www.ushalonbank.com   1.800.433.1751                                   July 2018 - Vol 3, Issue 16
Trump Targets HFC227 In Chinese Trade War
Contaminated Groundwater Found at Tyco Plant
Local Airports Convert to Environmentally Safe Foams
New 3M Chief Seeks to Develop or Buy His Way to Growth - Cites Novec and Safety Business
Explosion at Anchor Glass Shuts Plant
Junked Cars Burn on Barges
Tri State Fire Sued for Damages
CO2 Suppression System Saves Ferry
Audio Attack Can Corrupt Hard Drives
Oops! Snipped Zip-Tie Shuts Down City's Data Center
Siemens All Electric Plane Crashes During Test Flight - Lithium Ion Batteries Suspect - Two Deaths
Sprinkler System Mishap Ruins Graduation
False Suppression Discharge Shuts Down MRI Room
Lufthansa Plane Catches Fire in Frankfurt
Siemens Recognizes Jensen Hughes for Innovative Life Safety Design
Dry Powder Gas Station System Discharge
Most Popular Stories from June 2018
Mergers and Acquisition
Aviation News
Studies and Reports
Video of the Month
Trump Targets HFC227 In Chinese Trade War
Office of the United States Trade Representative

On June 20, 2018 (83 FR 28710), the U.S. Trade Representative (Trade Representative) provided notice of an initial action in the Section 301 investigation of the acts, policies, and practices of the Government of China related to technology transfer, intellectual property, and innovation. The initial action was the imposition of an additional 25 percent ad valorem duty on products of China with an annual trade value of approximately $34 billion, effective July 6, 2018. The June 20 notice also sought public comment on another proposed action, in the form of an additional 25 percent ad valorem duty on products of China with an annual trade value of approximately $16 billion.

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Contaminated Groundwater Found at Tyco Plant
Emerging contaminant PFAS found near Wisconsin firefighting foam maker

WQP Magazine

The emerging contaminant has been found in groundwater near the firefighting foam manufacturer's riverside plant

Tyco Fire Products discovered per- and polyfluorinated substance (PFAS) groundwater contamination at its manufacturing plant in Marinette, Wisc., located along the banks of the Menominee River, a tributary to Green Bay. In a statement released June 7, Tyco said they are currently in coordination with the U.S. EPA and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) to assess groundwater controls and determine if additional measures are necessary.

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Tyco Fire Product operates a fire technology center in Marinette where chemicals used in firefighting foam have been found in groundwater. (Photo: Johnson Controls)
Johnson Controls Agrees to Provide Water


By Lee Bergquist
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

A Johnson Controls-owned manufacturer is providing additional water treatment systems to homes and businesses in Marinette, in northeastern Wisconsin, where chemicals used by the company have been found in groundwater and are part of a group of compounds attracting attention nationally for their potential health impacts.

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Local Airports Convert to Environmentally Safe Foams
Emergency-service officials at Fairbanks International Airport, Eielson Air Force Base, no longer train with firefighting foam containing PFAS. Fort Wainwright also have all taken measures to respond to infiltrating and contaminating groundwater around Fairbanks.
KUAC file photo

By Tim Ellis

Fairbanks International Airport and Eielson Air Force Base no longer use a type of firefighting foam containing a chemical compound that's contaminated groundwater around the city, and that poses a potential threat to human health.

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New 3M Chief Seeks to Develop or Buy His Way to Growth - Cites Novec and Safety Business
Mike Roman, chief executive officer of 3M, appears in a photo provided by 3M, July 3, 2018.
3M/Handout via REUTERS

By Nick Carey

DETROIT -- The new chief executive of 3M Co is looking at both buying companies and selling underperforming units while investing in developing the next blockbuster product in a bid to drive faster growth at the industrials group that makes products ranging from adhesive tape to air filters.

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Explosion at Anchor Glass Shuts Plant
Explosion at Anchor Glass Container in Shakopee, Minnesota. Photo by Leah Beno/Fox 9.


SHAKOPEE, Minn. -- Police are investigating an explosion at a glass company Friday in Shakopee, Minnesota.

The explosion occurred at Anchor Glass Container at 4108 Valley Industrial Boulevard. The Shakopee Police Department said no one was injured.

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Junked Cars Burn on Barges
The Seattle Fire Department battled a barge fire involving crushed cars June 26. SFD photo

By Kirk Moore

A series of barge fires since May involving crushed cars demonstrated the danger to mariners handling those cargoes, when firefighters faced toxic smoke and exploding fuel.

