U.S. report proposes lower safe level for perfluorochemical exposure
federal report once suppressed by the U.S. military and EPA proposes safe daily levels of consumption for two perfluorochemicals that are one-tenth those of EPA.
The draft toxicity analysis, released June 20 by the Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry (ATSDR), would set a minimal risk level of 3 × 10–6 mg of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) per kilogram of body weight per day and of 2 × 10–6 mg/kg/day for perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS). Formerly widely used but no longer manufactured domestically, these chemicals taint drinking water sources at scores of sites across the U.S. and, increasingly, in other countries.
ATSDR’s minimal risk levels estimate daily human exposure to a substance that is likely to be without appreciable risk of health effects other than cancer. The agency uses these levels to identify contaminants and potential health effects at hazardous waste sites­—but not for regulatory purposes, the draft report cautions.
public  discovery  environmental 
2 hours ago
Gas leak found at Keene High School
Keene High School was evacuated Tuesday after a teacher noticed an odor of natural gas in the building, according to fire officials.

The Keene Fire Department responded to the school just after 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to Deputy Chief Jeffrey Chickering. During their investigation, firefighters recorded gas readings of 16 percent of the lower explosive limit, he said, and determined that the gas was coming from burners that were turned on in some of the school’s science labs.

Firefighters shut off the gas to the unlit burners and ventilated the building, Chickering said. The building was closed for about two hours during the investigation, and no one was affected by the gas, he said.

Burners were turned on in three of the school’s science labs, according to Keene police Lt. Steven Tenney. At this point, there is not enough information to determine if the burners were left on intentionally or by accident, and police are still investigating, he said. Officers will speak with teachers and review hallway security camera footage as part of their investigation, Tenney said.
us_NH  laboratory  release  response  natural_gas 
City crews handle chemical leak
STEUBENVILLE — City wastewater department workers spent Tuesday evening working to prevent bleach from killing the microorganisms which breaks down the sewerage.

Chuck Murphy, city utilities director, said workers at the plant noticed a white cloud in a ditch at the plant and notified the fire department.

The chemical, sodium hypochlorite, or household bleach, had entered the sewer system and made its way to the plant. Murphy said between 50 and 55 gallons of the chemical was released.

City Manager James Mavromatis said a drum burst at National Colloid on Adams Street, and the liquid entered a drain.

Murphy said holding tanks used during times of heavy rain were opened and the sewerage containing the sodium hypochlorite was pumped into the tanks. He said that was done to prevent the chemical from entering the secondary treatment section of the plant. Sodium bisulfite was added to the sewerage to remove the chlorine from the water, Murphy said. Chlorine is present in a small amount in sodium hypochlorite.

Mavromatis said National Colloid provided the sodium busulfite to the city.
us_OH  industrial  release  response  bleach 
New York sues 3M, five others over toxic chemical contamination
NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York state sued 3M Co and five other companies to recover the cost of cleaning up environmental contamination caused by toxic chemicals in firefighting foam that they manufactured.

Governor Andrew Cuomo and Attorney General Barbara Underwood said on Wednesday the lawsuit seeks more than $38.8 million plus punitive damages and is the first of its type by a U.S. state.

New York said the use of the foam at five military and civilian airports in the state caused "extensive contamination" to nearby fish, soil and water and increased the risk to people of immune system damage and other health problems.

The companies knew or should have known by the 1970s that the foam, when used as intended, could threaten public health and the environment, the state said.
us_NY  public  release  environmental  toxics 
Small chemical spill cleaned up in residential neighborhood
LUBBOCK, Texas - Lubbock Fire Rescue was called Wednesday afternoon to the 2200 block of Flint Avenue for the report of a small chemical spill.

A photojournalist at the scene reported that someone spilled a green-colored herbicide in the street.  It splashed on someone’s car.  The green dye wasn’t washing off, so the fire department responded to remove the chemical from the street.

EverythingLubbock confirmed with LFR that there were no injuries. 
us_TX  public  release  response  dye  pesticides 
Toxic chemical study EPA is accused of blocking just came out. It calls for stricter drinking-water limits
A federal agency released recommendations on Wednesday on how to protect the public from a class of chemicals that are linked to a range of illnesses including some cancers, immune system problems, decreased fertility, and thyroid disease.
The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry published long-awaited health standards on 14 chemicals in the PFAS family, also known as PFCs or perfluoroalkalyls. For two of the chemicals, the report advocates limits that are much stricter than those recommended by the Environmental Protection Agency, and stronger than levels currently being implemented by New Jersey, a national leader in regulating the chemicals.
ATSDR, a unit of the Department of Health and Human Services, has been under pressure from public health advocates and some lawmakers to release the study following media reports that publication had been blocked by the White House and the EPA because of wide differences between the two sets of recommendations.
For the chemical PFOS, ATSDR is recommending a “minimum risk level” from all sources that is 10 times stricter than the EPA’s health guideline. For PFOA, ATSDR’s recommendation is about one-seventh of what the EPA says is safe for human consumption, the document shows. The EPA did not respond to a request for comment.
us_NJ  public  discovery  environmental  other_chemical 
Worker injured in chemical spill at Toledo port
A worker suffered chemical burns to the hands and face from a sodium hydroxide spill at the Port of Toledo on Wednesday afternoon, the Toledo Fire Department reported.

Pvt. Sterling Rahe, the fire department’s spokesman, said the unidentified worker was handling a chemical transfer at Midwest Terminals of Toledo International, 3518 St. Lawrence Dr., when he was splashed with the liquid, also known as caustic soda and most familiar as the active ingredient in drain cleaner.

The worker was wearing protective equipment but still was exposed to some of the chemical. A co-worker immediately provided assistance and began decontamination procedures that were under way when firefighters arrived, Mr. Rahe said.

After additional aid at the scene, the worker was sent to Mercy Health St. Vincent Medical Center for treatment of injuries that were “serious but not life-threatening,” the spokesman said.

Mr. Rahe said as much as 300 to 400 gallons spilled before the flow was shut off, although Todd Audet, the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority’s vice president of operations, said that amount seemed high to him.
us_OH  industrial  release  injury  sodium_hydroxide 
Minnesota authorities warn about poison risk of campfire flame colorant – Twin Cities
As the summer campfire season begins, the Minnesota Poison Control center has issued a warning about a product used to generate colored flames.

KARE-TV reported that the chemical, sold in a small foil packet, has sickened several young children in Minnesota, including one who was sent to the hospital.

The Poison Control center has handled four poisoning cases involving the flame colorant products this season. Three cases involved the product Mystical Fire manufactured by Mystical Distributing.

It contains a copper sulfate chemical that produces the coloration. The product warns against opening the package since the contents can be harmful to children.

The center’s medical director, Jon Cole, said that the package can be confused with Pop Rocks or other candy.

Mystical Distributing president Mark Phillips said that the product is tamperproof and should not be opened, but thrown directly into the fire.
us_MN  industrial  discovery  environmental  copper_sulphate 
Home Depot, Lowe’s to end sales of chemical blamed in accidental deaths
Home Depot is the latest big retailer to announce it will drop products containing methylene chloride, a chemical that has been blamed for dozens of accidental deaths.

By the end of 2018, Home Depot said it will no longer sell products containing the chemical, which is found in carpet, paint, insulation, flooring and cleaning products.

The company’s announcement this week came after Sherwin-Williams tweeted last week that it would stop selling paint strippers that contain the chemical, and Lowe’s in May became the first major retailer to announce it was phasing out products that contain methylene chloride.

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, methylene chloride exposure can be “extremely hazardous” because the chemical’s vapors can reduce oxygen and reach toxic levels quickly in small, poorly ventilated spaces. A 2012 report from the CDC found 13 deaths from 2000 to 2011 were caused by methylene chloride stripping agents.
us_CA  public  discovery  environmental  methylene_chloride 
Livonia business evacuated as HAZMAT team called for chemical mishap
Livonia firefighters and the Wayne County Hazardous Materials Response Team were on the scene of an industrial chemical reaction that prompted the evacuation of 16 businesses Tuesday.

The incident occurred at Hughes Electronics Products Corp., on Industrial Road west of Stark. It began unfolding around 7 a.m., when an employee arriving for work noticed smoke and thought a fire was under way, Livonia Fire Chief David Heavener said.

"There is no residential threat," Heavener said at the scene shortly after 11 a.m. Tuesday. There were complaints about an odor, however, and 16 businesses in the immediate area were evacuated as a precaution, Heavener said.

