Kamo High school in Northland evacuated after chemical spill
A Northland school has been evacuated after a chemical spill during a science class.

Science students at Kamo High School noticed fumes leaking out of a resource cupboard during class on Friday morning, a spokesman for Fire and Emergency New Zealand (FENZ) said. 

Their teacher opened the cupboard to find 55 grams of sodium bromide had spilled out of its container and reacted with something to produce the fumes, the spokesman said. 

All students in the school were evacuated.

One Hazmat unit and three fire trucks were still at the scene at 1pm. 

Bromine gas can cause coughing, irritation, burns and serious lung problems from long-term exposure.
New_Zealand  laboratory  release  response  bromine 
Neighbors of Wheatfield landfill seek U.S. intervention
North Tonawanda residents who live near the old Niagara Sanitation Landfill in Wheatfield say they're sick of waiting for action. 

During a "Congress on Your Corner" session Thursday at North Tonawanda City Hall, representatives of U.S. Rep. Brian Higgins' office heard pleas from residents who want the U.S. government to look into contamination from the landfill.

They said the state Department of Environmental Conservation has presented findings about the severity of existing contamination that contradict the results of private testing the residents had performed in their homes. They've reported the presence of dioxins, PCBs and DDT. 

"Everyone is getting sick and we want to get out of there," resident Mary Jo Kerr said. "But no one, financially, can do that." 

Residents say their health has suffered due to prolonged exposure to contaminants from the landfill, which was used to store materials removed from Love Canal in the 1960s. Most of the residents say they want out of the neighborhood, but can't afford to move or can't find anyone willing to purchase their property.
us_NY  public  discovery  environmental  other_chemical 
Cannabis Testing and Treatments are Put to the Test
Cannabis testing involves more than just a potency check. Marijuana is continually at risk of contamination from mold and bacteria. Producers and distributors may have cannabis treatment procedures in place to reduce mold counts, but not every state is committed to standardized safety cannabis tests.

A Lack of Standardized Cannabis Testing

The mold and bacteria that is naturally attracted to marijuana flowers can be lethal to users who choose to inhale their herb. Pathogens put users at risk for lung infections, even cancer. Laboratories across the country are outfitted to test marijuana cannabinoid concentration and residual pesticides, but only a handful of states require microbial testing.

Microbial testing involves an examination of the total yeast and mold count (TYMC) that can cause pathogens to grow within the cannabis plant. Some states put regulations in place to limit TYMC. Others are more lenient. In Colorado, commercial cannabis cannot contain more than 10,000 mold colonies per gram. In Vermont, no laboratory regulations are enforced. And in California last year, twenty dispensaries were unwittingly selling contaminated cannabis.

These inconsistencies between states are troubling, but it is hard to regulate procedures that are new and, at best, inconsistent. In a recent editorial in The Cannabis Industry Journal, Ketch DeGabrielle, the former operations manager of Los Sueños Farm, discusses the different treatment procedures available to the cannabis industry. “Cannabis is finally becoming a legitimized industry,” he writes. “And we will see regulations that make cannabis production look more like food production each year.”
us_CA  public  discovery  environmental 
Fire At Chemical Unit In Hyderabad's Jeedimetla Area, 8 Injured
HYDERABAD:  A massive fire broke out at a pharmaceutical unit in the Jeedimetla industrial area of Hyderabad this morning. Ten people were rescued from Vijayasree Chemicals and eight of them have sustained injuries. They have been taken to the Gandhi Hospital.

The Jeedimetla industrial area is home to hundreds of small scale industries, and larger chemical and pharmaceutical industries. Therefore, fire officials were concerned about the spread of fire. However, about nine fire engines managed to bring fire under control, they said.
India  industrial  fire  injury  pharmaceutical 
States reach a $650 million settlement over exploding Takata air bags
Virginia, Maryland and the District on Thursday were among dozens of states to to reach a $650 million settlement with the U.S subsidiary of a Japanese company that manufactured faulty air bags installed in millions of automobiles worldwide, bags that sprayed deadly shrapnel that killed at least 22 people and injured hundreds more.

The agreement was reached with TK Holdings, Inc., the American subsidiary of Takata as part of a settlement between 44 state governments and the District, requiring a $650 million payout by the Japanese firm. Nearly 34 million of the 250 million vehicles on U.S. roads have been part of the largest recall in U.S. history.

Unlike most air-bag makers, Takata uses ammonium nitrate to trigger a small explosion that inflates the air bag when the vehicle strikes something. But in some vehicles — particularly those that were several years old and kept in regions of the country with high humidity — the ammonium nitrate burns too fast, causing the chemical’s container to explode and spray drivers and passengers with metal shrapnel.
us_DC  transportation  discovery  environmental 
Role of States in Chemical Safety
The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) is highlighting the important role of individual state governments in driving critical chemical safety change.
A number of state governments have made significant safety improvements following a chemical disaster within their state to protect their residents and the environment with the common goal of preventing future similar incidents.
The CSB has issued 80 safety recommendations to 22 different state governments stemming from 27 CSB investigations.
Currently, only six of these investigations still have open recommendations issued to state governments. These CSB recommendations range from identifying risks and
increasing safety inspections to developing and adopting significant, state-level chemical safety legislation.
Several states have taken significant steps to implement positive safety changes in light of chemical disasters.
public  discovery  environmental 
Vt. firefighter charged with lighting children's hands on fire
BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) A Vermont firefighter is charged with lighting his children's hands on fire.

Levi Dykema, 28, faces three counts of reckless endangerment after police say the Ferrisburgh dad covered his 5-, 7- and 10-year-olds' hands with hand sanitizer and ignited them. He's then accused of posting the videos to social media.

Dykema told police he was demonstrating the flammability of hand sanitizer and teaching his kids about poor decision-making.

Police say he could have seriously injured the children. Luckily, they were not burned.

Dykema pleaded not guilty.

The Select Board chair confirmed Dykema has been suspended from his position as a volunteer firefighter with Charlotte Fire and Rescue.
us_VT  public  fire  response  other_chemical 
2 days ago
Chemical hazard on Hoppers Crossing street
Emergency crews remain on scene in Hoppers Crossing, where 400 litres of pesticide has leaked from a pair of containers. CFA, MFB, HAZMAT crews, Victoria Police, EPA and WorkSafe are all attending the site of the spill on Dunlop Road. A scientific officer from the Melbourne Fire Brigade has also been advised. An exclusion zone is still in place while chemicals from the drums are decanted and moved and the spill is cleaned up.
canada  public  release  response  pesticide 
2 days ago
Fire burns Waterloo trailer
WATERLOO — Fire consumed a trailer and scorched the side of a building when a chemical reaction sparked a blaze Wednesday night.

No injuries were reported, and the building took no structural damage, according to Waterloo Fire Rescue.

The fire broke out shortly 6 p.m. when workers at Kinzler Construction Services on Geraldine Road were disposing of different types of old expanding insulation foam, said Battalion Chief Mike Moore. When the different foams mixed, it created a chemical reaction that generated heat and ignited the 20-foot tandem axel trailer about 10 feet from the building, he said.

The building had minor exterior damage, and firefighters removed light smoke from inside, he said.
canada  industrial  fire  response  wastes 
2 days ago
Mercury spill in San Jacinto residence requires hazmat cleanup
A hazardous materials crew is scheduled to clean up a mercury spill Thursday, Feb. 22, after a vial of the chemical from a gold mining kit broke in a San Jacinto residence two days earlier, according to a Riverside County environmental health official.

The accidental release was reported at 5:50 p.m. Tuesday at a residence in the 1700 block of Wheelbarrow Way in San Jacinto triggering a response by Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire and the county’s Department of Environmental Health, according to a county fire news release.

The owners of the home were cleaning up inside after the occupant had died. “They found a box, opened it up and it contained this kit and somehow a vial fell out and broke,” said Lisa Mitchell, county supervising environmental health specialist.

County officials recommended the owners and another tenant “stay out of the house until we can get it cleaned up,” Mitchell said.

Elemental mercury is used in small-scale gold mining.

