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Freon leak at Kellogg HQ sends 23 employees to area hospitals
BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — The Battle Creek fire department and hazmat crews responded Wednesday morning to a freon leak at the Kellogg Company's world headquarters in Battle Creek.

"Call came in around 10:40 for a freon leak," said Fire Chief Dave Schmaltz. "We responded like we normally would with an engine to check it out first. And then once we got here we up the response just 'cause what we had found."

The company says that a refrigerant leaked at headquarters and all employees were evacuated from the North Tower. Kellogg said 23 people were taken to area hospitals for evaluation as a precautionary measure.

"We set up a triage area and they checked out all the patients," said Schmaltz during a media briefing. "They transported a couple in the ambulance. Then we actually had the city bus come down to take the rest of them up to the hospital."
us_MI  public  release  injury  freon  hvac_chemicals 
6 hours ago
Hazmat situation closes I-84
A possible hazmat threat shut down I-84 on Thursday, March 23, after a call was made to Box Elder County dispatch about a semi-truck tanker spraying an unknown liquid material on the freeway.

According to Utah Highway Patrol, at approximately 9:52 a.m., a truck driven by a 23 year old man from Indiana noticed a semi hauling a tanker with something coming out of the tanker. The liquid sprayed the front of his truck and when he pulled over in Snowville to wipe off his vehicle he reported feeling ill.

He called 911 to report the incident to UHP, Box Elder County Sheriff’s Office and fire personnel responded. He was taken to Bear River Valley Hospital to be checked out. Authorities put out an attempt to locate the semi-truck spraying the material but “it was determined that whatever had sprayed the semi had dried and was no longer an immediate threat,” the report stated.

The Bear River Health Department worked with the company that owned the truck and it was properly wiped down. 

“Initially we closed the freeway until we determined that the tanker truck was no longer spilling or in the area. There was a small area of the Flying J in Snowville that was secured until it was determined the chemical was not an immediate threat,” the report added. 
us_UT  transportation  release  injury  unknown_chemical 
6 hours ago
Official Determine Chemical Leak Led to North Andover Explosion
The explosion last year at Rohm and Haas Electronic Materials, North Andover, was the result of a mechanical failure allowed air to react with a volatile chemical that resulted in spontaneous ignition and the explosion.

State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey, North Andover Fire Chief William McCarthy and North Andover Police Chief Charles Gray released their joint investigation into the Jan. 7, 2016 explosion this morning. Four employees were seriously injured. Three were transported to Boston hospitals and one was treated at a local hospital.

Workers had been experiencing a pressure problem in the reclaiming process that indicated a possible leak. They were attempting to troubleshoot the problem when the explosion occurred. The investigation showed this area was where the explosion originated. The explosion occurred when air came in contact with the chemical. A fire suppression system functioned and extinguished the fire. Closer examination showed the metal chemical vessels and waste traps contained several welds and gaskets that were not regularly inspected as a part of a safety process.

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) conducted a parallel and independent investigation into the workplace injuries. The agency found numerous safety violations and issued three citations with fines totaling $129,200. There was a previous chemical explosion at this facility that killed one employee in 2013. That incident occurred during work on a different chemical process.
us_MA  public  follow-up  environmental 
6 hours ago
New details emerge about deadly Augusta chemical leak
AUGUSTA - The company at the center of a deadly liquid Nitrogen leak might be facing even more problems.

The chemical leak at the Augusta sperm bank, Xytex, killed a sheriff's deputy last month. 11Alive's Faith Abubey has uncovered additional details that make the case even more heartbreaking.

According to the city of Augusta, the building where the deadly chemical leak happened wasn't cleared for safety codes before the company started using it -- which leaves you wondering if this tragic incident could have been avoided in the first place.

Almost two months after a liquid nitrogen leak killed Sergeant Greg Meagher, several investigations continue into the deadly liquid nitrogen leak at the Xytex headquarters in Augusta.

