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PCB: PCB to prosecute firms involved in chemical dump
HYDERABAD: The Telangana State Pollution Control Board has decided to prosecute pharma companies involved in chemical drums dumping cases. Rachakonda police on Monday arrested a gang for dumping chemical drums. Based on the report submitted by the Rachakconda police, the PCB has decided to take the case forward for further action.
PCB investigations revealed that the gang used Yadadri as a dumping ground. Effluent and hazardous waste from Karnataka and AP were also being dumped in Telangana. While gang members and store managers of companies have been arrested, both police and PCB authorities are verifying involvement of pharma company management.
India  public  discovery  response  waste  illegal 
3 days ago by dchas
Barrel containing chemical explodes at Vashi godown, 2 nabbed for negligence
Navi Mumbai: One barrel filled with highly inflammable chemical solvent exploded due to improper storage at the godown of a transport company located in sector 19, Vashi near the truck terminal.
The incident had occurred at the Okara Trade Parcel Carriers godown on Wednesday evening. The APMC police have arrested the godown manager, Deepak Vishwas and a supplier of chemical solvents, Chandrabhan Kanojiya, for their alleged negligent act.
There was panic among transporters and traders in the locality as barrel pieces flew in the air due to the explosion and one huge piece fell on a new SUV belonging to another transporter, damaging his vehicle. Also, the chemical solvent spilled over the road and the passersby complained of pungent smell and burning eyes.
The explosion occurred near a petrol pump but thankfully, more such chemical filled drums stored at the godown, were not affected. A fire engine from Vashi fire brigade has been stationed near the godown for the past two days to prevent any untoward incident.
Assistant inspector, Ram Chopade said, "Reportedly, the lid of one of the six barrels was not sealed properly and rainwater seeped into it and caused an chemical reaction and led to the explosion."
India  industrial  explosion  response  solvent  illegal 
7 days ago by dchas
RT : Jamiel Shaw Sr. On The Verdict

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The Juror…
KateSteinle  Illegal  from twitter
13 days ago by nausley
Police: Ripped bag at hospital contained meth
MANCHESTER — Police have identified the illegal drug that was in a bag that ripped open in the Elliot Hospital Emergency Department two weeks ago when a patient struggled with police.

Methamphetamine contaminated the bathroom and an adjacent hallway at the hospital on Nov. 16, according to police.

Six people fell ill after the incident.

According to previous accounts, police struggled with Manchester resident Theodore Macenas, 26, when they realized he had drugs concealed inside of his body. He was trying to swallow an unknown substance during the struggle, and the plastic bag tore, police said at the time.
us_NH  public  follow-up  injury  illegal  clandestine_lab 
16 days ago by dchas
Boffin made bombs of the type used in 7/7 attacks
retired chemical analyst who made an explosive of the type used in the 7/7 bombings has avoided jail.

David Taylor’s home in Golcar was raided last year after an internet service provider alerted police that he was buying chemicals online.

The 71-year-old had used his purchases to make two types of explosives - hexamethlyene triperoxide diamine (HMTD), which was used in the 7/7 bombings, and pentaerythritol tetranitrate (PETN).

But Leeds Crown Court heard today (Wednesday) that he has no political or religious affiliations and merely made them as a ‘hobby’.

Bashir Ahmed, prosecuting, said: “These chemicals are unstable and cause serious damage and harm if they do indeed explode.
United_Kingdom  laboratory  discovery  response  explosives  illegal 
23 days ago by dchas
'Exceedingly unusual' CO leak forces family to evacuate home
A bizarre carbon monoxide leak in Point Grey forced a family to evacuate their home on Wednesday after poisonous gas started leaking from the furnace of a neighbouring house into theirs.
The public information officer for Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services said he's never seen anything like it in his career.
"That is exceedingly unusual," Jonathan Gormick said. "The carbon monoxide was actually coming from a neighbouring house and being pulled into the air intake of the house in which the alarm was going off."

Carbon monoxide detectors started going off in a home on West 11th Avenue near Sasamat Street around 8 p.m. on Nov. 15, 2017.
He says it must have been the perfect combination of exhaust vent placement, air intake placement and air currents that night.
Canada  public  release  response  carbon_monoxide  illegal 
29 days ago by dchas
Officials uncover Ohio meth lab, find infant inside house fire
CLARK CO., Ohio (WCMH) — Ohio officials have arrested a man after discovering methamphetamines and a newborn infant at the site of a house fire.