“Mercury is mixed with gold-containing materials, forming a mercury-gold amalgam which is then heated, vaporizing the mercury to obtain the gold,” according to a federal Environmental Protection Agency website.
us_ca  release  public  response  mercury 
2 days ago
3M to pay $850 million to settle fluorosurfactants lawsuit
3M has agreed to pay $850 million to the state of Minnesota to resolve a $5 billion lawsuit over drinking water contaminated with fluorochemicals such as perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA). 3M resolved the case on Feb. 20, just as it was about to go to trial in state court.
The settlement comes in the form of what 3M calls a grant to the state for water quality and sustainability. The firm says the funds will be used to reduce perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) in the region. 3M adds that it “does not believe there is a PFC-related health issue.”
Others do see health concerns. “The settlement is an enormously important advance to protect the health of over 67,000 Minnesotans ... who deserve clean and safe drinking water,” Michigan Governor Mark Dayton said in statement.
3M produced PFCs, including PFOA, at a plant in Cottage Grove, 16 km south of St. Paul. The firm says it ceased manufacturing PFOA and associated chemicals in 2008. Among PFOA’s uses was as a surfactant to make 3M’s Scotchgard stain repellent finishes for textiles.
us_mn  release  industrial  follow-up  toxics 
2 days ago
Two dead after carbon monoxide incident
Two people have died after a carbon monoxide incident in the 2200 block of North Fernwood Drive on Tuesday, Deputy Chatham County Coroner Sarah Smith said. 
Savannah police spokeswoman Bianca Johnson said officers located Martha Brown, 91, and her son John Duncan, 70, deceased in a back room of the home.

Savannah Fire’s Rescue 2 team arrived at 4:28 p.m., SFES spokeswoman Jenel Few said. Firefighters entered the home and found the residents in a back bedroom, but they were not responsive and could not be moved, Few said. 

The Hazmat Team was called in to conduct an air test in the home, which determined that the carbon monoxide level was dangerously high, at 900 parts per million. 
us_GA  public  release  death  carbon_monoxide 
3 days ago
Patiala: 3 killed, 11 fall ill as ammonia leaks after cylinder blast
SANDHARSI (PATIALA): Three people were killed and 11 injured after inhaling ammonia gas, which leaked when a massive cylinder storing the chemical exploded outside a food processing unit near Sandharsi village on Ghanaur-Shambhu road on Tuesday. The victims were working in the unit when the explosion occurred due to a sudden rise in pressure inside the ammonia cylinder.
The three deceased - Surinder Kumar (42), Charanjit Singh (22) and Gurjinder Singh (19) - were near the cylinder when it exploded around 1.30am. They ended up inhaling a huge quantity of the gas, which quickly spread to other areas of the unit. Out of the 11 injured people undergoing treatment at Government Rajindra Hospital, four are critical.
Personnel of the National Disaster Response Force were pressed into action following the leak, while chemical experts from National Fertilizers Limited rushed to the spot and secured the vicinity by 12.30pm. The response team carried an elaborate inspection of pipes inside the unit and sealed all joints, since the cylinder was linked to other containers by metal pipes. Fire tenders and senior officials of the police and district administration also visited the spot. CM Amarinder Singh ordered a magisterial probe, promised to provide free treatment for the injured and declared an ex-gratia of Rs 1 lakh for the next of kin of the deceased. He also directed Patiala DC Kumar Amit to oversee the rescue and relief operations.
India  industrial  explosion  death  ammonia  gas_cylinders 
3 days ago
West: Nursing home settles fertilizer explosion lawsuit
WEST, Texas (KWTX) West Rest Haven nursing home has settled a lawsuit it filed in the wake of the April 17, 2013 explosion that leveled the facility.

Details of the settlement that named fertilizer manufacturers CF Industries, El Dorado Chemical Company and the International Chemical Company, were not disclosed.

The explosion at the West Fertilizer Company killed 15, injured more than 200 and leveled homes and businesses.

The blast displaced all 133 residents in the 145-bed nursing home facility.

The nursing home has been rebuilt and re-opened in 2015 with 120 beds and 116 residents.
us_TX  industrial  follow-up  environmental  ag_chems 
3 days ago
Bipartisan bill would authorize U.S. EPA to ratchet down HFCs
Manufacturers of hydrofluoroolefins (HFOs), a new generation of refrigerants that have very low potential to cause global warming, are getting a boost from U.S. Congress.
Republicans and Democrats in the Senate are backing a bill (S. 2448) that would authorize EPA to ratchet down the production of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), a class of refrigerants that are potent greenhouse gases. HFOs are beginning to replace HFCs in vehicle air conditioners, store refrigerators, and vending machines.
EPA restricted the use of HFCs and refrigerant blends containing HFCs in a 2015 rule. But Mexichem Fluor and Arkema, which make HFC-134a (1,1,1,2-tetrafluoroethane), challenged the regulation. HFC-134a has long been used as a refrigerant in car air conditioners.
A federal court sided with the two companies last year. It faulted EPA for basing the regulation on part of the Clean Air Act authorizing the agency to require replacement of compounds that deplete stratospheric ozone with safer substitutes. HFCs, which don’t hurt the Earth’s protective ozone layer, were developed as substitutes for hydrochlorofluorocarbons, which do.
public  discovery  environmental  hvac_chemicals  ozone 
3 days ago
Cal State Fullerton student suffers chemical burns during engineering lab experiment
A 24-year-old male Cal State Fullerton student received chemical burns Friday while conducting an experiment in an outdoor lab on the north side of the engineering building. It left a “pungent” white cloud of smoke wafting over two buildings on campus.

The burns were minor, leaving only some redness and blistering on the student’s forearms, some discoloration on his beard and holes in his T-shirt, which did not appear to affect his chest, said University Police Capt. Scot Willey.

“Something went wrong with the concoction they were using. I guess they were using more than they had the last time, and it reacted,” Willey said.

The white smoke cloud, which possibly entered the ventilation system, was brought to the attention of University Police officers at about 12:35 p.m. by a professor and President Fram Virjee.

No 911 call was made and Willey did not know what substance the students were working with.

“The fire department just figured we needed to keep the buildings evacuated, open some windows and doors and let everything air out,” Willey said. “We’ve got this contracted company that came out that night and cleaned up within an hour.”

The affected student washed himself off in a nearby bathroom and told officers that he was okay when they arrived, Willey said.

However, officers and the fire department felt it was necessary for the student to receive further examination, and he was brought to the UC Irvine Medical Center.

He was treated there and released, Cook said in an email.

There was nothing criminal or negligent behind the incident, Willey said, but information was provided to Engineering and Computer Science Interim Dean Susamma Barua and professors to ensure that proper safety measures are in place and adhered to in the future.

Willey did not know whether the group was supervised at the time of the incident.

“It was a group from a class,” Willey said. “I believe what they were doing is something that they’re allowed to do, I just don’t know that they were supposed to be doing that without supervision.”

He was also unsure whether the outdoor laboratories used had chemical wash stations readily available.
us_CA  laboratory  release  injury  unknown_chemical  illegal 
4 days ago
One dies, another injured in explosion at fireworks unit
MADURAI: One worker was killed and the foreman of the factory sustained severe burn injuries in a blast at a fireworks making unit at Kundalapatti in Amathur police limits of Virudhunagar district on Monday evening. The blast reduced seven buildings to rubble and torched 23 buildings inside the factory premises.
Considering the structural damage that the factory suffered, the workers had a providential escape since it happened when the shift was almost winding up around 5 pm. Most workers had left while the remaining ones got the time to flee on hearing the blast, police sources said.
Police were still trying to ascertain the identity of the dead worker or woman who was charred beyond recognition in the accident that occurred in one of the chemical mixing rooms. The injured has been identified as A Prabhu, 50 from Sidhurajapuram in Sivakasi, foreman of the unit. He had sustained nearly 60 percent burn injuries and was rushed to the centre of excellence to treat burn injuries at Sivakasi Government Hospital. Police suspect that careless handling of ‘manimarundhu’ (pellets made of chemical cocktail that gives colourful effects to fireworks) would have triggered the accident since the workers were winding up the shift. Prabhu might have been supervising the final leg of works before closing down the factory.
India  industrial  explosion  death  fireworks 
4 days ago
Workers in nail bars putting health at risk with chemicals
Workers in nail bars are putting their health in danger through poor understanding of the risks of handling certain chemicals used in the sector, the health safety watchdog has warned.
The Health and Safety Authority has published guidance on chemical health and safety in such businesses and said the findings of inspections it had carried out indicated a poor understanding of the risks. It also noted a lack of standardised qualification for the work being carried on in nail bars.
It warned that as well as the risk of severe skin reactions such as dermatitis from liquid and powder acrylic nail systems, the fumes could cause headaches, dizziness, nausea and irritation. The filing of artificial nails could cause asthma, it said.
Formaldehyde in nail strengtheners could also cause cancer and was suspected of causing genetic defects. Another chemical used to stop nail polish cracking was banned in Europe and was dangerous for pregnant women.
A total of 15 inspections were carried out in the nail bar industry by its occupational hygiene inspectors as part of the chemicals programme of work last year.
Ireland  industrial  discovery  response  dust  formaldehyde 
4 days ago
Site restoration of gas rig explosion near Quinton advances, including cleanup of diesel that leached into creek
The site cleanup of the natural gas drilling rig that exploded near Quinton is advancing, with waste disposal mostly complete and the majority of the apparatus removed from the wellhead area, according to the latest updates from state regulators.