But 11Alive News has learned new details that could spell problems for the sperm bank. State officials confirm there were signs of a chemical problem earlier in the day on February 5 before the leak that killed Sgt. Meagher.

They said the equipment's safety alert system was sending messages prior to the burglar alarm call that sent deputies to the scene. In another detail, 11Alive News was able to confirm that the Xytex building was never cleared by city officials for occupancy.
us_GA  public  follow-up  death  liquid_nitrogen 
6 hours ago
Torrance debating ban of refinery chemical
TORRANCE, Calif. (KABC) -- A heated city council meeting in Torrance looked at the issue of whether to ban a dangerous chemical in use at the local refinery.

The overflow crowd discussed a possible ban on the use of hydrofluoric acid at the Torrance Refinery.

Supporters of a ban said they were concerned about the possible injuries or death that could occur if the chemical is released into the air.

"I don't know about you but I'm planning on dying of natural causes," said Torrance resident Brian Hitchcock. "Not a choking, burning, horribly painful chemical death, whether it's slow or fast, that could have been prevented."

Opponents of the ban, including company officials and local employees, said the plant has used HF in the refining process for roughly 20 years.

They said the plant, which generates many jobs, could not remain open without use of the chemicals.

"Given the current state of technology, you cannot have both," said Jeff Dill, an official with PBF Energy.

The company also argued that the city should wait until state air quality control regulators finish their own look at the use of HF.
us_CA  industrial  follow-up  response  hydrofluoric_acid 
6 hours ago
Parent Issues Warning After Girl Suffers Chemical Burns From ‘Slime’
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Homemade slime is a do-it-yourself project that is becoming popular with elementary and middle school students – but there is a key ingredient that could pose a danger.

As CBS2’s Valerie Castro reported, Siobhan Quinn is warning everyone to watch out after what happened to her 11-year-old daughter, Kathleen.

“We don’t want this to happen to any more kids,” Quinn said.

Kathleen Quinn’s hands were almost completely bandaged up after she suffered second- and third-degree burns from making and playing with the popular slime at a friend’s house.

“Horrible, her hands were covered in blisters,” Siobhan Quinn said. “They were weeping, watery — really scary looking.”
education  discovery  injury  other_chemical 
6 hours ago
Volvo says lab fire won’t affect production
STOCKHOLM -- A fire broke out on Tuesday in a building housing an auto battery laboratory at Volvo Car Group's plant in Gothenburg, Sweden, the company said.

Volvo said the blaze was under control, but 150 employees had to be evacuated from the laboratory and surrounding buildings.

"There is no impact on the production from the fire," a spokesperson said.

This is the second fire at Volvo Car's Gothenburg plant in less than two months. In early February, another building, housing a test facility, caught fire.
Sweden  laboratory  fire  response  batteries 
7 hours ago
Lab smoke evacuates Memorial University engineering building
Memorial University engineering students were forced out of the S.J. Carew Building at the St. John's campus on Wednesday afternoon.

Smoke in a refrigeration unit of the thermal lab on the ground floor sparked an evacuation at around 4 p.m. The St. John's Regional Fire Department responded a short time later, according to Platoon Chief Robert Fowler.

"They just recently had a new refrigeration unit put in there, and [they are] having some issues with it, so it was creating some smoke in the immediate area," Fowler explained.


Platoon Chief Robert Fowler says there was an issue with a new refrigeration unit in a laboratory in the building. (Ted Dillon/CBC)
He said firefighters and Memorial University maintenance staff found the problem, cut power to the unit and aired out the space.

"Right now the contractor is on his way in to deal with the issues with that unit."

Students have been let back into the building on the north side of campus off Prince Philip Drive, but the laboratory remains closed.
Canada  laboratory  release  response  unknown_chemical 
7 hours ago
Woman suffers burns in house fire
On Sunday March 26th shortly after 5:30pm, Orange Fire Department was notified of a structure fire and burn victim. The fire was located at 2419 McKee Dr. , when the first unit arrived on scene the found heavy black smoke coming from the rear of the resident.

