Officials evacuate hotel following chlorine leak
CROMWELL (AP) — Authorities say over 100 people had to be evacuated because of a chlorine leak at a hotel pool.

WVIT-TV reports emergency personnel responded Tuesday when a maintenance worker fell ill at the Red Lion Hotel in Cromwell. The worker was hospitalized and two others were treated at the scene.

Authorities determined there was a chlorine leak near the hotel pool. About 100 people were evacuated and the surrounding area was blocked off.

Officials believe no one was directly contacted by the chemical.
us_CT  public  release  injury  chlorine 
7 hours ago
1 sick after 'suspicious white powder' found on Hamden bus
HAMDEN, Conn. (WTNH) - Officials say one person was sickened after a cleaning chemical was found on a bus in Hamden.

According to crews at the scene, a CTtransit employee became sick after moving a bus that was parked in a garage.

Authorities responded to the scene at 2061 State Street and police cleared the bus.

Officials with the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection identified the material as a cleaning chemical. Further investigation revealed that the previous operator of the bus had used the cleaning product to disinfect the dashboard.
us_CT  public  release  injury  cleaners 
7 hours ago
Chemical reaction in Immokalee leaves at least 3 sick
Three people at the Summer Glen Apartment complex In Immokalee said they noticed an overwhelming foul smell in their apartment.

The family who lives there said they called maintenance for some clogged pipes. They believe there was a mixture of something similar to Drano and bleach put down the pipes about a week ago, but the smell had been getting progressively worse.

Maria Alvarado, the daughter of the woman who lives there said her reaction to it was bad.

“Dizzyness headaches, I wanted to pass out. My eyes were turning red like somebody punched me right here. I can still feel the bruise in my eye,” Alvarado said.

Around noon Immokalee fire Control District came out to the area along with North Collier Fire Control & Rescue District and the hazmat team. They checked the entire building and did not find anything.
us_FL  public  release  response  bleach 
7 hours ago
West Footscray factory fire: Health concerns from smoke, chemicals
A TWISTED 44 gallon drum full of dirty chemicals lies on the ground at West Footscray where it flew through the air propelled by a massive explosion three weeks ago.

The mix of grease, oil and acetone residues ooze out of the drum.

It’s a stark reminder of how dangerous and how out of control the factory fire of August 30 was before it raged — contained by still spewing poisonous smoke — for several days.

Weeks after drums filled with chemicals exploded and black smoke forced local residents to close their doors and windows and wait for clear air, those same residents say they’re experiencing bizarre side effects including nose bleeds, headaches and “weeping yellow pus”.
Australia  industrial  follow-up  response  acetone 
7 hours ago
U.S. agrees to boost worker safety at polluted Hanford nuke site, install vapor protections
SEATTLE – The U.S. government will test and implement a new system to capture and destroy dangerous vapors released at the nation’s most polluted nuclear weapons production site as part of a settlement agreement reached Wednesday.

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson told reporters that the agreement represents a major win for hundreds of workers who have been getting sick for years while cleaning up the nation’s nuclear waste at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in eastern Washington.

“Those workers deserve to be protected,” Ferguson said.

He added that the U.S. Department of Energy did not take the issue seriously and resisted putting protections in place.

“There’s no way to sugar coat this,” Ferguson said.

The Energy Department will for the first time test a new technology that Ferguson called “game-changing” that would protect workers from the vapor exposures.
us_WA  industrial  discovery  environmental  radiation  waste 
7 hours ago
Chemical Reaction Sends Two Kerry Employees to Hospital Early Tuesday Morning
CLARK, NJ - Clark Police were the first to arrive on the scene of a reaction during a chemical process shortly before 2 a.m. on Tuesday that sent two Kerry employees to a nearby hospital according to Clark Fire Chief Frank Cerasa. 

Cerasa and sixteen of his crew members assessed the scene upon arrival while the Clark Volunteer Emergency Squad aided in the treatment of the Kerry workers at 160 Terminal Avenue.   Union County Hazmat arrived on site shortly after the incident. Cerasa said the morning's event was contained to one room at the facility.

Aaron Cox, Kerry's Regional Manager of Health, Safety and Environment said the incident is still under investigation and the root cause has not yet been determined. He also stressed this was not a major occurrence.  "This was nothing significant, this was not an explosion, just a  minor release of the suppression system," said Cox.
us_NJ  industrial  release  response  unknown_chemical 
Hazmat crews respond to chemical incident at Cromwell hotel
CROMWELL, CT (WFSB) - Hazmat crews were called to a hotel in Cromwell on Tuesday when two pool chemicals mixed together.

Fire officials said the pool was being cleaned at the Red Lion Hotel, when chlorine and muriatic acid combined, forming a chlorine gas.

One person was transported to the hospital for treatment, while two others were treated at the scene.
us_CT  public  release  injury  pool_chemicals 
Strange fire closes Interstate 90 ramp in Austin
AUSTIN, Minn. – A mysterious smoldering bag has closed an interstate interchange.

The Austin Fire Department was called to Interstate 90 at 14th Street around 9:45 am Tuesday on a report of something burning in a ditch and giving off a foul odor. Firefighters were unable to put out the item that was on fire with any water or dry chemical extinguisher.

Firefighters were able to empty out the container and found gray powder inside a cloth bag about the size of a football.

Eastbound I-90 from 14th Street NW has been closed as authorities wait for a Civil Support Team to analyze the powder.

Austin police, the Minnesota State Patrol, MnDOT, and a state chemical assessment team have been on the scene.
us_MN  transportation  fire  response  dust 
EPA Hits Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District for Violations
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has reached a settlement with the Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District for chemical safety and risk management violations at the Sacramento Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant.

The sanitation district will pay a $37,830 civil penalty and make improvements to its risk management practices.
EPA inspected the treatment plant in May 2016 and found facility staff had not immediately notified the National Response Center of three separate releases of chlorine in 2013 and 2014, in violation of the federal Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act’s reporting requirements.

Facility staff had not complied with EPA’s risk management program regulations, in violation of the Clean Air Act. Proper implementation of risk management programs helps prevent and control chemical releases at facilities that store large amounts of regulated substances. Violations at the treatment plant included failure to perform certain equipment tests and inspections and failure to adequately investigate a release of chlorine.
us_CA  industrial  discovery  environmental  chlorine  water_treatment 
Chemical spill briefly closes Chem Building
The third floor of the Chemistry Building was evacuated Tuesday and caution tape was strung in front of entrances after a small chemical spill.

The chemical, triethylamine, is a base chemical and, in high concentrations, can be a respiratory hazard.

The spill was called in at 10:46 a.m., and the caution tape in front of the doors removed at 11:21 a.m., according to Cathy Cole, the University’s vice president of enrollment and communications. “At no time was there an imminent risk,” Cole said.

Professor Bruce Bowler, whose lab was across the hall from the spill, said a student spilled about a half liter of the chemical. The University’s chemical safety line was immediately called, which called the Missoula Fire Department, because they have the proper ventilation masks, Bowler said.

Instead of harmful chemicals, the building’s atmosphere was filled with mild impatience as professors and students wanted to get back to work. One class not adversely affected by the mop-up was Forest Ecology, which moved to the Oval where students soaked up sun.
us_MT  laboratory  release  response  other_chemical 
Bayer Steps Up Legal Fight Over Weed Killer Blamed for Cancer
Bayer AG BAYRY 0.85% is stepping up the legal defense of its flagship weed killer, after a verdict in a recent case alleging the chemical causes cancer sent shares down sharply and raised the prospect of costly plaintiff payouts.

Bayer on Tuesday said it wants a California state court judge to overturn the jury’s verdict, order a new trial or reduce damages, according to a court filing. The company aims to defeat a $289 million award in August in one of the first of thousands of cases filed by gardeners, farmers and others claiming Bayer’s Roundup herbicide gave them cancer.

The jury in that case ruled unanimously in favor of a former groundskeeper who sought to hold the maker of Roundup liable for his non-Hodgkin lymphoma. The verdict came only two months after the German pharmaceutical and chemical conglomerate sealed its takeover of Monsanto, the U.S. agriculture giant that invented the herbicide.
us_CA  public  follow-up  environmental  pesticides 
Cochise County declares state of local emergency
TUCSON, Ariz. - The Cochise County Board of Supervisors declared a state of local emergency in response to the ongoing HAZMAT situation in Naco on Monday.

The state of local emergency follows a leak of raw sewage from Mexico onto U.S soil on Sunday, Sept. 9, in which the county declared a public health emergency.

