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QEW Highway closed after traffic accident involving a tanker truck carrying dangerous goods

A transport truck hauling dangerous goods was involved in a traffic accident on June 13th on the Queen Elizabeth Way Highway in St. Catharines, Ontario.   The vehicle carrying phosphine, an extremely flammable substance and very toxic by inhalation, has rolled over resulting in the emergency response of the Ontario Provincial Police. Hazardous goods cleanup…
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Explosion at the Rio Tinto plant in Sorel-Tracy

An explosion occurred early on Thursday at the Rio Tinto Iron and Titanium plant in Sorel-Tracy. No casualties were reported.   However, four people were taken to hospital in order to be treated for a nervous shock, according to Claudine Gagnon, company spokesman. The official cause of the explosion has not yet been established, although…
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Methane explosion kills 11 in Ukraine

A methane gas explosion killed 11 people in a coal mine in Ukraine’s Lviv region on Thursday.   The explosion occurred at a depth of 550 meters in this western Ukrainian mine which has been in operation since 1978. Due to the high amount of methane gas in the coal from that mine, it is…
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Ontario Government committed to Mercury contamination clean-up at Grassy Narrows

Residents of the Grassy Narrows First Nation reserve can rejoy after the Ontario government has decided to schedule a clean-up of the Wabigoon and English Rivers. The process should begin with identifying areas that may be contaminated to help determine appropriate sanitation solutions.   The hydrographic system that crossed the reserve had been contaminated when…
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1.4 M$ penalty to be paid for hazardous waste

U.S. Company Innophos Holdings Inc. has been penalized $1.4 million for handling hazardous waste in a plant that does not have the permit to do so.   This release from the U.S. EPA is consecutive to the Geismar, Louisiane plant sending hazardous waste to a neighbouring plant that does not have a permit to store,…
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Fire strike again at SamaN Factory

Just 6 months after the fire that destroyed everything in their factory located in the industrial park of Victoriaville, SamaN was striked again last night by a fire that obilized nearly a hundred firefighters.   The fifty-employees company which produces wood finishing products, relocated to this temporary site after last year fire. According to Captain…
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Toshiba Canada recalls Lithium Ion battery packs

Toshiba announced an expanded recall of lithium ion battery packs from Panasonic due to burn and fire hazards when overheated.   This expanded recall involves battery packs sold separately or as replacement parts for various models of Toshiba laptops from June 2011 to November 2016. As of January 4, no incidents were reported in Canada,…
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Many killed in fireworks explosion in Mexico

An explosion occurred in Tultepec near Mexico City, in the afternoon of December 20 on Mexico’s largest fireworks market.   The San Pablito market is popular for pyrotechnic sales (classified as dangerous goods) and commonly welcomes thousands of visitors as the holiday season approaches. Witnesses reported that the ground trembled during the series of blasts,…
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Ottawa says yes to the pipelines

The government, through Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, has approved two of three controversial pipeline projects from Alberta. With these decisions, the capacity of the Trans Mountain Pipeline between Alberta and Burnaby will be tripled (300,000-890,000 barrels of oil per day) and the Entbridge line 3  extended to Wisconsin. “Oil pipelines are the safest way to…
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Changes and amendments to the IATA 58th edition

Changes and amendments have been made to the IATA 58th edition (2017). This version contains all amendments developed by the ICAO Dangerous Goods Panel as well as changes adopted by the IATA Dangerous Goods Board.   The PDF document below shows a detailed list of the changes : SIGNIFICANT CHANGES AND AMENDMENTS TO THE 58TH…
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