Honey oil lab explosion at Desert Hot Springs home
DESERT HOT SPRINGS, Calif. - A honey oil lab caused an explosion and fire at a home on West Dr. Monday.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The truck left the scene after the spill.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A fire-suppression system for gasoline pumps was set off accidentally, covering vehicles and the ground with white powder that made it look like it had snowed in June.

The snow-like substance is a white dry chemical agent used in the fire suppression system for the gasoline pumps.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

No injuries were reported.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

No other cars or nearby buildings were damaged.

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

EPA Reveals New Information

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Five people were transported for evaluation as a precautionary measure.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hydrogen fluoride, also known as hydrofluoric acid, is used to raise the octane on gasoline at 50 refineries around the country, including Husky's facility in Superior. It's the most dangerous chemical handled in the Twin Ports, and emergency planning for the refinery is based on the worst-case scenario of a massive, sudden release that could affect up to a 25-mile radius.
There are safer alternatives to hydrogen fluoride, but it could be difficult and costly to switch to the other common catalyst, sulfuric acid. It would also take years, meaning hydrogen fluoride is here to stay barring any sudden moves or the discontinuation of gasoline production by Husky.
A Chevron refinery in Salt Lake City is implementing a new alternative called ionic fluids, which will completely replace the hydrogen fluoride the company has long used. Distributor Honeywell said refineries are in "wait-and-see mode" before making their own investment in the technology.
Since 1987, accidental hydrogen fluoride releases at refineries around the country have caused injuries but no deaths, and there is no record of a significant release at the Superior refinery. Even as the April 26 fire raged within sight of 15,000 pounds of hydrogen fluoride, the chemical was kept safe, as the refinery assures it will continue to be.
A total of seven facilities around the Twin Ports handle toxic chemicals that pose a risk to nearby residents under extremely unlikely though technically possible worst-case scenarios. After hydrogen fluoride, a potential chlorine release at Cloquet Pump Station No. 2 and a possible propane explosion at a Superior storage facility put the most people at risk. Western Lake Superior Sanitary District eliminated one of the greatest worst-case risks when it abandoned the use of chlorine in 2006.
us_MN  industrial  follow-up  environmental  hydrofluoric_acid 
15 days ago
Tanalith chemical spill at northern timber facility
THE chemical that spilled at the Malau Port in Labasa last Monday has been identified by the Ministry of Environment as Tanalith.
Considered as a very toxic chemical to aquatic organisms, the United Kingdom’s Safety Data Sheet revealed that Tanalith could have lasting effects on the marine ecosystem; the chemical classified as “able to cause long-term adverse effects in the aquatic environment”.
The chemical product, which according to the datasheet is a mix of chromium, copper, and arsenic, should not be allowed to enter drains, watercourses or the soil.
Fiji’s Ministry of Environment’s permanent secretary Joshua Wycliffe said they had received a report from Fiji Forest Industries (FFI) that one of its Tanalith storage tanks had burst and that this chemical had spilled onto the surrounding environment at the facility.
He said a coordinated approach had been taken by three agencies – Ministry of Environment, National Fire Authority and Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji – to mitigate the spillage.
“The chemical Tanalith is used to treat sawn timber while the facility is located at Malau, Labasa on an elevated lot from the sea,” Mr Wycliffe said.
Fiji  industrial  release  response  toxics 
15 days ago
U.S. industries ask Trump administration to endorse global hydrofluorocarbon deal
group of unlikely allies wants the Trump administration to require reduced U.S. use of a class of synthetic chemicals that are potent greenhouse gases, in line with an international agreement.
The organizations lobbying for the restrictions include rival international chemical producers Arkema, Chemours, Honeywell, and Mexichem Fluor as well as a U.S. business that builds refrigerated trailers for shipping. Then there are environmental advocates, domestic manufacturers of home refrigerators, and a company that makes aerosol tire-inflating products.
Related: The global push against hydrofluorocarbons

