PES to begin laying off union refinery workers on Thursday: sources

PES The Philadelphia Energy Solutions oil refinery is shown following a recent fire that caused significant damage to the complex, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., June 26, 2019. REUTERS
Refiner Philadelphia Energy Solutions will begin dismissing some of its 640 union workers on Thursday, more than a week before its stated Aug. 25 termination date, two sources familiar with the plan said. TO READ ENTIRE ARTICLE CLICK HERE
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Tyson fire disrupts markets, supply chain

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The fire that partly destroyed the Tyson Foods Finney County beef plant in Holcomb, Kan., (near Garden City) on Friday, August 10, took cattle futures limit down Monday morning as traders tried to assess what lost fed cattle slaughter capacity means to markets. TO READ ENTIRE ARTICLE, CLICK HERE
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President Donald Trump to visit Shell cracker plant in Pennsylvania Tuesday

Beaver2 President Trump will visit the Shell Cracker Plant in Monaca to focus on energy and jobs at the shell plant now under construction along the Ohio River; KDKA’s Jon Delano reports.
Beaver County, PA - President Donald Trump will visit the Shell cracker plant in Beaver County on Tuesday, Aug. 13, the White House said Thursday. TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE, CLICK HERE
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'Toxic' Italian steel plant clean-up is a towering task

toleno Arcelor Mittal Italia is cleaning up the Taranto steel plant, which has been linked for years to reports of severe health problems (AFP Photo/Tiziana FABI)
Taranto (Italy) (AFP) - Rock climbers scale a giant canopy in Taranto to build the world's biggest iron-ore park cover as steel giant ArcelorMittal strives to clean up and turn around Italy's most polluting pla nt. To read entire article, CLICK HERE
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Williams Fire & Hazard Control exec Chauncey Naylor steps down

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Long time Williams Fire & Hazard Control executive Chauncey Naylor has submitted his resignation effective Sept. 2. The announcement was posted Tuesday to the Williams Fire & Hazard Control's Linkedin page.  Extending best wishes to Chauncey Naylor, who is retiring from Johnson Controls on September 2nd. Chauncey has been an integral member of the WILLIAMS FIRE & HAZARD CONTROL business, as the Director of the Emergency Response Operations & Training team, and an esteemed member of the WILLIAMS FIRE & HAZARD CONTROL Emergency Response team. Both groups have benefitted from his extensive field experience and vast industry knowledge, and are eager and well-prepared to propel the WILLIAMS FIRE & HAZARD CONTROL brand forward! We would like to thank Chauncey for his 23 years of service and congratulate him on his well-deserved retirement! To reach Williams Fire & Hazard Control's Linkedin page, CLICK HERE
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Neutralization of hydrofluoric acid to begin Monday at PES refinery

PES Fire fighters continue to battle flames at the PES refinery. (Emma Lee/WHYY)
Philadelphia, PA - Workers at the Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery in South Philadelphia are planning to start neutralizing tens of thousands of barrels of a highly toxic chemical beginning Monday (Aug. 5). The refinery is shutting down after an explosion and fire destroyed part of the plant. The company has entered Chapter 11 bankruptcy. TO READ ENTIRE ARTICLE, CLICK HERE
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A look back at the worst industrial fires and explosions in Houston's history

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Houston, TX - Houston is no stranger to impactful industrial fires, many that have claimed dozens and dozens of lives over the years. TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE, CLICK HERE
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Two businesses are contesting citations issued by OSHA following a fire and explosion that killed an Iowa firefighter in January.

clinton The Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued a citation with penalties totaling $55,894 against this Archer Daniels Midland facility in Clinton following a Jan. 5 fire and explosion that killed a Clinton firefighter. ADM is contesting the citation.
CLINTON, IA - Two businesses are contesting citations issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration following a fire and explosion that killed a Clinton firefighter in January. TO READ ENTIRE ARTICLE, CLICK HERE
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A distribution center fire almost melted Ben and Jerry’s summer trip

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Burlington, VT - On Wednesday, Ben & Jerry’s kicked off a summer event tour showcasing plant-based dining and their non-dairy flavors, but a fire at one of their distribution centers earlier this month almost derailed those plans. TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE, CLICK HERE
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Firefighters to honor fallen from 1956 McKee Refinery fire

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"Firefighting is a brotherhood.  We remember the fallen, and we make sure that we honor their memory," said Dumas Fire Department Chief Ronald Pray.  The Dumas Fire Department, along with the Sunray Volunteer Fire Department and the Valero Emergency Response Team, will be conducting a ceremony to pay tribute to the 19 who died in the line of duty on July 29, 1956 fighting the Shamrock McKee Refinery fire and explosion, the fourth deadliest industrial/structural fire in United States history.  Only three other incidents, including 9-11, killed more firefighters than the McKee disaster, according to Pray.  The ceremony will take place on July 29, 2019 at 7:00 pm on the lawn of the Moore County Courthouse near the memorial that was erected in the wake of the tragedy. TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE, CLICK HERE
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Michigan city aims to shut down plant operations after repeated chemical fires, gas clouds

belding Chlorine gas and smoke shroud Kassouni Manufacturing Inc. on June 22 in Belding after a volatile chemical was mishandled and caught fire, according to state officials. At least seven chemical fires have happened at the facility, near a residential area, since 2007. (Courtesy Photo/Mel Cotton)
Belding, MI - Belding city leaders are looking for legal measures to permanently keep a company from using a volatile chemical it has repeatedly mishandled. TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE, CLICK HERE
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Philadelphia Energy Solutions files for bankruptcy after refinery explosion and fire

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Philadelphia, PA - Philadelphia Energy Solutions, whose oil refinery was destroyed in a massive fire last month, once again filed for bankruptcy (July 22). TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE, CLICK HERE
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The ITC fire created 20 million gallons of waste. Getting rid of it is no easy task.