Fire department officials said there had been a reaction at Hughes between three chemicals: ammonium hydroxide, ammonium chloride and ammonium carbonate. That resulted in smoke that HAZMAT members had to "off-gas" as ammonia and carbon dioxide, officials said.
us_MI  industrial  release  response  ammonia  ammonium_hydroxide  carbon_dioxide 
2 days ago
Old-fashioned safe releases tear gas after robbery at Karl's Cabin
SALEM TWP., MI - Four employees of Karl's Cabin Restaurant and Bar in Salem Township were taken to a hospital Tuesday after encountering tear gas that leaked out of an old safe.

Fire crews were called to the restaurant at 60005 Gotfredson Road about 9:51 a.m. after workers there reported a strange, oily liquid seeping out of an old safe, according to Salem Township Fire Chief Rachwal.

The restaurant had been burglarized between midnight and 1 a.m. Monday morning, according to the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office. The old-fashioned safe was tampered with and cash was stolen from it, police said.

The safe, which was roughly five feet tall, is about 100 years old and contained the tear gas as a security feature, according to Rachwal.
us_MI  public  release  injury  tear_gas 
2 days ago
One killed in fire at Pune DRDO lab
One contract worker died and another was seriously injured in a fire involving explosive material at the High Energy Material Research Laboratory (HEMRL) of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), at Pashan in Pune on Tuesday afternoon.
Police have identified the deceased worker as Laxmikant Ramesh Sonawane (26), a resident of Ramnagar in Warje, and the injured as Yogesh Kirtikar.
“The deceased was a contract worker. All the safety measures were in place at the time of the accident. A high-level DRDO committee will investigate the causes of the accident and come up with a report,” said HEMRL Director KPS Murthy.
Senior Inspector Arun Waykar of Hinjewadi police station said, “The workers were taking samples of some explosives when suddenly, some of the substances they were handling exploded.”
HEMRL is one of the oldest laboratories of the DRDO.
India  laboratory  explosion  death  explosives 
2 days ago
OSU wristbands reveal toxins in Houston area
CORVALLIS, Ore. -- When Hurricane Harvey swept through the Houston area last August, it caused devastating floods.

Many residents worried those floodwaters had swept toxic chemicals into their neighborhoods.

It was a concern shared by scientists from Oregon State University.

So in the weeks following the hurricane, they flew down to Houston and passed out hundreds of special chemical absorbing wristbands. Participants wore the wristbands for one week.

Related: Wristband tracks chemicals you're exposed to, and how they affect you

Thirty-two of those participants lived in the Highlands area of Houston near a flooded Superfund site.

"The overarching concern is... are chemical exposures increasing?" asked Peter Hoffman, assistant director of the Food Safety and Environmental Stewardship Program at Oregon State University.

After wearing the wristbands, the participants sent them back to researchers at OSU, who were able to extract the chemicals from the first set.

The findings revealed the residents were being exposed to an unusually high number of chemicals.
us_OR  public  discovery  environmental  toxics 
2 days ago
What caused explosion, chemical spill at Modesto Junior College pool area?
Modesto Junior College officials expect it will take several days to fully assess the damage from an explosion early Sunday at the east campus swimming pool that resulted in a chemical spill.

As more details emerged Monday, it appeared the blast shaking windows in surrounding neighborhoods originated in a carbon dioxide system in the pool room, a fire official said.

The east and west campuses were open Monday for summer courses and classes were in session. The college worked to relocate classes normally held in areas closed by the explosion and spill, an MJC spokeswoman said.

Officials closed the pool area, library, the MJC gymnasium, the men's and women's physical education buildings, nearby offices for PE staff, and the practice field to the west off Coldwell Avenue. The gymnasium and area around the pool were fenced off.
us_CA  education  explosion  response  carbon_dioxide 
2 days ago
seminar on Industrial Safety: FICCI organises a 3-day seminar on Industrial Safety and Emergency Preparedness
LUCKNOW: Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) jointly with Government of Uttar Pradesh, Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister (EAC-PM), Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board (PNGRB), Natural Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and Chemical &Industrial Disaster Management (CIDM) Board together organised a 3-days seminar on ‘Industrial Safety and Emergency Preparedness’ on June 19, 2018 in Lucknow.
During the program, UP’s governor Ram Naik, UP’s Minister of Industrial Development, Satish Mahana, Commissioner, Infrastructure and Industrial Development Department, Anup Chandra Pandey, Deputy Secretary General of FICCI, Nirakar Saxena and UP’s Chief Secretary Rajive Kumar were present.
The seminar witnessed participation of over 300 industry delegates throughout India from various sectors including Oil & Gas, Petroleum etc. along with key stakeholders from the government. A technical session was conducted which focused on various important issues related to prevention, preparedness, mitigation and best practices for ensuring safety in chemical, Petro-chemicals, Natural gas and Petroleum Industries.
India  industrial  discovery  environmental  natural_gas  petroleum 
2 days ago
California wildfires caused unexpected benzene contamination of drinking water
As the 2018 wildfire season begins in the western U.S., part of Northern California is still grappling with previously unrecognized and wholly unanticipated damage from fires that burned 15,000 hectares and devastated the state’s wine country last year.
In addition to destroying more than 8,000 structures and killing 44 people, those fires unexpectedly also caused persistent contamination by the carcinogen benzene in the water infrastructure in a Santa Rosa neighborhood.
First detected in November, the benzene levels persisted for months, and Santa Rosa city officials feared a large portion of their water system would have to be replaced­—a project they estimated would take two years and cost $43 million. Gradually, however, benzene levels dropped, most dramatically in the past few weeks, and a full system replacement may not be necessary. Nevertheless, the city will still be replacing up to 500 service lines at a cost of $3.4 million and supplying activated-charcoal filters to affected residents to ensure benzene levels fall below California’s limit of 1 ppb for drinking water.
The situation took the water supply industry and government agencies by surprise. Water experts say it’s likely to spur new research on the relationship between fires and water contamination and on ways to prevent such contamination.
us_CA  public  discovery  environmental  benzene 
2 days ago
Honey oil lab explosion at Desert Hot Springs home
DESERT HOT SPRINGS, Calif. - A honey oil lab caused an explosion and fire at a home on West Dr. Monday.

Police and Fire responded to a call of explosions and fire just after noon on Monday at a house on the 12000 block of West Dr. in Desert Hot Springs.

Fire at a home on West Drive in Desert Hot Springs
A Hazmat team and Southern California Edison also arrived on scene.  Cal Fire says that the house is a total loss.

Neighbors half a block away reported feeling the explosion and thinking it was an earthquake.
us_CA  public  explosion  response  clandestine_lab 
3 days ago
Wisconsin manufacturer finds groundwater pollution at plant
MARINETTE, Wis. — A manufacturer in northeastern Wisconsin has discovered new evidence of groundwater pollution near Lake Michigan involving a chemical that has raised national health concerns.

Tyco Fire Products said this month that it discovered perfluorinated chemicals, or PFCs, in well samples at its manufacturing plant in Marinette. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency had directed Tyco to test for PFCs at the wells, which are part of a separate cleanup of arsenic.

Tyco produces specialized firefighting foams that can extinguish gas and oil fires. PFCs are used in products like the firefighting foam and have been linked with increasing cancer risks and development problems in fetuses, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported .

Tyco, which is a unit of Johnson Controls International, said it's investigating the source and extent of the groundwater contamination by testing soil, ditches and surface water.
us_WI  public  discovery  environmental  other_chemical 
3 days ago
NEW: Chemical spill in Loxahatchee shuts down traffic
Both east and west lanes of Orange Boulevard in Loxahatchee are closed after a chemical spill, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said.

A car crash at Orange Boulevard and 140th Avenue North resulted in minor injuries, deputies said. The crash resulted in a chlorine spill over the road, which deputies and Palm Beach County Fire Rescue are working to clear, the sheriff’s office said.

