OSHA Cites Power Plant when "Volcanic Molten Slag" Fatally Burned Five Employees

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In June of 2017, the Big Bend River Station Power Plant in Florida experienced something horrible.  It looked like molten lava flowing from a volcano.

Fire inspectors determined that five employees were fatally burned when a blockage inside a coal-fired furnace broke, allowing molten slag into the work area.  The slag can get to 1,000 degrees.

Five employees died from the incident, and a sixth was injured but survived the experience.

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The Day of the Power Plant Accident

On June 29, 2017 at 4:30pm. emergency responders were called to Big Ben River Station in Apollo Beach, FL.  They were told that workers in unit 2 had suffered severe burns.  At the scene, two people were declared dead while four other workers were taken to Tampa General Hospital.  Of those employee, three of the four died after being taken to the hospital.

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In June, a spokesman for the Hillsborough County Fire Rescue said that injuries were "very severe."

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Among the injured, one was an employee of the power plant - Michael McCort, a senior plant operator who worked for the plant for 35 years.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.  The other five injured people were contractors.

OSHA's Determined Cause for the Accident

OSHA investigated and recently determined that the plant failed to follow energy control procedures while performing maintenance on equipment.  Tampa Electric was cited as was Gaffin Industrial Services, the company that the contractors worked for.  Gaffin was cited for failing to provide appropriate personal protective equipment to safeguard employees from burns.

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The proposed penalties by OSHA total $160,972.

"This tragedy demonstrates what can happen when hazards are not properly controlled," said OSHA Atlanta Regional Administrator Kurt Petermeyer.  "Employers must develop and implement necessary procedures to prevent incidents such as this from occurring."

Fire Protection Products that Shouldn't Exist

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Sometimes you run across a product and think... that shouldn't exist.

This comes to mind.

However, the Flowbee is harmless.  A product that is fire protection related, but doesn't save lives is a whole other story.  

Below are three products that our F.E. Moran Special Hazard Systems' employees have run across and instantly thought - that spells disaster.

1.  Fire sprinkler attached to a hose.

The SHS president, Daryl Bessa found this item at a home improvement store.  Fire sprinklers should not be attached to hoses.  The water pressure isn't adequate.  The design makes no sense.  Plus, it gives a false sense of security.

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2.  Jokester "Fire Alarm"

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"Pull in Case of Dark"

Let's say there was a fire, and this was on the wall (FYI - there is an attachment to put this on the wall).  It is smokey.  The lights have been cut.  You pull it, thinking that an alarm is going to go off.  Then, a light pops on.

This joke fire alarm could end up causing someone's death.

3.  Fire extinguisher/lighter/keychain

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Not only is this a keychain, it is also a lighter.  As an FYI, all you need to do is tap the handle of the extinguisher to light the lighter.  Do you keep your keys in your pocket?  I do.  It wouldn't take much more than a shift to start a fire in your pants.

What are some terrible products that you have seen on the market?  Let us know in the comments.

Cooling Tower Roundup: Everything to Know about Fire Sprinklers + Video

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Cooling towers have an environment that makes fire sprinklers vulnerable to decay and failure.  However, cooling towers have fire hazards throughout the building.  PVC fill, FRP walls, fan stacks, fan decks, fan blades, louvers, partitions, and catch basins catch on fire regularly.

You can see a cooling tower fire in the video below.  There are very real hazards in these facility types.

Below you will find our most popular cooling tower articles to better understand the environment, risks, and how to keep your fire sprinklers working properly.

Cooling Towers:  The Perfect Atmosphere for Failure

Learn the causes of pipe deterioration in cooling towers.

Video:  Results of Microbial Induced Corrosion (MIC)

See a YouTube video of what MIC can do to a cooling tower.

The Ultimate Guide to Gas-fired Power Plants

Learn the fire hazards in each section of a gas-fired power plant, including detailed hazards in cooling towers (+ a hazard diagram!).

What are you biggest questions about cooling towers?  Comment below and let us know.  It may become our next blog post.

Happy Holidays from F.E. Moran Special Hazard Systems

F.E. Moran Special Hazard Systems would like to wish you a happy holiday.

A World of Good Wishes. 

One of the real joys this holiday season is the opportunity to say thank you and wish you the very best for the new year

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Tesla Joins Australia's Power Grid: World's Biggest Battery

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The power grid in South Australia now has a giant Tesla battery.