Clark County Sheriff’s Office detectives noticed the fire on Tuesday just after 6 p.m. on Gerlaugh Road. Detectives found a large amount of evidence they say pointed to the manufacture and use of methamphetamines.

An infant was inside the residence and was exposed to elements of the meth manufacturing process, investigators said.

Detectives found a laboratory in a trailer in the backyard that was not actively operating.

The owner of the trailer, Larry D. Jenkins, is accused of starting the illegal burn. He was arrested and charged with felony counts of illegal manufacture of drugs and child endangering.
us_OH  public  fire  response  illegal  clandestine_lab 
4 weeks ago by dchas
Arkema plant fire investigation: Animation and timeline released
HOUSTON - The U.S. Chemical Safety Board provided an update Wednesday into their investigation of the Arkema facility in the days before and after Hurricane Harvey.    

Vanessa Allen Sutherland, the Safety Board chairwoman, at one point stated that one of the key takeaways of the investigations thus far is simply, "They did planning and the question is, why wasn't it enough?”

The CSB released a highly produced animation illustrating exactly what took place when Harvey was at its peak, including how power was cut off by man and Mother Nature.  

The animation stated at one point, "Without power those warehouses were at risk of not staying cool enough to prevent decomposition of the peroxide."

This was pivotal since the decomposition could result in explosions. In the days that followed, residents within a mile and a half of the plant were evacuated, and more than a dozen sheriff's deputies were hospitalized responding to the explosions.
us_TX  industrial  follow-up  environmental  illegal  peroxide 
4 weeks ago by dchas
ExxonMobil settles U.S. air pollution enforcement case
ExxonMobil will spend $300 million to reduce air emissions from four olefin plants and four polyethylene facilities and pay a $2.5 million fine to settle allegations that it violated U.S. federal air pollution regulations. ExxonMobil had modified the facilities and increased their emissions without getting required air pollution permits, says Patrick Traylor, Environmental Protection Agency deputy assistant administrator for enforcement and compliance assurance. The settlement, announced on Oct. 31, requires the company to curb air pollution emitted from inefficient combustion of waste gases within flares at the plants. Traylor says that when fully implemented by 2020, the upgrades at the eight plants will prevent emissions of about 6,400 metric tons per year of volatile organic pollutants and 1,400 metric tons per year of hazardous air pollutants. The facilities are located in Texas in Baytown, Beaumont, and Mont Belvieu and in Baton Rouge, La. Under the settlement, ExxonMobil will also spend $2.5 million on supplemental environmental projects, including planting trees in Baytown.
us_TX  industrial  discovery  environmental  waste  illegal 
5 weeks ago by dchas
Former manager sentenced in 2014 blast at Santa Clara Waste Water Co. facility
A former Santa Clara Waste Water Co. manager was sentenced to 210 days in jail in connection with a 2014 blast at the company's facility, according to Ventura County Superior Court records.

David Wirsing, 46, of Ventura, was ordered to turn himself into Ventura County jail at 7 a.m. on Nov. 27 to start serving his sentence. He also was ordered to 36 months of probation and to pay restitution, records indicate.

As part of his probation terms, Wirsing is prohibited from transporting any type of hazardous waste or transporting any quantity of hazardous waste that would require a license or a hazardous materials endorsement from the California Highway Patrol, said Senior Deputy District Attorney Dominic Kardum.

Wirsing was one of several company officials to face criminal charges stemming from the Nov. 18, 2014, explosion at the wastewater facility at 815 Mission Rock Road near Santa Paula that injured three Santa Paula firefighters.

The Ventura man pleaded not guilty in March to felony conspiracy to impede the enforcement of a Certified Unified Program Agency official. Prosecutors said those officials were from the Ventura County Environmental Health Department.

Wirsing also admitted to overt acts in the count, which includes planning or moving chemicals from the Mission Rock Road facility to a storage yard on Palm Avenue in Santa Paula. Wirsing also admitted exchanging text messages with another Santa Clara Waste Water employee about moving chemicals and transporting the chemicals back to the Mission Rock facility.
us_ca  industrial  follow-up  illegal  peroxides 
6 weeks ago by dchas
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A major fire broke out in a chemical solvent godown in Narol on Saturday, killing the owner of the godown and injuring around ten firefighters. The godown was illegal and did not have required fire safety measures in place, according to official sources.