The home owner states she was cleaning with some type of chemical and it caught fire.  The women received several burns on her lower body and leg areas. She was transported by Acadian Ambulance Personnel to a nearby awaiting helicopter. The victim was initially going to a Galveston Burn Center, but due to the weather the air rescue unit had to divert back to St. Elizabeth Hospital. The home received fire, water and, serious smoke damage. The city Of Orange Fire Marshall was called to the scene and is investigating the cause of the fire. A dog was also rescued by fire fighters from the back yard of the home.
us_TX  public  fire  injury  unknown_chemical 
yesterday
How Target is taking aim at harmful chemicals
Irene Quarshie, VP of sustainable sourcing, talks about how the giant retailer plans to engage its vast supply chain in a move to reformulate 90,000 products

When one of America’s biggest retail stores announces plans to reduce carcinogenic chemicals from its all its products in 1,800 stores, it is a big deal, with huge impact that ripples down its vast supply chain.

In an interview with Ethical Corporation, Irene Quarshie, the company’s VP of responsible sourcing, said that the sheer number and diversity of Target’s products, ranging from electronics to homeware to foodstuffs, is the biggest challenge.  

“We don’t have the luxury, as some brands do, of focusing on one thing, for example healthcare. We do a broad range of products, from accessories to baby products. We’re the second-largest importer of goods into the US. But this doesn’t mean we are deterred; we focus on the end game. We ensure if progress is small it is also significant.”

Target’s move follows Walmart’s announcement last July that it had asked its suppliers to find replacements for eight chemicals, including formaldehyde and triclosan, in its products, a move that affects 90,000 products.  Last year Walmart and Target came first and second, respectively, when Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families, a Washington-based coalition, ranked the 11 biggest merchants on their chemical-disclosure policies.

Quarshie says Target’s sweeping new goals for its products focus on areas with the “biggest impact on human health”, particularly chemicals that have been labelled as carcinogenic. Target has committed to be transparent about chemicals used throughout its supply chain, and innovate safer alternatives for products. It aims to achieve this by 2020, and invest in green chemistry by 2022.
us_WA  public  discovery  environmental 
2 days ago
Fuel leak during car fire creates challenge, Fire Chief says
Two departments responded to a vehicle fire Sunday evening after fuel was leaking from the gas tank.
According to the Bertrand Volunteer Fire Department, the vehicle fire happened near 746 Road and E Road in Phelps county. The call came in at 8:31 p.m. Sunday. A 2002 Pontiac Grand Am driven by Dillan Gadanz was totally engulfed in flames when the fire department arrived. Fire Chief Kevin Stehl says that fuel leaking from the gas tank proved to be a challenge for firefighters. Because of this, foam was used to contain the fire along with dry chemical extinguishers.
As a precaution, the Loomis Volunteer Fire Department responded as well to supply a tanker and remained on scene until 10 p.m.
No injuries were reported. The car was declared a total loss.
 
us_ID  transportation  fire  response  gasoline 
2 days ago
Chemical spray at Stonestown mall in SF affects 15
Release of an unknown chemical spray at Stonestown Galleria shopping mall in the southwest portion of San Francisco sent police and fire emergency crews rushing to the scene Monday night.
Three people were taken to a hospital and 12 others reported being affected by the spray at the mall in the 3200 block of 20th Avenue, said Fire Department spokesman Jonathan Baxter. He said the hospitalized people were in very stable condition, and the others were either treated at the scene or refused treatment.
The chemical was reported shortly after 8 p.m. The 911 caller reported that it was pepper spray, Baxter said, and officers believe it was either pepper spray or something similar. He said the situation was under control by 9:30. There was no immediate report of a source, a suspect or a motive for the spraying.
us_CA  public  release  injury  pepper_spray 
2 days ago
Massive fire at Pune’s National Chemical Laboratory
A massive fire broke out at the National Chemical Laboratory (NCL) in Pune’s Pashan area on late Monday evening.