ITC Firefighters arrive at the site where the Intercontinental Terminals Company petrochemical fire reignited as crews tried to clean out the chemicals that remained in the tanks Friday, March 22, 2019, in Deer Park, Texas.Photo: Godofredo A. Vasquez, Houston Chronicle photographer.
Deer Park, TX - For about three weeks, a barge loaded with hazardous wastewater from the Deer Park chemical fire sat in limbo in the Houston Ship Channel. No one was quite sure whether the shipyard where it had been sent could process it. Ultimately, it was returned to the storage terminal from which it originated. TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE, CLICK HERE
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Lubrizol's emergency response team aims to put out fires before they start

Lubrizol Greg Hollerbach, left, Matt Sadowski, and Greg Black are part of Lubrizol's fire and rescue responders. Adam Dodd - The News-Herald
Painesville Twp., OH - The Lubrizol facility in Painesville Township is a major manufacturing plant spread across more than 158 acres. TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE, CLICK HERE
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Chris Ferrara honored with 2019 Red Adair Award

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Industrial Fire World magazine honored Chris Ferrara, owner of US Fire Pump, with its 2019 Red Adair Award Tuesday(July 16) in recognition of his accomplishments in improving fire equipment used in industrial firefighting. "What a great honor," Ferrara said. "I'm glad to be in this industry and really make a difference." The award, presented during the US Fire Pump 2019 Hospitality Night in College Station, TX.  recognizes leadership in dealing with industrial emergencies.Ferrara was formerly the owner of Ferrara Fire Apparatus in Holden, LA. Adair, who died in August 2004 at age 89, was a highly respected leader in the specialized field of oil well firefighting. His lengthy career was capped in 1991 when he took a lead role in extinguishing the many oil well fires in Kuwait set by the retreating Iraqi army after the Gulf War. “The greatest aspect of this award is its tie to Red,” IFW publisher...
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2018 Red Adair Award winner announces retirement

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Superior, MI - Superior’s fire chief is making plans to step into retirement Sept. 30 after a 26-year career with the department. TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE, CLICK HERE
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Ocado takes $137 million hit from warehouse blaze sparked by robot

Ocado Firefighters at the scene of Ocado robotic warehouse in Andover, Hampshire after a huge blaze that swept through the building was brought under control. (Photo by Andrew Matthews/PA Images via Getty Images)
A devastating fire that ripped through an Ocado warehouse in the south of England in February, leaving it unusable, cost the online retailer $137 million (£110 million). TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE, CLICK HERE
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Fire at bourbon warehouse leads to fish kill in Kentucky River

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The Kentucky River is increasingly showing the effects of the alcohol that spilled into Glenns Creek as a result of the July 2 fire at the Jim Beam bourbon warehouse in Woodford County, according to the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet. “The plume is expected to hit the Ohio River sometime late Monday morning,” a KEEC press release states. “We expect the plume to dissipate quickly at it enters the much, much larger body of water but there could be some impact to aquatic life immediately where the rivers meet.” Teams from the KEEC, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and representatives from Beam Suntory, along with three teams from the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources are sampling water oxygen levels and documenting the number of fish killed. In addition to the assessment teams, there are teams on the river conducting active aeration to mitigate some of the effects on the...
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CSB releases final report into fatal 2014 incident at DuPont La Porte facility

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Washington, D.C., June 25, 2019 – Today, at a public business meeting, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board released its  final investigation report  into the November 15, 2014, methyl mercaptan release at the DuPont Plant in La Porte, TX, that killed four workers. The report includes key lessons related to emergency planning and response, process safety management systems, and process safety culture. Interim Executive Dr. Kristen Kulinowski said, “Our investigation revealed a long chain of failures which resulted in this fatal event, including deferring much needed process improvements; improvements that could have prevented the toxic release. In the middle of the night on November 15, 2014, nearly 24,000 pounds of deadly methyl mercaptan escaped through two valves in a poorly ventilated manufacturing building at DuPont’s La Porte facility. For several days leading to the incident, operations personnel attempted to clear blocked piping outside of the manufacturing building. In response to what personnel...
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Philadelphia refinery that exploded to close

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Philadelphia, PA –  Mayor Jim Kenney released the following statement on the future of the Philadelphia Energy Solutions (PES) refinery: “I spoke with the CEO and leadership of Philadelphia Energy Solutions this morning and can confirm that PES intends to shut down the refinery within the next month. I’m extremely disappointed for the more than one thousand workers who will be immediately impacted by this closure, as well as other businesses that are dependent on the refinery operations. The City is committed to supporting them during this difficult time in any way possible. We will immediately convene a group of City and quasi-governmental organizations to discuss the economic and employment impacts, and what the City is able to do in response. We are also retooling the plans of the working group led by the City’s Managing Director and Fire Commissioner to focus efforts on determining the future of the refinery, assisting PES to...
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