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06/24/2019

Massive Explosions at Largest Oil Refinery on East Coast Shake Philly and NJ Homes

A large, three-part explosion at an oil refinery in South Philadelphia caused massive balls of fire to shoot into the sky and homes to shake in Delaware County, PA and South Jersey. An unintentional release of hydrocarbon vapors is thought to have partially caused the explosion, though it is currently under investigation.

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04/26/2019

CSB Urges EPA to Review Hydrofluoric Acid Study

The US Chemical Hazard and Safety investigation Board (CSB) this month called for EPA to initiate a review and update of its 1993 hydrofluoric acid (HF) study. CSB urges EPA to determine whether current risk management plans are adequate to prevent a catastrophic release of HF. 

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04/08/2019

PHMSA Issues Emergency Hazmat Waivers for Nebraska, Iowa Disaster Areas

To facilitate recovery in states affected by the "bomb cyclone," flooding, and winter storms, DOT PHMSA issued two Emergency Hazmat Waivers last month.

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10/01/2018

How to Create an Integrated Contingency Plan

An integrated contingency plan (ICP) is a plan to respond to contingencies that integrates the requirements of multiple government agencies into one combined document.  

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05/24/2018

CSB Chairperson Announces Resignation

US Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) chairperson Vanessa Allen Sutherland announced her resignation from the Board on May 21. Sutherland’s resignation comes amidst repeated threats from the President to de-fund the chemical safety agency...

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12/04/2017

How to Be HAZWOPER Ready in 2018

As you make your resolutions for 2018, remember that the most effective emergency responses happen when people are prepared. Planning, training, and practicing for emergencies are important so that everyone knows what they must do and when to do it.

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