While that initial flow was stopped and then contained, a second leak started when the HAZMAT was diverted to another pipe and failed.

The HAZMAT continues to flow west onto private property in the U.S at a rate of between 288,000 and 432,000 gallons per day.

Cochise Environmental Health is monitoring the situation and continues to treat the HAZMAT with chlorine tablets.
us_AZ  public  release  response  chlorine 
2 days ago
Fukuoka police: Man whose corpse found after blast committed suicide
FUKUOKA (TR) – A man whose corpse was found after an explosion at Kyushu University earlier this month caused the blast while committing suicide, police said over the weekend, reports the Mainichi Shimbun (Sept. 15).

At around 6:40 a.m. on September 7, the blast ripped through the first floor of a three-story building at the university, located in Fukuoka City. A subsequent fire burned about 110 square meters of space before it was extinguished.

According to the Higashi Police Station, the results of a DNA analysis conducted on a body pulled from the debris revealed that it belongs to a 46-year-old man who was using a laboratory where the blast originated.

The cause of death was death by fire. Through an unspecified means, the man set off the blast in taking his life. Police have sent papers on the man on suspicion of arson in an inhabited building to prosecutors.
Japan  laboratory  explosion  death  suicide 
2 days ago
Lithium batteries blamed for starting toxic Tacoma fire
Firefighters spent 12 hours putting out a large fire at a Tacoma scrapyard Monday.

Air quality in much of Tacoma briefly soured to unhealthy levels in the morning, and residents reported headaches, nausea and watering eyes.

Firefighters suspect that lithium-ion batteries deep inside a 50-foot-tall pile of scrap metal spontaneously combusted and caused the blaze.

Toxic smoke from the fire at Simon Metals led the Port of Tacoma to suspend its operations for the morning.

The Tacoma Fire Department advised people to stay indoors and avoid inhaling the fumes.

"It definitely has affected people throughout Tacoma,” Shadrach White, who runs a software company about three miles as the crow flies from Simon Metals, said.

“It was strange. I’d never smelled anything like it,” he said. “It had a chemical smell to it. The first word that came to mind was ‘toxic.’"

White said he felt sick to his stomach after being in the smoke for only a minute.
us_WA  public  fire  injury  batteries  metals  waste 
2 days ago
One killed in explosion, 2 injured- The New Indian Express
ROURKELA:  A massive explosion in a house, where explosive substances were stored illegally, claimed one life and critically injured two others including a child at Telugupara of Madhusudanpali slum under Plant Site police limits here on Monday afternoon.Several houses were also damaged in the explosion. It is suspected the explosives were meant for manufacturing fire crackers. The explosion took place on the first floor of a two-storey house owned by Jawahar Srivastav at 12.15 pm. Under its impact, the concrete roof of the building was ripped apart and the flying debris severely damaged asbestos roofs of at least 30 adjoining houses.
India  industrial  explosion  death  asbestos  explosives 
2 days ago
Boat Maintenance Crew Supervisor Dies of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning while Using Gas-Powered Pressure Washer
A boat maintenance crew supervisor died from carbon monoxide poisoning while using a gasoline-powered pressure washer to strip paint from a boat. At the start of the day, the gasoline-powered pressure washer was positioned on the dock. Later, employees of another contractor moved the pressure washer onto the boat to clear the way for supply deliveries. Shortly before the end of the work day, the victim moved the pressure washer onto a side deck passageway that was fully enclosed by plastic tarps. Working alone, he used the pressure washer for about 20 minutes. A co-worker went to look for the victim and found him unconscious on top of the pressure washer. Emergency responders arrived and determined that the victim was deceased.
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us_WA  industrial  release  death  carbon_monoxide  gasoline 
3 days ago
Charges Dismissed Against Professor Over Lab Fire
WESTWOOD— On Tuesday, September 11, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced that criminal charges against UCLA professor Patrick Harran were dismissed in the death of a laboratory assistant during a fire. On December 29, 2008, a lab accident led to the death of 23-year-old Sheri Sangji, who died as a result of a plastic syringe breaking down in her hands while she was transferring t-butyl lithium. The syringe discharged a chemical compound that ignites when exposed to oxygen which caused her synthetic sweater to catch fire. Complications from the second and third degree burns led to her death two weeks later.

UCLA took responsibility for the state of the laboratory where the accident occurred, Harran, her chemistry professor, was charged along with the regents on three counts of willfully breaching occupational health and safety requirements. In 2014,  in a statement to the court, Harran said that he was “ultimately responsible for the safety of personnel in my laboratory.”

Signaling their support for Harran, UCLA stated that it was Sangji’s choice not to wear the lab coat that could have protected her from.

UCLA and Harran’s lawyer, Thomas O’Brien said, “While we all wish this terrible tragedy had not occurred, there is simply no reasonable explanation for this criminal prosecution-and it’s been flawed from the start.” His lawyers stated that he did not break any laws because it was UCLA that was Sangji’s employer, not Harran.

The felony charges were dropped in 2012 after University of California regents promised to increase safety training and create an environmental law scholarship in the victim’s name. A deferred-prosecution agreement was reached in 2014, requiring Harran to volunteer for 800 hours, pay $10,000 to the Grossman Burn Center, and develop and teach a course for organic chemistry to prepare high school students for organic chemistry at the collegiate level. He spoke with incoming students about the importance of laboratory safety.

The agreement was due to end next June, but Judge George Lomeli of the Los Angeles Supreme Court ruled on Thursday, September 13 that Harran fulfilled the terms and dismissed the case against him nine months earlier. While Sangji’s family disapproves of the early dismissal, Harran continues to teach at UCLA.
us_CA  laboratory  follow-up  death  butyllithium  illegal 
3 days ago
Fire continues to rage in Kolkata's Bagree Market even after 19 hours, 30 fire tenders engaged in battling the blaze
Fire continues to rage in Kolkata's Bagree Market even after 19 hours, 30 fire tenders engaged in battling the blaze

Kolkata, Sep 16 (IBNS): As many as 30 fire tenders and over 100 firemen are currently engaged in a firefighting operation in Kolkata's Bagree Market as a massive blaze continued to rage the commercial hub in central part of the city even after 19 hours.

An official of state fire and emergency services department said that third, fourth and fifth floors of the six-storey building are still on fire.

"We have heard sounds of explosions from these three floors which indicates that several gas cylinders were stored there and besides air conditioning machines, those gas or chemical containing cylinders are also going off due to extreme heat," the official told IBNS.

"We have brought a small hydraulic ladder and we are trying our best to use that at the congested area," he added.
India  industrial  explosion  injury  gas_cylinders 
3 days ago
Royersford Chemical Warehouse Catches Fire Saturday Night
ROYERSFORD, PA — A chemical warehouse in Royersford caught fire on Saturday night, bringing first responders from around the area together to battle the blaze.

The incident was first reported at around 7:40 p.m. at Hectrio Specialty Chemical System, located on the 400 block of First Avenue.

Crews forced entry to the rear of the building, and used hand lines to battle the blaze, which was contained to a small area in the manufacturing part of the building, according to officials. Firefighters were on the scene containing the smokey fire for close to two hours.

Royersford Fire Department said that the sprinkler systems were very effective in controlling the blaze until crews arrived. That, along with the swift response from first responders, helped quell the "potentially hazardous" blaze.

