TPC Group Incident and the Importance of Robust Risk Management

Recently, the importance of robust risk management programs in industrial operations has been emphasized by several incidents highlighting the catastrophic consequences of neglecting safety protocols. One recent case involves TPC Group, a Texas petrochemical company, for violating the Clean Air Act.  Earlier this week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of […]

EPA’s Ban on Methylene Chloride

On May 8th, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized a ban on most uses of methylene chloride, a highly hazardous chemical known to cause severe health issues, including various forms of cancer, neurotoxicity, and even death.  The EPA’s final rule, executed under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), is aimed at protecting individuals from […]

Remembering the Texas City Explosion of 1947

April 16th marked a somber anniversary in the history of Texas City due to an unimaginable disaster. In 1947, during a time of prosperity for the oil, shipping, and chemical industry in Galveston County, tragedy struck the town of 16,000 residents. The French freighter, the Grand Camp, docked at Texas City to load a heavy […]