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Harvey: TX Pipeline Leak Contained

During Hurricane Harvey, La Porte, TX, firefighters and a Harris County hazardous materials team contained a chemical spill Monday after a pipeline ruptured on the northeast side of La Porte in the petrochemical district about 20 miles east of downtown Houston. Around 4:30 p.m. Monday, residents of La Porte, Baytown and Shoreacres were warned to […]

Ashland EU Fire Affects Supplies for ‘18

Specialty chemicals maker Ashland expects supplies of intermediates from a plant in Germany will end up affected into next year after production was suspended following a fire earlier this month. In an update, the Covington, Kentucky-based company said it continues to assess the situation at a plant in Marl, Germany, where the August 10 fire […]

Hot Pipe Cause of MetalX Fire

A hot pipe on a scrapped vehicle was the cause of a fire Saturday at MetalX’s Waterloo, IN, plant that sent a plume of dark smoke into the air, the metal recycler said. Crews from four fire departments got the call at 5 p.m. Saturday to the MetalX plant in Waterloo on a report of […]

NIST, DHS Team to Create Secure ‘Smart City’

The 2018 Global City Teams Challenge (GCTC) will focus on designed-in cybersecurity for “smart city” systems that are more secure, reliable, resilient and protective of privacy. Launched in 2014, the GCTC helps communities partner with innovators who use networked technologies to solve problems, which range from mass transit improvement to energy management to disaster response. RELATED […]

Harvey: Exxon Refineries Damaged

ExxonMobil said Tuesday Hurricane Harvey damaged two of its refineries, causing the release of hazardous pollutants. The acknowledgment came in a regulatory filing with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ). RELATED STORIES Harvey: Explosions at Arkema TX Plant Harvey: Refineries Shut, Chem Plant Evac Ordered Monitoring Continues at Shell Tank Farm FL Utility Blast: […]

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