Despite the bad smell reported by neighbors, the chemicals posed no danger to the public, officials said.
us_PA  industrial  fire  response  unknown_chemical 
3 days ago
Three including owner fall into pickle factory tank, die
Incident happened while the tank was being cleaned
A man, his son and a worker at a pickle factory died after they fell into a tank filled with preservatives at the unit in Ghaziabad’s Loni, the police said on Sunday.
Illegal factory
The deceased have been identified as Luvkush (60), Praveen (35) and Ram Dubey (46). The police said that Luvkush was running the factory in Tronica City illegally. All of them were residents of Delhi. The incident happened when the tank was being cleaned.
A senior police officer said that the police reached the spot after they received an information on Sunday morning that several persons had died in a factory after they fell into a tank filled with preservative chemicals.
Teams of National Disaster Response Force and Uttar Pradesh Fire Department reached the spot.
There was a tank-like structure at the unit where they used to process vegetables and chemicals to make pickles, the police said. The unit was running in the basement of Luvkush’s house. He had created it to dilute pickles in it. There was chemical poured inside the tank.
India  industrial  release  death  other_chemical  illegal 
3 days ago
Blast at school: probe begins
A day after several students of a private school in Angamaly sustained injuries following a blast on the school premises, the police have registered a case and launched a probe into the incident.
As many as 60 persons, including 59 students of Holy Family High School in Angamaly, sustained injuries following the blast.
The blast occurred around 11 a.m. on Saturday when a section of the high school students, as part of a science exhibition at the school, attempted to recreate a volcano explosion.
A case has been registered for careless handling of hazardous materials while a decision regarding the persons to be arraigned as accused will be made later, said officials.
“Samples have been collected from the site and sent for a chemical analysis to establish the presence of explosive materials,” said Muhammad Riyas, Circle Inspector of Police, Angamaly.
The statements of school authorities and teachers associated with the project will be recorded soon. Statements of students may also be collected.
Preliminary investigation by the police suggested the presence of powdered aluminium at the blast site. “The students are believed to have used firecrackers to make an impact, leading to the explosion. A probe is on to trace the origin of the materials used in making the model,” the official added.
India  education  explosion  injury  dust  fireworks 
3 days ago
Where are Wikipedia’s women scientists?
Between 7 and 11% of prominent chemists, both living and dead, are women. That’s according to the worldview represented on Wikipedia, anyway.
Compared with employment and degree statistics for chemists today, these figures, extracted from the online encyclopedia, are low. According to the U.S. National Science Foundation’s National Center for Science & Engineering Statistics, in 2014, about 39% of chemistry Ph.D.s were awarded to women, and in 2015, about 36% of employed chemists in the U.S. were women.
public  discovery  environmental 
3 days ago
Puerto Rico’s universities are on the road to recovery
Walking through the chemistry building at the University of Puerto Rico’s Humacao campus nearly a year after Hurricane Maria, you can still see remnants of the storm’s devastation.
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There is the roof where 250-km/hour winds ripped off attachments for air conditioners and fume hoods, most of which are still not working even as a new academic year begins.
There is the blue tarp over the nuclear magnetic resonance instrument, still protecting it from water damage where an existing leak expanded into a huge hole.
There are the missing ceiling tiles and water damage that haven’t been a high priority for repairs.
Other parts of campus show signs too. There is a solar water filter that can provide clean drinking water for faculty, students, or anyone else who might need it. A trailer holds washers and dryers for those whose homes were damaged or destroyed. A classroom of desks is set up under an overhang outside, which is more pleasant than inside without air-conditioning.
us_PR  laboratory  follow-up  environmental 
3 days ago
Chlorine leak in Fair Lawn brings in fire fighters and hazmat crew
A pair of leaky chlorine containers were sealed and removed from a Fair Lawn water treatment plant Saturday after an employee discovered gas in the building, according to borough police.

Between 150 and 300 pounds of chlorine seeped out of the cylinders before the Fair Lawn Fire Department's hazardous materials team capped and removed them, said police Sgt. Brian Metzler. The leaks were reported at 11:35 a.m.

No gas escaped from the facility on Cadmus Place and a high school football game between Fair Lawn and Passaic across the street was allowed to continue, police said. 

"They were able to cap both of the cylinders and ventilate the building until the air levels were acceptable," he said. "There was no danger to anybody in the surrounding area."

Two fire fighters were treated at the scene for gas inhalation, he said. The exact cause of the leak was not yet known late Saturday afternoon, but no foul play is suspected, he said.
us_NJ  industrial  release  response  chlorine 
4 days ago
Killeen homes evacuated due to strong odor
KILLEEN, TX - People in several Killeen neighborhoods are glad to be in their homes Saturday evening after a mandatory evacuation. 

Police say a Hazmat was called in to check on strong odor smelling like Acetone in the area of Connell Drive and Melissa Court, just yards away from Peebles Elementary School. 

Homes in the area of W.S.Young were evacuated for about six hours and the streets were blocked off. 

People were asked to go to the Gilmore Senior Center and then later to the Killeen Community Center. 

Fox 44 spoke with several homeowners, who say they are shocked this was not a big drug bust after someone made a narcotics call. 

Officers say that was not the case, but it was a truck that was the culprit. 

Ofelia Miramontez, the spokesperson for the Killeen Police Department says, "The smell was emitting from a ruptured fuel tank from a vehicle containing old fuel."

Linda Ament, a resident says, "I smelled the smell like finger nail polish remover and it made me dizzy and sick and nauseated like I wanted to vomit." 
us_TX  transportation  release  response  acetone 
4 days ago
Blaze engulfs lab in biotech company, no one injured
Pune: A major fire gutted one of the three laboratories at a biotech company in Theur, about 28km from here, on Friday.
“It took over six hours to douse the blaze. About 40 firemen from the Pune fire brigade, seven fire tenders and water tankers were pressed into service for fire-fighting. No one sustained injuries in the fire,” Prashant Ranpise, chief fire officer of the Pune fire brigade, told TOI.
Ranpise said prima facie, short-circuit could have led to the fire. “We had deployed two fire tenders at the spot,” he added.
Ganesh Pinguwale, sub-inspector of the Lonikand police, said the company, Rise n’ Shine Biotech Private Ltd, deals in biotechnology, floriculture and horticulture. “The company has three laboratories where technicians work in three shifts. Around 8.30am on Friday, the technicians in the laboratory number 2 alerted the supervisor about a fire in one of the units,” the officer said.
He said before the supervisor could reach the laboratory number 2, all the 50 persons working there had come out. “Within seconds, fire broke out in the laboratory,” Pinguwale said, adding, “The supervisor and others tried to douse the fire by using fire extinguishers, but it had spread in the entire laboratory by then.”
India  industrial  fire  injury  fire_extinguisher 
4 days ago
60 injured as model volcano explodes at school science fair
Kochi: A working volcano model exploded during a science fair organised by an aided school near here on Saturday, injuring 59 students and a teacher.

The injuries were not serious. The incident took place at the Holy Family High School, Angamaly, around 11.30 am. Gun powder used in the model to simulate eruption caused the blast, the police said.

Two students, who prepared the volcano model, and teacher Sr. Linsa, one of the judges, were among those injured.

The students who were hurt in the incident were from classes 5-10. Most of the children suffered burn and cut injuries to their face, arms and legs while ten of them got injured in the eye. Solid components such as paving tiles and stones used to prepare the model shattered all over in the impact of the explosion.

Children, who were terrified by the loud noise which temporarily impaired their hearing, were discharged after treatment by the evening.

The ill-fated model was made by covering a half feet long PVC pipe, filled with explosive substance, with layers of mud. The idea was to trigger an explosion and give the visual impression of lava flow from a real volcano.

The model exploded with a deafening noise after the students ignited the structure when two teachers came over for evaluation. The sound of the explosion was heard at least a kilometre from the spot, the police said.

According to them, around one kilograms of explosive substances were used to trigger the blast. It was told the students filled the pipe with additional amount of explosives in order to make the eruption go higher and last longer after one of the working models went out soon after it was ignited.
India  education  explosion  injury 
4 days ago
Sticky syrup spill prompts road closures in Mandan
The Highway Patrol is trying to track down whoever spilled maple syrup on Mandan-area roads.

The brown sticky substance prompted road closures for about three hours Thursday until investigators determined it wasn't hazardous.

The Bismarck HazMat team determined the substance to be mostly maple syrup, possibly used for cattle feed.

State Health Department officials also responded to the scene, and state Transportation Department workers cleaned up the mess.
us_ND  transportation  release  response  other_chemical 
5 days ago
Firefighters, gas workers cooperate to handle gas leak in Holladay
HOLLADAY, Utah, Sept. 14, 2018 (Gephardt Daily) — Fire department and gas company crews responded to the scene of a line break Friday morning.

A main natural gas line was broken by construction equipment in the area of 4500 South 2100 East. Nearby buildings were evacuated after the discovery.

“This morning, they had some construction work that was going on, doing some excavating work with a track hoe,” District Chief Duane Woolsey, Unified Fire Authority, told Gephardt Daily.

The operator damaged a gas main that measured about three inches, Woolsey said.

“So they evacuated the area, we got the fire department here,” he said. Several engines, including a HAZMAT engine, arrived at the scene.
us_UT  public  release  response  natural_gas 
5 days ago
Police: Westport Man Sprayed Oily Toxins on Neighbor’s Yard
Officers arrested a Westport man for spraying a toxic chemical onto a neighbor’s backyard and vegetable garden, causing more than $12,000 in damage, police said today.

John Borg, 48, of 5 Sterling Drive, was charged with reckless endangerment, criminal mischief and criminal trespass upon his arrest Wednesday at his residence, police said.

According to the police report, the incident dates back to the evening of July 13 when officers were dispatched to a Westport residence on a report of chemicals that had been sprayed on the victim’s backyard garden area from over her property’s fence line.