According to officials, the blaze which originated in the methanol lab (in Pilot Plant III) at around 8 p.m. and inflicted extensive damage, seriously gutted the ground and the first floors. While there was a major loss of property, no casualties or injuries were reported.

“Since the premises were under renovation , no experiment was being carried out in the laboratory and no scientist or student was near the pilot plant at the time of the conflagration,” said Dr. Prakash Wadgaonkar, Chairman, Safety wing.

The cause of the blaze has yet to be ascertained. Dr. Wadgaonkar further informed that a committee has been constituted under the Director, CSIR-NCL to probe the cause of the fire.

10 fire tenders were rushed to the spot and a team of 50 jawans were engaged in fire-fighting with a quarter of an hour of the fire. The inferno was brought under control within an hour.

The pilot plant occupies around 10,000 sq.ft. and houses reactors and allied equipment.
India  laboratory  fire  response  methanol 
2 days ago
Exploding pumps trigger Sciex mass spectrometer alert
Scientific instrument maker Sciex has told owners of more than 2,000 mass spectrometers to immediately shut down the instruments because a catastrophic failure of turbo pumps manufactured by Agilent Technologies could “result in serious injury or death.” To date, Sciex says, no one has been injured.
According to a safety notice dated March 13 for owners of API 4000, API 4000 Qtrap, and API 5000 model mass spectrometers, the rotors of the TV 801 turbo pump can suddenly fragment and be ejected at high speeds. The pumps are used to create a high negative pressure in the instrument’s vacuum chamber.
Taking his API 4000 out of service will be financially crippling, says Bruce S. Levison, an assistant professor at the University of Toledo College of Medicine & Life Sciences who uses the machine to analyze tissue samples for pharmacologically relevant compounds. “We stand to lose thousands of dollars per day in revenue,” he says.
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Closeup of Sciex TV 801 turbo pump showing single-bolt arrangement.
Credit: Sciex
Sciex and Agilent have yet to determine the root cause of the failure. “This situation is unprecedented both in the sheer size of the installation base affected and in the criticality of the recommendation,” Inese Lowenstein, Sciex’s senior vice president of global sales and service, tells C&EN.
The workhorse mass spectrometers are used for a variety of chemical analyses and are in place around the world in academic, industrial, and government settings, Sciex says. The instruments were sold under brand names including Sciex, AB Sciex, MDS Sciex, and Applied Biosystems.
laboratory  discovery  response 
3 days ago
UZ student dies in freak accident – Nehanda Radio
PSMI yesterday confirmed the incident and when the Daily News on Sunday crew visited the premises where the accident happened, employees were still to come to terms with the sudden death of the young man who was said to be exceptional in his studies and work.

It has been established that Tsuro was working on a procedure he had done so many times before.

PSMI official Yeukai Mugabe confirmed the incident and said investigations were underway to determine the cause of the tragedy saying her organisation has been left shocked because they operate in an environment with high levels of safety procedures.

“The unfortunate accident happened on Monday, March 20, 2017 when the student was staining a tuberculosis sample at a sink in the laboratory. 

“Emmanuel was doing a ZN staining for TB (normal standard tests within microbiology) when fire broke out. The test involves heating a slide flooded with carbol fuchsin.

“After heating the slide, a fire broke out and his lab coat caught fire. He ran out of the microbiology room to the stairs leading to the exit and he was rescued by one of his colleagues who managed to block him and thus allowing the others who were pursuing him to put out the fire.

“The accident came as a shock to the PSMI family since Emmanuel was one of our best students on attachment and was so used to the staining procedures. The previous day, he had done about 50 samples of the same procedure,” said Mugabe.

According PSMI, soon after the accident, Tsuro was rushed to West End Hospital where he was stabilised and transferred to Parirenyatwa Hospital which has a special burns unit where he was admitted until his death on Friday.

