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Monson Arts Summer Design Residencies
Monson Arts is a new arts center in Monson, Maine. Programs include residencies for artists and writers, intensive shorter workshops, and educational partnerships with area secondary schools.

Monson Arts is partnering with RISD to offer two, month-long, design focused summer residencies. Design residents will focus on developing prototypes and designs, and experimenting with materials.

Both RISD residents will receive a $1,000 stipend, room and board, a private studio, and access to Monson Arts’ wood and metal working shops. Monson Arts has a studio technician on staff 20 hours a week who will provide support. In addition, residents have access to digital fabrication equipment at the Innovative Media and Research Center (IMRC) at the University of Maine in Orono, a partner of Monson Arts.

Monson is located at the edge of Maine’s North Woods, a 3.5 million acres of forest bordering Canada. It is the last town on the Appalachian Trail before the beginning of the 100-Mile Wilderness that leads to Mount Katahdin. Since it was founded in 1822, the community has had an economy based on natural resources. In the late 19th through the early 20th centuries, slate quarries supported a thriving industry. Moosehead Manufacturing produced wood furniture from the 1945 until its closure in 2007. The region also has a rich arts tradition: Henry David Thoreau wrote about the area in The Maine Woods, photographer Berenice Abbott lived in Monson and nearby Blanchard, and traditional makers are well establish in the area including the North Woods Canoe Company, Atkinson.
Student  alumni  Maine  design  Industrial  FurnitureDesign  architecture  residencies  summer 
5 hours ago by risdgrants
Security guard suffers burns in factory fire
BUKIT MERTAJAM: A security guard suffered burns in a fire at a factory producing plastic goods at the Permatang Tinggi Industrial Park near here early today, according to the Penang Fire & Rescue Department.

Its operations officer, Mohd Fauzi Suid, said the guard was injured as he was fleeing from the factory, where various acids for the manufacturing process were stored.

“The man was sent to the Seberang Jaya Hospital,” he said, adding that he had yet to be identified.

Mohd Fauzi said the department was alerted to the fire at 1.21am and it rushed 50 firefighters to the factory where the fire occurred at the acid storage area.

“More than 30 containers with various acids such as nitric acid, caustic soda flakes, hydrogen peroxide, sulphuric acid, Interox ST-50 and natrium hydroxide stored outside the factory building had caught fire,” he said.
Malaysia  industrial  fire  injury  acids 
11 hours ago by dchas
Update: Swift response of incident management team helps contain fire quickly at Interwaste
Interwaste has confirmed that a fire, not a chemical explosion, took place at their facility in Germiston on Tuesday.

Kate Stubbs, director of business development and marketing, said, “Interwaste confirms that a fire took place at one of our waste recycling facilities at around 8am this morning.

“Through the quick response of our incident management team, the fire was contained within 20 minutes, prior to the arrival of emergency services.

“Our first priority in all our operations is the safety and well-being of all employees who may be affected directly and indirectly by any incidents.

“Regrettably, four of our employees were injured by the fire this morning.”

Stubbs added that each employee received immediate medical attention from the on-site safety and first aid officers, and were subsequently transported to private medical facilities where they are receiving further treatment.
South_Africa  industrial  fire  injury  waste 
11 hours ago by dchas
CSB Releases Final Report Into 2016 Pascagoula Gas Plant Explosion
Washington, D.C., February 19, 2019: The U.S. Chemical Safety Board released its final report of the June 27, 2016, investigation of an explosion and fire at the Enterprise Products Pascagoula Gas Plant in Pascagoula, MS. The CSB determined that the probable cause was a phenomenon known as thermal fatigue.  The CSB also issued recommendations to two trade associations and local emergency responders.  

The incident occurred late in the evening on June 27, 2016, when a major loss of containment in a heat exchanger resulted in the release of methane, ethane, propane, and several other hydrocarbons. The hydrocarbons ignited, initiating a series of fires and explosions, which ultimately shut down the site for almost six months. 