It started May 6 when a barge loaded with crushed cars caught fire on a Sunday in a mooring area near Mobile, Ala., and burned for hours before local firefighters brought it under control.

Another fire ignited June 24 on the Mississippi River in Jefferson Parish, La., again in a load of junked cars on a Sunday in a fleeting area. The fire blanketed nearby Old Jefferson with choking smoke on a sweltering hot day, and firefighters had to use so much water the barge was for a time in danger of sinking.

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Tri State Fire Sued for Damages
Firefighters respond in 2015 to a fire at the Gas Light Co. restaurant in downtown Portsmouth. [Rich Beauchesne/Seacoastonline. file]

By Elizabeth Dinan

PORTSMOUTH -- Contractors blamed in a federal lawsuit for a massive 2015 fire at the Portsmouth Gas Light Co. argued in court filings that restaurant employees were responsible for the blaze that caused more than $1.7 million in damage.

The Patriot and Harleysville insurance companies filed suit against Tri State Hood and Duct, its affiliate Tri State Fire Protection, and Portsmouth Steam of Rye. The insurers claim fire damage at the Gas Light was "caused by the gross negligence, negligence, carelessness and/or negligent acts" by the contractors, who were paid to inspect, maintain and clean the restaurant's commercial kitchen hood and ducts prior to the fire.

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CO2 Suppression System Saves Ferry
Bellingham Fire crews assisted the Alaska Marine Highway System with what was suspected to be a small engine fire aboard the Columbia at the ferry terminal in Bellingham, Washington on Friday, June 29, 2018. By Robert Mittendorf

By David Rasbach And Robert Mittendorf
The Bellingham Herald

A morning fire aboard a ferry docked at the Bellingham Cruise Terminal has delayed - for at least a day - the vessel's scheduled 6 p.m. Friday departure.

No injuries were reported in the 8:15 a.m. fire aboard the MV Columbia, a 418-foot car ferry and the flagship of the Alaska Marine Highway System, fire and ferry officials said.

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Audio Attack Can Corrupt Hard Drives

By Juha Saarinen

Audible and inaudible sounds wreck data.

Researchers have demonstrated audio attacks that can be used to corrupt file systems on hard drives by vibrating the internal components in the storage devices.

University of Michigan and Zhejiang University reserchers described how the "Blue Note" attack could use acoustic interference to cause hard drive heads and magnetic storage platters to vibrate, which in turn generates data corruption and operating system reboots.

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Oops! Snipped Zip-Tie Shuts Down City's Data Center
(Joel Bradshaw / Wikimedia)

By Ryan Johnston

An automatic safety feature in the city's data center left residents without most of the government's computer-based services for a day.

At 9:15 a.m. on a Monday, a contractor replacing the fire suppression system in the basement of Honolulu's Frank Fasi municipal building cut a zip tie that had been holding wires together - and within minutes, virtually all computer services the entire Honolulu city government had been shut down.

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Siemens All Electric Plane Crashes During Test Flight - Lithium Ion Batteries Suspect - Two Deaths

By Fred Lambert

Electric flight just had a major setback after a tragic fatal accident in Hungary.

One of the few all-electric airplane prototypes in operation, Siemens and Magnus' eFusion, crashed near Budapest during a test flight - killing both the pilot and a passenger.

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Sprinkler System Mishap Ruins Graduation

By Elenee Dao

BURLEY, Idaho -- The Cassia County School District is still fixing up the stage at the King Fine Arts Center in Burley after the sprinkler system ruptures on graduation night.

On graduation day just a few weeks go, fine arts center Director Dusty Fisher said crews were getting ready to use the center as an overflow room, projecting graduation and live streaming it from the gymnasium - where the ceremony happens.

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False Suppression Discharge Shuts Down MRI Room
The entrance to Guam Regional Medical City is shown in this Dec. 1, 2016, file photo (Photo: PDN file photo)

By Jasmine Stole Weiss
Pacific Daily News

Guam Regional Medical City won't be operating their MRI machine for the time being after their fire suppression system was unexpectedly triggered in the MRI room, the hospital announced in a statement.

There was no smoke or fire present in the MRI room when the fire suppression system was activated, the statement said. Guam Fire Department responded and confirmed there was no smoke or fire.