Added Mugabe: “It is indeed a deep loss not only to the Tsuro family but also the PSMI family and the nation at large since Emmanuel was a hardworking, dedicated and high-performing student.
Zimbabwe  laboratory  fire  death  flammable 
3 days ago
Calls for answers over A55 chemical spill continue one year after chaos came to carriageway
No answers or explanations have emerged from an investigation into a chemical spill which caused chaos on the A55 more than a year ago.

The carriageway was brought to a standstill for 10 hours when a tanker containing up to 27,000 litres of ferric chloride spilled some of its load onto the road on March 22 last year.

Between the spill and the clean-up operation, it was more than 43 hours until all lanes of the A55 were reopened between Junction 22 at the promenade in Old Colwyn and Junction 23 at Abergele Road.

At the time, amid concern about the apparent failure of the authorities to take control of the situation, politicians called for an investigation into how it happened and how similar incidents could be better handled in future.

Since then, there have been no answers or explanations, as a series of organisations deny responsibility for the probe and politicians continue to demand answers.
United_Kingdom  transportation  follow-up  response  ferric_chloride 
3 days ago
GFR clears UF chemistry building of potentially explosive material
The Chemistry Lab Building was cleared for a chemical leak after a student discovered an open container with a potentially explosive liquid Saturday afternoon, officials said.

Steven Locicero, a UF chemistry graduate student, was working in a lab Saturday afternoon when he saw a damaged container of trichlorosilane, a chemical that could explode if exposed to water. He said he was concerned the exposed chemical could be a danger and reported the chemical at about 5:20 p.m.

“I just wanted to be sure it was safe,” the 28-year-old said.

University Police shut down Buckman Drive for more than an hour until 6:45 p.m. and blocked off foot traffic near the building.

Lt. Kristy Sasser said UPD assisted Gainesville Fire Rescue and evacuated the lab building.

GFR District Chief Joseph Hillhouse said Locicero placed the container in an over-pack container, which would block any leaks, before he evacuated the building.

“(The chemical) doesn’t play well with others, and we have to be safe about this,” Hillhouse said.

The hazardous materials team went into the building and used air monitoring devices to see if the chemical was airborne but did not detect anything, Hillhouse said. He said the container could have erupted at any time, and the chemical may have already dissipated.
us_FL  laboratory  release  response  other_chemical 
3 days ago
Green chemistry is key to reducing waste and improving sustainablity
The development and evolution of the chemical industry is directly responsible for many of the technological advancements that have emerged since the late 19th century.

However, it was not until the 1980s that the environment became a priority for the chemical industry. This was prompted largely by stricter environmental regulations and a need to address the sector’s poor reputation, particularly due to pollution and industrial accidents.

But the industry is now rapidly improving, and this changing mindset has provided the backdrop for the emergence of green chemistry.

What is green chemistry?

Sustainability is becoming increasingly important in almost every industry and chemistry is no different.

Green chemistry aims to minimise the environmental impact of the chemical industry. This includes shifting away from oil to renewable sources where possible.

Green chemistry also prioritises safety, improving energy efficiency and, most importantly, minimising (and ideally) eliminating toxic waste from the very beginning.

Important examples of green chemistry include: phasing out the use of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) in refrigerants, which have played a role in creating the ozone hole; developing more efficient ways of making pharmaceuticals, including the well-known painkiller ibuprofen and chemotherapy drug Taxol; and developing cheaper, more efficient solar cells.

The need to adapt

Making chemical compounds, particularly organic molecules (composed predominantly of carbon and hydrogen atoms), is the basis of vast multinational industries from perfumes to plastics, farming to fabric, and dyes to drugs.

In a perfect world, these would be prepared from inexpensive, renewable sources in one practical, efficient, safe and environmentally benign chemical reaction. Unfortunately, with the exception of the chemical processes found in nature, the majority of chemical processes are not completely efficient, require multiple reaction steps and generate hazardous byproducts.

