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Diamond mine fined $350K for diesel tank spill in NWT

De Beers Canada Inc. has been fined $350,000 for an accidental diesel oil release that entered the environment around Snap Lake Mine, just south...
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Water treatment plant closes downstream of oil spill in Ontario’s Algoma Region

Following an Algoma steel plant’s lubricant oil spill into St. Mary’s River, local officials downstream in Echo Bay have shut off their water treatment...
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Emergency response kits playing a critical role in improving the safety of rail transportation

There are three primary potential risks every time a train laden with hazardous materials pulls away from the depot: accident, mechanical failure, and operator error. Despite the next-generation design and notable improvements in the operation of railcars and their ancillary components, the high-level training that rail personnel receive, the attention paid to guaranteeing that the railway infrastructure is in good working order, and stricter regulations governing the transport of hazardous materials, there is still a chance that a hazmat release could occur.
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Husky Energy faces six charges over record Newfoundland oil spill

Husky Energy is facing six charges in relation to a 2018 oil spill that was the largest in Newfoundland and Labrador’s history. Over the last...
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Ontario shipping company fined by U.S. over wastewater discharge

An Ontario-based shipping company in St. Catharines — one of the largest dry and liquid bulk carriers operating on the Great Lakes — has...
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Keeping workers safer when transferring flammable and combustible liquids

Protecting workers from harm includes proper safety training, the use of personal protective equipment (PPE), and the use of engineering controls to prevent dangerous spills.
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B.C. train derailment spills potash into Hunter Creek

Dramatic video footage of a Canadian Pacific Railway train derailment last week, near Hunter Creek, west of Hope, British Columbia, shows piles of mangled...
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‘Smart’ secondary containment system can prevent catastrophic oil spills

In the event of an oil spill or leak this smart geotextile congeals and seals the oil containment system, preventing oil from passing through.
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Surfactant-based extraction product helps minimize impacts from large spill in Alberta

Sampling at the site showed that the oil/water mixture that escaped from the containment area had coursed down the hill rather than penetrated into the soil to any significant depth. So, the consultant decided that it could “do a flush” rather than a “scrape”, which, more precisely, was passive and active surface flushing, rather than excavation and off-site disposal.

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International water companies partner to make wastewater treatment greener

Three major water utility companies in Denmark, Australia and the U.K. are partnering to create a new generation of sustainable wastewater management for customers,...
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