The organizations hold different views on how the U.S. should implement a 2016 treaty on hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs)—chemicals used as refrigerants, aerosol propellants, and blowing agents that puff up plastic into foams. But they are delivering a unified appeal to the Trump administration, which has generally disparaged international deals, from trade pacts to the Paris Agreement to combat climate change. Their message is simple: Back the global accord on HFCs.
HFCs replaced chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and hydrochlorofluorocarbons, two classes of chemicals that were used for the above applications and that break down stratospheric ozone. In contrast, HFCs are harmless to the ozone layer but have large potential to contribute to global warming.
public  discovery  environmental  hvac_chemicals  ozone 
15 days ago
Greensboro officials are still on the trail of chemical contaminant PFOS, which has been found in city's water supply
GREENSBORO — Confronting a recent spike of a chemical compound in part of the city water supply, officials are continuing their search near the airport for a possible source.

With higher levels of perfluorinated chemicals detected at one of its treatment plants, Greensboro’s water department has collected samples of groundwater from test wells at Piedmont Triad International Airport. Local administrators are looking for the source of problems with perfluorooctane sulfonate, or PFOS, a component of some firefighting foams.

The city took the groundwater samples in late April from 11 monitoring wells at an airport test site on Greensboro’s western outskirts where city officials believe the bulk of their PFOS problem is centered, said Mike Borchers,
us_NC  public  follow-up  environmental  other_chemical 
15 days ago
5 firefighters injured in Putnam County chemical fire
PUTNAM COUNTY, Fla. - An explosion and fire at a chemical plant in Putnam County on Saturday injured five firefighters .

The blast happened just after 2 p.m. at a chemical plant on Janice Drive located in the western part of Putnam County known as Frances.

Capt. Hancel Woods with the Putnam County Sheriff's Office said the fire is under control.

"So far, there have been five firefighters that have been transported. One got overheated;.four as a precautionary measure because they were potentially exposed to some sort of chemical. We don't know what that is," Woods said.

"The fire was reported. We responded, there are some chemicals involved in this manufacturing facility where the fire occurred. At this point in time, I don't have information about a cause of the fire. Quite a few units from Palatka and Putnam counties responded and also Clay County sent a few units. The Department of Environmental Protection has responded as well as the State Fire Marshal's Office," said Woods.
us_FL  industrial  explosion  injury  unknown_chemical 
15 days ago
Chemical Safety Board finalizes investigation into Arkema fires following Tropical Storm Harvey
The U.S. Chemical Safety & Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) is calling on chemical companies to better prepare for the growing likelihood of a future of flooding, hurricanes, and extreme weather events. The board’s recommendation springs from fires last year at the Arkema chemical facility in the Houston area during Tropical Storm Harvey.
CSB released its guidance and final report on the Arkema fires on May 24. The Arkema plant makes organic peroxides used to produce consumer goods, such as polystyrene cups and plates.
A facility warehouse stored some 159,000 kg of reactive organic peroxides that needed to be kept at temperatures below freezing to avoid decomposition and combustion. Peroxides are held in relatively small containers to allow for heat dissipation and to prevent self-ignition.
us_TX  industrial  follow-up  environmental 
15 days ago
Fire Crews Respond to Reported Hazmat Incident
Montgomery County Fire and Rescue crews responded to a hazmat incident on New Hampshire Avenue near Norbeck Road.

Crews were dispatched Friday morning for reports of Muriatic Acid, a chemical used for pool cleaning, on the roads.

Montgomery County Fire and Rescue spokesperson Pete Piringer said the product was removed and the situation has mitigated and washed down.
us_MD  public  release  response  hydrochloric_acid 
17 days ago
In Irkutsk the SEC Komsomall in the explosion injured eight children – video
The explosion occurred while conducting chemical experiments in the science adventure center

On Friday, June 1, in the Russian city of Irkutsk, an explosion occurred in the shopping center Komsomall.

This is with reference to the EMERCOM of the Russian Federation reports irk.ru.

Reportedly, the accident injured eight children.

“On the third floor was an explosion of steam-air mixture. Now established that it was in liquid… Kids got burns first and second degree. Some of the victims received burns to 40% of the body”, – stated in the message.