While in the past traditional waste management strategies focused only on the disposal of toxic byproducts, today efforts have shifted to eliminating waste from the outset by making chemical reactions more efficient.
industrial  discovery  environmental 
3 days ago
Opposition mounts to Trump plan to close chemical safety agency
US chemistry groups join industry to warn against elimination of the Chemical Safety Board

US chemistry organisations and the chemical industry have come together to oppose President Donald Trump’s elimination of the only agency charged with carrying out independent investigations of industrial chemical accidents. In his budget blueprint for 2018, released earlier this month, Trump proposed ending funding for the $11 million (£9 million) Chemical Safety Board (CSB) that has run for almost two decades.
industrial  discovery  environmental 
4 days ago
Editorial: Chemical safety board vital to Jersey
In industrial-rich New Jersey, dangerous chemicals and hazardous materials have long been an ever-present danger. That’s why it is disturbing that a key federal agency so vigilant in investigating chemical accidents and so involved in helping set safety protocols in response to such events is now on the chopping block in President Donald Trump’s 62-page “budget blueprint.”

As Staff Writer Scott Fallon reported, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board is among 20 federal entities that the Trump administration has targeted for elimination. In a way, this would feel like almost a personal attack on New Jersey, given all the good work the board has done in the state, and given that the devastating 1995 Napp Technologies explosion helped lead to the board’s creation.

That catastrophic event in the heart of Lodi, in which 10,000 pounds of chemicals exploded, killed five people and injured 41 others. Burning debris rained down on the neighborhood and more than 400 people had to be evacuated. It was in the aftermath of that tragedy that Sen. Frank Lautenberg began pushing for the safety board, which had technically existed for five years, to be funded.

In recent years, the board’s 40-member staff has been tasked with examining some of the worst workplace disasters in the country, from the Deepwater Horizon oil rig fire in 2010 to the 2013 West Fertilizer explosion in Texas that killed 15 people, including 12 firefighters.
us_NJ  industrial  discovery  environmental 
4 days ago
Regional Hazmat Team responds to spill
SOUTHWICK, Mass. (The Westfield News) – Around 12:15 p.m. on Thursday afternoon, the Southwick Fire Department received a call that there was a possible mercury spill inside a home on Knollwood Rd.

Before arriving on scene, the fire department called the District Four Regional Hazmat Team, who handles situations like mercury spills. The fourth regional hazmat team consists of firefighters throughout Western Massachusetts.

According to Southwick Fire Chief Russ Anderson, the homeowner was doing renovations on the house and discovered the possible chemical.

Once entering the home, the hazmat team mitigated the area of the floor where the spill was located. Some of the carpeting was cut out in order to retrieve the entirety of the spill, and then neutralizers were added to the process.

Anderson said that the cause was most likely due to an old mercury thermometer that could have gotten trapped in the plumbing, before the current residents lived in the house.
us_MA  public  release  response  mercury 
5 days ago
The air freshener hazmat scare
VINELAND, N.J. (AP) — Officials say a particularly pungent air freshener caused a hazmat scare that prompted the closure and evacuation of a New Jersey high school.

NJ.com reports the incident began around 11:30 a.m. yesterday when students at Vineland High School South Campus reported a chemical smell emanating from a second floor lab.

The fire chief says a team was dispatched to the school for a possible hazmat situation after more students started complaining of respiratory distress.

But a good look around turned up an air freshener on the floor below the lab that used patchouli oil.

Its vapors made its way into the building’s air ducts.
us_NJ  laboratory  release  response  other_chemical 
5 days ago
Chemical Leak Sends 4 To Hospital: Harford Officials
BELCAMP, MD — Four people were hospitalized following a hazmat call in Harford County Friday afternoon, officials said.

A hydrogen peroxide leak was reported in the 1300 block of Brass Mill Road in Belcamp at 4 p.m., according to Jenn Chenworth, spokeswoman for the Harford County Volunteer Fire and EMS Association.