The cleanup will take about one to three hours, according to deputies. 
us_FL  transportation  release  response  chlorine 
3 days ago
Senate joins House in approving budget for CSB
Washington — The Chemical Safety Board is all but ensured of avoiding elimination for another fiscal year after the Senate allocated $11 million for the agency for FY 2019 in its Interior, Environment and Related Agencies appropriations bill.
The legislation was unanimously approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee on June 14. The amount matches CSB’s FY 2018 budget.
“The Board has the important responsibility of independently investigating industrial chemical accidents and collaborating with industry and professional organizations to share safety lessons that can prevent catastrophic incidents and the Committee expects this work to continue,” the committee states in the bill.
The House Appropriations Committee allocated $12 million for the agency in its Interior and Environment bill, which was approved June 6.
In its past two budget proposals, the Trump administration has advocated eliminating CSB, citing the “relative duplicative nature of [the agency’s] work, and the administration’s focus on streamlining functions across the federal government.”
us_WA  public  follow-up  environmental 
3 days ago
High Levels of Carbon Monoxide at El Cajon Starbucks:Heartland Fire
High levels of carbon monoxide were found at a Starbucks and Golden Bagel in the 2700 block of Fletcher Parkway around 8 a.m. Sunday morning.
Heartland Fire, La Mesa Police Department, San Diego County Hazmat and San Diego Fire-Rescue all responded to the scene after more than one carbon monoxide alarm went off and people called 911. 
The Starbucks, Golden Bagel and other nearby businesses were briefly evacuated, and one Starbucks employee was taken to the hospital. 
"(The employee) who received medical attention is doing well and the store has since reopened," Starbucks said in a statement to NBC 7.
An exhaust fan above the boiler at Golden Bagel was turned off, causing carbon monoxide to accumulate and spread to the nearby businesses, Heartland Fire said.
The gas itself is not poisonous but can cause problems if it displaces oxygen.
us_CA  public  release  injury  carbon_monoxide 
4 days ago
Smithers hotel hazmat incident sends nine to hospital
The BC Ambulance Service and Smithers Fire Department were called after several people, many of whom were children, got sick after swimming in the Aspen Inn’s pool.

“We’re truly concerned about the well being of our customers,” assistant general manager Eric Peter said. “Right now we’re looking into provisions to ensure something like this doesn’t happen again.”

Peter thought an employee may have used too much chlorine while doing maintenance but wasn’t certain as the investigation into what happened is ongoing.

Smithers RCMP conducted an investigation and determined the incident was caused by an Aspen Inn employee adding chemicals to the pool as a part of its routine maintenance.

The chlorine’s vapor caused breathing issues for those affected, Peter said.

Nine people were taken to the Bulkley Valley District Hospital, Smithers RCMP said.
Canada  public  release  injury  chlorine 
4 days ago
Residents evacuated in Camperdown as factory catches fire
Residents have been warned to keep clear of a fire in Sydney’s inner west because the smoke may contain asbestos.

The large blaze started at a factory on Australia Street in Camperdown about 9.30am on Sunday morning and continued to burn for several hours, with 55 firefighters and 12 fire trucks responding to the scene.

Police have been warning residents and passersby to avoid the area as there are concerns the Australia Street factory may contain asbestos.
Superintendent Norman Buckley from Fire and Rescue NSW said three people were inside the building but they evacuated on their own and were not injured.

The fire was contained to a single-level workshop and did not spread to neighbouring homes, but the building was significantly damaged with parts of the ceiling and the roof collapsing.

Several "hotspots" continued to burn several hours after the fire began, with fire investigators expected to be called in to determine how the blaze started.
Residents from neighbouring properties were evacuated as a precaution, with some running out in their dressing gowns when they were alerted to the fire.
Australia  industrial  fire  response  asbestos 
5 days ago
Plant explosion victim's mother 'relives that day over and over,
Sunday marks the 27th anniversary of a fatal explosion at a Charleston chemical plant.

Nearly three decades after the Albright & Wilson Americas Inc. plant explosion, those affected are still coping with the loss.

The explosion happened on the morning of June 17, 1991. 

The youngest of the nine people who died as a result of the explosion, Tim Chubb, was 22 years old.

Decades later, his mother, Barbara Chubb, says there isn't a day that goes by where she doesn't think about those lost.

"You could be somewhere and you can hear something or see something and it all just comes back and I relive that day over and over and over in my mind," she said.
us_SC  industrial  follow-up  environmental  unknown_chemical 
5 days ago
Toxic Paint Site Still Not Cleaned Up Years after Court Order
NEAR ARROYO CITY – A property in Arroyo City continues to unsettle residents in the area.

The property, located at the intersection of FM 106 and FM 803, is full of charred paint cans and other chemical materials.

It’s the same site that went up in flames in 2012. The massive fire took days to contain.

Residents tell CHANNEL 5 NEWS they’re tired of waiting for the property to be cleaned up.   

Since 2008, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality agency has issued notices of violations and ordered the owner, William Templeton, to clean up the site multiple times.

In 2015, he was ordered to pay nearly $300,000 in fines and was given months to clean up.

KRGV’s Daisy Martinez went to visit the site, which remains the same years after the court order.
us_TX  public  follow-up  environmental  other_chemical 
5 days ago
Houston’s Fire Chief Says EPA Is ‘Going In The Wrong Direction’ On Chemical Safety Rules – Houston Public Media
Houston Fire Department Chief Samuel Peña said the EPA’s move to roll back chemical safety reforms that were proposed after the deadly fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas would make it harder for his department to respond to such incidents.
“It’s counter-intuitive and it’s really unreasonable,” Peña said.
After the 2013 explosion, the Obama Administration announced tougher safety rules on facilities that store chemicals. The changes required companies to be more transparent about potential hazards and how chemicals are stored.
The updated rules never went into effect: the EPA under Administrator Scott Pruitt delayed the changes until 2019. Then in May, the EPA released a new version of the proposal that did away with some of the transparency requirements, after industry groups argued those requirements would lead to “significant” security risks.
The new rule keeps a requirement for companies to share emergency plans with local authorities, but allows flexibility on details that could pose security risks.
us_TX  industrial  follow-up  environmental 
5 days ago
EB Courtney Campbell Causeway reopens after chlorine spill
CLEARWATER, Fla. (WFLA) – 150 gallons of a chlorine solution spilled onto the Courtney Campbell Causeway Thursday, closing the eastbound lanes of the bridge and creating a traffic fiasco during the morning commute.

A driver in the eastbound lanes called 911 around 7:15 to report the truck in front of him was leaking liquid and he could smell chlorine. The Triangle Pool Service truck pulled over on the right shoulder of the road,  just west of the Pinellas-Hillsborough County line.

Clearwater Fire Rescue crews responded to the scene. The eastbound lanes of the Courtney Campbell Causeway were closed.

The truck was later moved to the inside lane of the causeway to increase the distance from the water and to make it easier to drain the remaining chlorine from tanks on the truck.

It is estimated that about 150 gallons of the 450 gallons in one of the tanks spilled onto the ground. The other 300 gallons were contained in various barrels and buckets and transferred to another pool supply truck. 
us_FL  transportation  release  response  chlorine 
7 days ago
Tanker truck spills chemical onto Suffolk road
SUFFOLK, Va. – Suffolk Fire & Rescue and Suffolk Police responded to a possible hazmat incident in the Harbour View area of northern Suffolk Thursday night.

Shortly before 8:30 p.m., a citizen called emergency communications and notified them that an industrial tanker truck that was pulling out of a parking lot near the intersection of Bridge Road and Harbour View Boulevard leaked an unknown substance into the road.

The truck left the scene after the spill.

State Hazmat officials have identified the chemical as Calcium Carbonate, which is used to clean up tar related to paving operations. Officials say the chemical will dissipate on its own and no remediation efforts were needed.
us_VA  transportation  release  response  calcium_carbonate 
7 days ago
35 people exposed to dangerous chemical mix at pool
SAN JOSE, Calif. — A summer afternoon at a neighborhood swimming pool took a frightening turn Thursday when at least 35 people, including kids, were exposed to a dangerous mixture of chemicals after a pool maintenance worker mixed the wrong products.

All of the people exposed to the combination of muriatic acid and chlorine — pool chemicals which created a gas cloud at the Shadow Brook Swim Club in Almaden Valley — were decontaminated and transported to hospitals, according to the San Jose Fire Department.

Officials said the victims were taken to nine different local hospitals in 10 ambulances. The patients included children as young as 6 and a number of parents. San Jose Fire Capt. Mitch Matlow said a few of those exposed to the gas cloud experienced shortness of breath and vomiting, but he could not say whether any were seriously injured.

Kaiser Permanente San Jose Medical Center treated six patients for upper respiratory conditions and breathing difficulties, according to a Kaiser spokesman. Five of those six patients were released from the hospital by 4 p.m. Good Samaritan Hospital reported the three patients taken there for treatment were in “good condition.”
us_CA  public  release  injury  pool_chemicals 
7 days ago
Kristen Kulinowski to lead Chemical Safety Board
Kristen Kulinowski will head the Chemical Safety Board as its “interim executive authority” following the resignation of chair Vanessa Allen Sutherland, according to a CSB statement. The board will now be down to three members, two short of the number set by law. “I am committed to ensuring that the CSB’s current investigations are completed in a timely and efficient manner and that the lessons learned are available to industry, workers, and members of the public,” Kulinowski said. The board currently has 10 investigations under way. A longtime American Chemical Society member, Kulinowski was a research staff member in the Science & Technology Policy Institute of the Institute for Defense Analyses before being appointed to CSB in 2015. Earlier, she spent 13 years at Rice University as executive director of the Center for Biological & Environmental Nanotechnology and director of the International Council on Nanotechnology. At CSB, she has focused her outreach efforts on laboratory safety and safe practices for welding and other “hot work” in the chemical industry. The U.S. president nominates and the Senate confirms CSB members and the chair. President Donald J. Trump has twice proposed eliminating CSB.
public  discovery  environmental  nanotech 
7 days ago
Rescue Efforts End At Gas Tank Explosion Scene
A worker was presumed dead Wednesday morning following a gas tank explosion that happened in Bensalem late Tuesday afternoon.