“The victim arrived home and smelled the strong odor of a chemical on her property,” Lt. Jillian Cabana said. “An oily film was observed on her garden plants and her vegetable garden plants. In addition, two portions of her wooden fence were damaged.”
us_CT  public  release  response  illegal  petroleum  toxics 
5 days ago
State officials rule L. Falls house explosion as 'accidental'
ALBANY — The cause of a house explosion that left three buildings on West Main Street in Little Falls a total loss and several families homeless has been determined accidental, according to a report filed in July by the state Office of Fire Prevention and Control.

State fire officials stated in the report’s conclusion that during the investigation into the explosion and subsequent fire on Feb. 14, the team came up with “several hypotheses” based on the evidence.

Each hypothesis is tested until one is “found to be uniquely consistent with the facts and the principles of science,” according to the report.

“The final hypothesis selected indicated that the epicenter of the explosion was located in the front section of the basement of 383 W. Main St.,” according to the report. “The fire investigation team was able to determine that the explosion and subsequent fire ignited as a result of natural gas leaking into the basement and making contact with an open flame. The subsequent fire spread through natural means to further damage the remaining components of that structure and those located at 387 and 389 W. Main St. as well.”
us_NY  public  follow-up  environmental  natural_gas 
5 days ago
Residents flee homes Friday morning in fear of toxic chemical fire at AG plant
DIXON, Ill. - Around 80 people were forced to flee their homes in the middle of the night, due to the fear of toxic chemicals escaping from the Nutrien AG Solutions plant after an explosion Friday morning.

Catherine Decker, an employee of Allied Locke, was just about to finish her shift when the news of an evacuation came in.

"At a quarter after 3 a.m. or about 3:30 a.m., a police officer came in and told us the plant next door is on fire, and that we should do what we need to do to get everybody out of our factory," she said.

"Everybody was scared because we didn't know that the explosions were, and white kind of fumes were in the area. When you looked up and saw the billowing smoke, there was a lot of smoke."
us_IL  industrial  explosion  response  toxics 
5 days ago
Free toxic foam disposal for Vt. fire departments
Fire departments that need to dispose of a certain type of firefighting foam thought to contaminate groundwater have the chance to do so free.

The Department of Environmental Conservation announced Friday that through Oct. 8, departments can bring their stores of Type B Aqueous Film Forming Foam to their local solid waste districts, where it will be collected and sent off to be safely destroyed.

AFFF made before 2003 contains per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), which have been found in the well serving the Rutland Airport Business Park in North Clarendon. The discovery prompted an order from the state for people not to drink that water, but a filter has since been installed. PFAS has been found in five Clarendon wells at levels above the state standard, which is low compared with other states.

It’s suspected that the PFAS contamination near the business park came from the Rutland-Southern Vermont Regional Airport, where in 1986 firefighters used the firefighting foam after a plane crash. The foam is typically used on chemical fires, such as burning fuel.

PFAS have been in the news for the past few years after a related chemical, PFOA, was discovered in private wells in Bennington. Neighboring Hoosick Falls, New York, also found its water supply contaminated by PFOA. There, the chemical is believed to be from factories that once manufactured Teflon products. The chemicals have been linked to health problems.
us_VT  industrial  discovery  environmental  waste 
5 days ago
Charges dropped against UCLA chemistry professor Patrick Harran for death of Sheri Sangji after lab fire
Los Angeles County judge has dismissed criminal charges against University of California, Los Angeles, chemistry professor Patrick G. Harran. The charges stem from the death nearly 10 years ago of staff researcher Sheharbano (Sheri) Sangji after she was burned in a fire in Harran’s lab.

Harran faced four felony charges of violating the California labor code relating to the fatal fire. In 2014, before the case went to trial, Harran reached a settlement agreement with the district attorney’s office to drop the charges after five years if he met a set of conditions.
On Sept. 6, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge George Lomeli, who approved the original deal, granted a request by Harran’s attorney to dismiss the case nine months before the agreement was set to end. Prosecutors objected. Nevertheless, “Lomeli determined that Harran had satisfied all of the terms and conditions of the five-year deferred prosecution agreement,” says district attorney’s office spokesperson Greg Risling.
us_CA  laboratory  follow-up  death  other_chemical  illegal 
5 days ago
Dr Chris Busby: Police become unwell at chemical weapons expert's Devon home
A chemical weapons expert has been arrested after police started feeling ill while visiting his Devon home.
Dr Chris Busby, 73, has been detained under the explosives act after officers at his Bideford home on Wednesday morning felt unwell.
Devon and Cornwall Police said officers at the retired research scientist's home also found "a number of items" which "require expert analysis from specialist officers and an explosive ordnance disposal team".
The British scientist is an expert on the health effects of internal ionising radiation.
He is a contributor on Russia Today, the Kremlin-funded TV channel.
Dr Busby has also worked for Britain's Ministry of Defence on a depleted uranium committee and a committee examining radiation risks of internal emitters.
Devon and Cornwall Police said the officers who were feeling unwell were immediately removed from the scene and a cordon put in place.
A hazardous area response team ambulance was quickly sent to the scene where they treated the officers.
United_Kingdom  public  release  injury  explosives  radiation  uranium  waste 
6 days ago
Fire at Safdarjung hospital’s operation theatre, three injured
Two resident doctors and a nursing officer suffered burn injuries after a fire broke out on Thursday in the new OPD building of Delhi’s Safdarjung Hospital.

The hospital administration has constituted an inquiry committee to probe the incident.

According to a preliminary report submitted to the medical superintendent of the hospital, Rajendra Sharma, the fire broke out in the eye operation theatre on the fourth floor of the new OPD building during a routine surgery.

“During a routine eye surgery at around 12.38pm, a fire accidentally started due to spillage of chemical agent used for cautery. While the patient suffered no harm and his operative procedure could be completed satisfactorily, the injured staff were immediately shifted to the burns casualty,” the report read.

Three people, a PG resident doctor (26), a senior resident doctor (30) and a nursing officer (33) “received thermal injuries”. The woman PG resident doctor has suffered 5% thermal burns and was discharged after first aid, Sharma said.
India  industrial  fire  injury  other_chemical 
6 days ago
Multiple fires, gas explosions in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover, Massachusetts
LAWRENCE, Mass. -- A series of gas explosions an official described as "Armageddon"-like killed a teenager, injured at least 10 other people and ignited fires in at least 39 homes in three communities north of Boston, forcing entire neighborhoods to evacuate as crews scrambled to fight the flames and shut off the gas.

Authorities said Leonel Rondon, 18, of Lawrence, died Thursday after a chimney toppled by an exploding house crashed into his car. He was rushed to a Boston hospital but pronounced dead there in the evening.

Massachusetts State Police urged all residents with homes serviced by Columbia Gas in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover to evacuate, snarling traffic and causing widespread confusion as residents and local officials struggled to understand what was happening.
us_MA  public  explosion  death  natural_gas 
6 days ago
Rite Aid Establishes Policy for Addressing Chemicals of Consumer Concern
CAMP HILL, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sep 13, 2018--Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) today announced that the company has established its Chemical Policy and expanded Restricted Substances List as part of ongoing efforts to continue meeting customer expectations for chemical management and product safety.
Rite Aid has been working closely with supplier partners to eliminate eight high-priority chemicals from formulated private brand items since 2016. These chemicals include triclosan, formaldehyde, toluene, butylparaben, propylparaben, dibutyl phthalate, diethyl phthalate and nonylphenol ethoxylates. As a result, the vast majority of the company’s private brand portfolio currently complies with these standards and Rite Aid remains on track to fully eliminate these chemicals from private brand items by 2020.
Rite Aid has also expanded its Restricted Substances List (RSL) to go beyond these eight high-priority chemicals as well as existing U.S. regulatory requirements. The expanded RSL brings additional parabens, phthalates, nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPEs) and formaldehyde donors within the scope of Rite Aid’s efforts to reduce the use of chemicals of concern, bringing the total number of restricted chemicals from eight to 69. Rite Aid’s updated RSL, as well as the complete policy, can be found at www.riteaid.com/corporate/chemical-policy.
us_PA  public  discovery  response  formaldehyde  toluene 
6 days ago
Chemical plants in the Carolinas gird for Hurricane Florence’s fury
As Hurricane Florence barrels down on the coasts of North and South Carolina, chemical companies that C&EN reached as of Sept. 12 say they are executing well-established plans for severe weather for their facilities in those states.“We’re monitoring the progress of Hurricane Florence and have been implementing some preventative steps that are aimed to protect our employees and local communities and safeguard our operations,” says Bob Nelson, corporate communications manager at BASF.
The company has a standing emergency response plan, and staff are trained for adverse weather and other events, he says. BASF has several sites in areas that the hurricane may impact, including an R&D center in Resea
us_SC  industrial  discovery  environmental 
6 days ago
Government Study Of BPA Backs Its Safety, But Doesn't Settle Debate . News
Government scientists have presented new evidence that the plastic additive BPA isn’t a health threat.

