How Can The Sector Be Developed Without Increasing The Risks?

Methanization: how can the sector be developed without increasing the risks?

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Methanization is one of the key technologies of the circular economy and green growth. Within the framework of the Energy Transition Act, France has set itself the target of ensuring that 10% of the gas it consumes will originate from renewable sources by 2030. The development of methanization is one of the main levers to achieve this objective. The sector is expanding rapidly with 80 additional installations and the doubling of the production of biomethane injected into the natural gas networks in 2017. To achieve the objective by 2030, the Re [...]
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Fires In Waste Composting Activities

Fires in waste composting activities

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The relative increase in disposal costs and regulatory requirements (an overall reduction in landfilling by 2025, and sorting at source of bio-waste) allow composting activities to continue to grow in France. This development is highly beneficial from an environmental standpoint, but it is accompanied by a significant increase in accidents in these activities. This document focuses on fires, the dominant hazardous phenomenon. The aim is to identify the vulnerabilities of these activities and propose measures to prevent and protect against accid [...]
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Large-scale Fire In A Wood Chip Storage Facility

Large-scale fire in a wood chip storage facility

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  • FRANCE

At around 3 a.m., a deep-seated fire broke out in an outdoor 50,000 m3 woodchip storage in a waste recycling facility (24 m high, located on the facility's property line). White smoke was emitted above the urban zone and the highway. Access to the site was difficult for the firefighters because of the volume of the stack. The wind propagated the flames. An expert specialised in deep-seated fires was called upon. The CASU (the INERIS Emergency Support Unit) was asked to provide models of smoke dispersion, given the possible human consequences [...]

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Anticipating Emergency Response Difficulties

Anticipating emergency response difficulties

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The handling of an industrial accident is often rife with obstacles, e.g. water supply constraints, inappropriate response protocol in light of product properties, inefficient information provided by bystanders... 6.5% of all accidents recorded at France's classified sites have experienced major difficulties during emergency responses. This fact sheet offers a sampling of the errors to avoid and serves to better anticipate response difficulties, by drawing from an analysis of 395 events post-2010.
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Overview Of Accident Statistics On Waste Management Facilities

Overview of accident statistics on waste management facilities

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Waste management activities are not only a potential source of chronic risks (atmospheric pollution, olfactory or noise nuisances, etc.), they may also be responsible for the risk of accidents! This study, based on the analysis of 1100 accidents that occured over a 10-years period (2005-2014), draws an overview of accidental situations occuring in waste management activities.
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Fire At A Municipal Waste Sorting And Incineration Plant

Fire at a municipal waste sorting and incineration plant

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  • FRANCE

A fire broke out at around 2:30 a.m. in a 2000 m² sorting building at a waste processing facility. The facility, which was commissioned in 2010, sits on an isolated 18 hectare plot in an industrial port area. Driven by the wind, the flames spread in a matter of minutes to an 8000 m² compost storage and ripening area (4000 tonnes of compost). Incandescent cinders, drawn into the fans used to keep the buildings at negative pressure, caused the fire to spread to the air handler and deodoriser (biofilters along 3000 m²). In less than one  [...]

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Transport of waste in tank trucks

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Collecting, consolidating or mixing and transportation of liquid waste is the cause of many accidents. By their nature, waste can indeed be "sensitive" materials with physico-chemical characteristics more or less identified, unlike those of raw material. The risks induced result from the emergence of dangerous chemical or biological reactions, sometimes untimely and violent, with sudden rise of temperature. Discover some cases of notable accidents in the fact sheet below.
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Fire Outbreak In A Wood Recycling Plant

Fire outbreak in a wood recycling plant

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  • 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 of the site spotted the fire and called the emergency services, who responded using several water nozzles. A thick cloud of smoke was seen above the village. The inspection authorities for classified facilities observed that the wood stock was likely to have been soiled or treated with chemicals and that the volume of the wood stored [...]

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