Diesel leached into a creek during a “soil farming” operation, according to a Jan. 24 entry in the Corporation Commission’s updated incident complaint investigation report. The agency recommended removal of all contaminants and testing of soil samples from the creek bed to determine the extent of the pollution.

“Build a secondary berm and add agricultural lime to solidify diesel in area,” the OCC report recommended, noting it will continue to monitor the cleanup.

Soil farming is the practice of applying drilling fluids or produced wastes to land for the purposes of disposal.

Five workers were killed Jan. 22 when an uncontrolled release of gas from the well ignited in a fiery explosion. One worker was injured and 17 escaped the blast. The U.S. Chemical Safety Board, OSHA and the Oklahoma Corporation Commission are investigating the matter.
us_OK  industrial  follow-up  environmental  natural_gas 
4 days ago
HazMat Response To Odor At Hawthorne Apartments: Contractor Chemicals
HAWTHORNE, N.J. -- Two residents of a Hawthorne apartment building refused hospitalization Saturday morning after chemicals used by a contractor irritated them.

Hawthorne police, firefighters and EMS responded along with a Passaic County hazardous materials team to several 911 calls of an irritating odor at the Mill View Lofts building on Westervelt Avenue.

The odor was traced to a contractor's use of a chemical product that created combustible fumes.

Hawthorne EMS evaluated two residents who said they felt ill, but both refused ambulance transportation to a local hospital.
us_NJ  public  release  injury  unknown_chemical 
6 days ago
Fire damages Diamond Products in Elyria
ELYRIA — Firefighters battled a blaze at an industrial facility on Prospect Street on Saturday morning.

The fire was called into 911 about 8:47 a.m. at Diamond Products, 333 Prospect St., Elyria fire Capt. Carl Mack said. The fire was contained to a standalone building on the property.

Mack said the fire was contained to the northwest corner of the building, where there are two paint booths. He estimated the paint booths take up about 25 percent of the building.

A contractor was cleaning in the area of the paint booths when the fire started.

“We arrived to heavy smoke throughout the building and heavy fire in that northwest corner,” Mack said. “It was venting from the vent in the roof, as well as the garage door.”
us_OH  industrial  fire  response  unknown_chemical 
6 days ago
Hazardous chemicals risk in nail bars
Workers in nail bars are being exposed to hazardous chemicals that can cause skin and respiratory problems, may damage fertility and cause cancer, according to guidance to be published by the Health and Safety Authority (HSA).

An inspection programme last year found “a poor understanding of the chemical safety and health risks associated with nail-bar products and their potential to cause ill health to employees”, the HSA said.

Nail bars have become ubiquitous in the high street as more women opt for regular manicures.

The HSA’s inspectors found that control of the chemical risks to workers who were carrying out higher-risk services, in particular applying acrylic fake nails, was “often unsatisfactory”.

“There was also a lack of understanding about how to select adequate personal protective…
United_Kingdom  public  discovery  environmental  other_chemical 
6 days ago
Concerns linger as fire prompts environmental testing at crumbling commercial building
CLEVELAND - A decaying and crumbling industrial building in Cleveland’s Stockyards neighborhood was the site of air quality testing Friday afternoon after a massive fire broke out Tuesday morning.

While the testing did not find elevated levels of mercury in the air, officials said the priority now is to make sure the building is secure so trespassers don’t track the contamination outside.

The property is located in the 7200 block of Wentworth Avenue.

Tuesday’s 3-alarm fire turned an attached loading dock into a charred husk. The brick exterior is covered in soot and the large chunks of the roof have collapsed.

Two days later, the fire department was called back out to the property. While there wasn’t an open flame, fire officials said there was a haze present in the building, possibly caused by scrappers working inside. The HAZMAT team was called out because of environmental concerns, fire officials said.

According to records obtained by News 5, the property has a lengthy history of environmental concerns and violations.
us_OH  industrial  fire  response  mercury 
7 days ago
Man who ingested toxic chemical in Annapolis dies
man who was discovered in his car in Annapolis on Thursday evening after ingesting a toxic chemical died Friday.

According to an Annapolis Fire Department release, rescue units were dispatched for an overdose call in the 900 block of Bay Ridge Road just before 5 p.m. Thursday. There they found a man in his vehicle who had ingested a “white, powdery chemical substance,” fire officials said.

It appeared the man mixed the chemical with water and drank it, spokesman Ken White said.

The Annapolis hazmat team identified the substance as sodium azide, “a rapidly acting, potentially deadly chemical that exists as an odorless white solid,” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Sodium azide is commonly used to help deploy automobile airbags and as a preservative in hospitals and labs, the CDC says. It is very soluble in water and highly toxic if ingested.

The man was transported to Anne Arundel Medical Center in critical condition where he later died, fire officials said.
us_MD  public  release  death  sodium_azide 
7 days ago
7 people sought treatment for injuries after Outback Steakhouse
Authorities are on the scene of a situation at the Outback restaurant on Savannah's Southside on Abercorn Extension, Friday night. 

Chatham Emergency Services Fire Chief Chuck Kearns tells us a van hit the wall with cooking fryers, sending grease flying and badly burning several people. 

We're told that police cars, fire trucks, and ambulances have surrounded the building. Part of the roof also collapsed when the crash happened. 
us_GA  public  release  injury  grease 
7 days ago
Chemical incident at AMPI plant sends five workers to hospital
CHIPPEWA FALLS — The mixing of chemicals caused several workers to become ill early Thursday morning at the Associated Milk Producers Inc. plant in Jim Falls.

Dennis Brown, Chippewa County emergency management director, said the incident at the plant, located at 14193 Highway S, was reported at 1:30 a.m. Thursday.

“Five workers were transported to area hospitals with respiratory problems,” Brown said. “It was reportedly due to a mixture of a couple of concentrated cleaning products – one was caustic, a base, and the other was an acid.”

Sarah Schmidt, AMPI vice president of public affairs at the corporate headquarters in New Ulm, Minn., said 24 workers were in the plant at the time; during the day, there are about 75 employees.

“Employees detected the presence of gas,” Schmidt said. “Four (of the workers transported to hospitals) were immediately released, and one was admitted.”
us_WI  industrial  release  injury  unknown_chemical 
7 days ago
Refrigeration Leak Causes Evacuation Of Stoneham Stop & Shop
STONEHAM, Ma. -- The Stoneham Fire Department evacuated Stop & Shop Thursday morning following a refrigeration leak that resulted in a hazmat response according to Chief Matthew Grafton. One customer was taken to an area hospital as a precaution.

At 10:42 a.m., the Stoneham Fire Department received a 911 call from a worker in Stop & Shop, 259 Main St., reporting a plumbing issue had caused a gas haze to form in the air.

Engine 2 and Ladder 1 responded to the scene. Crews entered the store, and upon seeing the reported haze, evacuated the building.

us_MA  public  release  injury  HVAC_chemical 
8 days ago
First responders: Man ingests preservative chemical found in airbags
Rescue units dispatched for an overdose call in Annapolis discovered a man who ingested a toxic chemical on Thursday, an Annapolis fire spokesman said.

Anne Arundel and Annapolis fire personnel who responded to an overdose call in the 900 block of Bay Ridge Road around 5 p.m. found a man in his vehicle who had ingested a “white, powdery chemical substance.”

It appeared the man mixed the chemical with water and drank it, spokesman Ken White said.

The Annapolis hazmat team identified the substance as sodium azide, “a rapidly acting, potentially deadly chemical that exists as an odorless white solid,” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Sodium azide is commonly used as an active ingredient during airbag deployment and as a preservative in hospitals and labs, the CDC says.
us_MD  public  release  injury  sodium_azide 
8 days ago
Bomb squad detonates hazardous material from North Vancouver lab
The RCMP’s explosives disposal unit squad was called in to blow up a volatile substance left in a North Vancouver government lab Tuesday.
According to District of North Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services assistant chief Jim Bonneville, staff at Environment Canada’s Pacific Environmental Science Centre on Dollarton Highway came by a bottle of a chemical that had been left on a shelf and called a private hazardous material removal firm to come retrieve it.
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But the substance had sat so long, it became dangerous, and hazmat staff said it was unsafe for them remove it.
“In this case they had to get a hold of the manufacturer because the product had crystallized and apparently is very unstable and explosive when it’s in a crystallized form,” Bonneville said.
“They said, ‘We can’t take that and nobody will take it. You’ll have to dispose of it with the bomb squad, basically.”
Though it was just a small amount, first responders and government agencies took the substance seriously, Bonneville said.
“Just to put it in perspective, it was a 100-millilitre bottle and there were only 30 millilitres in it, so hardly anything, really, but it was still recommended to dispose of it the way the RCMP did,” Bonneville said.
Canada  laboratory  discovery  response  explosives 
8 days ago
Tropicana casino fire sparked by would-be Walter White's meth lab
A would-be Walter White has been arrested in Atlantic City after his meth lab caused a fire in a Tropicana Casino hotel room.