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Lufthansa Plane Catches Fire in Frankfurt
The severely damaged Airbus A340-300 plane belonging to Lufthansa, a Star Alliance carrier.


The aircraft bound for Philadelphia was empty at the time of the accident. Ten people, including ground staff and firefighters, have been taken to a hospital with complaints of irritation in respiratory tracts.

A Lufthansa plane was badly damaged in a fire on Monday at the Frankfurt Airport.

The incident happened when a tug that was pulling the aircraft to a boarding gate caught fire. The plane bound for Philadelphia later in the day was not carrying passengers at the time of the accident.

The cause of the fire was not immediately known.

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Siemens Recognizes Jensen Hughes for Innovative Life Safety Design

By Siemens Corporation

Siemens has announced Jensen Hughes Inc. as the winner of its fifth annual Engineering Innovation Award for fire and life safety design. An external panel of industry experts selected Jensen Hughes, which used an innovative design approach incorporating Siemens' FireFinder XLS fire panel into the Quick-Turn-Around (QTA) fueling facility of the new Consolidated Rental Car Facility at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport.

Once the new car rental facility opens in the fourth quarter of 2018, the three-story QTA building will provide indoor gasoline fueling and car servicing, with each floor measuring approximately 90,000 ft². The gasoline dispensing system will include 72 fueling nozzle positions supplied via 36 fleet fueling dispensers.

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Dry Powder Gas Station System Discharge
Stewart's Shop in Baldwinsville also saw an outbreak of "snow" after the fire suppression system went off by mistake. (Wendy Clarke Dryden)

By Elizabeth Doran

BALDWINSVILLE, NY -- It happened twice in the same week in Central New York.

A fire-suppression system for gasoline pumps was set off accidentally, covering vehicles and the ground with white powder that made it look like it had snowed in June.

The snow-like substance is a white dry chemical agent used in the fire suppression system for the gasoline pumps.

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vessel_batteryFoam Suppression System Successfully Tested on Vessel Lithium Ion Fire

By Dr John De Roche
Government Europa

Of all the threats that universally scare ship captains the most, sinking is probably at the top of the list. But fire is no less of a threat. Indeed, a fire, even if you manage to put it out, can easily lead to a loss of life from either the flames or the fumes. When it comes to preventing a fire on-board it is critical for ship builders to ensure that the latest and best fire-fighting equipment is made available relative to the risk and size of the vessel. This is a sensible strategy that applies to all conventional vessels with combustion engines. Unfortunately, it does not apply to lithium-ion-based battery propulsion systems and has generally led to a justified reluctance within the maritime industry to adopt the technology for fear of a lithium-ion battery fire breaking out.

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summitSummit Companies Expands into Midwest - Acquires Michigan Office from Koorsen

Summit Companies

SAINT PAUL, MINNESOTA -- Summit Companies, a premier fire and life safety specialist company, announced it has completed the purchase of the Mount Pleasant, Michigan and Traverse City, Michigan branch offices from Indianapolis, Indiana-based Koorsen Fire & Security, Inc. This acquisition is a strategic geographic expansion of Summit's existing fire protection, life safety and consulting business. Summit Companies currently has locations in the states of Arizona, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, and Wisconsin and performs work across the United States.

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hillerHiller Acquires Covington Fire

By Christopher Smith
The Andalusia Star-News

The Hiller Companies have purchased all Covington Fire Protection accounts, and Covington Fire Protection Owner Paul Brackins said that this merger will be beneficial to Covington County.

"Hiller Companies is a huge company," Brackins said. "They are a lot bigger company and provide a lot more services than we do."

Covington Fire Protection will maintain all contracts, and procedures that are currently in place, and Hiller Companies will maintain all management, staff and technicians.

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red_hawkRed Hawk Acquires Pennsylvania Based SDT - Expands into Eastern PA

By Paul Ragusa
Security Systems News

Deal fills in key geographic area while adding talent, capability to East coast offices

BOCA RATON, Fla. -- Red Hawk Fire & Security LLC, a fire, life safety and security company based here, announced the purchase of Security and Data Technologies Inc., a company located in the Philadelphia area with expertise in commercial fire alarm and security integration. Terms of the transaction have not been disclosed.

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mpPremier Technical Acquires M&P Fire (UK)
M&P specializes in fitting sprinkler systems (Shutterstock)

By Herpreet Kaur Grewal

Premier Technical Services Group PLC  has announced the acquisition of M&P Fire Protection Ltd, a specialist in the installation, maintenance and testing of dry and wet riser systems and commercial and domestic sprinkler systems.