Low doses of the chemical given to hundreds of rats, “did not elicit clear, biologically plausible adverse effects,” said K. Barry Delclos, a research pharmacologist at the Food and Drug Administration’s National Center for Toxicological Research.

Delclos made the remarks Thursday during an online presentation in which he summarized an important part of a $30 million project called CLARITY-BPA, which was launched in 2012 to resolve questions about the chemical’s safety.

The results of the rat study had previously appeared in a draft report on BPA (also known as bisphenol-A) released in February. But since then, the research has undergone peer review and revisions, Delclos said.

During his online presentation, Delclos provided an overview of the two-year study, which involved thousands of rats given a wide range of BPA doses.
public  follow-up  environmental  other_chemical 
6 days ago
2 People Hospitalized Following Hazmat at Duxbury Rite Aid
Two workers were hospitalized following a hazmat situation Wednesday morning at a Rite Aid in Duxbury, Massachusetts.
Fire crews received a call of the hazmat at 10:50 a.m., according to officials. At the scene, a Freon leak was discovered inside the store, according to Duxbury Fire Department Captain Reardon.
The workers were taken to an area hospital after suffering from cardiovascular symptoms, according to fire crews.
Officials said the hazmat was caused by a "breach of refrigerated package" shipped to the store.
us_MA  public  release  injury  freon 
7 days ago
11 kids, 5 adults taken to hospital after gas release near 2 campuses in northwest Houston
HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Sixteen people, including 11 children and five adults, were transported to Memorial Hermann Hospital after authorities responded to a natural gas release near school campuses in northwest Houston.

Fifteen people from the KIPP NEXUS campus located at Watonga Boulevard near W. 43rd St. were affected.

One child was transported from the St. Ambrose Catholic School about a mile away.

Fire officials say they all reported feeling nauseous and that they smelled rotten eggs.

According to authorities, a natural gas riser in the area released the odor as it's designed to do. Risers are generally out in an open field.
us_TX  education  release  injury  natural_gas 
7 days ago
Fireworks industry seeks high-level probe into Erode fire accident
The Tamil Nadu Fireworks and Amorces Manufacturers’ Association has sought a high-level enquiry into the Wednesday’s fire accident at Erode that claimed the lives of three persons and injured five others.

In a letter addressed to the Chief Minister, Edappadi K. Palaniswami, its general secretary K. Mariappan raised the doubt that the cause of the fire could be ‘illegally manufactured’ fireworks.

Seeking a CB-CID probe into the accident, he said that facts about the manufacturers of the crackers, place of manufacturing, whether the site of the accident had licence for selling crackers should be brought out.

“Otherwise, such accidents would bring disrepute to the licensed fireworks industry,” he said.

He also recalled that the association had sought the intervention of Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, in preventing smuggling and sale of Chinese fireworks on a war footing.
India  industrial  follow-up  death  fireworks 
7 days ago
Six labourers killed in UP factory blast
Lucknow: Six labourers were killed in a chemical explosion that took place in a petro-chemical factory in Bijnore district on Wednesday.

Eleven persons were working at the accident site in the Mohit Petro Chemical factory that produces ethanol when the explosion took place.

Two others were seriously injured and have been admitted to a local hospital. One labourer is missing.

Bijnore SP Umesh Singh said that the blast took place when the labourers were repairing a tank.

“The methane gas tanker had developed faults and the labourers were fixing it. While welding, the gas which is highly inflammable, caught fire leading to the explosion”, the SP said.

The SP said that a case of negligence was being lodged against the owners of the factory for violating safety norms and allowing welding without taking adequate precautions.
India  industrial  explosion  death  flammables 
7 days ago
9/11 Toxic Air Was Initially Met With Skepticism (VIDEO)
Seventeen years after 9/11, the CDC reports that almost 10,000 first responders and survivors have been diagnosed with cancer. Nearly 3,000 people died during the attack and some outlets report that "Deaths from 9/11 diseases will soon outnumber those lost on that fateful day."

Bridget Gormley lost her firefighter father years after 9/11. He died of 9/11 related cancer. She said, "It sounds a bit morbid when I say this, but if you think about it, it was the perfect terrorist attack because you killed so many people that day, but not only that. Now you have this lasting effect that's going. And it's going to be multi-generations. There are kids that are being born with issues now, too."
us_NY  public  discovery  death  unknown_chemical 
8 days ago
FBI employees grapple with 9/11-related illnesses, deaths
For hundreds of FBI employees and their families, the anniversary of 9/11 magnifies anxieties that haunt them to this day.

FBI first responders and those involved in the investigation of the worst terror attack in U.S. history continue to be diagnosed with life-threatening diseases. The FBI, doctors and health experts say toxic exposure from fumes, dust and chemicals at the crash sites are the likely cause.

As of the 17th anniversary of the attacks on Tuesday, 15 FBI agents have died from cancers linked to their roles in the 9/11 investigation. Three of them have died in just the last six months.
us_NY  public  follow-up  death  dust 
8 days ago
Hazmat spill closes Worcester road after tractor-trailer overturns
Maryland hazmat crews are working to contain a sodium hydroxide spill on Snow Hill Road in Girdletree in Worcester County after a tractor-trailer overturned Tuesday.

Maryland State Police said in a news release late Tuesday the road is currently closed and will remain so until dawn Wednesday as crews work to tackle the spill.

Police said sodium hydroxide is a highly caustic base and alkali that decomposes proteins at ordinary ambient temperatures and may cause severe chemical burns. It is highly soluble in water, and readily absorbs moisture and carbon dioxide from the air.

The crash happened at around 4:45 p.m., state police said in a news release.

Troopers from the the state police Berlin Barrack responded to 3323 Snow Hill Road in Girdletree for a report of an overturned tractor trailer and hazardous material spill.

Initial investigation revealed that the tractor-trailer was transporting 10 containers filled with 330 gallons each of sodium hydroxide.
us_MD  transportation  release  response  sodium_hydroxide 
8 days ago
Fire at Rajshahi pharma factory
A fire broke out at the factory of Kemiko Pharmaceuticals Limited in Rajshahi city's Tikapara area yesterday, damaging its electric supply machines worth Tk 45 lakh.

The blaze was triggered at 11:45am from a transmitter blast at the factory's generator room and engulfed the building, Forhad Hossain, station officer of Rajshahi Fire Service and Civil Defence said.

However, three fire fighting units from Rajshahi Sadar, Nawhata and Rajshahi University doused the flames arrived at the scene by 11:55am with five fire trucks, and doused the fire in about 40 minutes. “We managed to save the factory's laboratory building from the fire,” he said.
Bangladesh  industrial  explosion  response  pharmaceutical 
8 days ago
Riverton Fire Could Cause Health Issues, NEPA Air Quality Report Finds
An air quality study conducted during and after the Riverton city disposal site fire, which blanketed the Corporate Area with smoke for several days last month, has found that elevated levels of certain gases and particulate matter could have resulted in possible health impacts, especially to sensitive groups.
The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) released the report Tuesday afternoon.
It said, based on the findings, it is recommending that the associated health effects be provided by the Ministry of Health.
NEPA said samples were taken during the fire and after firefighting activities ended. 
The samples were sent to an accredited laboratory in Canada for analysis.  
NEPA's report concludes that the fire from the Riverton disposal facility resulted in deteriorated air quality that affected Southern St. Andrew and Kingston, as well as sections of South Eastern St. Catherine. 
Jamaica  public  fire  response  waste 
8 days ago
New plans to improve tap water quality, cut plastic litter
The European Parliament’s Environment Committee has agreed that European Union member states should promote universal access to clean water for all. The MEPs backed new legislation aimed to tighten the maximum limits for certain pollutants such as lead (to be reduced by half), PFAS, harmful bacteria, and introduces new caps for endocrine disruptors Bisphenol A and Beta-estradiol (50-25-2).

Member states should also take measures to improve water access, such as setting up free fountains in cities and public places, where technically feasible and proportionate. They should also encourage tap water to be provided in restaurants, canteens and catering services for free or for a low service fee.