On Wednesday morning, firefighters responded to a call indicating a fire in progress on the 44th floor of the west tower of the Tropicana’s hotel. The blaze was soon under control and while the smoke forced the evacuation of four hotel floors, no serious injuries were reported and property damage was limited to around $50k.

However, once the smoke cleared and the firefighters got a better look at the room, they discovered the familiar apparatus of a makeshift methamphetamine laboratory. A check of the hotel’s surveillance system revealed three individuals fleeing the premises before the firefighters arrived on the scene.

The three suspects – two male, one female – were located and detained on Wednesday night, although two of them were subsequently released without being charged. But the man who rented the room, 49-year-old Michael Pillar, was charged with maintaining a controlled dangerous substance production facility, possession of methamphetamine and criminal mischief.

The meth lab was reportedly set up in the hotel room’s bathroom but the fire quickly spread to the main room, setting the bed on fire. A quick-thinking hotel staffer attacked the blaze with a fire extinguisher – suffering mild injuries in the process – while the hotel’s sprinkler system helped contain the fire to the single room.
us_NJ  public  fire  injury  illegal  clandestine_lab 
8 days ago
2 Sumner students sustain chemical burns after unknown liquid th
ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – Two students were transported to the hospital for treatment after an unknown liquid was thrown on them at Sumner High School Thursday, police said.

According to officials, around 9:55 a.m. a 16-year-old student threw the solution on the students, ages 14 and 16, at the school, which is located in the 4200 block of Cottage Avenue.

Police say the students were located inside the library. 

Both victims sustained facial chemical burns and were listed in serious, stable condition at the hospital.
us_MO  education  release  injury  unknown_chemical 
8 days ago
Hazmat incident sparks warning for West Hobart residents
UPDATED: TWO Spectran workers have been taken to the Royal Hobart Hospital for tests following a gas leak at Mellifont St in West Hobart.

A Tasmania Fire Service spokesman said it was unclear how much exposure the workers had had to the gas, which was believed to have come from a disused sewer pipe.

Four TFS crews were called to the site earlier this afternoon after reports of a strong smell of gas.

Firemen donned breathing apparatus in an attempt to ascertain the source of the smell.

A TFS spokesman confirmed there was no ruptured gas line.

Investigations determined there was no ongoing leak and the sewer pipe — which had been accidentally damaged by workers — has been isolated and sealed.
Australia  industrial  release  injury  unknown_chemical 
9 days ago
With cancer as the leading cause of death for firefighters, new hazmat procedures aim to save lives
LONE TREE, Colo. – When you think of firefighters out working on a fire, you probably picture ash-covered uniforms with black soot caked on their faces.

Fighting fires is a dirty job, and it’s dangerous too.

“Really what we were worried about was building collapses, roofs coming down on us,” South Metro Operations Chief Troy Jackson told FOX31.

Now though, their perspective on safety is changing. Not only will they include the short-term risks, but also the long-term ones too.

“We never really thought about cancer. It was an afterthought,” Jackson said.

Cancer is the leading cause of death for firefighters in the line of duty. They are nine percent more likely to be diagnosed with cancer. But when it comes to certain specific types of cancer, the statistics are shocking.

According to the Firefighter Cancer Support Network, firefighters have a 100 percent increased risk of getting mesothelioma and testicular cancer.

“Today’s homes are manufactured with lumber that’s held together with glues and resins and when you heat that they release toxic chemicals,” Jackson said. “And that stuff attaches to our clothes.”

The toxic soot is then transported back to the fire house on boots, helmets and other equipment where firefighters are at risk of breathing in the particles.
us_CO  industrial  discovery  environmental  toxics 
9 days ago
Worker dies after being trapped inside piping at road construction project
LLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. -- A man working on a road construction project died Wednesday after being trapped inside piping.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office says deputies and firefighters responded around 5:00 p.m. to a report of a person trapped inside piping at the intersection of U.S. 301 and Highway 60.

When first responders arrived on scene they found a man was trapped in the piping below ground suffering from unknown injuries.

A HazMat team ventilated the area to give rescue crews the oxygen needed to attempt a rescue.
us_FL  industrial  release  death  unknown_chemical 
9 days ago
Roseville brothers arrested after suspected honey oil lab explosion
Roseville police have arrested two brothers after a suspected honey oil lab exploded, damaging the balcony wall of an apartment.

Roseville firefighters responded at 6:18 p.m. Tuesday to a report of an explosion on an apartment balcony in the 1600 block of Vineyard Road. The explosion damaged the wall enclosing the balcony, and the heat from the explosion activated the building’s fire sprinklers, according to a Police Department Facebook post.

When firefighters arrived, they notified police that there were signs of a honey oil lab, an illegal operation that uses butane gas and other equipment to manufacture concentrated cannabis products, the news release said.

Police responded and arrested 57-year-old Gary Arlen Folkerts and his brother, 56-year-old Larry Gene Folkerts, both of Roseville, on suspicion of manufacturing a controlled substance by means of chemical extraction, keeping a place to sell drugs and conspiracy.
us_CA  public  explosion  response  butane  illegal  clandestine_lab 
9 days ago
Driver injured as acid-laden truck skids – BorneoPost Online
BEAUFORT: A truck driver was slightly injured when he lost of control his vehicle while transporting sulphuric acid along Mile 2.5 Beaufort-Sipitang Road on Monday.

District police chief DSP Azmir Abd Razak said the 33-year-old driver was transporting 32 barrels of 800 liters of sulphuric acid from Sabah Forestry Industry (SFI) to Sepanggar Port in Kota Kinabalu when the 5.10pm incident happened.

“Investigation reveals the driver lost control of the wheel, causing the truck to skid on the road before landing on its side.

“This causes spillage of the liquid onto the road.

“Police were forced to close both ends of the road for safety purposes,” he said, adding that the incident also caused  two kilometres of traffic jam.
Indonesia  transportation  release  injury  sulfuric_acid 
10 days ago
MR scanner leaks helium at JFK during transport
A team of hazmat professionals were called in at John F. Kennedy International Airport this weekend when a damaged MR machine began leaking hazardous gases.

The incident occurred around 7 p.m. Saturday, February 10 at building 23, a cargo facility for Asiana Airlines. The machine in question “was being transported, fell, and was punctured” and began “leaking helium refrigerated liquid,” Joe Pentangelo, senior police public information officer at JFK, told HCB News.
us_NY  transportation  follow-up  environmental  other_chemical 
10 days ago
Circular Quay fire: Worker’s blowtorch identified as cause of blaze
A WORKER’S blowtorch caused a dramatic construction site blaze in Sydney’s CBD yesterday which forced the evacuation of thousands of workers as gas bottles exploded.
The Circular Quay inferno, which sent plumes of toxic black smoke and caused “fireballs” to fall from the sky, raged through a 10-storey building on a demolition site at about 8.45am. Fire & Rescue NSW extinguished the fire just before 12pm, but it still caused huge delays all day for CBD commuters.
Now, fire investigators have tracked the cause of the blaze to one of the construction workers’ oxyacetylene blowtorches, according to a Fire and Rescue NSW spokesman.
The fire is thought to have erupted on a lower level caused by stray embers from a blow torch cutting through steel. The flames quickly spread up the plastic mesh screening surrounding the scaffolding.
Australia  industrial  explosion  response  acetylene 
10 days ago
Many agencies investigating bottles related to possible meth production
Federal authorities are now part of the investigation into mysterious bottles found in the Roaring Fork River and on its banks between Basalt and Carbondale, containers a Basalt police officer said are likely the result of the production of methamphetamine.

Since Jan. 24, Basalt police have confiscated or been alerted to the discovery of over 50 bottles, 35 of which were turned over to a U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency disposal team, said Basalt Sgt. Joe Gasper. The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office sent out a press release Tuesday warning the public to not open the containers, as the contents “are hazardous to human health.”

But what those contents are remained unclear Tuesday, and Gasper said the DEA, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and the Colorado Bureau of Investigations are trying to solve that issue through testing.

The bottles are heavily duct-taped, though there is, on most of the vessels, an open space through which the contents can be viewed, he said.
us_CO  public  discovery  response  clandestine_lab 
10 days ago
Chemical Smell Forced Evacuation Of Brooklawn School Monday
PARSIPPANY, NJ — Brooklawn Middle School was evacuated Monday afternoon after a chemical smell was detected, Parsippany Police told Patch.