The worker remained underground at the Liberty Gas-Vigilante Service Center in the 1200 block of Bristol Pike. The tank was largely covered by concrete and pavement, which will have to be removed with heavy equipment.

Bensalem Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Rob Sponheimer said the level of dangerous fumes in the tank that exploded around 4:50 p.m. Tuesday remained too high Wednesday morning to send firefighters inside.

Rescue crews left the scene shortly after daybreak Wednesday and were expected to return around mid-morning to begin their recovery operate, Sponheimer told reporters.
us_PA  public  explosion  death  gasoline 
8 days ago
Man has serious injury after illegally discharging fireworks
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- Authorities responded to the 2300 block of Coldstream Avenue NE for a fireworks injury at 6:41 p.m. June 12.

Authorities say a 19-year-old man had a firecracker explode in his hand.

The man had serious injuries to his hand and lost parts of several fingers.

The Fire Department and Police Department want to remind citizens use within City limits of Cedar Rapids is prohibited.

Authorities also say the incident is a reminder of how dangerous fireworks can be.

Last year the Fire Department responded to 13 fire incidents that invovled fireworks. Three of the incidents included building fires, with the worst causing $140,000 in damage.
us_IA  public  explosion  injury  fireworks  illegal 
8 days ago
Homes Evacuated After Fire at Kansas Chemical Plant
A fire at the EGE Products agricultural chemicals and biodiesel plant near Minneola, KS on Tuesday destroyed two buildings at the site and prompted officials to order a voluntary evacuation of nearby homes due to smoke and chemicals in the air.

After the blaze ignited around noon, fire crews from several counties responded to the plant and remaining on scene for about six hours. EGE’s plant near Minneola produces fertilizer additives, agricultural chemicals, and biofuel.

“The fire was contained quickly and we would like to extend our sincere appreciation to our local and regional first responders. No employees nor any first responders were harmed as a result of the fire,” a statement EGE Products published on Facebook said.

Emergency personnel told Wichita, KS-based television news station KWCH that two buildings were destroyed during the fire and that explosions in several tanks occurred.
us_KS  industrial  fire  response  biodiesel 
8 days ago
Not again?! More 'snow' covers another gas station, this time at Stewart's Shop in B'ville
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.

The white stuff covered the grounds and cars at Stewart's Shop at 120 Oswego St. in Baldwinsville earlier today. Customers snapped photos and shared them on social media.

Stewart's Shop employees said the power went out on the gas pumps around 8 a.m., and when a worker went flip the switch to try to turn them back on the worker pushed the wrong lever.
us_NY  public  release  response  fire_extinguisher 
8 days ago
Practitioner Insights: Scientific Disconnect in Toxic Law’s Single-Study Hazard Policy
The reform of the nation’s primary chemicals law, as directed by the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, required the Environmental Protection Agency to take affirmative steps to support the development of nonanimal testing methods and encourage third parties to use them. The agency released a big picture plan on New Approach Methodologies (NAM) in March, followed in April by a pilot implementation policy that would set a precedent by allowing the results from a single in vitro test to be sufficient for classifying a substance as a hazard for causing allergy-type responses (sensitizers).

Designating a substance as a sensitizer has consequences with obligations for hazard communication on Safety Data Sheets and labeling, along with regulatory and market pressure for product de-selection and phaseout. That is reason enough to require policies and approaches that lead to scientifically accurate determinations. But there are big-picture implications of direct regulatory endorsement of a “one-and-done” in vitro testing approach. This precedent will certainly be pointed to as sufficient basis for making other consequential hazard designations, such as endocrine disruption and carcinogenicity.

TSCA reform legislation didn’t call for substances to be subject to labeling based on a single fluorescing test tube. Yet the pilot policy floated by the EPA in April opens that path. The goal of reducing animal testing and a plan to identify information of equivalent or better scientific quality ended up at a flow chart rendering the fluorescence of a single protein on the surface of artificially maintained cells sufficient to make a significant regulatory and commercial hazard designation. The path from the initial goal to this flow chart illustrates how this pilot implementation establishes a precedent for conferring hazard designations that carry regulatory and precautionary burdens without requiring that dots be connected between cellular responses and adverse health effects.
public  discovery  environmental 
8 days ago
Glyphosate Will Not Be Listed As A Carcinogen In California
Earlier this week a California judge ruled glyphosate does not need a label warning stating it causes cancer. U.S. District Court Judge William Shuff denied an amendment that asked the state to require the warning.

The court issued its preliminary injunction Feb. 26, 2018, which blocked the enforcement of Proposition 65—requirement for any product known to cause cancer to be labeled. This week’s ruling denies the California Attorney General’s attempt to amend the court’s decision.

In the preliminary injunction the judge states: “It is inherently misleading for a warning to state that a chemical is known to the state of California to cause cancer based on the finding of only one organization (International Agency for Research on Cancer—IARC—which only found that substance is probably carcinogenic), when apparently all other regulatory and governmental bodies have found the opposite, including EPA.”

Even with additional evidence provided by the state’s Attorney General in this case, the judge ruled in favor of the chemical’s safety. “The heavy weight of evidence in record is that glyphosate is not known to cause cancer.”

The National Association of Wheat Growers led the charge to defend glyphosate and were joined by a broad group of agricultural organizations and companies.
us_CA  public  discovery  environmental  ag_chems 
8 days ago
Wheatland residents concerned drinking water could be contaminated after gasoline spill
Wheatland, N.Y. (WHAM) - Some residents in Wheatland are concerned their drinking water might be contaminated after a van crashed with a tanker truck Monday, spilling more than 500 gallons of gasoline onto the ground.
Karen McKay, who lives across the street, isn’t taking any chances. She refuses to drink her well water.
"We're concerned, and my neighbors are concerned about the gasoline and the fuel that spilled into the ground only a couple hundred feet from our well, our water supply," McKay said.
She's worried her drinking water could be contaminated after the collision between a medical van and a NOCO fuel tanker at the intersection of Scottsville-Mumford and Wheatland Center Roads.
She’s not alone. Her neighbor, Laurie Massaro, is also concerned.
us_NY  transportation  release  injury  gasoline 
9 days ago
Wichita, Kansas News, Weather, Sports
Fire officials have asked residents near a biofuels plant in southwest Kansas to evacuate their homes as they fight a fire at the plant.

The fire was reported at around 11:30 a.m. at EGE Products near Minneola. Crews from Ford and Clark counties responded to the fire.

Ford County Fire Lt. James Warnke said the fire at the plant, which primarily makes ethanol, was contained after about four hours. He said crews were waiting for the blaze to burn out at the plant.

No injuries were reported.

The Clark County Sheriff's Office said on Facebook that residents up to 4 miles north and 4 miles west of the plant were asked to evacuate because of concerns about the smoke and possible chemicals in the smoke.
us_KS  industrial  fire  response  biodiesel  ethanol 
9 days ago
Chemical leak from overturned semi closes I-70 east in west Columbus for hours
COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) -- Cleanup for an overturned semi on a west Columbus highway is expected to keep part of I-70 east closed into the late evening.
According to the Columbus Division of Fire, a semi rolled over onto the driver side to the outside of the cloverleaf connecting I-70 east and I-270 north around 3:00 p.m.
The semi was carrying a tank with 4,200 gallons of the chemical Vinylpyridine, which is used in the production of tires. Officials said there's no recognizable damage to the tank, but Hazmat crews determined there's a small leak at the top of the tank. Investigators say the leak itself is small problem, but could be made that much worse if they removed the hatch to see if it could be sealed.
us_OH  transportation  release  response  other_chemical 
9 days ago
Gloucester explosion: Was an aerosol to blame for blast that left man with burns to face and chest?
An aerosol is believed to have caused the explosion at the Amey Depot in Gloucester as a full investigation in launched.

The explosion, which happened at around 2pm on Monday, left a man with suspected gas or chemical burns to his face and chest.

Amey have launched a full investigation into the incident but initially it is believed that an aerosol ‘discharged while being processed’.

A spokesman for Amey said: “A minor incident occurred at our recycling site at Eastern Avenue yesterday where we believe an aerosol discharged while being processed.