According to reports, the incident occurred during chemical experiments in science adventure center of gravity.

It is noted that the alert system Komsomall the arrival of the rescuers did not work.
Russia  education  explosion  injury  unknown_chemical 
17 days ago
Everything you need to know about the 65th annual WHAS Crusade for Children
LEXINGTON, Ky. (WHAS11) -- The cause of an accidental explosion in Lexington at a UPS maintenance facility was released by the fire department.

Investigators with the Lexington Fire Department said a spark from a propane torch ignited a leaky tank on Wednesday. It contained a chemical often used as a fuel.

The explosion hurt eight people, including a UPS driver and the operator of the torch, and damaged the building.

None of the tanks exploded, but the blast was felt in nearby Lexington neighborhoods.
us_KY  public  follow-up  injury  propane 
17 days ago
Michigan health advocates applaud Lowe's decision to phase out hazardous paint strippers
Lowe's Home Improvement will stop selling hazardous paint stripper products by the end of the year, and replace them with safer, greener alternatives. That's in response to a nationwide petition campaign by groups including Michigan health advocates.

The products contain methylene chloride and N-methyl-2-pyrrolidone (NMP). Methylene chloride in particular is considered extremely hazardous. About fifty people have died from exposure to methylene chloride vapors in the U.S. since 1980, according to Ken Rosenman, an epidemiologist at Michigan State University whose research focuses on workplace fatalities. He says that exposure to even a small amount of methylene chloride can be deadly, whether it’s through vapors or skin exposure.

“It’s very heartening that Lowe’s has taken this on a voluntary basis. I’m hoping to see this as a regulatory standard across the country,” says Rosenman.

Jeff Gearhart is with the Ann Arbor Ecology Center. He called Lowe's decision a victory for consumers and workers. But he says this is just the first step in getting hazardous paint strippers off the market. He wants the government to step in and regulate the chemicals.
us_MI  public  follow-up  environmental  methylene_chloride 
17 days ago
Tanker carrying 4,500 gallons of copper sulfate crashes in East Tennessee
CAMPBELL COUNTY, TN (WATE) - Hazmat teams are responding to a chemical spill in Campbell County after a tanker truck overturned on an interstate.

A tractor-trailer crash on I-75 South at MM-138 in Campbell County occurred around 7 a.m. Thursday morning. Hazmat teams responded to the scene because of a spill of copper sulfate emanating from the tractor-trailer.

The truck was carrying approximately 4,500 gallons of copper sulfate. It is unclear at this time if the entire load spilled as a result of the accident. 
us_TN  transportation  release  response  copper_sulphate 
18 days ago
Meth clean-up cost frustrating for landlord
A Balclutha landlord is frustrated after he spent nearly $20,000 cleaning his methamphetamine-contaminated rental property, only to hear this week that it was not necessary.
Mark Cowan's Balclutha rental property was believed to be the first in South Otago to test positive for meth contamination after a previous tenant smoked the class A drug, also known as P or Ice, at the property.

Following testing, he was devastated when told the level of contamination was such he would have to have all the carpet and wall linings removed, and everything else would need to be decontaminated with special chemicals by cleaners wearing hazmat suits, to meet the standards for re-renting and safe living.
New_Zealand  public  discovery  environmental  clandestine_lab 
18 days ago
Sulfur truck explosion shuts down I-55 for hours near Batesville
Two officers were injured after a truck exploded in Batesville, Mississippi.

According to Sheriff Dennis Darby, a truck carrying sulfur crashed into a car on Interstate 55 near Pine Lodge Road. As officers attempted to pull the driver out of the truck, an explosion occurred.

Darby said the truck was carrying about 25,000 pounds of sulfur, which had officers waiting for hazmat officials to assist, as sulfur is hazardous if inhaled.

Darby said the deputies were burned on their arms while pulling the driver out of the truck. Both were taken to the ICU at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford, and both are expected to be OK.