A "noxious odor" was found coming from the ventilation system around 3:15 p.m., police said. Students and staff had already already evacuated for pick-up by the time first responders arrived.

After an investigation, police found the cause of the smell: a roofing adhesive used during repairs earlier into the day had cause the HVAC system to smell. The school was ventilated and deemed safe.
us_NJ  education  release  response  adhesives 
10 days ago
Officials investigating hazmat incident in Roxbury high school lab
A Roxbury high school classroom was evacuated after a small chemical accident Tuesday morning, a fire official said.

A “very minimal amount” of chemicals was spilled in a Madison Park Technical Vocational High School lab around 11 a.m., Boston Fire Department spokesman Marc Sanders said. Officials have yet to determine the substance, but it does not appear to be toxic, he said.

“It doesn’t seem to be a major incident,” he said. “We were notified as a precautionary measure.”

A staff member who was in the classroom during the spill reported dizziness and lightheadedness, said Daniel O’Brien, Boston Public Schools spokesman, but the person was quickly evaluated by Boston EMS services and seems to be fine.

The classroom was an active scene as of 12 p.m. Officials are investigating the incident
us_MA  laboratory  release  response  unknown_chemical 
10 days ago
Chemical leak responsible for explosion in shipyard: CMD
Kochi, Feb 13 (UNI) Chemical leak was the reason behind the explosion in the shipyard in which five labourers were killed and 11 injured, Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL) Chairman and Managing Director Madhu S Nair said on Tuesday.

Informing this at a media conference here, he said the CSL has announced a compensation of Rs ten lakh each to those who lost their lives in the explosion.

‘'The explosion took place while changing the steel plates in the tank.
Acetylene and oxygen were used to cut through the metallic parts of the tank, and every day we make sure that there is no trace of these chemicals in the tank.
Even today, we made sure that there was no trace of these chemicals in the tank before changing the plates.
India  industrial  follow-up  death  acetylene  oxygen 
10 days ago
State legislatures tackle toxic chemicals as Pruitt EPA falters
(Portland, OR) – State legislatures across the country are stepping up to protect public health from harmful chemicals in an effort to fill gaps in chemical protections due to inaction by the US EPA, according to an analysis of state policies by Safer States. The analysis found that at least 23 states will consider 112 policies to limit exposures to toxic chemicals, including bans on nonstick PFAS chemicals and toxic flame retardants. The analysis, including a searchable state toxics policy database, is available online at saferstates.com/bill-tracker/.

Despite an overhaul to the nation’s primary chemical safety law in 2016 that was intended to fix the broken chemical regulatory system, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has largely failed to take meaningful action to restrict toxic chemicals. For example, in the last year, the EPA rewrote a rule to make it more difficult to track the health impacts of PFOA, a chemical linked to cancer and other health effects, despite its presence in the drinking water of over 6 million Americans. The agency has also shelved plans to regulate a deadly chemical in some paint strippers despite increasing reports of fatalities associated with the use of the chemical.
us_OR  public  discovery  environmental  toxics 
10 days ago
Global cancer agency’s funding in the crosshairs
Republican leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives are threatening to withhold funding from the World Health Organization’s cancer research arm, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). The U.S. provides about $2.0 million, or about 7.4% of IARC’s annual budget.
At issue is a 2015 IARC assessment that classifies the widely used herbicide glyphosate as a probable carcinogen. Glyphosate is the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup and many other generic herbicide formulations. IARC’s assessment led to lawsuits against Monsanto and an uproar last year in the European Union over whether to continue allowing use of the herbicide.
The agrochemical industry and its allies in Congress are intensifying an attack on IARC and its glyphosate assessment. Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), chair of the House Science Committee, held a hearing on Feb. 6 to examine what he says are “serious problems with the science underlying IARC’s assessment of glyphosate.” The director of IARC, Christopher Wild, declined the committee’s invitation to provide a witness for the hearing
public  follow-up  environmental  ag_chems 
11 days ago
Merged lawsuit filed against DuPont and Chemours in North Carolina
Lawyers have filed a new class-action lawsuit against DuPont and Chemours claiming that a plant run by the two firms contaminated the Cape Fear River in North Carolina with fluorosurfactants. The river is a source of drinking water for much of the southeast part of the state (see page 28).
The filing, made late last month, consolidates and updates three class-action suits filed since October by lawyers representing thousands of people who claim they are ill or could get ill because they drank water from the Cape Fear River and from wells surrounding the plant, now run by DuPont spin-off Chemours. A judge in the U.S. federal district court in Wilmington, N.C., ordered the consolidation in early January to streamline the effort to try claims.
The consolidated suit charges that DuPont dumped potentially toxic fluorosurfactants from the Fayetteville, N.C., plant starting in the 1980s. It also claims that DuPont knew as far back as the 1960s that some of those compounds, such as perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), had toxic effects on laboratory animals.
us_NC  public  follow-up  response  other_chemical 
11 days ago
Truck Carrying Hydrogen Tanks Catches Fire, Causes Evacuations in Diamond Bar
A fire in a truck carrying compressed hydrogen tanks caused the evacuation of people initially in a one-mile radius area of suburban Diamond Bar Sunday, and a county HazMat team was sent to the scene because of the danger of an explosion.
The fire broke out on the truck at about 1:20 p.m. at the intersection of South Brea Canyon Road and Golden Springs Drive, according to a Los Angeles County Fire Department dispatcher. That location is just south of the Riverside (60) Freeway and west of the Orange (57) Freeway, but traffic on that freeway was not impeded.
The CHP reported witnesses heard a small explosion.
County fire then dispatched a HazMat team to the site because of the possibility of an explosion, the dispatcher said. The truck was carrying about 20 tanks of hydrogen.
us_ca  transportation  fire  response  hydrogen 
12 days ago
Major fire at scrap market in Mumbai, none injured
A fire broke out near a scrapyard in Mumbai's Mankhurd area on Sunday morning, The Times of India reported. Latest reports suggest that the flames have spread to nearby godowns. The photos, taken from the site show large plumes of black smoke rising into the sky, but no casualties have been reported as yet.
The cause of the fire has not been ascertained.
Earlier on Saturday, a blaze erupted in the Rustomjee Seasons, an under-construction building in Bandra East.
Mumbai Police said, "All Officer and Staff of Fire Brigade and Police officials of Mankhurd Police Station are on spot for further support". Another incident happened at the third floor of the sessions court building.
india  fire  industrial  response  unknown_chemical 
12 days ago
State Senate votes to largely prohibit sale of firefighting foam linked to water pollution in Washington
The state Senate passed legislation Saturday to sharply restrict the sale of a class of firefighting foams linked to water pollution in Washington and elsewhere in the nation.

State Senate Bill 6413, approved 39-8, would largely prohibit — as of 2020 — the sale of firefighting foams containing polyfluoroalkyl and perfluoroalkyl chemicals — known as PFAS.

Those chemicals have been in found in some drinking-water wells on Whidbey Island, Issaquah, Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Airway Heights near Fairchild Air Force Base.

“Hopefully, with this bill passing, we will limit future contamination,” said Sen. Kevin Van De Wege, a Sequim Democrat who sponsored the bill.

If the bill passes both chambers, Washington would become the first state to restrict the sale of firefighting foams with PFAS, said Ivy Sager-Rosenthal of Toxic-Free Future, a group that advocated for the bill.
us_wa  discovery  public  environmental  toxics 
12 days ago
Broken MRI Machine Spews Hazardous Gases at JFK Airport
A hazmat team was called to John F. Kennedy Airport on Saturday evening after a damaged MRI machine started releasing hazardous gases, a police union says.
The MRI machine was in transit at an airport cargo building when it somehow became damaged and started emitting the dangerous fumes, according to the Port Authority PBA. 

Video posted to Twitter shows gases rising from what appears to be the lone MRI machine on a rainy Saturday night. 
Emergency responders and aircraft rescue and firefighting were at the scene, the union said. 

It wasn’t immediately clear what sort of hazardous gases the MRI machine was emitting. 
us_NY  transportation  release  response  unknown_chemical 
13 days ago
Group blasts online sale of Mercury-tainted skin whitening products
AN environmental and health group on Saturday scored the proliferation of advertisements by third party sellers at online shopping websites for banned mercury-laden skin lightening products from Pakistan.

Despite being banned by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), ads for “Goree Beauty Cream with Lycopene with SPF 30 Avocado & Aloe Vera” and “Goree Day & Night Whitening Cream” can be seen at Lazada and OLX online shopping platforms, the EcoWaste Coalition said.

On October 30, 2017, the FDA issued an advisory warning the public not to use the Goree cosmetics after finding mercury, a harmful chemical that is not allowed in cosmetic product formulations, above the maximum trace amount of one part per million (ppm).

