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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 
2 days ago by dchas
Chlorine Identified As Chemical Involved In Ennis Hotel Incident
Clare County Council has confirmed high levels of chlorine have been identified as the chemical found in water being pumped from an Ennis Hotel.

Emergency services were alerted to a flooding incident in the Leisure centre at the Auburn Lodge Hotel in Ennis this morning, and while initial test results were clear, chemicals were discovered once fire crews began pumping water away.

The contaminated water is being disposed of at local licenced waste facility.

The hotel remains open though the leisure centre may remain closed for up to 48 hours to deal with the incident fully.

A spokesperson from the the Auburn Hotel has confirmed that the hotel “had a leak in the basement area of the Leisure Centre, in accordance with our safety plan the area was isolated and emergency service called”.
Ireland  public  release  response  chlorine  waste 
3 days ago by dchas
Inadequate Waste Evaluation for Silver Coated Canister Seals
While creating a new Waste Planning Checklist for the Engineered Container Retrieval and Transfer System Sludge Transport and Storage Container inerting process, a Waste Management Representative discovered that the metal seals that are used on the Sludge Transport and Storage Cask are coated with silver. The Waste Planning Checklist did not initially identify this waste component. Silver is potentially a regulated material, and must be evaluated to ensure it is below waste acceptance limits.

Lesson Learned: Personnel documenting initial waste planning information did not have sufficient information to recognize that the silver coating on the seals was potentially a regulated material. Training and administrative controls had not been established to provide necessary prompts for key information.
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us_WA  public  discovery  environmental  waste  silver 
4 days ago 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 
5 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 
6 days ago by dchas
4 Ways To Recycle More At Home
It’s easy for a person to be so confused about the process of recycling that they fail to do it entirely. Here are some tangible things you can do to recycle more at home.
recycle  waste  recycling 
7 days ago by Adventure_Web
Aster Thermoacoustics
Interesting work on both thermoacoustic heat sources and matched bidirectional turbines for electrical power generation. Thermoacoustic electrical generators previously used linear alternators, but those prefer faster cycles, which is opposite what the thermoacoustic wants (parts sizing goes up unfavorably when scaling), and slower long stroke linear alternators also have issues (long piston stroke, sealing issues). Using a rectifying bidirectional turbine may be a convenient workaround.
EU  europe  holland  thermoacoustic  research  acoustic  wave  rectifying  bidirectional  turbine  power  generator  cooling  waste  heat  recovery 
14 days ago by asteroza
SoundEnergy – Thermo acoustic cooling technology
Thermoacoustic cooler that uses waste heat to make cold directly, no electricity stage
thermoacoustic  cooler  refridgerator  cooling  waste  heat  recovery 
14 days ago by asteroza

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