Category Archives: Community Involvement

Did you get a DHS – CFATS/CSAT Top Screen letter?

A lot of people got a letter recently from the Department of Homeland Security telling them that they have to file a CFATS Top-Screen. Unfortunately, some of you got this in error, but for those of you who actually still … Continue reading

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Interesting Times

A wise man once said that it was a curse if someone said to you: “May you live in interesting times.” EXECUTIVE ORDER – – – – – – – IMPROVING CHEMICAL FACILITY SAFETY AND SECURITY By the authority vested … Continue reading

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West Texas Damage Photos

I took a lot of pictures today while touring the damage in West, Texas. The album is open for viewing but I warn you that I am not a photographer and sometimes take a half dozen pictures of the same thing hoping … Continue reading

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Texas Ammonia Explosion Coverage

Just a quick note – I hope to update this later. The explosion in Texas has caused some reporters to imply that the company’s RMP filing for Anhydrous Ammonia was inaccurate because the “Worst Case Scenario” didn’t include an explosion … Continue reading

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EPA & Tyson agree to settle in a BIG way

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Justice announced a Clean Air Act (CAA) settlement with Tyson Foods, Inc. and several of its affiliate corporations to address threats of accidental chemical releases after anhydrous ammonia was … Continue reading

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The real cost of an OSHA/EPA fine isn’t the check you write

Sure, it’s painful to write a check to pay fines, but if you think that fine is the cost of OSHA/EPA non-compliance, you’re in for a rude awakening. The real cost of a fine from OSHA or the EPA isn’t … Continue reading

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Does your Emergency Action Plan provide for your employees in the event of a plant evacuation?

A northern Kentucky food processing plant experienced an ammonia leak that forced the evacuation of about 160 workers. The employees sat in groups on the lawn outside the building waiting to get belongings like car keys for nearly 11 hours. … Continue reading

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Relationships matter!

Bear with me for a few minutes, because this is going to start out talking about one thing but end up talking about something entirely different. . Beef Products International (BPI) has been in the news lately because their product … Continue reading

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Website Availability of Non-OCA RMP Data

Email from the EPA: . As you know, EPA regulates certain hazardous chemical facilities under 40 CFR Part 68 – known as the EPA Chemical Accident Prevention or Risk Management Plan (RMP) program.  EPA is aware that state and local … Continue reading

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Bostik Fines – Following up on Audit Recommendations MATTERS!

BOSTON – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Bostik Inc. for 50 alleged violations of workplace safety standards following a March 13 explosion at the company’s Middleton plant in which four workers were injured. … Continue reading

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