“(These) products have not gone through the verification process of the agency and have not been issued the proper authorization in the form of acknowledged cosmetic notifications,” the advisory said.
Pakistan  public  discovery  environmental  mercury 
13 days ago
Safety blunders expose lab staff to potentially lethal diseases in UK
Safety breaches at UK labs that handle harmful bacteria, viruses and fungi have spread infections to staff and exposed others to potentially lethal diseases, the Guardian has learned.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has investigated a series of mistakes over the past two years that led to scientists falling ill at specialist labs run by hospitals, private companies, and even Public Health England (PHE), the government agency which exists to protect and improve the nation’s health and wellbeing.

One scientist at a PHE laboratory became sick after contracting Shigella, a highly contagious bacterial infection that causes most cases of dysentery in Britain. The incident led the HSE to send the agency an enforcement letter to improve its health and safety practices.

The HSE held formal investigations into more than 40 mishaps at specialist laboratories between June 2015 and July 2017, amounting to one every two to three weeks. Beyond the breaches that spread infections were blunders that led to dengue virus – which kills 20,000 people worldwide each year – being posted by mistake; staff handling potentially lethal bacteria and fungi with inadequate protection; and one occasion where students at the University of the West of England unwittingly studied live meningitis-causing germs which they thought had been killed by heat treatment.
United_Kingdom  laboratory  discovery  environmental  unknown_chemical 
14 days ago
Evacuation at MUSC Rutledge Tower blamed on odor from floor chem
A chemical used on floors caused the odor that prompted an evacuation at MUSC Rutledge Tower, authorities say.

Charleston Fire Marshal Mike Julazadeh said an oil-based floor sealant produced an odor in the facility. Someone smelled the odor and pulled a fire alarm, he said.

It's not clear whether an employee or patient pulled the alarm.

The hospital was evacuated shortly after 3:30 p.m. and the building was cleared just before 5 p.m.

"There was an unidentified smell that was permeating the building, we took an abundance of caution and evacuated the entire Rutledge Tower," according to Heather Woolwine with MUSC.

Fire crews believe the smell was picked up by the HVAC system and spread throughout the building.

People inside of the Rutledge Tower were complaining of scratchy throats and itchy eyes from the smell.
us_SC  public  release  injury  hvac_chemicals 
14 days ago
Man injured in explosion at auto repair business
MICHIGAN CITY — One man was injured Thursday morning after an explosion rocked a car repair business at Longwood Drive and U.S. 20.

The owner of Lakeside Autowerks was welding in the back of the building at 628 Longwood Drive when a nearby 50-gallon oil drum somehow ignited and exploded, according to Michigan City Fire Department Public Information Officer Tony Drzewiecki.

The man suffered burns on his hands and arms and was transported to Franciscan Health Michigan City. According to Mike Lusco, of the Coolspring Township Volunteer Fire Department, the man was "conscious, alert and walking around" prior to being transported.

There were two other people in the business at the time, but they were in the front part of the building and escaped uninjured.

Some oil spilled into a nearby storm sewer and La Porte County HazMat was called out to contain.
us_MI  industrial  explosion  injury  oils 
15 days ago
USF HAZMAT situation under control; no contaminants or exposures found
TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – USF police say a HAZMAT situation on campus is now under control and no contaminants or exposures were discovered.

Tampa Fire Rescue responded to at 3705 Spectrum Blvd. after a woman in a research building accident dropped something. What she dropped is not yet known.

The building was evacuated in an abundance of caution. It has since been reopened. No adjoining buildings were evacuated.

The woman who dropped the item was evaluated on scene and refused to be taken to a hospital.
us_FL  laboratory  release  response  unknown_chemical 
15 days ago
Chemical Accident Sends Three to Area Hospital
SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Three people were sent to area hospitals earlier today after a chemical exposure event at Genewiz. According to the Breaking New Network rescue units responded to 126 Corporate Blvd at 2:30pm on the report of injuries from chemical exposure. A total of nine people were exposed with three being sent to area hospitals as a precaution.

Genewiz a biotech leader operates a number of facilities along Corporate Boulevard and Corporate Court in South Plainfield.
us_NJ  industrial  release  injury  unknown_chemical 
15 days ago
Chemical Company Praises Its Safety Record As Lawsuit Over Harvey Accident Continues – Houston Public Media
The owner of a Houston-area chemical plant that flooded and caught fire during Hurricane Harvey is praising the company’s safety culture. Meanwhile, Harris County is in talks with the company, Arkema, Inc., about settling a lawsuit over the fires.
In an interview for an upcoming chemical industry conference in Houston, Arkema’s vice president of health, safety and environment described how safety procedures at the company’s plants have improved. Paul Leonard said the global company has cut accidents by more than 60 percent in recent years.
Still, Harris County has alleged that the company didn’t have proper flood permits at its plant in Crosby, Texas, and that chemical fires there due to Harvey caused harmful pollution.
Rock Owens, an attorney with the county, said any settlement in the case will have to include improvements at the plant.
“Hardening the facility against floods, improved electrical backup, better safety planning going forward,” he said.
us_TX  industrial  follow-up  environmental 
15 days ago
Officials: Person taken to hospital following chemical leak in Institute
A Bayer CropScience employee was taken to the hospital Thursday afternoon after a chemical spilled at the plant in Institute.

The employee was taking a pipe apart when a “small amount” of sulfur dichloride spilled out of the pipe, said Greg Coffey, a spokesman for Bayer. The employee went into a safety shower and rinsed the chemical off, Coffey said.

The employee was taken to Thomas Memorial Hospital, in South Charleston, and released Thursday afternoon. He wasn’t sure exactly how much of the liquid spilled, but a spill report from the Department of Environmental Protection stated the liquid weighed less than one pound.

The leak happened about 1:10 p.m., said C.W. Sigman, director of emergency management for Kanawha County.

Bayer CropScience is a tenant on the Union Carbide Corporation site, Coffey said. Union Carbide Corporation is a subsidiary of the Dow Chemical Company.
us_WV  industrial  release  injury  sulphur 
15 days ago
Carbon Monoxide Incident Sends 3 People To Hospital
SILVER SPRING, MD — Three people were brought to the hospital after high levels of carbon monoxide was reported at their Silver Spring home early Wednesday morning, officials said.

Firefighters and a HAZMAT team reported to the home in the 9400 block of Worth Ave. at about 1:30 a.m.

Two adults and one child were transported to the hyperbaric chamber of the Shock Trauma center at the University of Maryland Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries, Montgomery County Fire & Rescue spokesperson Pete Piringer said.

Piringer said there were high levels of carbon monoxide inside the mixed-use building. The building was partially evacuated and crews ventilated it, Piringer said.
us_MD  public  release  injury  carbon_monoxide 
16 days ago
Broken psychrometer, mercury spill results in Hazmat response
BENSON — A broken psychrometer and ensuing mercury spill Wednesday at Benson High School resulted in a Hazmat response and decontamination of students.

According to Benson Fire Chief Keith Spangler, emergency crews responded to the high school at 11:30 a.m. When it was determined there was possible exposure to mercury, students were segregated from a separate classroom and the Cochise County Regional Hazmat Response Team was called in.

Apparently the teacher was “slinging weather” with a psychrometer, said Capt. Luis Canez of Fry Fire and coordinator for the county Hazmat team. A psychrometer is used to measure relative humidity in the atmosphere through the use of two thermometers and contains mercury.

“Somehow the device came loose from his hand and broke apart on the floor,” he explained. “Not knowing any better, students went over to help and pick up the broken glass and they got themselves in the product. Apparently, as far as I was told, the entire class was engaged.”
us_AZ  laboratory  release  response  mercury 
16 days ago
Officials point to spontaneous combustion of oil-soaked rags in Port Angeles garage fire
PORT ANGELES — A fire was confined to a garage late Tuesday night, and emergency officials believe it was caused by the spontaneous combustion of oil-soaked rags.

There were no injuries to two adults and a child who lived in the residence that was attached to the garage in the 1300 block of East Seventh Street in Port Angeles, city Assistant Fire Chief Mike Sanders said.

The house was not damaged, Sanders said.

Port Angeles Fire Department personnel were dispatched to the address at 10:42 p.m. Tuesday night.