“One employee was initially attended on site by First Aiders and later by the Ambulance Service.

“While there was no incident of fire, the Fire Service were called as a precaution.”

Amey, who provide environmental and waste to Gloucester City Council, have asked the public to ensure aerosols are completely empty before being recycled.
United_Kingdom  public  explosion  injury  waste 
9 days ago
Levittown-Area Emergency Crews Respond To Bensalem Gas Station Explosion
The explosion of an underground tank at a gas station in Bensalem drew an emergency response from Bucks County and Philadelphia.

Officials at the scene said an underground tank at the Liberty Gas-Vigilante Service Center in the 1200 block of Bristol Pike exploded around 4:50 p.m.

One person suffered serious burns and was rushed from the scene by medics.

A second person reportedly remained trapped in the underground tank as of 7 p.m. Their condition was not released to the media.

The gas tank blast appeared to have buckled the concrete and pavement at the gas station.

Around 6:45 p.m., a Bensalem police cruiser was escorting a large crane to the scene.

“I was cutting the grass and heard it, the explosion,” a man riding his bicycle said. “I figured something big must have happened.”

Several businesses and homes around the gas station were cleared by emergency crews following the explosion.
us_PA  public  explosion  injury  gasoline 
9 days ago
Identifying the Scope of Safety Issues and Challenges to Safety Management in Swedish Middle School and High School Chemistry Education
Chemical safety management is an iterative process where reviews of safety deficiencies (e.g., inspection notes) and failures (e.g., injuries) guide improvement efforts. The present work investigates safety in the school chemistry laboratory through two substudies. First, we interviewed 10 Swedish middle and high school chemistry teachers about how they work with safety and accident prevention in the chemistry laboratory. Second, we analyzed the call records of the Swedish Poisons Information Centre (PIC) concerning 10–19 olds and reports regarding severe injuries and accidents submitted to the Swedish Work Environment Authority (SWEA). The interviewed teachers encounter problems with chemical safety related to deficiencies in organizational support, such as lack of time and resources for preventive risk management and assignment to groups that are too large. The major safety challenge was reported to lie in students’ safety behavior. Although facilities were generally well-equipped we noted outdated safety data sheets and missing written risk assessments. For 2010–2014, the PIC records identified 637 cases of chemical exposures at schools; of these, 243 (38%) concerned laboratory chemicals at school. The PIC experts on call judged 70% of the cases involving laboratory chemicals to pose a risk to the exposed students, mainly due to acids and alkali. Inhalation was the most frequent exposure route, although skin and eyes were almost equally frequent. Strikingly, PIC data identified 10 times as many cases as the SWEA injury/incident data. Hence, PIC data can provide knowledge about chemical safety incidents at schools not otherwise available.
Sweden  laboratory  discovery  environmental  acids 
10 days ago
: Chlorine leak prompts HazMat response in Jupiter
Jupiter police and Palm Beach County Fire Rescue responded to a hazardous materials situation Monday afternoon after a bottle of chlorine ruptured while being transported on a vehicle.

The incident happened at about 12:50 p.m. in the 3000 block of Washington Street, east of Interstate 95 and north of West Indiantown Road. 

At 1:30 p.m., a hazardous material team had cleaned up the spill and were preparing to clear the scene, a spokesman for Fire Rescue said.
us_FL  public  release  response  chlorine 
10 days ago
St. Louis waitress fired after racist video goes viral, Air Force investigating
KUSA – One person was taken to the hospital Monday afternoon due to what the South Adams County Fire Department described as a “hazardous materials” situation at a UPS facility in Commerce City.

The South Adams County Fire Department said a UPS worker who was working with a chemical spilled some into her eyes. She was treated at the scene, and taken to the hospital as a precaution.
us_CO  industrial  release  injury  unknown_chemical 
10 days ago
An ammonia leak at a Lexington business was first detected by employees
Employees smelled an ammonia leak Monday at a Lexington business off Old Frankfort Pike and called firefighters for help, police said.

3M Ceradyne on Laco Drive also has alarms that go off when chemicals are detected, and the alarms worked properly, said plant manager Rob Hoffman and Maj. Rob Larkin, Lexington police special operations commander. Employees evacuated the affected building.

Several fire department units, including hazardous materials specialists, responded.

The leak was found and shut off and the building was ventilated, Larkin said.
us_KY  industrial  release  response  ammonia 
10 days ago
Thorton man loses entire business in van fire
THORTON, Colo. -- A man is devastated after he lost his entire flooring business when his work van caught fire Saturday morning, torching all his tools and supplies inside.

Mark James Villafuerte owns Home Sweet Hardwood, a small flooring business he started 14 years ago.

"Just trying to build something I could leave for my family, finally getting my business to the level it needs to be," said Villafuerte.

On Saturday morning, he went outside to head to work. He noticed smoke inside his van and as soon as he opened the back door, he was greeted by a "fire ball." Villafuerte raced trying to pull out tools and supplies and move the van away from other cars, but it was too late. He was hospitalized for severe burns on his right hand and left leg.

"Just woke up to the unimaginable. I am at a loss for words now," said Villafuerte.

He estimates he had $40,000 to $50,000 of tools and supplies stacked inside the van. While his tools are insured, he said the process replace everything is already proving to be difficult.

"You know how it is with insurance companies. You pay them all year long and then trying to get money back from them is like squeezing blood from a rock," said Villafuerta.

Thorton Police said Saturday they believed chemical-soaked rags ignited in the van, but Villafuerta said that's not true. He said his team takes meticulous steps to clean rags after projects and believes instead, the heat inside the van peaked under the blazing sun.

"I have been in this industry for 14 years. Learning how to take care of rags and combustibles is day one stuff you learn. I am totally knowledge in all that area. The only thing I can think of is the heat, how hot that was in there," said Villafuerte.
us_CO  public  fire  injury  unknown_chemical 
10 days ago
Differing Levels of Worker Experience and Handling Highly Contaminated Materials
Mixing worker experience levels for work activities provides valuable continuous training opportunities, however additional guidance and oversight during higher risk jobs is key for ensuring the less experienced worker's comprehension of what work is authorized and whose role it is to perform. An inexperienced Health Physics Technician, though fully trained and qualified, became radiologically contaminated while supporting housekeeping activities involving highly contaminated materials. The HPT indicated they understood contamination control from their training and qualifications (barrier use, body position), and would remember and apply this event in future work evolutions.
us_WA  industrial  discovery  environmental 
11 days ago
Fuel spill at RFD sends employee to the hospital
ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- An employee at the Chicago Rockford International Airport was transported to the hospital for precautionary reasons after a plane leaked fuel inside the AAR hanger around 10:45 Saturday morning.

RFD fire crews say employees were working on repairing a plane when a valve did not automatically close like it should causing an accidental active leak. Crews then removed the fuel from the plane.

The airport fire department, Rockford Fire Department and the Hazmat team were called in.

The airport fire department says four employees were directly affected by the fuel spill. No one was injured. One person was transported to a local hospital for precautionary reasons.
us_IL  industrial  release  response  other_chemical 
12 days ago
Propane leak at Cooper Steel, residents evacuated
UPDATE: Officials say the propane leak has been stopped. Residents and roads will remain closed as crews conduct detection and monitoring for propane in low lying areas.
MONROE, Va (WSET)- Amherst County dispatch reports that there is a propane leak at Cooper Steel in Monroe.
Residents who live within a half mile radius are being evacuated.
Route 29 business is shutdown in the area until further notice.
Hazmat is on scene assessing the situation. Officials say if they determine there is still a danger tonight they will set up a shelter for evacuated residents
us_VA  industrial  release  response  propane 
12 days ago
Poudre Fire hazmat cleans up chemical spill at Wasson business
Poudre Fire crews cleaned up a chemical leak on Saturday afternoon that led to a fire that blew the door off a refrigeration unit.

Firefighters responded to the fire at about 12:15 p.m. when an employee of Wasson-ECE Instrumentation, 101 Rome Court, saw some smoke in the building. The company creates custom analytical tools.

The employee located the fire inside a refrigerator and used a chemical extinguisher to put it out, according to Battalion Chief Jim Pietrangelo. Only one employee was working in the building at the time of the fire.

Poudre Fire hazardous materials crews determined the cause of the fire was a spill of the chemical dichloromethylsilane.

That particular chemical, Pietrangelo said, was stored in an airtight container in the fridge. It can cause a fire when it comes into contact with the air.

The Larimer County Sheriff's Office responded to investigate at the request of Poudre Fire and did not suspect any foul play, he said.
us_CO  laboratory  fire  response  other_chemical 
12 days ago
Heat may be to blame for van’s explosion that left Thornton business owner injured
THORNTON, Colo. – Rising temperatures across the Front Range may be to blame for a van explosion in Thornton that left a Thornton business owner injured Saturday morning.