Following-up on their resolution on the citizens’ initiative Right2Water, MEPs stressed again that member states should focus on the needs of vulnerable groups in society. They should identify people without access, or with limited access to water, including vulnerable and marginalised groups, and assess ways to improve their access, informing them clearly about how to connect to the distribution network or about alternative means to have access to such water.
Europe  public  discovery  environmental  other_chemical 
8 days ago
PFAS-related chemicals found at former dump site in Ithaca
hemicals in the PFAS family have been found at the former site of a landfill in Ithaca.

Testing at eight sites around the landfill was done by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality as part of the Michigan PFAS Action Response Team. It was done to check for groundwater contamination because a former Wolverine Worldwide plant existed in Ithaca and may or may not have disposed of leather trash or scrap during its operation. The chemicals could have gotten into the ground water because rain falling onto the leather and scraps could have washed away the chemicals, driving it toward the ground. 
us_MI  public  discovery  environmental  waste 
8 days ago
Charges Dropped Against UCLA Professor In Deadly Lab Fire
LOS ANGELES, CA — Criminal charges stemming from a 2008 laboratory fire that killed a research assistant were dismissed against a UCLA chemistry professor last week, nine months earlier than expected and over the objection of prosecutors, the District Attorney's Office confirmed Tuesday.

Patrick Harran entered into a five-year deferred-prosecution agreement with the District Attorney's Office in 2014. Under the agreement, Harran was ordered to meet a series of requirements, including 800 hours of non- teaching community service at the UCLA Hospital System/UCLA Health Services.

Although that agreement was not scheduled to end until next June, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge George Lomeli ruled during a hearing last Thursday that Harran had already met all the terms of the agreement, and he dismissed the criminal case against him, according to the District Attorney's Office.

Greg Risling, spokesman for the District Attorney's Office, said prosecutors objected to the dismissal, which was granted "nine months earlier when the case was set to be dismissed."

Harran, who still works at UCLA, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
us_CA  laboratory  follow-up  death  illegal 
8 days ago
Local fire departments battling fires and cancer
A fire scene can be dangerous enough with the fire and the smoke.

Now add in potentially cancer-causing materials, and you've got a hot mess.

According to a study done by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health firefighters showed a higher rate of certain types of cancers than other people.

With the fact in mind, fire chiefs like West Ridge Chief, Dan Ouellet do everything they can to prevent any toxic material from seeping in.

They wear breathing masks and protective clothing and try to wash their gear afterward.
us_PA  industrial  discovery  environmental  other_chemical 
8 days ago
Explosion, fire reported at Pawleys Island water and sewer plant
PAWLEYS ISLAND, SC (WBTW) – Midway Fire Rescue says crews have a fire in Pawleys Island under control.

According to a tweet from the department, crews are on scene at the water and sewer plant at 464 Clearwater Drive “for an unknown explosion and fire.” Officials say there are no structures burning at the moment, but a debris fire caused Hazmat crews to respond just after 10 a.m.

Fire officials say the fire is under control and, after further investigation, the blaze does not involve hazardous materials. 
us_SC  industrial  explosion  response  unknown_chemical 
9 days ago
Old-fashioned safe prompts hazmat situation in Lakeland
LAKELAND, Fla. (WFLA) - A number of roads are blocked after a hazmat situation in Lakeland, officials said.

Janel Vasallo of Lakeland Fire Department said someone bought an old-fashioned safe at a garage sale and brought it to the Wildwood Antique Mall on US-98. Vasallo said these types of safes, which were made in the 1940s, are outfitted with a chemical theft-deterrent device that can leak tear gas.

The safe is located in the parking lot inside of the person's car, Vasallo said. 

As a precaution, firefighters along with a hazmat team and the Tampa Bomb Squad are at the mall to monitor the safe and prevent any potential exposure to tear gas. 
us_FL  public  discovery  response  tear_gas 
9 days ago
Toxic Flame-Retardant Ban Heads to Governor for Signature
The HBO documentary Toxic Hot Seat (2013) — a damning indictment of toxic fire-retardant chemicals in our furniture, environment and bodies (spoiler: It’s California’s fault) — ends on a triumphant note. It’s 2013 and Gov. Jerry Brown is talking, vaguely, about how “every reform needs a reform,” pledging to support regulatory updates that will end the state’s de facto fire-retardant requirement in furniture manufacturing (the original regulation, Technical Bulletin 117, was implemented during his first term in the 1970s).

Pulitzer-winning investigative reporters and the original scientists behind TB 177 handily deflate the chemical industry’s claims that its products are indispensable to fire safety. A firefighter who survived cancer — one of a disproportionate number afflicted from exposure to toxic fumes worsened by burning fire retardants — smiles and rides his bike through a slice of California sunshine. It feels like progress.
us_CA  public  discovery  environmental  other_chemical 
9 days ago
5 Best Practices for Extraction Laboratory Safety
Cannabis extraction has a dark history of burned-down apartment buildings, exploded cabins, toxic byproducts in extracts, and oils of questionable quality. With a maturing industry that is stepping out of the shadows and into regulatory oversight, many of those dangers will be mitigated through rules and regulations, but a large burden still lies with the extraction operator.

Operators have reduced the risk of commercial cannabis extractors burning down due to compliance and the use of proven extraction practices, but that doesn’t mean one can be lackadaisical. Ignoring extraction safety can lead to the laboratory literally exploding, making you legally liable for staff injuries and potentially dooming your professional cannabis career.

Here are five tips to help ensure that no security measure is forgotten.
public  discovery  environmental  clandestine_lab 
9 days ago
Innovative Collapsible Airlock Installation Challenges
Airlocks installed on LANL gloveboxes include neoprene and/orfluoropolymer elastomer sealing materials which are subject to aging, and chemical degradation during their service life. Some gaskets, have failed resulting in actions to temporarily restore sealing functionality. The current LANL designed glovebox airlock has remained the same since it was placed into use in the 1950's. This configuration was not designed to be easily replaceable or maintainable. This project was commissioned to design a replaceable airlock to correct degraded airlock sealing materials and install them without moving the glovebox. The airlock needed to be adaptable to various configurations as well as meet design requirements to prevent failure in the case of over-pressurization. The adjustable turnbuckles solved this issue and relieved the stress on the GB walls.
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us_NM  laboratory  discovery  environmental  plastics 
10 days ago
BCSO responds to hazmat situation on Spring Place rd. Sunday night
BRADLEY COUNTY, Tenn. — A spokesman for the Bradley County Sheriff's Office says crews are working on a hazmat cleanup on the 3200 block of Spring Place rd.
Adam Lewis with the Sheriff's Office says crews responded to a duplex early in the evening.
Lewis says crews found a number of chemicals inside the duplex originally thought to be the makings of a meth lab.
According to Lewis, it is "not a meth lab but we still don't know what it is."
Lewis says "the name of the game now is cleanup."
"There are a number of chemicals, each of which are precursors to certain drugs," Lewis tells NewsChannel 9.
The BCSO does have one individual in custody.
There is no immediate danger to surrounding homes.
Lewis says Bradley County Fire is working with the Tennessee Dangerous Drug Task Force on the cleanup.
us_TN  laboratory  discovery  response  drugs 
10 days ago
USPS seeks 'more aggressive approach' to mitigate chemical plume affecting Great Barrington post office
GREAT BARRINGTON — Concerned about risks to its employees and the public from chemical vapors inside the post office, the U.S. Postal Service is urging the state to take a "more aggressive approach" to contain a chemical plume still flowing in groundwater from the former dry cleaners next door.

The Postal Service also will take immediate measures to prevent and limit exposure to vapors emanating from contaminated groundwater, which has migrated from the Ried Cleaners property downhill south and east, toward the Housatonic River.

The renewed sense of alarm was prompted by the latest round of testing by AECOM Technical Services, detailed in an Aug. 2 letter to the state Department of Environmental Protection. AECOM said its 2018 indoor air-sampling data showed increasing vapor levels that approach the DEP's "Imminent Hazard" level and pose a "long-term risk" to employees, and possibly some risk to the public.
us_MA  public  release  response  cleaners 
11 days ago
Chemical spill at Cal State Fullerton prompts brief evacuation
FULLERTON, Calif. (KABC) -- Concerns about a possible chlorine gas leak led to a brief evacuation of about 50 people at the campus of Cal State Fullerton Saturday, prompting a hazmat team to be called in before the area was cleared.

Firefighters responded to the incident at about 1 p.m. after a student working in a lab where an experiment was taking place noticed a change in color in a mixture of chemicals and then became concerned about an odor released by those chemicals.