The fire, which blackened the inside walls of the garage with flames that were visible from outside the structure, was extinguished 16 minutes later, Sanders said.
us_WA  public  fire  response  other_chemical 
16 days ago
Chemical Leak Inside Manufacturing Plant Causes Evacuations in Norton
Workers inside a building in Norton, Massachusetts reported smelling a chlorine-like order and hearing a noise Wednesday morning.
"They were in a seperate part of the building and heard the snap crackling and pop sound and went in to investigate,” said Norton Fire Chief Paul Schleicher. “They saw the fumes coming out of the barrel and it was like firecrackers going off."
When fire crews arrived at 242 Dean Street around 10 a.m., they saw a cloud of gas in the manufacturing plant. The top of one of the metal barrels holding the chemicals melted away.
"(That) is a good thing to be honest with you because that allowed for the reaction to happen and we were able to mitigate it after that,” said David DiGregorio, director of Fire Services HAZMAT.
Authorities evacuated Tweave Inc., a manufacturing plant in Norton, Massachusetts, after a reported chemical leak.(Published Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018)
The company that is housed in the building is called Tweave. They make stretch-woven fabric including some tactical gear.
us_MA  industrial  release  response  unknown_chemical 
16 days ago
6 arrested for godown fire that gutted Rs 28-crore groundnuts
Rajkot, Feb 6 The owner and manager of a private warehouse, where groundnuts worth Rs 28 crore were gutted in a fire last week, are among six people arrested for the blaze that was caused by "negligence", a police official said today.

Sparks from a welding machine used to fix metal gates caused the massive blaze at the warehouse, Ramrajya Godown, at Gondal near here on January 30.

The inferno had destroyed 50 lakh kg of groundnuts (worth around Rs 28 crore) stored at the godown, hired by the Gujarat State Co-Operative Cotton Federation (GUJCOT), he said.

The state CID (Crime) was asked to probe the incident and find out the cause of the blaze.

Six people, including the owner and manager of the warehouse, were arrested last evening after an FIR was lodged against them, DIG of CID (Crime) Dipankar Trivedi said at a press conference here.

They were booked for mischief by fire with intent to destroy house, causing disappearance of evidence and abettor present when crime is committed, he said.
India  industrial  follow-up  response  metals 
17 days ago
Cranston firefighters monitored after exposure to chemicals
Some of the 20 firefighters who were exposed to chemicals while fighting a chemical fire at 1420 Elmwood Ave. on Jan. 29 have experienced vomiting and “flu-like” symptoms, according to the mayor’s office.

CRANSTON — Officials are continuing to monitor the health of 20 firefighters who were exposed to chemicals while responding to a Jan. 29 fire at 1420 Elmwood Ave., officials said.

Some of the firefighters have experienced vomiting and “flu-like” symptoms, said Mark Schieldrop, special executive assistant to Mayor Allan W. Fung.

“No one is in the intensive care unit,” Schieldrop said. But he added that the department, along with the International Association of Firefighters Local 1363, was still concerned because the effects of some chemicals can take several days to manifest themselves.

The fire and chemical incident is being investigated by state and local fire marshals as well as the state Department of Environmental Management, Chief William McKenna said last week. The one-story brick building was shared by Gem-Craft, a jewelry company, and Prosys, a metal finishing business. McKenna said the Fire Department had a list of chemicals stored in the building when firefighters answered the call.
us_RI  industrial  follow-up  injury  metals 
17 days ago
Emergency crews respond to hazardous situation at Lew-Port
PORTER — The accidental mix of two violate substances touched off a hazmat incident at the Lewiston-Porter schools campus on Tuesday morning.

Lewiston police said a maintenance worker inadvertently mixed hydrochloric acid with chlorine which caused a release of harmful gas.

The incident took place in the pool filtration room in the gym building," Lewiston Police Chief Frank Previte said. "It was isolated ot that building and did not spread to other parts of the school."

Previte said students who had been in the gym building were evacuated to other parts of the school's complex. A hazmat team from the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station responded to the school along with the Niagara County Hazmat Team.

"The Lewiston No. 1 Fire Company and Youngstown Fire Company also responded and established air quality monitoring throughout the school," Previte said. "At no time was the air quality in the school a problem." 
us_NY  education  release  response  hydrochloric_acid 
17 days ago
VIDEO: Richmond scrap yard cited in fire that released cancer-causing chemical into air
RICHMOND (KRON) — The Bay Area Air Quality Management district has cited a Richmond scrap metal facility over last week’s fire.

And this is not the first time the company has violated air district regulations.

Sims Metal Management, which owns the Richmond scrapyard where a fire broke out last Tuesday, has been issued two notices of violation by the air district.

The first for creating a public nuisance and the second is for the fire itself.
us_CA  industrial  follow-up  response  metals  waste 
17 days ago
Imperial Sugar tragedy: Repercussions continue 10 years later
Broken equipment inside a steel conveyor belt sparked the first explosion at the Imperial Sugar refinery in Port Wentworth on a mild winter night 10 years ago.

Eight workers died that night and six more eventually succumbed to their burns. Dozens others were injured but survived, 14 of them spending months at the Joseph M. Still Burn Center in Augusta.

Those lives lost from the Feb. 7, 2008, tragedy were Eric Barnes, John Calvin Butler Jr., Truitt Byers, Alphonso Fields Sr., Michael Kelly Fields, Malcolm Frazier, McKinley “Von” Habersham Sr., Shelathia “Shon” Harvey, Earl Johnson, Patricia Ann “Pat” Lowe Proctor, Earl Quarterman, Byron Singleton, Tony Thomas and Michael “Big Mike” Williams.

Better housekeeping would have prevented any loss of life, a federal investigation determined.
us_GA  industrial  follow-up  death  dust 
17 days ago
Oil and gas wastewater leaves radium in Pennsylvania stream sediments
Despite a 2011 Pennsylvania guideline curbing the discharge of wastewater from the hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, industry to water treatment plants, high levels of radium are still settling in some of the state’s stream sediments, according to a new study. The results suggest that some treatment plants that process wastewater derived from conventional oil and gas production are releasing this carcinogenic radionuclide. In some sediment samples, the radium activity reached 25,000 becquerels/kg, about 14 times as great as the threshold at which some states require solid radioactive waste to be disposed of in a licensed facility (Environ. Sci. Technol. 2018, DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.7b04952).
During both fracking and conventional oil and gas production, saline water enriched in naturally occurring radionuclides is extracted from rock formations and flows to the surface as wastewater. In Texas, Oklahoma, and many other oil and gas producing regions, operators dispose of this wastewater by injecting it into deep wells. But in Pennsylvania, where the Marcellus Shale formation has supported a fracking boom, the underlying geology precludes deep well injection, says Duke University geochemist Avner Vengosh.

As a result, some of this wastewater in Pennsylvania has been shuttled to treatment plants to remove contaminants and then released into local streams. Because of public concerns about high levels of bromide in fracking wastewater, which can be transformed into harmful disinfection by-products such as trihalomethanes during wastewater treatment, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection asked fracking operators to stop sending wastewater to these facilities in 2011, and they have reportedly complied. But this request does not cover conventional oil and gas producers, who still send wastewater for treatment and release into some streams in the state.
us_PA  industrial  release  environmental  radiation  waste 
17 days ago
15 treated for possible exposure after chlorine leak at Occident
More than a dozen people received medical treatment after a chlorine leak was reported at Occidental Petroleum in Gonzales on Monday.

Officials said some of the workers sheltered in place, while others waited in the parking lot.

Louisiana State Police Hazmat responded to the chlorine gas release. Troopers said about 15 people were treated for possible exposure.

According to officials, there was no off-site impact from the leak.
us_LA  industrial  release  injury  chlorine 
18 days ago
Hazmat responds to diesel spill in Lake Hopatcong
JEFFERSON -- An unknown amount of diesel fuel began flowing into Lake Hopatcong on Sunday and state and Morris County hazmat crews were still on the scene Monday chopping through ice to install additional containment booms.

The spill was reported by a citizen who saw and smelled the diesel on Sunday to Morris County which responded and called in the Department of Environmental Protection's emergency spill response team.

On Monday, Jefferson police officers at the scene said the Morris County Prosecutor's Office had assumed authority of the investigation. A spokesman for the prosecutor confirmed the recovery of the spilled diesel fuel was being handled by the county and state.

At mid-day Monday, booms were already in the water in the small cove to the east of Flash Marina and where a small stream was apparently carrying the spilled diesel into the lake.
us_NJ  public  release  response  diesel 
18 days ago
Sacramento Medical Building Evacuated
SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — A medical office building in East Sacramento was evacuated Monday, and hazmat crews called in after smoke was reported inside.

The building is located at 1201 Alhambra and houses part of the Sutter health network.

According to the Sacramento Fire Department between 200 and 300 people were evacuated just after 1 p.m. following initial reports of smoke or haze on the fourth floor.

The building includes doctors offices, an urgent care clinic, rehab therapy and also a surgery center. Most of the building was evacuated immediately, but some surgeries were already underway.