As a reminder, on March 9, Elon Musk tweeted that he would deliver 100MWh of energy storage to South Australia in 100 days.  He made good on that promise, and finished the job in 63 days.

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"This is history in the making," said South Australia Premier Jay Weatherill.  The battery system is sitting next to wind turbines at the Horndale Power Reserve.  "South Australia is now leading the world in dispatchable renewable energy, delivered to homes and businesses 24/7."

The battery can store enough energy to supply energy to 30,000 homes for more than an hour.  The main reason South Australia was seeking out this technology is that they need stability for the South Australia electrical grid.

The Tesla batteries were successful in testing, and were used a day earlier than planned.  Temperatures were over 100 degrees, so the Tesla energy storage was tapped to make up the energy needed for air conditioning.

South Australia's taxpayers will be paying $50 million over 10 years to subsidize the cost to operate.

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Avoid the Fire Sprinkler Freeze: 3 Reasons to Drain Drum Drips in Power Plants

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At power plants, dry pipe fire sprinkler systems can be found in outdoor or unheated areas of the power plant like transfer stations, crusher buildings, and conveyors.  To protect the fire sprinkler from freezing in cold months, plants should complete cold weather maintenance and inspections.

Dry-pipe fire sprinklers need to be pitched just right to avoid sitting water during tests.  If water sits in the pipe, the results are micro-biologically influenced corrosion (MIC), pipe scale, or ice.  During the cold months, ice forming in pipes is a real problem.

The water that sits in the dry-pipe will freeze and expand by 10%.  Once it warms up, the expanded ice melts and reveals micro-cracks.  The cracks will change the air pressure, causing the valve to trip.  The pipes will fill with water and the small crack will begin to leak and enlarge until it is gushing.

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How do you avoid frozen fire sprinkler pipes?

1.  Schedule due diligence inspections

This inspection should be scheduled before it gets too cold.  The inspector will ensure that the pipe is pitched perfectly.  If it isn't, they will re-pitch the pipe and install drum drips. 

2.  Drain drum drips weekly

Drum drips will need to be drained weekly to ensure  sitting water is removed.  Even a perfectly pitched dry-pipe fire sprinkler can get some sitting water.  Draining drum drips is essential.

3.  Complete trip tests on time

Dry-pipe fire sprinklers need to be tested regularly.  Because of the environment that these systems are in, the obstruction mentioned above - MIC, scaling, and ice - can be a real issue.  Dry-pipe fire sprinklers should have a trip test conducted every 3 years.

Keep power plants protected year round by maintaining your dry-pipe fire sprinklers.  Freezing fire sprinkler pipes can cause thousands of dollars in damage, but can be easily avoidable.  When winter is approaching, schedule due diligence inspections, drain drum drips weekly, and test your dry-pipe fire sprinklers on time.

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A Swedish Power Plant is Burning H&M Clothing for Fuel

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A Swedish power plant is working to eliminate fossil fuels by 2020.  To get to this goal, they have started burning recycled wood and garbage - including rejected clothing from H&M warehouses.

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"For us, it's burnable material.  Our goal is to use only renewable and recycled fuels," said Jens Neren, head of fuel supplies at Malarenergi AB.

This plant has burned 15 tons of rejected clothing from H&M warehouses in 2017.  However, the plant burns about 400,000 tons of trash to make fuel in a year and supplies 150,000 households with energy.

The Head of Communications for H&M, Johanna Dahl said, "It is our legal obligation to make sure that clothes that contain mold or do not comply with our strict restrictions on chemicals are destroyed.  H&M does not burn [for fuel] any clothes that are safe to use."

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Renewable energy is constantly replenished and will never run out.  Power plants that utilize these resources over fossil fuels are choosing not to use sources like coal, oil, or natural gas that cannot replenish.

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5 Odd Artifacts Found at Construction Sites

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It's always fun to look at the strange things that are dug up at construction sites.  Things could be buried for centuries to be found at a parking garage construction site.  Let's take a look at the strangest things found recently.

1.  During Chinese Road construction, a 700-year-old mummy was found. 

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In 2011, a mummified woman was found during road construction.  She was incredibly well-preserved, dressed in silk, her hair and eyebrows were still intact.  Amazingly, she was 700 years old.