The student was treated by the Orange County Fire Authority and was taken to a hospital for further observation, according to the Fullerton Fire Department.

"He started smelling something that was very curious to him and thought it didn't smell good," Captain Scot Willey of the Cal State Fullerton police said. "It caused him to maybe cough a little bit, and he stepped out. He's been under observation and seems to be doing fine."
us_CA  laboratory  release  injury  chlorine 
11 days ago
Hazmat Scare From Liquid Nitrogen Tank Leads To Pleasanton Evacuations
— A hazmat scare happened at a biotech firm in Pleasanton Friday afternoon prompted the evacuation of two buildings.

Fire officials said a tank of liquid nitrogen fell off a truck outside Thermo-Fisher Scientific.

There was some concern the tank might explode initially, but officials have since said it appears to be working properly.

But authorities are still on the scene keeping an eye on the situation.
us_CA  transportation  release  response  liquid_nitrogen 
12 days ago
4000 children evacuated from Crimea town after chemical leak
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — About 4,000 children have been evacuated from a town in Russia-annexed Crimea where a noxious chemical leak has been blamed on a local titanium factory.
Residents of Armyansk complained in late August that a sour smell was pervading the community and a substance resembling rust had fallen on roofs, trees and vehicles.
Authorities this week decided to take children away from the town of 20,000 people for two weeks. They say the children are being housed at health resorts elsewhere in Crimea.
Russian media have not reported widespread illness or symptoms in Armyansk. The head of Ukraine's adjacent Kherson region said Friday that 37 border guards have been hospitalized due to negative effects from the leak.
Crimea's leader, Sergei Aksenov, identified the chemical as sulfur trioxide from the titanium plant.
Belarus  industrial  release  injury  sulphur 
12 days ago
Wacker employee sues manufacturer for $5 million after September 2017 explosion
CHARLESTON, Tenn. — One year to the day that an explosion rocked the Wacker chemical plant, an employee is suing the company behind the equipment the complaint says failed, leading to the explosion and his permanent injuries.
This is a $5 million dollar lawsuit on behalf of Andrew Gott, a Wacker employee who claims to have been “ the closest Wacker employee to this horrific explosion.”
As for the accident itself, the suit states that a piston broke and came through the head of a compressor, even bursting through concrete walls of the room surrounding it. The failure ignited hydrogen, resulting in a “horrific fireball felt several miles away.”
The complaint isn't against Wacker, however, but Burkhardt Compression. Gott's attorney says the company designed and provided a piston that broke.
The lawsuit says "the explosion & shockwaves hit him & burned him," and that ever since, he has been unable to go back to work. The lawsuit is also on behalf of Joann Gott, who cites damages beyond those of her husband Andrew.
us_TN  industrial  follow-up  injury  hydrogen 
12 days ago
Firefighting chemical linked to water safety concerns
LANSING — A firefighting foam has been linked to a group of chemicals known to be harmful to infants, toddlers and pregnant women. But it is still kept on hand because firefighters say they don’t have effective alternatives.

Detection of the chemicals, known as PFAS, has led to the creation of the Michigan PFAS Action Response Team, a multi-agency organization dedicated to understanding the far-reaching effects of the chemical and educating the public on the threat it poses.

“It’s reason for concern because it’s an issue of public health,” said Katie Parrish, communications director for the Michigan League of Conservation Voters.

The Michigan PFAS Action Response Team has asked State Fire Marshal Kevin Sehlmeyer to survey over 1,000 fire departments to identify the amount of PFAS in firefighting foam, according to the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.

Although the survey has not been completed, the response team and other agencies have evidence of the dangers of the foam used to contain fuel and electrical fires and in training drills.
us_MI  public  discovery  environmental  other_chemical 
12 days ago
2 charged in North County drug-lab explosion
SAN DIEGO — Two men were charged Wednesday with a slate of narcotics and weapons charges in connection with a drug-lab explosion that set a northern San Diego County home ablaze last spring.

Gregory Allen Amos, 23, and 34-year-old Christopher Paul Hernandez allegedly were using butane to extract hash oil from marijuana in a house in the 1200 block of Barbara Drive in Vista when the blast occurred about 10:45 a.m. March 27, according to a federal criminal complaint.

Deputies and firefighters arrived to find a glass door blown out on a second-floor balcony of the burning residence and dozens of cans of butane strewn on the driveway, the court document states.
us_CA  public  explosion  response  butane  illegal  clandestine_lab 
13 days ago
Iowa City Fire Department extinguishes fire at Trowbridge Hall
IOWA CITY (KCRG) - The Iowa City Fire Department responded to a report of a fire alarm activated on the University of Iowa Campus Wednesday afternoon.

Crews were called to Trowbridge Hall at 2:55 p.m. for a fire in one of the laboratories.

The fire was able to be extinguished with an extinguisher and authorities say 17 fire personnel responded to the alarm.

The fire started in laboratory equipment and then spread to nearby combustibles, causing light smoke damage on the fire floor and fire damage was only near the area where the fire began.
us_IA  laboratory  fire  response  unknown_chemical 
13 days ago
N.J. is now the first state to set standards for this dangerous chemical
Nearly a decade after a polymer producer stopped using a toxic chemical at its Gloucester County plant, New Jersey is finally creating new rules to keep water in the affected areas safe to drink.

New Jersey has become the first state in the nation to create drinking water standards for a toxic chemical that has been found across the Garden State.

Effective Tuesday, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection has set a maximum level of 13 parts per trillion for the chemical perfluorononanoic acid (PFNA) in drinking water.
us_NJ  public  discovery  environmental  plastics  toxics 
13 days ago
3 Severely Burned In Whitehall Explosion
WHITEHALL (KDKA) — The owner of a Bethel Park flooring company was among the three contractors injured in a violent and unusual explosion at a Whitehall home Wednesday night.

All three men working on a job in the basement of a home in a residential neighborhood remain at Mercy Hospital with severe burns, two are in critical condition. Melted shoes and tattered clothes remain visible, evidence of the violent explosion that rocked this Whitehall home and sent neighbors running to help the injured.

One of the victims working for Sims Speciality Flooring of Bethel Park has been identified. The company’s president, David Sims, was severely burned while working in the basement of the home. The two other men have yet to be identified.
us_PA  public  explosion  injury  unknown_chemical 
13 days ago
Greenwood Chemical Plant: A Toxic Legacy
It has been decades since four workers engulfed in flames fled the Greenwood Chemical Plant after highly volatile vapors exploded and caused a flash fire that closed the plant, revealing a toxic waste dump that landed the site on the federal government’s Superfund list.

But officials overseeing the cleanup of the worst chemical disaster in Albemarle County say most of the 33-acre property is cleared of contaminants and ready for use. Overcoming the stigma associated with a Superfund site is quite another challenge.

The tiny Greenwood Chemical Company, sitting on a steeply sloped, wooded parcel at the foot of Afton Mountain, employed no more than a dozen workers and made chemicals used in industrial, agricultural, pharmaceutical and photographic processes. Less than a mile from Pollak Vineyard on Newtown Road, it’s only a few hundred yards from a scenic overlook on Interstate 64 with breathtaking views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and Rockfish Gap Valley.
us_VA  industrial  follow-up  environmental 
13 days ago
Cleanup continues at AFCO
(CADDO PARISH) - Cleanup crews are sifting through the rubble at AFCO today.

The chemical plant just west of Shreveport caught fire after an explosion yesterday afternoon.

Five workers were in the building at the time.

They all made it out safely.

Firefighters still aren't sure what started the fire, or what chemical exploded.

They say an unknown amount of chemicals leaked into the woods behind the building.

So, crews are now monitoring the air quality and a retention pond.

AFCO makes detergents, sanitizers, and other cleaning supplies
us_LA  industrial  explosion  response  unknown_chemical 
13 days ago
California Bans Use of Most Chemical Flame Retardants in Children’s Products and Furniture
On August 29, 2018, despite industry criticism, the California state legislature passed AB 2998 (the “Bill”), which will require that levels of chemical flame retardants in covered products be below 1,000 parts per million. The Bill, which the governor is expected to sign into law, states that starting January 1, 2020, distributing children’s products, mattresses and upholstered furniture containing most chemical flame retardants will be illegal in the state of California. Samples of covered products sold to consumers will be provided to California’s Department of Toxic Substances Control for testing, and if a product is found to be noncompliant, a fine may be assessed against the manufacturer, distributor and/or retailer.