CSB Interim Executive Kristen Kulinowski said, “More than 500 gas processing facilities operate across the country and the use of similar heat exchangers is common. Extending the life cycle of equipment at these facilities requires more robust inspection protocols.  Operators shouldn’t take the risk of waiting to find a leak because, as this case demonstrates, that leak could result in a catastrophic failure.” 
us_DC  industrial  follow-up  environmental  methane  propane 
yesterday by dchas
Extremely high PFAS levels found at Hastings manufacturer
HASTINGS, MI — Extremely high levels of toxic fluorochemical contamination has been discovered in groundwater at a fire suppression equipment manufacturing plant in Barry County.

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality says groundwater under the Viking Corporation facility in Hastings recently tested at 335,000 parts-per-trillion (ppt) for Total PFAS, in an area where the company tests products using chemical-based firefighting foam.

Total PFAS is the sum of all PFAS compounds in a given sample.

The contamination does not pose a threat to drinking water, according to the DEQ and local officials. There are no wells in the path of groundwater flow and the city’s municipal supply wells are located upgradient, to the east, and draw from a deep protected aquifer.
us_MI  industrial  discovery  environmental  other_chemical 
yesterday by dchas
A fire broke out at Tesla's Fremont factory, but was quickly contained with no one injured
A fire broke out at Tesla's car production plant in Fremont, California Saturday night, but was contained and did not impact vehicle production.

According to The Mercury News, citing Fremont Deputy Fire Chief Amiel Thurston, the fire broke out at around 8.25 p.m. PT (11.25 p.m. ET) and started in "a 10 foot by 10 foot area containing hazardous waste in an exterior storage area." The fire was quickly contained, Thurston said.

"There’s no threat to the public at this time. The hazmat team is monitoring both the atmosphere conditions and the fire," Thurston said.
us_CA  industrial  fire  response  waste 
3 days ago by dchas
Technician suffers chemical burns at Milford research company
MILFORD – An employee at Nitto Avecia was hospitalized with chemical burns Friday after being splashed with a form of acid at the Fortune Boulevard research company.

The technician was taking apart a hose connection late Friday morning, but did not realize the hose was pressurized and was splashed with the acid. The technician – who was wearing protective equipment – immediately hit the emergency shutdown, helping contain the spill to one room. That room is specially designed to contain a chemical spill, Fire Chief William Touhey said outside the scene.

The technician decontaminated twice in an emergency shower at the facility before being taken to Milford Regional Medical Center.

The technician was not immediately identified, and Touhey did not have a condition update while at the scene Friday.

The chief is unsure how much of the substance was spilled. A state hazmat team responded and was assessing the situation before cleanup operations began Friday afternoon, said Touhey.

The facility was evacuated and there were no other reported injuries. The chief anticipated employees would be able to get back into other parts of the building later in the day.
us_MA  industrial  release  injury  acids 
4 days ago by dchas
Panel to review potential OSHA emergency response standard
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration is planning to initiate a small business advocacy review panel for a potential emergency response standard outlining procedures to respond to natural catastrophes such as fires and hurricanes and incidents such as explosions at chemical plant facilities within 60 days.

The agency informed the Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy and the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs within the Office of Management and Budget on Feb. 7 that it plans to initiate a Small Business Advocacy Review panel, commonly known as a SBREFA panel, on emergency response under the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act, according to an email from a SBA spokesperson.

An April 2013 explosion at the West Fertilizer Co. in West, Texas that killed 12 emergency responders and three civilians and injured more than 260 others led to then-President Barack Obama’s executive order directing agencies such as OSHA to strengthen their preparation and response to chemical safety incidents.