2.  A medieval hospital was found in Madrid at an Apple store. 

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In the 1850s, the bubonic plague was going strong in Europe.  Many hospitals got overwhelmed and had to be abandoned.  In 2013, the rubble of a bubonic hospital was found where an Apple store was being constructed.  It was determined that the hospital dated back to the 15th century.

3.  Pablo Escobar's Secret Safe at Home Construction

The government seized Pablo Escobar's Florida house twenty-nine years ago.  A new owner bought the house and began construction.  During the excavation process, they found Escobar's safe.  The government didn't release the contents though.

4.  Triceratops Fossil Found at Construction Site

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During construction of a new fire and police station, in July of 2017, a triceratops skeleton was found.  The construction crew called the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, and on August 28, 2017, the curator confirmed that it was a triceratops. 

5.  1700's Cemetery

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A man from New Orleans was digging a backyard pool when he discovered a buried cemetery.  The cemetery dated back to 1700 with 13 caskets with human remains.  Nearby, in 1984, 36 corpses were found while excavating an apartment complex.

  

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Solar Power Beats Out Other Renewables in New Energy

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A study recently came out that solar power is now the fastest growing source of new energy worldwide.  

The shift was brought on by lower prices and government policies.  Now, we are seeing that 2/3s of new power added to the worldwide power grid is renewable energy.  In the United States, over half of the 24,000 megawatts of electricity generation capacity added to the U.S. grid in 2016 came from renewable sources.  Solar is growing faster than other renewables because it is getting cheaper and cheaper to produce.  

Renewable prices are becoming comparable to fossil fuels.  Wind and solar are setting record low prices.  "Renewables may well become even cheaper than fossil fuel alternatives [over the next five years]," said Paolo Frankl, head of the renewable energy division at the IEA.  Coal was always the favorite energy fuel, but it is dirty.  Natural gas now responsible for 7,700 MW of energy, and coal is down 17%.

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Dr. Fatih Birol, executive director of the IEA said, "What we are witnessing is the birth of a new era in solar photovoltaics.  We expect that solar PV capacity growth will be higher than any other renewable technology up to 2022."

On a recently released jobs report, solar workers were one of the top jobs for outlook.  The U.S. Department of Energy said that workers devoted to solar development, installation, and maintenance were 43% of the workforce for electric power generation.  From 2015 to 2016, solar was the highest growing job in power with 300,192 employees in 2015 and 373,807 employees in 2016.  In 2017, it's expected to grow another 7%.

If you're looking for a career change, solar might be the route to go.  On the construction side, power generation was the most difficult to hire for with insufficient qualifications and lack of experience.

According to Paris-based International Energy Agency, "About half a million solar panels were installed every day around the world last year."

Perhaps it's time to train for a new career.

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California Residents Search for Renewable Energy Alternatives

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Glendale, CA -- In Glendale, CA, there is currently a proposal to upgrade a natural gas power plant.  However, residents are fighting against it.  They are claiming that potential environmental impacts are being understated and a harder look needs to be taken toward sustainable alternatives.

A special meeting was held in Glendale with the water and power commission.  Consultants explained the potential impact from noise, hazardous materials, greenhouse gases, and other pollutants from re-powering the Grayson Power Plant.

A proposal to renovate the plant was brought up in 2015.  The plant serves 88,000 electric customers.  The proposal would make the plant more sustainable.

The proposal is to remove, rebuild, and replace seven of eight electrical generation units.  It's expected that is not fixed now, they will fail within the next ten years.

Residents are not too keen on this plan.

They say that the project is too expensive - $500 million, and is not environmentally friendly enough.

Dan Brotman, a Glendale Community College economics professor formed the Glendale Environmental Coalition.  He packed the room with supporters of renewable-energy alternatives.

"We are not a bunch of starry eyed environmentalists.  We're practical people, and we want them to syudy a real serious set of alternatives for the city.  We know it's going to have to be a complicated mix of [renewable and fossil-fuel solutions," Brotman said in a phone interview with L.A. Times.

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8 Dead, 100 Injured in Boiler Blast at Power Plant

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New Delhi -- A boiler exploded at the NTPC Power Plant in Uttar Pradesh and killed eight people and injured 100 people.