Jayesh Khadia, Divisional Fire Officer, said, "The reason behind the fire has yet to be ascertained. The FSL department is investigating further. We have found one body inside the godown."

The owner of the godown, which belonged to Vishnu Enterprises, located in Parshottam estate, behind Cozy hotel, has been identified as Pokar Ram Benoy, 40. A native of Rajasthan, Benoy used to reside in Ghodasar here.

The fire broke out around 1 pm at the godown. Five teams of the Ahmedabad Fire and Emergency Service department were deployed to douse the flames. The fire spread quickly because of solvent and thinner containers stored in the godown. Soon, more fire engines were dispatched to the spot, while a police team reached the spot to manage crowds. It took six hours and 21 firefighting vehicles to bring the fire under control and douse the flames. Firefighters were still trying to put out the burning embers till late night.
India  industrial  fire  death  illegal  solvent 
6 weeks ago by dchas
Solvang Hotel to Pay $31,000 for Hazardous Waste Dumping
Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley has announced the resolution of an environmental-protection action against Solvang Hotel Group L.P., the entity that operates the Holiday Inn Express in Solvang.

The action was filed in Santa Barbara County Superior Court in Santa Maria. The complaint alleges the hotel illegally disposed of hazardous waste, specifically corrosive swimming pool chemicals, by placing them in an ordinary trash dumpster.

The environmental violations were discovered when fumes were emitted from the dumpster in which the chemicals were placed.

Hotel management called the Santa Barbara County Fire Department, which in turn contacted the Santa Barbara County Certified Unified Program Agency (CUPA).

CUPA is a unit of Santa Barbara County Environmental Health Services that regulates hazardous-waste compliance.
us_CA  public  release  response  corrosives  pool_chemicals  waste  illegal 
7 weeks ago by dchas
Internet Safety Strategy green paper - GOV.UK
Ah the Twitter Tax is actually a consultation not just an announcement- ta,
uk  social  media  extremuist  illegal  content  filtering  tax  twitter  from twitter
9 weeks ago by Surliminal
Sarstedt: Boy after chemical explosion in coma
On Wednesday evening, a 15-year-old pupil suffered severe injuries to right hand. He is now in a coma in a hospital in Hildesheim.

As police shared, boy was on road with three friends (13, 14 and 14 years) when accident happened. In his trouser pocket, chemicals had exploded, which youngsters had stolen from chemistry room of Albert Schweitzer School last weekend.

Because boy is not capable of interrogation, motives of ft are still unclear.

However, experts from state criminal office of Lower Saxony found parts of a self-built detonating agent and traces of chemicals that were used – substances that lead to an explosion after mixture under pressure!

However, police stressed that "re is currently no evidence of a planned damaging event to detriment of or persons or similar".

At present time, police assume that this is a deplorable accident. However, four students are identified for breaking into school and for violating Explosives Act.
Germany  education  explosion  injury  explosives  illegal 
9 weeks ago by dchas
Lawsuit: Arkema harmed residents before fires, blasts
Even before explosions at the Arkema chemical plant shook the Crosby area, the battering from Hurricane Harvey had led to the release of more than 20,000 pounds of toxic chemicals into floodwaters, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday.

The complaint, filed in federal court on behalf of 14 residents, seeks compensation from Arkema for health care expenses and damage to homes during the period when residents were evacuated, as well as punitive damages.

Arkema lost control of its Crosby facility after floodwaters cut power and wiped out its back up generators. With the power out and cooling systems failing, volatile organic peroxides exploded multiple times over the course of a week, producing towering pillars of fire and thick plumes of black smoke.

A 1.5-mile evacuation zone was established after government officials got access to the company's chemical inventories. About 300 households were evacuated during the crisis.

The lawsuit is the first to accuse Arkema of causing environmental damage separate from the fires and explosions.

The suit cites a report the company filed with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, disclosing details of the chemical spill, which occurred Aug. 28. Released into flood waters were potential carcinogens such as volatile organic compounds and ethylbenzene, and toxins such as tert butyl alcohol, which irritates skin and can cause vomiting and dizziness. The company report wasn't released to the public for more than a week because Gov. Greg Abbott had suspended TCEQ reporting rules before Harvey's arrival.
us_TX  industrial  follow-up  environmental  illegal  toxics 
10 weeks ago by dchas

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