The Bill is the latest in a series of legislative actions taken in California amid concerns that the furniture industry has been using chemical flame retardants—which the legislature believes pose a number of health risks to consumers—in order to meet California’s strict flammability standards. In 2013, the state rolled back the requirement that upholstered furniture be able to withstand an “open flame,” requiring instead that furniture be smolder-resistant only—a standard more easily met without the use of added chemical flame retardants. Concerned that some manufacturers were still using chemical flame retardants despite the updated standard, the California legislature made a number of findings in the Bill to support the new ban, including that the federal government has failed to adequately regulate the use of flame retardant chemicals and that those chemicals are not needed to prevent fire safety. Although the Bill was widely supported by consumer safety advocacy organizations, industry groups opposed the new Bill, pointing out that the blanket ban eliminates critical fire safety features in consumer products.
us_CA  public  follow-up  environmental  other_chemical 
13 days ago
Workers File Civil Lawsuit Against Husky Energy
Contract workers are suing Husky Energy in Douglas County Circuit Court for injuries they received in an explosion at the company’s oil refinery this year. The civil lawsuit is separate from a class action lawsuit filed against Husky by Superior residents on Aug. 20.  

The men were working for contractors Evergreen North America and Jamar Contractors as part of a five-week turnaround to conduct maintenance at the facility.
us_WI  industrial  follow-up  environmental  petroleum 
13 days ago
Arkema Wants Harvey Chemical Suit Paused For Criminal Trial
Arkema Inc. and its CEO asked a Texas federal court to temporarily halt a civil case brought by first responders and residents who claimed they were harmed by the release of chemicals during Hurricane Harvey, saying that it should not proceed at the same time as a similar criminal case.

Arkema CEO Richard Rowe and the company said Wednesday that an early August indictment by a Texas grand jury included nearly identical allegations as those contained in the civil case.
us_TX  public  follow-up  environmental  other_chemical  illegal 
13 days ago
2 students, teacher injured in class accident
MOUNT CARMEL — Two students and one teacher were injured in a minor accident in a Mount Carmel Area High School chemistry class on Thursday morning.

The incident also highlighted the ongoing issues with 911 communications in Northumberland County since emergency radios do not work inside the school district buildings.

Mount Carmel Area Superintendent Bernard Stellar said the accident occurred between 10:30 and 11 a.m.

Two students were injured and were treated at the hospital. The teacher was slightly injured and sought medical treatment, Stellar said.

The teacher indicated that all safety protocols were followed for the demonstration. Parents of the students were immediately contacted and they arrived at the school to accompany their children to the hospital, he said.

During the event, the school was on medical lockdown for approximately 45 minutes. This is a normal protocol for any medical emergency at Mount Carmel Area in order to provide students and staff privacy. Classes resumed when the students left, Stellar said.
us_PA  laboratory  release  injury  unknown_chemical 
14 days ago
Fuel Spill Covers Michigan Lake Labor Day Weekend
SYLVAN LAKE, MI — A fuel spill covered a Michigan lake over Labor Day Weekend, prompting local authorities, hazmat teams and state officials to investigate. The emergency situation unfolded at Sylvan Lake in Oakland County on Sept. 1, when a team assembled to investigate a strong odor of diesel fuel and a portion of the lake covered in an oily substance.

The origin of the fuel spill has been determined as the Mobil Gas Station on South Telegraph Road in Sylvan Lake, based on the preliminary investigations.

The Oakland County Sheriff's Office Marine Unit, Oakway Hazmat Team, the Department of Natural Resources, local fire departments and several other agencies responded to the scene, closed down the Mill Pond Dam to prevent further contamination of the Oakland County waterways. The agencies determined there was also fuel inside the storm drain systems in the area, which is a public hazard.
us_MI  public  release  response  diesel  petroleum 
15 days ago
Can A Woman Who Lost Her Arm In A Lab Explosion Sue UH?
The fate of a lawsuit filed by a researcher severely injured in a lab accident may come down to what her employment status was at the University of Hawaii Manoa.

Thea Ekins-Coward was a postdoctoral fellow when the explosion occurred in 2016; she filed a lawsuit against UH claiming negligence in 2017.

The question about her employment status may elevate the case to the Hawaii Supreme Court after attorneys for Ekins-Coward filed a petition to the state’s high court last month, contending she was never a UH employee.

UH lawyers, who declined to comment for this report, argue in court documents that Ekins-Coward cannot pursue restitution in court. They say her only recourse is workers’ compensation.
us_HI  laboratory  follow-up  injury  other_chemical 
15 days ago
Natural 'breakdown' of chemicals predicts lung damage in 9/11 firefighters -- ScienceDaily
Abnormal levels of more than two dozen metabolites -- chemicals produced in the body as it breaks down fats, proteins and carbohydrates -- can reliably predict which Sept. 11 firefighters developed lung disease and which did not, a new analysis shows.

Researchers say the results, published by NYU School of Medicine researchers in the journal BMJ Open Respiratory Research online Sept. 4, could lead to metabolic tests for early detection of lung damage in all disaster victims exposed to fine particles from fire, smoke, and toxic chemicals, not just 9/11 firefighters.

The study, researchers say, offers the first evidence that metabolite blood tests conducted within months of the disaster could still help in the detection of obstructive airway disease, or OAD. Such analysis could aid in diagnosing OAD in the roughly 9,000 firefighters exposed to toxic chemicals at the World Trade Center (WTC) on Sept. 11, 2001, or during the cleanup that followed.
us_NY  public  discovery  environmental  toxics 
15 days ago
Fire at chemical factory kills two, injures eight
NEW DELHI: Two men were killed and eight injured when a major fire gutted a warehouse in outer Delhi’s Sanjay Gandhi Transport Nagar on Tuesday evening. The factory, operating out of a three-storey building, had among stored items highly inflammable chemicals. The fire started when the compressed natural gas kit installed in a mini truck exploded. Two men who were unloading chemical compounds from the truck died on the spot, while eight men working on the first floor suffered injuries.
Police said the warehouse was running illegally as its owner failed to provide any valid documents of the property.
The fire service and police were informed about the blaze at 4.20 pm. Ten fire tenders were sent to the site, but when the inferno could not be controlled even after over an hour, seven more tenders were pressed into service. It took two more hours before the flames were doused.
India  industrial  explosion  death  flammables  natural_gas 
15 days ago
Cancer Risk and Emissions: Dems Speak out, Call For EPA Funding
WILLOWBROOK, IL — Several political leaders and candidates gathered outside Sterigenics International Inc., on Tuesday morning after reports that emissions from the facility could contribute to an increased risk of cancer in the area. A recent report from the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, which is a division of the CDC, stated, "If measured and modeled data represent typical EtO ambient concentrations in ambient air, an elevated cancer risk exists for residents and off-site workers in the Willowbrook community surrounding the Sterigenics facility. These evaluated risks present a public health hazard to these populations."

Now, political leaders are demanding that President Donald Trump and Congress support the Environmental Protection Agency, according to a release. Some local leaders and opponents are also blasting 6th District Congressional Rep. Peter Roskam, accusing him of staying silent on the issue.

Rep. Bill Foster (D-11), along with Roskam's Democratic opponent Sean Casten, 17th District Cook County Board candidate Abdelnasser Rashid, 41st District State Senate candidate Bridget Fitzgerald, 82nd District State Representative candidate Tom Chlystek and others called for the president and Roskam to fully fund and protect the EPA so it can monitor and address incidents like the one at Sterigenics in Willowbrook.
us_IL  public  release  response  other_chemical 
15 days ago
The EPA Suggested We Change Our Rating on an Asbestos Story. Here’s Why We Declined.
On 11 June 2018, Snopes.com published a fact check titled “Is the EPA Allowing for the Approval of New Asbestos-Containing Products?” In that article, we rated the claim that “the Environmental Protection Agency will allow new asbestos products to enter the market” as “mostly true,” based on the fact that the EPA had proposed a new rule for asbestos that would (at first) block some currently unregulated but inactive uses of asbestos while (later) providing a framework for those unregulated uses’ formal approval should they pass a safety review.

Their proposed methodology for assessing that safety, many scientists have argued, may not accurately account for the health risks of those potential uses, increasing the likelihood that the safety review currently being undertaken by the EPA could end in these unregulated uses’ official approval. This logic informed our rating. On 24 August 2018, the EPA Office of Media Relations reached out to Snopes to suggest that this conclusion was in error and that the rating of “mostly true” should in fact be “false.” The agency’s objections generally center on two factual assertions:
public  discovery  environmental  asbestos 
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