The number of dead and injured may rise.  Many of the injured received severe burns.

The injured are being treated at the NTPC campus hospital and another local hospital.  The worst burn injuries were taken to Lucknow hospitals.

The NTPC Power Plant had 5 units with 210 MW each.  The power plant started generating power in 1988.  A 6th unit was commissioned with 500 MW to be completed this year.  It is believed that the pipe burst at the 6th unit.

Get the latest news on the power plant fire here.

How do you protect boilers in power plants?  Find out here.

 

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Gas-fired Power Plants - Where are the hazards hidden?

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Excerpt from Fire Hazards and Fire Protection - Gas Fired Power Plants

Gas-fired power plants are growing in popularity. Canada has already begun to phase out coal-fired power plants in favor of gas-fired power plants. Gas is less expensive and a cleaner form of fuel than coal. However, with a surge in gas-fired power plants being built, a closer look needs to be taken on the fire hazards within these plants.

In 2010, the Kleen Energy Systems Power Station, a combined cycle gas and oil power plant, had an explosion in the turbine building when natural gas was being purged from the gas line. Six people were killed.

In 2014, the Didcot B Power Station, a gas-fired plant, had a major cooling tower fire. The fire spread from one to three cooling towers. Luckily, no one was injured. However, it does serve as an example of what can happen in gas-fired power plants and the need for proper fire protection.

Fire hazards are abundant in gas-fired power plants. With natural gas, lube oil, and combustible materials throughout these plants, a small spark can grow into an inferno.

Gas-fired power is on its way to becoming one of the biggest producers of power in North America. With less than 20% of the global coal-fired capacity residing in North America, gas is bringing up the rear and establishing itself as a contender for king of energy production. But what are the fire hazards in these plants?

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London "Fatberg" to be Converted to Biodiesel

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In London's underground is a massive "fatberg" that is 130 tons and blocking the sewer system.  London has a chronic problem with "fatbergs."  While the city usually sends in a sanitation team to remove the fat to send to the landfill, this time they are making use of it.

London will be converting the fatberg into 10,000 liters of biodiesel.  That is enough biodiesel to run 350 doubledecker buses.

How do "fatbergs" form?

Fatbergs form when people pour oils and fats down their drains.  When they cool, they harden and block pipes. 

Since the beginning of September, high-powered jets have been working to break down the fats.  The fats will then be sucked up from the sewer.  The fats will be transported to a specialist plant that will convert it to bio-diesel.

Thames Water is working with Argent Energy on this project.

Alex Saunders, Waste Network Manager at Thames Water said, "We have a problem with fatbergs, both in sewer networks and at our sewage treatment works.  Previously, we've either extracted the fatberg out of the pipes and sent it to landfill, or broken it down and put it back through the sewage treatment process.  Even though they are our worst enemy, and we want them dead completely, bringing fatbergs back to life when we do find them in the form of biodiesel is afar better solution."

See a fatberg up close on this clip from BBC Earth.

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5 Forklift Safety Tips by Safety + Health Magazine

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According to OSHA, 11% of forklifts will be involved in an accident.  On average, 85 people die a year in a forklift accident.

1.  Train for Safety

The Washington State Department of Labor and Industries states that "workers without proper training and knowledge of forklift operation, as well as operators who maneuver forklifts carelessly, have an increased risk of injury or death."  

Someone who is untrained driving a forklift is just as dangerous as someone who drives a vehicle without a license.  OSHA requires that forklift training programs combine formal instruction (lectures, tests, written instruction) with hands on training.

Forklift drivers can't just assume that because they have driven a forklift, they can drive any forklift.  Different models and sizes drive differently.

2.  Perform Checkups

Forklifts should be inspected before each job.  Forklift operators should check seat belts, tires, lights, horn, brakes, backup alarms, and fluid levels as well as the moving and load supporting parts of the forklift.

3.  Know the Machinery

The National Safety Council's training program for rough-terrain lift truck operators says, "Although lift trucks and personal vehicles share some similarities, they ultimately are quite different."

Drivers are not enclosed, the weight ranges from 9,000-30,000 pounds, they travel closer to a walking pace, the can tip easier than a vehicle, and they have a tighter turn radius - all making forklifts more difficult to drive than cars.

To drive forklifts safely, drivers should have a clear view, look in the direction of travel, use spotters or aides (rear view mirrors), and use headlights.