Pictures of the charred van were tweeted by the Thornton Fire Department after they responded to what they initially called an “incident’ in the area of E. 88th Avenue and Washington Street just before 7:15 a.m.

The van, which was used for a hardwood flooring business, caught fire after chemical supplies in the back exploded, according to a spokesperson from the Thornton Fire Department.

The spokesperson told Denver7 heat inside the van may have caused the explosion, which left the business owner injured. He was taken to a hospital for treatment; his condition is not known at this time.

Another van right next to the one that exploded was also damaged. That van belongs to the business owner’s girlfriend, the spokesperson said.

No other cars or nearby buildings were damaged.

The cause of the fire was determined to be accidental.
us_CO  public  explosion  injury  unknown_chemical 
12 days ago
EPA Comments on Mercury Contamination Cleanup Efforts
Hazardous Materials Teams working with the U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have been working around the clock to secure and remove nearly 25 pounds of spilled mercury after a garage containing over 100 mercury-filled thermometers caught fire in Coronado earlier this week.

EPA Reveals New Information

The cause of the fire is still under investigation. The extensive cleanup, which shut down 5th Street between Orange Avenue and D Avenue until further notice has left many residents wondering who is paying for the HAZMAT removal and use of city personnel.
us_CA  public  fire  response  mercury 
13 days ago
Chlorine on ground near Bean’s Cafe draws AFD response
Part of Karluk Street reopened Friday morning, after a powdered chemical spread along a sidewalk near Bean’s Cafe prompted a response from firefighters Thursday night.

Ron Alleva, the owner of nearby Grubstake Auction Co., said he put the chemical down Wednesday -- on ground near Karluk's sidewalk between 3rd and 4th avenues, an area directly across from Bean's where homeless people camp.

On Thursday, he claimed he had permission to do so from the city's Department of Health and Human Services.

"That's just pool chlorine; it kills the bugs,” Alleva said.

Asked if doing so was dangerous to people, Alleva said it wasn’t, pointing to nearby signs.
us_AK  public  release  response  chlorine 
13 days ago
Hazmat Crews Called to Altoona Trucking Company on Possibility of Chemical Explosion
ALTOONA, Iowa  --  Des Moines hazmat crews were called to an Altoona trucking company on Friday afternoon, worried chemicals could explode.

The incident happened at approximately 2 p.m. at Majestic Trucking. A worker say a 55-gallon drum of paint and gun solvent started to expand.

Crews closed 1st Avenue from Adventureland Drive to 4th Street and evacuated people in a 500-feet radius around the business.

Nobody was injured, and the road has been reopened.
us_IA  transportation  discovery  response  solvent 
13 days ago
Chemical Spill At Newark Textile Company, Workers Evacuated: NDPS
NEWARK, NJ — A chemical spill at a textile facility in Newark forced an evacuation of the building and hurt three employees of the company on Friday morning. The workers were transported to Clara Maass Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries, according to authorities.

Newark Fire Department responders arrived at Safer Holding Corporation, located at 1875 McCarter Highway, around 7:49 a.m. after receiving a call about a chemical spill, the Newark Department of Public Safety stated.

The leak took place at a 1,000-gallon tank diluted with hydrogen peroxide. The Newark Fire Department estimated that 200 gallons of the non-flammable chemical spilled during the incident.
us_NJ  industrial  release  injury  hydrogen_peroxide 
13 days ago
Blast at French Chemical Plant Leaves Three Injured
At least three people sustained serious injuries at the Soprema plant in France, France Info reported.

The factory personnel had extinguished the fire, which reportedly followed the blast, on their own before fire brigades arrived, according to the local prefecture.

All staffers were shortly evacuated, and a vast security zone was set up around the plant. According to television channel BFM, the incident occurred during a scheduled maintenance check at the storage facility of one of the chemical units earlier in the day. The plant, which manufactures a variety of sealing materials, is reportedly on the list of the most dangerous chemical factories. 
France  industrial  explosion  injury  unknown_chemical 
14 days ago
More than 1M gallons of contaminated water released into Lake Champlain
BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) Beaches remained closed in Burlington Wednesday and the problem has gotten worse. City officials say the treatment facility plant has become overwhelmed due to the amount of stormwater runoff.

The city says several beaches are closed due to E. coli contamination.

Saturday, Burlington's wastewater treatment plant released 700,000 gallons into Lake Champlain, which included stormwater runoff and sewage. A test showed the water was contaminated with E. coli at more than twice the limit.

Monday, there was another release of 1.1 million gallons of contaminated water into the lake. That amount of water would fill about two Olympic-sized swimming pools.
us_VT  public  release  response  runoff 
14 days ago
Paint truck crashes into pond
A paint truck crashed into a utility pole and ended up in a pond Wednesday morning at the entrance to the Hideout in Wayne County.

That crash happened just before 10 a.m. on Route 590 near Hamlin in Wayne County.

Crews are trying to clean up the paint and fuel that's been spilling into a pond at The Hideout.

The line painting truck ended up on its side in the spillover pond at the entrance to The Hideout along Route 590.

Troopers say the driver wasn't able to stop for a vehicle turning into this private community, sheared off a utility pole, and landed in the water.

Troopers say the driver got out safely. He'll be facing numerous citations after clipping a car and plowing into the pond.
us_CA  transportation  release  response  paints 
15 days ago
Nearly 16 gallons of liquid meth found hidden in fuel tank during traffic stop in Jefferson County, deputies say
JEFFERSON COUNTY, Texas — Nearly 16 gallons of liquid methamphetamines hidden a fuel tank were confiscated Wednesday morning during a traffic stop on I-10, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office confirmed.

Deputies were on patrol at 2:04 a.m. when they witnessed a vehicle with an Idaho license plate make several traffic violations along I-10 eastbound, the sheriff’s office said. Officers reported the suspects — identified as Houston residents Ronald Bradford and Paula Bear — seemed overly nervous and their stories didn’t match up.

The officers asked for voluntary consent to search the vehicle but were denied, prompting deputies to call in a Port Neches police K-9 officer that later detected drugs in the vehicle. During the investigation, the vehicle’s fuel tank was removed. Deputies realized the tank had been altered and filled with methamphetamines as confirmed by a field test, investigators said.

Hazmat was called to the scene to safely collect the drug and the substance it was dissolved in.

Bradford, the driver, and Bear were taken into custody and booked into the Jefferson County Correctional Facility.
us_TX  public  discovery  response  clandestine_lab 
15 days ago
More than 450 gallons of chlorine bleach spills in Statesville
Iredell County officials say they have contained about 455 gallons of chlorine bleach that spilled near the intersection of Nixon Road and Shumaker Drive on Wednesday morning.

A truck operated by Water Guard Incorporated, based in Wilson, was carrying bleach with a 15 percent solution of chlorine when a stress crack in the tank allowed the chemical to spill around 8:45 a.m., according to Matt McAlpin, assistant fire chief for Ebenezer Volunteer Fire Department.

About 300 gallons had been pumped back out of the ground during cleanup, officials say, and a cleanup crew is expected to treat the ground to remove the rest.
us_NC  transportation  release  response  bleach 
15 days ago
Chemical spill at high school leads to evacuation
MERRIMACK, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire fire department says a high school student spilled chemicals in science class and was injured, leading to the evacuation of part of the school.

The incident happened before noon Wednesday at Merrimack High School. The student was mixing chemicals during the class. She suffered some burns. It wasn't immediately known what the chemicals were.

The student's injuries were treated by EMTs on the scene, and then she was taken to a Nashua hospital. There was no word on her condition.

The area has been cleared and students are back in school.
us_NH  laboratory  release  injury  unknown_chemical 
15 days ago
UPDATE: Five evaluated following hazmat situation in Stewartville
STEWARTVILLE, Minn. - A strange smell at Geotek Inc. in Stewartville resulted in a hazardous materials situation Wednesday afternoon.

Geotek is a fiberglass manufacturer, and according to their Vice President of Quality Safety, employees complained of a strange smell and itchy eyes just after the company's lunch hour.

Geotek then called the Stewartville Fire Department, who brought in the State Chemical Assessment team out of Rochester.

Five people were transported for evaluation as a precautionary measure.

Stewartville Fire Chief Vance Swisher tells KIMT that the facility was evacuated and tested using monitors, which tested positive for hydrogen cyanide.

However, given the chemicals at the facility, they believe that the monitors had a faulty alarm.