According to Sacramento Fire spokesman Chris Harvey, “There were some minor surgeries being performed on the first floor, but they were able to finish up those surgeries, and those patients are being evacuated as they finish up here.”

Fire officials say there was a leak of some refrigerant material which was more of an irritant and there were no complaints or injuries.
us_CA  industrial  release  response  hvac_chemicals 
18 days ago
Exposure to chemical found in plastics 'hard to avoid' in everyday life
86 per cent of teenagers have traces of Bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical compound used to make plastics, in their body, an Engaged Research public engagement project in collaboration with the University of Exeter has found.

Measurable levels of BPA, an endocrine-disrupting chemical, were found in the urine of the vast majority of the 94 17-19 year olds tested, according to research at the University of Exeter led by Professor Lorna Harries, Associate Professor in Molecular Genetics, and Professor Tamara Galloway, Professor of Ecotoxicology.

They called for better labelling of packaging to enable consumers to choose BPA-free products.

The citizen-science project was carried out in a real-world setting to provide young people with first-hand experience of all aspects of scientific research.

Students designed, took part in and published the research study into whether changes in their lifestyle and diet could have an impact on BPA in their bodies.

They found that chemical is so ubiquitous that trying to reduce exposure by avoiding food packaging and food likely to contain BPA has no measurable impact on exposure, according to research published in the BMJ Open journal.
United_Kingdom  laboratory  discovery  environmental  plastics 
18 days ago
Æther: An Indoor Air Purifier Inspired by Spider Webs
Every year, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) challenges teams composed of students from all around the world to conceive innovative living machines to tackle contemporary issues. The iGEM competition for international Genetically Engineered Machine aims to promote research in synthetic biology through the projects invented by the hundreds of teams. Many students come from prestigious universities worldwide that never miss the opportunity to rise to the challenge (MIT, Harvard, TU Delft, Cambridge, Oxford, etc.).
For the 2017 edition, the iGEM team Pasteur Paris worked on indoor air pollution. The team members, all living in Paris, felt particularly concerned by this deadly issue, responsible for more than 3 million premature deaths every year. The team, supervised by Deshmukh Gopaul (researcher and head of the pole: Design for Biology - Citech) and Guillian Graves (designer and head of the Design & Biology program - ENSCI), was composed of 16 students with diverse competences and capabilities (biology, physics and chemistry, law and industrial design). p
us_MA  laboratory  discovery  environmental 
18 days ago
Chemical smell triggers fire alarms, evacuation in Ackerman Union
were evacuated from Ackerman Union on Monday after a chemical smell originating from the Engineering V building triggered fire alarms.

The smell came from a substance in a laboratory in the Engineering V building, said Steve Jurado, the assistant fire marshal at UCLA. He added the smell was nontoxic and firefighters used air exchanges to filter out the odor.

Alarms in Ackerman Union went off at 3:17 p.m. after they were triggered by the chemical smell, said Roy Champawat, the Associated Students UCLA director. Students were permitted to reenter the building around 4 p.m.

The Engineering V building was clear to enter around 6 p.m
us_CA  laboratory  release  response  unknown_chemical 
18 days ago
Live 5 Investigates: Pool chemical exposure
A group of Summerville parents turned to Live 5 for help after their children were exposed to chemicals at a neighborhood pool.

The incident happened last August.

Now, as the weather warms up, they want to warn other parents about their scary experience.
us_SC  public  follow-up  environmental  pool_chemicals 
18 days ago
Top 4 Food Safety Hazards for the Cannabis Industry
As many US States and Canadian provinces approach legalization of cannabis, the question of regulatory oversight has become a pressing issue. While public awareness is mainly focused on issues like age restrictions and impaired driving, there is another practical question to consider: should cannabis be treated as a drug or a food product when it comes to safety? In the US, FDA governs both food and drugs, but in Canada, drugs are regulated by Health Canada while food products are regulated under the CFIA.There are many food safety hazards associated with cannabis production and distribution that could put the public at risk, but are not yet adequately controlled

Of course, there are common issues like dosage and potency that pharmaceutical companies typically worry about as the industry is moving to classifying its products in terms of percentage of chemical composition (THC, CBD, etc. in a strain), much as we categorize alcohol products by the percentage of alcohol. However, with the exception of topical creams and ointments, many cannabis products are actually food products. Even the herb itself can be brewed into teas, added to baked goods or made into cannabis-infused butters, oils, capsules and tinctures.
public  discovery  environmental  oils  pharmaceutical 
18 days ago
Chemical board: Workers were changing drill bit at time of rig explosion
The U.S. Chemical Safety Board said workers were preparing to change a drill bit at the time of the deadly Patterson 219 explosion.

CSB investigators said in a release on their initial findings of the investigation that rig workers “recently pulled the drillpipe and associated drilling tools out of the well in preparation to change out the drill bit” at the time of the incident.

The board said investigators arrived on the scene two days after the Jan. 22 explosion near Quinton and said they could start interviewing witnesses as early as this week.
us_OK  public  follow-up  death  other_chemical 
18 days ago
Emergency crews think of children's safety first after chemical
Emergency managers decided on the unusual step of doing nothing after a truck full of fuel additives crashed on Route 6 in Youngsville.  

Crews were called to the scene along Route 6 not far from Youngsville Elementary School.  They found the truck intact and not leaking.  Since school was not letting out in a few hours and the driver was safe, the responders decided to wait to begin draining the truck until the students had finished school and left the area.

So, for a few hours anyway, they just let the truck sit, then started draining the chemicals once they got the 'all clear'. 
us_oh  transportation  release  response  other_chemical 
18 days ago
Merged lawsuit filed against DuPont and Chemours in North Carolina
Lawyers have filed a new class action lawsuit against DuPont and Chemours claiming that the two firms contaminated the Cape Fear River in North Carolina with fluorosurfactants. The river is a source of drinking water for much of the southeast part of the state.
The filing, made late last month, consolidates and updates three class action suits filed since October by lawyers representing thousands of people who claim they are ill or could get ill because they drank water from the Cape Fear River and from wells surrounding the plant, now run by DuPont spin-off Chemours. A judge in the U.S. Federal District Court in Wilmington, N.C., ordered the consolidation in early January to streamline the effort to try claims.
The consolidated suit charges that DuPont dumped potentially toxic fluorosurfactants from the Fayetteville, N.C., plant starting in the 1980s. It also claims that DuPont knew that some of those fluorosurfactants, such as perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), had toxic effects on laboratory animals as far back as the 1960s.
DuPont acknowledges that the lawsuits and ongoing federal and state investigations “could result in penalties or sanctions,” according to documents it has filed with the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC). Chemours says in its SEC filings that it believes discharges from the Fayetteville site “have not impacted the safety of drinking water in North Carolina.”
us_NC  public  follow-up  environmental  other_chemical 
18 days ago
4,000 gallons of gasoline spilled in Chassell Township
CHASSELL TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WLUC) - More than 4,000 gallons of gasoline were released onto US-41 and into the Sturgeon River in Chassell Township, Saturday according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

Currently multiple organizations are working on recovering spilled gas and contaminated soil. It is unknown how much gas migrated into the river, under the ice, and if it is recoverable.

US-41 is still down to one lane at this time.

The initial clean up could take several more days and even longer to recover any gasoline in the river if possible.

Currently the United States Environmental Protection Agency, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, Coast Guard, Michigan Department of Transportation, Chassell Township Fire Department, Houghton County Emergency Management and others are all working on cleaning up the spill and managing the roadway at this time.

The spill happened Saturday after a four-vehicle fatal accident involving a semi tractor trailer hauling diesel fuel and gasoline.
us_MI  transportation  release  death  diesel  gasoline 
19 days ago
Ammonia leak shuts down rinks at Airdrie’s Genesis Place
Emergency crews were forced to evacuate the hockey arenas at the only recreation centre in Airdrie because of an ammonia leak that was detected on Saturday morning.
Police say that at about 7:05 a.m., an ammonia leak alarm sounded in the ‘Twin Arenas’ area of Genesis Place on East Lake Boulevard in Airdrie.
As a result, the arenas were immediately evacuated by city staff while they awaited the arrival of first responders.
Canada  public  release  response  ammonia 
20 days ago
Gas leak at Fort Lauderdale apartment complex triggers evacuation – WSVN 7News
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) - Residents of an apartment complex in Fort Lauderdale were evacuated after a hazmat crew found a gas leak, Saturday morning.

Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue responded to the scene at the Madison Apartments near West Sunrise Boulevard and Northwest 27th Avenue, just after 11 a.m., after residents said they smelled gas in the neighborhood.

The hazmat crew found a 1,000-gallon propane tank leaking. They quickly replaced a faulty valve.

No one was hurt.
us_FL  public  release  response  propane 
20 days ago
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