4.  Stability Triangle

A lift truck has a center of gravity that is higher than in a personal vehicle.  However, the load has its own center of gravity.  Once the load is picked up, there is a new center of gravity.

Lift trucks are built on a three-point suspension, which resembles a triangle.  The stability triangle is where the operators need to stay while the truck is in motion.

To avoid tipping, operators need to make sure the load is secure and stable, keep loads low to the ground during operation, keep loads uphill while climbing or descending, and drive slowly.

5.  Know the Load

OSHA advises that loads are checked before picking them up.  The load needs to be stable and the dimensions need to be safe for transport.

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Researchers Find that Adding Cigarette Butts to Asphalt Reduces Heat Island Effect and Pollution {via Construction Junkie}

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Asphalt is a very popular pavement material.  So popular that researchers are constantly trying to improve it.  

Recently, they have tested salt-releasing pavement for de-icing, crack healing additives, and asphalt strengthening additives from recycled materials.  Most recently, they have tested adding cigarette butts.

Adding cigarette butts to asphalt is multi-beneficial.  One, it reduces landfill waste; and two, it reduces the heat island effect of pavement.  Researchers encased the cigarette butts in paraffin wax.

The urban heat island (UHI) effect is when it is hotter in an urban area, partially due to the dark asphalt adsorbing solar radiation.  UHIs reduce rainfall, decreases air quality, and decreases water quality. 

The need for reduced temperature of asphalt became news recently when L.A. decided to paint their asphalt a lighter color to reduce the heat.  By adding cigarette butts to the asphalt, it would reduce the bulk density and increase the porosity of the bitumen, reducing the asphalt temperature.  

 

Lansing Community College noted that 4.3 trillion cigarette butts are littered annually, of that number, 80% get to waterways.  This causes pollution in drinking water and hurts wildlife.

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The World’s Top Liquefied Natural Gas Exporters

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Natural gas is one of the most popular energy sources at the moment.  It is environmentally friendly and inexpensive.  To transport natural gas, it is converted to its liquefied form, Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG)

While the entire world is using natural gas, where is it all coming from?  Here are the top 8 exporters of LNG found around the world.

1.     Qatar


Qatar sits on the largest natural gas reserves on the planet.  The city is tiny, with only 300,000 residents.  Its economy relies heavily on immigrants to run their natural gas led economy.  At this point 90% of their workforce are Expats.

2.     Australia


Despite South Australia’s energy crisis, Australia has a substantial offshore natural gas reserve.  Australia has doubled their LNG output since 2004.

3.     Malaysia


Malaysia exported 10% of the global supply of natural gas.  For three decades, Malaysia and Thailand have worked together on LNG assets and share the profits.

4.     Nigeria


Nigeria is Africa’s biggest economy, exporting 7.2% of the world’s LNG. 

5.     Indonesia

 


Indonesia is better known as a vacation destination than a natural gas hub, but it exported 6.4% of the world’s LNG.

Liquefied Natural Gas is a hot topic, and LNG facilities are becoming more and more popular.  They also need to be protected from fire.  Learn more about fire protection needs of LNG facilities here.

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World’s Largest Solar Power Plant Set for Australia

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Australia has approved the biggest solar thermal power plant in the world.  A 150-MW structure is set to be built in Port Augusta, Australia.

The project will provide 650 construction jobs for the local economy, and provide electricity needs for the state government.

The plant will begin being built in 2018, and will cost $510 million.  It is planned to be finished in 2020.

“The significance of solar thermal generation lies in its ability to provide energy virtually on demand through the use of thermal energy storage to store heat for running the power turbines,” said Wasim Saman, a University of South Australia Professor of Sustainable Energy Engineering.  “This is a substantially more economical way of storing energy than using batteries.”  As you may recall, Elon Musk offered to use Tesla batteries to help with the South Australia energy crisis.

Renewable energy sources account for more than 40% of the energy in South Australia.  Solar power is becoming more stable and reliable, and solar plants are cheaper to build than coal-fired power plants.

This will be the first large scale solar thermal generation plant in Australia; however, they have been successfully operating in Europe, USA, and Africa.

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WWII Bomb Found During Construction, German Prison Evacuated

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Regensburg, Germany -- A World War II era bomb was recently unearthed during excavation work at a Germany construction site in Regensburg.  Regensburg is a city with a 140,000 population and home to a prison.