The driver, however, was severely burned. He was flown to the hospital in Memphis in critical condition.

Northbound traffic remains shut down in the area, and hazmat crews are still cleaning hours later. Southbound lanes are now open. 
us_MS  transportation  explosion  injury  sulphur 
18 days ago
Boy burned by pepper-sprayed portable toilet in Vernon; 17-year-old charged
VERNON -- A 6-year-old boy had to be rushed to a local doctor Wednesday evening after using a portable toilet that had been covered in pepper spray, allegedly by a 17-year-old, police said.

The boy was playing soccer on the Old Orchard Fields on Eric Trail with his mother and siblings when he went in to use the portable toilet on the field and emerged with some sort of chemical burns, according to Vernon police.

According to his mother, whom police identified as Danielle Filato, the boy came out "screaming" and was developing redness, burning and swelling.

In a Facebook post Thursday evening, Filato responded to numerous commenters on the Vernon Facebook page, stating that her son was "doing well," but called the incident "scary, stressful and confusing."

According to Filato, her son had touched the handle of the portable toilet and rubbed his face and eyes because he was sweaty, which burned his face. He was also burned from the toilet seat.

Not realizing what was going on, Filato said she wiped her son's face with toilet paper, which she later found was also covered in pepper spray.
us_NJ  public  release  injury  pepper_spray 
18 days ago
Classroom at Rocky Mountain High evacuated after students report nauseousness.
A portable classroom at Rocky Mountain High School had to be evacuated late Wednesday morning and a hazmat team was called in after a pair of students and a teacher said they were nauseous, West Ada School District spokesperson Eric Exline said.

The hazmat team found Freon, a slightly toxic compound used in cooling systems, in the air. Twenty-five students were cleared out of the classroom, Exline said. The portable building is one of seven at the school.

Exline said the teacher also might have felt sick because of a recent bout with the flu.

Maintenance is working on fixing the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system in the room, as it is the only system that could have produced the Freon, Exline said.
us_ID  education  release  injury  freon 
19 days ago
Possible liquid nitrogen leak sends Poly students packing
New York’s Bravest booted students in the middle of their science experiments at New York University Tandon School of Engineering’s when liquid nitrogen may have spilled from a tank, according to one graduate student who was forced to leave the campus for several hours on Wednesday as firefighters checked it out.

“The fire department just kind of came up to our floor and said, ‘You have to leave the building,’ ” said Park Sloper Joe Thomas. “We keep compressed cylinders of nitrogen around so maybe where it comes out it could have leaked, or erupted.”

Liquid nitrogen can silently kill people by sucking out all of the oxygen in the room, according to one of New York’s Bravest.

“The main hazard is it can in a confined space displace oxygen,” said Deputy Chief Regan.

So firefighters in head-to-toe gear rushed up the stairs to check out the tank after transporting it from the classroom to the roof. They didn’t detect a leak, but were still waiting on its manufacturer a little before 4 pm to come haul it away since it’s better to be safe than sorry, said Regan.
us_NY  laboratory  release  response  liquid_nitrogen 
19 days ago
Overheated chemical tank drives evacuations near Mobile
The Mobile Fire-Rescue Department reported Wednesday that it was helping resolve a hazardous-materials situation that prompted some evacuations in part of Chickasaw.

According to information released shortly after noon by the MFRD, a tank containing acrylamide became overheated at Kemira Water Solutions. MFRD hazmat teams, with other units on standby, were helping to cool the tank in the hope of preventing a rupture.

Just before 7 p.m., MFRD officials said the hazardous material scene has "stabilized." 

At about 2:30 p.m., the MFRD reported that the effort was still under way. The tank had "vented a few time" a possible indication that its contents were stabilizing.

"Chickasaw Police Department and Chickasaw Fire Department are currently evacuating residential neighborhoods south of Viaduct Road and east of Telegraph Road," the MFRD said in a news released. Evacuees were being directed to the Chickasaw Community Center; the Mobile County EMA and the American Red Cross were involved.
us_AL  industrial  release  response  other_chemical 
19 days ago
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