Category Archives: Community Involvement

CSB Releases Safety Video on 2009 Fatal Blast at NDK Crystal – Animation Depicts Stress Corrosion Cracking; Vessels Were Not Inspected or Tested

Today the CSB issued a report on a 2009 vessel failure that it blamed on Stress Corrosion Cracking. There are some interesting lessons to be learned about incident investigation in this report since the mechanism that led to the vessel’s … Continue reading

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NRC Call – When is it necessary? When is it a good idea?

Most people involved with Ammonia Refrigeration understand that if we have an unintentional release of ammonia in excess of 100 pounds over a 24hr period, we have to report it to the National Response Center (among others) immediately or face … Continue reading

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FUD in the news!

PSM people love their acronyms and we all have our favorites. One of mine is “FUD” or Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt. I generally use this acronym when discussing how the media reports stories about topics I am familiar with. It … Continue reading

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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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