Ten people reported having respiratory symptoms and were evaluated, Chenworth said. None of their situations was believed to be life-threatening, she reported.
us_MD  public  release  injury  hydrogen_peroxide 
5 days ago
High School Students, Teachers Hospitalized Over Chemical Odor
VINELAND, N.J. (CBS) — Students and teachers at a New Jersey high school have been hospitalized after a chemical odor was reported.

Vineland High School South says the building at 2880 East Chestnut Ave. was evacuated after students and staff on the second floor reported a chemical odor.

Five students and two teachers were sent to the hospital as a precaution. They are expected to be fine.

The cause of the odor is still under investigation.
us_NJ  education  release  injury  unknown_chemical 
6 days ago
Roads reopened after fire at Southwest Research Institute in downtown Boulder
A lithium battery caught fire at Southwest Research Institute in downtown Boulder on Thursday afternoon prompting the closure of roads around the building as fire crews responded.

Boulder Fire Rescue Battalion Chief John Nuñez said staff on the fifth floor of the building, located at 1050 Walnut Ave., called 911 shortly before 3 p.m. to report the fire, which staff were trying to put out with a fire extinguisher.

Nuñez said that firefighters responded and extinguished the battery, but it took quite a while to ventilate the building. However, there doesn't appear to be any smoke damage.

No injuries were reported. Boulder police temporarily shut down portions of 11th Street and Walnut Avenue while fire crews were on scene.

Nuñez said it is unknown why the battery, which was being charged, caught fire.

The Southwest Research Institute employs about 80 people and is a nonprofit applied engineering and physical science research and development organization that is headquartered out of San Antonio, according to its website.
us_CO  laboratory  fire  response  batteries  fire_extinguisher 
6 days ago
Hazmat crews clear anhydrous leak that closed highway
A Marion County highway was briefly closed while Hazmat crews worked to clear an anhydrous ammonia leak Thursday night.

According to a Facebook post by the Marion County Emergency Management Agency Thursday night, an accident at the intersection of Highway 92 and Highway T17 caused the leak.

A tank that was being towed by a pickup truck came loose, and ended up in a highway ditch. The tank, carrying anhydrous ammonia, began to leak.

Responders were called to the area after 7:30 p.m. on Thursday. They worked to clear the leak and the tank from the ditch by 10 p.m.

Clay Township Fire Department along with the Marion County Hazardous Materials team and Marion County Sheriff's Office responded to the scene.
us_TN  transportation  release  response  ammonia 
6 days ago
Hazmat cleanup finished on Hwy 155 at Grande in Tyler
MITH COUNTY, TX (KLTV) -
A hazardous spill situation occurred just south of Tyler on Thursday afternoon. 

Tyler Police PIO Don Martin confirmed there is a spill on Hwy 155 at Grande in Tyler. Tyler police responded to the scene to help direct traffic. 

Smith County Fire Marshal Connie Wasson said that it appeared that a large plastic tub containing possibly up to 275 pounds of ammonia sulfate fell off of a truck. Wasson said that she is unsure at this point whether the entire tub emptied or if only some of the chemical spilled out. She said that what spilled was mostly in the grass alongside the roadway.

As of 10:30 p.m. on Thursday, the cleanup crews were gone and traffic was flowing normally, according to DPS. 
us_TX  transportation  release  response  dust 
6 days ago
Hazmat scare sends two Yellowstone County deputies to the hospit
BILLINGS -
A potential home break in turned into a call out for the Billings police bomb squad and Billings Fire hazmat teams, after it sent two Yellowstone County Deputies to the Hospital Thursday night.

Just before 10 p.m. deputies responded to a trailer home at 4224 Ellington Avenue, just south of Billings.

Captain Bill Michaelis said the woman who called 9-1-1 was inside, but did not come to the door, so deputies entered through a window. 

"Once they got inside there was some kind of chemical release or something that happened inside, they had difficulty breathing," Michaelis said, 

"They could feel it right away when they got inside, that the air wasn't correct," he said. 