M&P Fire Protection is based in Maidstone, Kent.

The business will retain its management team, which will continue to grow and expand the business.

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saeFAA Taps SAE International To Develop Aviation Engine Fire Suppression System Standards


SAE International, the leading global association for aerospace, automotive and commercial-vehicle engineers, has been tasked by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to develop industry aerospace standards to demonstrate compliance with FAA powerplant fire protection requirements.

SAE International is forming a new technical committee, A-22 Fire Protection and Flammability Testing to develop industry standards for the testing of systems and components to assist with the design and certification of fire protection systems. The initial program of work includes the development of a suite of standards to assist with the update of FAA Advisory Circular AC 20-135 Powerplant Installation and Propulsion System Component Fire Protection Test Methods, Standards and Criteria. Methods to calibrate and setup a new sonic burner as an optional replacement for existing fire test burners will also be created.

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mroICAO Presses MROs on Halon Stocks, Usage
(Nigel Howarth)

By Sean Broderick

Survey targets MRO providers in effort to evaluate halon emissions, reserves.

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) is seeking input from MRO providers that service halon systems and components as part of a global effort to quantify halon emissions and remaining reserves.

Long recognized as an effective, economical fire-suppression agent, halon also contributes to ozone depletion. Halon's production was banned in 1994, but some applications -- including aviation fire-suppression -- were classified as essential, and allowed to continue, using existing, recycled or recovered chemicals.

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navyHalon System Fails - Navy Shoots Down Own Plane (27 Years Ago This Month)
U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Angelina Grimsley

By Kyle Mizokami
Popular Mechanics

The unmanned Hawkeye aircraft was destroyed before it could become a safety threat.

Over the years, the U.S. Navy has shot down its own aircraft a just handful of times-and usually by mistake, of course. But on July 8, 1991 the Navy shot down one of its planes on purpose. A stricken Hawkeye early warning airplane, its crew having bailed out, was shot down by a F/A-18 Hornet before it could pose a threat to a populated area.

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engine_fireHow Dangerous Are Plane Engine Fires?
Planes can still fly with just one engine working
Credit: Getty

By Hugh Morris, Travel News Editor
The Telegraph

Few sights are more unsettling from a plane window seat than licks of orange and yellow curling around the wing and engine, illuminating the night sky.

The latest passengers to endure such a view were members of the Saudi national football team, whose players watched a fire take hold in the engine of their plane approaching Rostov-on-Don on Monday.

The aircraft landed safely, with a statement from Saudi Arabia announcing that all players were safe ahead of their game against Uruguay on Wednesday: "The fire was merely an accident."

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egyptairFrench Authorities Say Fire Likely Cause of 2016 Egypt Air Crash


The findings of French authorities have contradicted Egypt's conclusion that a bomb was behind the EgyptAir MS804 disaster. The plane crashed into the southeastern Mediterranean Sea in May 2016, killing 66 people.

French investigators have said a cockpit fire was likely behind the 2016 EgyptAir MS804 crash, challenging the findings of Egyptian authorities who said traces of explosives were found on the victims' remains.

France's civil aviation accident agency, known by its French acronym BEA, said Friday that information from the flight recorders suggested that "a fire broke out in the cockpit while the plane was at cruising altitude and the fire spread rapidly, causing the loss of control of the aircraft."

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vesselsExploring Fire Safety Concerns on Electric/Hybrid Vessels

By Government Europa
Hellenic Shipping News

With an increasing number of vessels becoming electrified or hybridized as part of efforts to decarbonize the shipping industry and protect the environment, the role of lithium-ion (li-ion) batteries in this transition continues to grow. Alongside this growth, safety concerns are increasing around the use of Li-ion batteries, specifically around the fire risk they pose to such vessels and the related challenge of fire suppression at sea.

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nfpa_652Powdered Bulk Solids - Are You in Compliance With NFPA 652?

By Vahid Ebadat Ph.D.
Powder & Bulk Solids

There have been too many dust flash fires and explosions in the process industries. The new standard, NFPA 652, on the Fundamentals of Combustible Dust is designed to stop this - but are you compliant?

Most powders handled in industry can form explosible dust clouds if particle size is small, moisture content low, and concentration in the cloud high enough. If the dust cloud finds a strong enough ignition source then a dust explosion is possible.

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