As of now, Swisher says the most likely cause is that the manufacturing line at Geotek had a failure of some kind, causing the chemical mixutre not to be consistent with what they normally run.
us_MN  industrial  release  response  cyanide  hydrogen 
15 days ago
Fire, HazMat Responds to Chemical Oil Pipeline Break in Central Long Beach
A broken chemical oil pipeline in a residential Long Beach street Wednesday morning resulted in temporary road closures and a response from the city’s fire and health departments.

Long Beach Fire Department (LBFD) personnel responded to the 2200 block of East Burnett Street in the city’s Wrigley neighborhood at 9:19AM. The hazardous material also required the response of the health department and a HazMat team. Police were also called to close down the street between Long Beach Boulevard and Locust Avenue.

Officials were able to mitigate the pipeline break when they identified the leak and were then able to “plug it up”, said LBFD spokesman Brian Fisk.

The leak did not pose a hazard and no evacuations were made, Fisk added. Reports of an odor were made around the same time nearby the leak, according to the app Pulse Point, which he said could have been linked to the pipeline break.
us_CA  transportation  release  response  unknown_chemical 
15 days ago
Report: Welder caused Climatic Lab blaze
EGLIN AFB — An internal Eglin Air Force Base report on the July 5, 2017, explosion and fire at the McKinley Climatic Laboratory places blame on “direct welding flame contact with a flammable chemical,” according to a spokesman for the Air Force Materiel Command.

The fire sent thick black smoke billowing into the sky. People within a 1,000-foot perimeter were ordered to “shelter in place” and turn off air-conditioning units that would have brought outside air into buildings. The order was lifted within a few hours. More than 50 people, including firefighters and first responders, were exposed to the smoke. Just one person was admitted to the base’s hospital for overnight observation, and was released the next day.

Last month, following the release of a Ground Accident Investigation Board report on the fire from the Air Force Materiel Command, Eglin’s public affairs officials referred all questions on the blaze to Materiel Command. The laboratory operates under the Materiel Command through Eglin’s 96th Test Wing.

Questions were subsequently emailed to the Materiel Command, and answers were provided by email earlier this week.
us_FL  laboratory  follow-up  injury  flammables 
15 days ago
2 men connected in acid-bomb standoff to face judge
ORLANDO, Fla. -- On Wednesday, two men accused of setting off acid bombs inside a home near Baldwin Park are expected to face a judge. 

Beach Boulevard was locked down for 12 hours during a standoff as hazmat crews and deputies tried to get one of the men behind the acid bombs to leave the home.

The acid bombs were homemade and are no bigger than a water bottle, but they can still cause a lot of damage, according to authorities.   

Investigators with the Orange County Sheriff's Office were called out before 9:30 a.m. after neighbors reported hearing several loud explosions coming from inside a home at 4445 Beach Blvd. 

When deputies got to the home they found two acid bombs, which deputies say could cause a lot of harm to people in the area near the home. 
us_FL  public  explosion  response  bomb 
16 days ago
Fire in IIT Madras' rocket and missiles laboratory
Some construction labourers and private security personnel noticed the fire around 7.45 a.m. and alerted the IIT security staff. IIT security staff help in putting out the fire on Tuesday. | Photo Credit: R. SivaramanA fire broke out in the rocket and missiles laboratory of the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras on Tuesday morning. Fire engulfed the building and there were three more blasts.”IIT security staff and students tried to put out the fire. Police were not able to ascertain immediately the cause of fire, as staff refused to talk to them.
India  laboratory  explosion  response  unknown_chemical 
16 days ago
Chemical spill reported near 46th and MLK
LUBBOCK, Texas - Lubbock Fire Rescue responded after 2:00 pm Tuesday to the report of a chemical spill near 46th Street and MLK.

Roughly 30 minutes into the incident, the LBK Alert system said: "Lubbock Fire Rescue currently has MLK Ave between 50th and 40th blocked. Please use alternative route."

LFR later provided an update, saying there was a call to the Cotey Chemical Corp. in the 4400 block of MLK.

LFR said a 330 gallon container of hydrochloric acid ruptured.  Acid ran out of the business through the parking lot and onto the street.  LFR said it poses no hazard to the public. This particular hydrochloric acid was described as a very strong form of what is used in swimming pools.
us_TX  transportation  release  response  hydrochloric_acid 
16 days ago
'Sneezing fit' closes interstate lane for hours
A semi driver rolled her tanker over yesterday evening on I-65 at the 247.8 mile marker (this is near the Crown Point exit) after having a “sneezing fit”, which closed the right lane for over eight hours. This is according to information from the Indiana State Police. 

Preliminary investigation by Trooper Zach Beaver revealed at approximately 6:20 p.m., yesterday, June 3, a 2012 Volvo semi pulling a tanker trailer, owned by Highway Transport out of Knoxville, Tennessee, and driven by Julie Duncan, 55 of Canton, Michigan was south bound on I-65 in the left lane in a construction zone.

Duncan stated she had a “sneezing fit” while trying to talk to Siri on her phone. She looked up and saw that she was going to hit construction barrels so swerved to avoid them. Duncan swerved sharply to the right and felt the load (cleaning solution) shift which caused her semi/tanker to roll over.

The cleaning solution had to be off-loaded into another tanker before the semi/tanker could be up-righted. The right lane was closed for approximately eight hours.

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us_IN  transportation  release  response  cleaners 
17 days ago
No injuries after hydrochloric acid spill
County Fire along with RCMP and a hazardous materials crew responded to the McRae Business Park after reports of hazmat leak.

The call came in just before 7 a.m. Monday morning about some white vapour in the area of 148 Avenue and 97 Street. Deputy Fire Chief Bart Johnson says some employees discovered the leak Monday morning.

“There were no injuries. There were a couple of people who noticed through some contact with their eyes, it had an impact on their eyes. To my knowledge, nobody was hospitalized.”

Johnson says hydrochloric acid can irritate the eyes as well as impact breathing and cause other health problems if a high exposure takes place. He says that is why they evacuated the area “downwind.”
Canada  public  release  response  hydrochloric_acid 
17 days ago
Alley in Coronado closed for hazmat cleanup after garage fire
small amount of mercury was found in a Coronado garage that caught fire Monday afternoon and prompted officials to bring in a hazardous materials crew to clean up runoff in an alley, according to a fire official and a media report.

Crews responded to the fire around 2:30 p.m. to an alley between D and Orange avenues near Fourth Street.

According to NBC7San Diego, the fire burned a collection of at least 100 thermometers containing mercury that were being store in the garage.

Coronado Fire Capt. Brandon Ihde declined to specify what the hazardous material was, but he said the material was isolated to an external detached garage.

When firefighters put water on the fire, a little of the material got into the alley, he said. A hazmat crew isolated it and was working Monday evening to clean it up.
us_CA  public  fire  response  mercury  runoff 
17 days ago
Uttar Pradesh: Three dead, many injured in powerful blast in illegal firecrackers unit in Kakori- The New Indian Express
LUCKNOW: Three persons were dead and scores injured following a massive blast at a house being used as an illegal godown of firecrackers in a village under Kakori police station on Lucknow outskirts on Monday. While two adjacent buildings collapsed under the impact of the blast, another under-construction
structure came down crashing.

The blast occurred at around 11 am in the basement of a house where explosives and other material used in making the firecrackers were stored. While a police team rushed to spot to undertake a probe and ensure rescue and relief operations to extricate those trapped in the debris, ATS officials later joined the
police team, inspected the site to ascertain the reasons of the blast and the type of explosive.

As per the police sources, the explosives were of very high intensity but the ATS sleuths ruled out any terror angle. However, there was huge cloud of smoke which was billowing from the house in which
the blast occurred and it continued for many hours. While the two of three, who fell victim to blast, were identified as Ram Sharan (35), and Nasreen (18), the third one could not be identified as the body was burnt beyond recognition in
India  industrial  explosion  death  fireworks  illegal 
17 days ago
Test reveals new furniture burns hotter and produces more smoke than older furniture
DENVER, Colorado — Firefighters say chemicals used to manufacturer furniture in today’s age burns hotter and produces enormous amounts of smoke, meaning you have less time to get out of your house, compared to furniture manufactured decades ago.

"In my 30-year firefighting experience, I have seen a tremendous increase in temperature on the fires we have fought and in the smoke that's generated," said Denver Fire Department Captain Greg Pixley.