In response, OSHA tasked the National Advisory Committee for Occupational Safety and Health's subcommittee for emergency response and preparedness with exploring a potential regulation in September 2015. In December 2016, NACOSH recommended that OSHA pursue an emergency responder preparedness program standard and submitted a draft rule for OSHA consideration that would require emergency service organizations to write and implement a comprehensive risk management plan covering risks associated with administration, facilities, training, vehicle operations, protective clothing and equipment, emergency and nonemergency incidents and related activities.
industrial  follow-up  environmental 
4 days ago by dchas
Eco-friendly technique selectively recovers copper from circuit board waste
Tossed circuit boards are about 20% copper, a much larger fraction than the roughly half a percent in copper ore mined from the ground. That percentage, plus the growing mounds of global electronic waste, drives the hunt for effective and green methods for extracting copper from circuit boards.
A new method takes advantage of ball milling, a brute force means of jumpstarting chemical reactions (Environ. Sci. Technol., 2019, DOI:10.1021/acs.est.8b06081). If the simple process can be scaled up, it would be more eco-friendly and efficient than current methods for recovering copper from circuit boards.
Global electronic waste exceeds 40 million tons and is growing at a rate of 3-5% per year. Circuits boards make up 2 million tons of that total. China, one of the largest producers of circuit boards and the major recipient of global electronic waste before the country limited the import of many types of waste in 2018, is struggling under the environmental consequences of this waste. “Improper handling of waste circuit boards has generated serious environmental problems and human health threats in China,” says Huijie Hou, an environmental engineer at Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST).
China  industrial  discovery  environmental  waste  copper 
4 days ago by dchas
US EPA cites Chemours for releases of GenX-related chemicals
The US Environmental Protection Agency has cited Chemours for failing to control emissions of its GenX-related fluoroethers from plants in North Carolina and West Virginia. The EPA move marks the first federal-enforcement action against Chemours since fluoroether pollution from the factories came to public attention in the last two years.
Chemours violated the terms of a 2009 consent order with the agency that allowed the firm to manufacture two of the chemicals, says EPA’s notice of violation, issued Feb. 14 and first reported by NC Policy Watch.
The fluoroethers are part of Chemours’s GenX technology designed to replace the use of persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic perfluoroocanoic acid as a processing aid in the manufacture of fluoropolymers. The GenX chemicals are considered less toxic and less bioaccumulative than the substance they are replacing.
The agency originally developed the consent order with DuPont, which spun off its fluorochemicals business into Chemours in 2015. With that split, Chemours was legally bound to comply with the 2009 EPA directive.
us_NC  industrial  follow-up  environmental  other_chemical  plastics  illegal 
4 days ago by dchas
Three killed in explosion at chemical factory
DAEJEON, Feb. 14 (Yonhap) -- Three are dead after a chemical factory run by a major conglomerate exploded and caught fire, firefighters said Thursday.
The explosion occurred at 8:42 a.m. at a Hanwha factory in Daejeon, a city located about 143 km south of Seoul.
Three employees have been confirmed dead, the authorities said, with no further details known yet about the victims.
The factory caught fire shortly after the explosion, they said. Firefighters mobilized over 40 fire vehicles and put out the blaze in about an hour.
Fire authorities are investigating to determine the exact cause.
The same factory reported an explosion in May last year, in which two people were killed and five others wounded.
Republic_of_Korea  industrial  explosion  death  unknown_chemical 
6 days ago by dchas
Report: Correctional Officers Hospitalized In Hazmat Situation
CRANSTON, R.I. -- Updated 10:07 p.m.: Two ACI Correctional Officers were taken to the hospital Wednesday night following reports of a Hazmat situation at the prison.

WPRI reports that according to the head of the correctional officers' union, the lockdown was caused by a bag of unidentified white powder. The two officers were hospitalized out of an abundance of caution.

Reports of the situation came in around 6:30 p.m.
us_RI  industrial  release  injury  dust 
6 days ago by dchas
Dozens to be punished over China explosion killing 19
CHENGDU, Feb. 13 (Xinhua) -- Around 60 people are to be punished for their roles in a chemical plant explosion that killed 19 workers and injured 12 in southwest China's Sichuan Province last July.
The blast ripped through the Yibin Hengda Technology Co., Ltd. in an industrial park in Jiang'an County in the city of Yibin on July 12, inflicting a direct economic loss of 41.4 million yuan (6.1 million U.S. dollars).
Fifteen people, including Li Guanghui, the legal representative of the chemical firm, have been transferred to judicial authorities, the provincial emergency management bureau said Wednesday.
Four people, including director of the work safety and environmental protection bureau of the industrial park, are being investigated by local discipline inspection and supervisory authorities.
Another 44 people, including a deputy director of the administrative committee of the industrial park, are advised to be given disciplinary punishments for the production safety accident.
China  industrial  follow-up  death  unknown_chemical 
6 days ago by dchas
Huawei Sting Offers Rare Glimpse of U.S. Targeting Chinese Giant - Bloomberg
The article kinda lightly brushed over this, but where is Huawei/it's associates getting a 100KW laser for such destructive testing?
diamond  thin  film  coating  industrial  espionage  Huawei 
6 days ago by asteroza

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