Bakida Ep. #9 - Liquid Nitrogen Leak in Gainsville & EO Protecting Public Health and the Environment

Thanks for joining us last week where we discussed two Executive Orders:


In Episode 9, we discuss another executive order on protecting public health and the environment. We also talk about a liquid nitrogen leak that happened at a Gainsville food packing plant that involved the death of six individuals.


OSHA Tips of the Week

  • 1/25 - Limit the number of passengers riding in shared-use vehicles.

  • 1/26 - Always maintain 3-point contact when climbing a ladder.

  • 1/27 - Lift with your legs, not your back.

  • 1/28 - Never operate a machine without proper safeguards.

  • 1/29 - Address robotic machine hazards with workers.


At least 6 dead, 3 in critical condition after liquid nitrogen leak at Georgia plant

A food packing plant in Gainsville, GA, experienced a liquid nitrogen leak, which lead to the death of 6 workers and injured 3 others. This facility is known for processing chicken products. The cause of their severe conditions and deaths was related to respiration. When the emergency responders arrived on site, a number of individuals suffered from chemical burns. A total of 12 people were hospitalized, including one firefighter who was expected to recover. Those included in the deaths were maintenance employees, supervisory staff and management team members. It was rumored that there was also an explosion associated with this incident, but that information is not true. This is an ongoing investigation...


Here are the following updates from the Chemical Safety Board since this incident was covered on Episode #9. During the time of the incident, unplanned maintenance activity was being conducted. Before the new freezing system was installed, the previous system was found to be ammonia-based. And the old equipment was located in the area next to the new system, but was not in use.


Executive Order Protecting Public Health and the Environment and Restoring Science To Tackle the Climate Crisis

Executive Order #13990, was signed on January 20, 2021. Many sections in this policy described the expectations of various agencies to better protect our public health and environment. Agencies will now be required to review their regulations and documents from the previous administration to ensure that they are consistent with this new EO. Some of the topics under review, are the reduction of methane emissions in the oil and gas sector, job-creating fuel economy standards, and protecting the air from harmful pollution.

Section 3 of the order covers restoring national monuments and reviewing monument boundaries. In regards to the Artic Refuge, the Coastal Plain Oil and Gas Leasing Program must be reviewed to ensure it is consistent with the applicable law. If there are discrepancies, they must conduct a new analysis of the program for their potential environmental impacts. Section 5 identifies the importance of the benefits of reducing climate pollution. Agencies will need to capture their costs of greenhouse gas emissions and take into account the potential global damages. And finally the executive ordered revoked the March 2019 Permit for the Keystone XL Pipeline.


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This podcast episode was recorded on January 31, 2020.

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