The reason? Old furniture produced in the 1980s and earlier was made from wood and cotton. New furniture is made from plastics and man-made materials, which burn much more quickly.
us_CO  public  discovery  environmental  plastics 
17 days ago
Fire damages IIT-Madras propulsion lab
CHENNAI: A fire broke out in the propulsion laboratory of the aerospace department in IIT-Madras on Tuesday morning, damaging expensive equipment. There was no casualty.
The fire broke out due to an electric short circuit in a junction box.
Security guards noticed the fire around 6.30am and informed the fire and rescue service department. Fire tenders from Guindy and Raj Bhavan reached the spot.
Fire and rescue services personnel battled for nearly an hour to put out the blaze. They prevented it from spreading to other labs.
Fire personnel said that the department had a cluster of labs. "We prevented the fire from spreading to other labs. It would have been a major tragedy if the fire had not been put out in time" said a fireman.
India  laboratory  fire  response  unknown_chemical 
17 days ago
Authorities save a man trapped in a chemical tank
Fire and emergency personnel from several companies save a worker who was trapped in a chemical tank.

"He was conscious and alert when they brought him out of the tank and de-conned him," said Mark Willis, the Fire Chief for the Holloway Terrace Fire Company.

Willis says the victim was taken to Christiana Hospital for further treatment.

"It looks like we had a medical emergency," said Willis. "A gentleman who was inside a tractor-trailer tank washing it out--seems to be heat related," said

Willis would only say the worker at the Port Wilmington Tank Wash was dehydrated, and other injuries were not known.
us_DE  transportation  release  injury  unknown_chemical 
17 days ago
Five Injured in Explosion, Fire at Florida Chemical Plant
Five first responders were injured after responding to an explosion and fire at a Florida chemical plant on Saturday, several local news organizations reported.

Fire crews from several municipalities responded to the facility in Hollister, FL at about 2 p.m., and HazMat personnel were also called to the scene because of chemicals present, a local television news station reported.

Four firefighters were transported to an area hospital for exposure to chemicals and one was treated for heat exhaustion, Putnam County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Hancel Woods told Jacksonville, FL television news station WJXT.
us_FL  industrial  explosion  injury  unknown_chemical 
17 days ago
Rotting Fish Art Explodes, Causes Fire in London Gallery
Something was rotten in a London art gallery last week — an installation of sequin-embroidered decomposing fish sealed in clear plastic bags.

But before the exhibit even opened, the malodorous artwork unexpectedly combusted and set fire to the gallery.

The installation — a piece called "Majestic Splendor" by Lee Bul — was part of an exhibition of the Korean artist's work, scheduled to open at the Hayward Gallery on May 30. Then, hours before the show's first preview, the gassy art blew up, causing a fire that damaged part of the gallery, artnet News reported. [Top 10 Greatest Explosions Ever]

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Even though the exhibit was not yet open to the public, gallery officials had already decided to remove "Majestic Splendor" from the show for safety reasons. They had learned earlier that a chemical added to the fishes' bags to dampen their smell could become flammable after combining with gases released by the decomposing flesh, and art handlers were taking down the art as a precaution when it suddenly combusted and sparked a fire, a gallery spokesperson told frieze magazine.
United_Kingdom  public  fire  response  flammables 
17 days ago
U.S. Department of Labor Cites New York Cosmetics Manufacturer For Safety and Health Hazards Following November 2017 Fire
ALBANY, NY – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited New Windsor-based Verla International LTD, and proposed fines of $281,220 for failing to protect its employees from dangerous chemicals, and other hazards.

In November 2017, OSHA investigated the cosmetics manufacturer after an employee was fatally injured in a fire. The company was cited for 11 violations for fall, and compressed air hazards, and for failing to ensure proper electrical grounding and bonding to prevent flammable vapors from igniting; properly dispose of flammable materials; develop and implement an emergency response plan; provide employees with first responder awareness level training; and record a workplace fatality in its OSHA 300 illness and injury log.  

“An employer’s adherence to safety and health standards, including the proper and safe transfer of flammable liquids, is critical to preventing fire, explosions, and other incidents that can seriously or fatally injure workers,” said OSHA Albany Area Office Director Robert Garvey, who also noted that OSHA cited the company in 2013 for similar violations.
us_NY  industrial  follow-up  death  flammables 
17 days ago
Baker Man and Trucking Company Found Guilty for Mislabeling and Falsifying Records Related to Transporting Explosive Materials
BILLINGS - On Tuesday, May 22, 2018, The United States obtained a guilty verdict in United States v. Woody’s Trucking, LLC and Donald E. Wood, Jr.  after an 8 day jury trial in Billings, Montana before the Honorable Susan P. Watters.  Both Defendants were charged with conspiracy, wire fraud, mail fraud, placarding violations and obstruction of justice stemming from an explosion at an oil and gas processing facility in Wibaux, Montana.  The defendants were convicted of 13 of 14 counts.  The one count of acquittal related to one of the placarding violations.  Forfeiture in the case amounts to $644,689.70.

On December 29, 2012, a driver for Woody's Trucking, loaded natural gas condensate, or "drip gas," from a pipeline station that transports products from the Bakken oil fields in Montana and North Dakota. The drip gas was hauled from Watford City, North Dakota, to Custom Carbon Processing, Inc. (CCP). CCP is a slop-oil processing/recycling company based near Wibaux, Montana. The bill of lading that accompanied the shipment identified the product as "slop oil and water," which is a non-hazardous substance.  However, while the driver was pumping from the truck’s front tank into the CCP facility, a fire ignited, injuring three employees. The tanks on the truck burned for eight days until the local fire department could determine that they held drip gas and not slop oil and water, as indicated on the bill of lading. Drip gas is a hazardous material and the truck was not placarded to indicate it held a flammable liquid. Three employees were seriously injured in the explosion.
us_MT  transportation  follow-up  injury  flammables  natural_gas 
17 days ago
Improve Consistency of PPE Requirements to Improve Consistency of PPE Use
A droplet of methanol splashed into a student's eye while using a 500-ml poly squirt bottle to clean resin out of a vial. The student was not wearing eye protection at the time, having failed to re-don safety glasses upon reentering the lab after a break. All appropriate follow-up actions, including rinsing the affected eye, reporting, and medical examinations, were completed and the student was released with no apparent eye injury.

The requirement to wear safety glasses in this lab is task-dependent - IF work involving certain materials is going to be performed, THEN specified PPE is required. It is left to the individual to be knowledgeable about the work controls, identify the need, and don safety glasses when appropriate. Some other labs, including the only other laboratory this student works in, have mandatory PPE requirements.

All personnel entering these labs are required to don the specified PPE upon entry regardless of the work location or task. Recommendation: Implement donning some level of PPE into the process for entering any lab that routinely uses potentially hazardous chemicals or materials, or potentially hazardous forms of chemicals or materials.
us_CA  laboratory  release  response  methanol 
18 days ago
PHOTOS: 'Hazmat incident' at Cornish caravan park
A woman has been taken to hospital after a hazmat incident at a Cornish caravan park.
Firefighters from Lostwithiel got the call on Sunday evening.
It was thought that gas was leaking from a fridge inside a caravan but crews found it was actually a faulty battery.
It was removed and teams made the scene safe. One woman was taken to Treliske as a precaution.
United_Kingdom  public  release  injury  batteries 
18 days ago
Five takeaways: Toxic risks in the Twin Ports
The News Tribune on Sunday took a long, hard look at the use of hydrogen fluoride at the Husky Energy refinery in Superior and other chemical risks in the Twin Ports. Here are five key takeaways to get caught up on the issue.

Hydrogen fluoride, also known as hydrofluoric acid, is used to raise the octane on gasoline at 50 refineries around the country, including Husky's facility in Superior. It's the most dangerous chemical handled in the Twin Ports, and emergency planning for the refinery is based on the worst-case scenario of a massive, sudden release that could affect up to a 25-mile radius.
There are safer alternatives to hydrogen fluoride, but it could be difficult and costly to switch to the other common catalyst, sulfuric acid. It would also take years, meaning hydrogen fluoride is here to stay barring any sudden moves or the discontinuation of gasoline production by Husky.
A Chevron refinery in Salt Lake City is implementing a new alternative called ionic fluids, which will completely replace the hydrogen fluoride the company has long used. Distributor Honeywell said refineries are in "wait-and-see mode" before making their own investment in the technology.
Since 1987, accidental hydrogen fluoride releases at refineries around the country have caused injuries but no deaths, and there is no record of a significant release at the Superior refinery. Even as the April 26 fire raged within sight of 15,000 pounds of hydrogen fluoride, the chemical was kept safe, as the refinery assures it will continue to be.
A total of seven facilities around the Twin Ports handle toxic chemicals that pose a risk to nearby residents under extremely unlikely though technically possible worst-case scenarios. After hydrogen fluoride, a potential chlorine release at Cloquet Pump Station No. 2 and a possible propane explosion at a Superior storage facility put the most people at risk. Western Lake Superior Sanitary District eliminated one of the greatest worst-case risks when it abandoned the use of chlorine in 2006.
us_MN  industrial  follow-up  environmental  hydrofluoric_acid 
18 days ago
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