Construction in this area has unearthed undetonated munitions throughout the area.  The bomb was found during a construction project a few yards from Regensburg prison.  The prison is home to 109 inmates.

Authorities were forced to organize a large-scale evacuation of the area, including of the inmates and the prison.  Approximately 1,500 local residents were evacuated while the bomb was diffused.  Specialists defused one bomb and had two controlled explosions of bombs found with still-intact detonators.

Bombs and other munition is found throughout Germany during construction excavation.  Since the beginning of 2017, five bombs have already been found in the area.

About ten minutes from the site, another bomb was found near a kindergarten.  The bomb was a 250 lbs American pilot bomb.  It was safety defused.

"There are bombs everywhere.  This is nothing unusual in Germany," said Biopark Physicist Dr. Robert Mertzig.

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Wind Turbine Fires are Costing as Much as $2 Mil in Damage: Is NFPA 850 being ignored?

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Karatsu -- A wind turbine near a nuclear power plant caught fire.  This caused serious difficulties for firefighters who had to worry about falling parts.

A nearby resident reported the conflagration at 2:55pm.  One of the turbine blades and the base of the blades caught fire at the wind-generating power plant.  The blaze was extinguished at 6:50am the next morning. 

No one was injured. 

Firefighters had a difficult time fighting the fire.  They were unable to point water at the blades because of falling debris.

The fire is under investigation.

The wind generating power plant has been in operation since 2004.  They sell their energy to Kyushu Electric.

NFPA 850

Wind turbines are part of NFPA 850:  Recommended Practice for Fire Protection for Electric Generating Plants and High Voltage Direct Current Converter Stations, 2010.  Since 2002, 184 wind turbines have been damaged by fire.  This has cost between $750,000 to $2,000,000 each time.

 

What is causing wind turbine fires?

Wind-generated power plant fires start from a number of causes.  The most common is lightning strikes.  Wind turbines are exposed and tall, making them an easy target.

Another cause of fire in wind turbines is mechanical failure or electrical malfunction.  The hundreds of gallons of hydraulic fluid and lubricants fuels the fire.  An added fuel source is internal insulation.

Wind-generating power plants have other high-risk areas too.  Capacitors, transformers, generators, electrical controls, and transmission equipment is also susceptible to fire.

Fire Protection for Wind Turbines

Water-mist systems are an option; however, they have the potential for hurting electrical equipment.  Compressed air foam systems are also used, but the storage needs can be problematic with the remote location of most wind turbines.

Clean agent systems are a good solution.  When discharged, it vaporizes into a colorless, odorless gas.  The suppressant takes up less space to store than other solutions.  It also has a low environmental impact.

While wind-generating power plants have their pros and cons, the fact that it is an environmentally friendly energy solution is bringing more and more wind farms into the energy industry, so properly protecting them from fire needs to become a priority.

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10 Refineries Close in TX, Hurricane Harvey Hurts Energy Hub

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If you're interested in donating to Hurricane Harvey relief, here is a link to Global Giving.  All funds given using this link will go directly to serving Hurricane Harvey victims.

Gulf Coast, TX -- Hurricane Harvey (now downgraded to a tropical storm), is hurting the Gulf Coast energy hub as major refineries are forced to close.

At this point, ten oil refinery plants have closed in Houston and Corpus Christi.  When weather is normal, these refineries refine 2 million barrels of oil a day, on average.  The S&P estimated that approximately 2.2 million barrels per day of oil capacity were offline due to the tropical storm.

The Gulf Coast is home to 1/3 of the country's capacity to turn oil into gas, diesel , and other products.  F.E. Moran Special Hazard Systems has a Gulf Coast office that serves this sector in La Porte, TX. 

Last Friday, Hurricane Harvey made landfall as a Category 4.  By mid-Saturday, it was down-graded to a tropical storm.  While it was downgraded to a tropical storm, it continued to impact Texas.  Houston, TX saw severe flooding with ten-feet of water in some parts.

On Sunday, 105 workers from oil and gas production platforms were evacuated.  About 22% of the oil produced in the Gulf was shut down that day.  

The last hurricane to negatively impact the oil industry was Hurricane Gustav in 2008.

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