Both deputies were decontaminated on scene and sent to Billings Clinic for further evaluation.

Billings Police then sent in a bomb robot to determine if anyone else was inside the home.

Once cleared, hazmat crews entered the trailer and found a whitish-brownish powdery substance.
us_MT  public  release  injury  dust 
6 days ago
Vineland High School South evacuated due to strong odor
VINELAND, N.J. (WPVI) -- Hundreds of students were evacuated from Vineland High School South on Wednesday because of a strong odor coming from a science lab.

The students were sent outside around 11:30 a.m.

Officials have since determined the smell was coming from an electric potpourri machine.

Five students and two teachers were taken to the hospital for observation.

Everyone else was allowed back into school this afternoon.
us_NJ  laboratory  release  injury  unknown_chemical 
7 days ago
Four gallons of sodium hydroxide spilled at manufacturing company
MANATEE
For five hours on Wednesday, Southern Manatee Fire & Rescue investigated a call of a “slight haze and a chemical smell” inside a manufacturer that ended up being a sodium hydroxide spill.

The 911 call came at 7:40 a.m. from Cortec Corporation, located at 2420 Trailmate Drive. SMFR, which is directly across the street from the company, responded with 18 personnel and had three Manatee County EMS employees assisting, according to battalion chief Herb Smith.

Cortec Corporation, a Minnesota-based chemical manufacturing company, makes environmentally friendly corrosion inhibitors to prevent rust.

According to Bradenton Herald archives, the Manatee County campus has an office, manufacturing facility, a warehouse and two laboratories for research into biotechnology and marine corrosion.
us_FL  industrial  release  response  sodium_hydroxide 
7 days ago
Sutherland: CSB chair says agency's watchdog role is invaluable
The notion that safety is always good for the bottom line is not new - but it is most assuredly a principle that should be taken more seriously. Twelve years after the BP Texas City disaster - one of the deadliest industrial accidents in the history of the United States - there still is much to learn.

Investigating such accidents is the responsibility of the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) - the independent, nonregulatory federal agency that I head. I am devastated to know that President Trump's 2018 budget proposal seeks to eliminate the CSB. We have a truly unique mission as we are the only agency that acts as a watchdog for both industry and government agencies. Without the CSB, lessons will not be learned from future high-consequence fires and explosions.

Every refinery and chemical plant should be aware of the CSB's work and support its continued existence. The CSB's learnings from high quality accident investigations will not only keep communities and workers safe but also improve companies' bottom lines. In Texas, 24 chemical accidents have been investigated by the board. As the state with the highest number of CSB investigations, we hope that leaders in government across Texas will support the agency's ongoing work. Simply put, prevention is good business.

Industrial accidents do not occur in a vacuum; they reverberate throughout industry and affect ordinary Americans. The costs are enormous, from injuries and fatalities to long-term economic consequences.
us_TX  industrial  discovery  environmental 
7 days ago
Chemical leak forces evacuation in downtown Brownsville
Twenty-two people were evacuated Tuesday afternoon from the Quick Transit Corp building on East Frontage Street after a chemical leak was reported to the Brownsville Fire Department.
A man was admitted to the hospital after unsuccessfully attempting to plug the leak himself and getting chemicals on his face and hands, said Fire Chief Carlos Elizondo.
“The gentleman was decontaminated on scene. He was taken to Valley Baptist Medical Center (in Brownsville) for treatment,” Elizondo said. “He didn’t show anything other than redness, but our concern is mainly inhalation and the eyes, which he did complain about.”
us_TX  public  release  injury  unknown_chemical 
8 days ago
Fire Burns Long Beach Storage Container With Chemical-Soaked Rags
LONG BEACH, CA -- A small fire in Long Beach burned a storage container in which chemical-soaked rags had been placed but no one was hurt, authorities said Tuesday.

The fire was reported at 11:35 p.m. and knocked down within 15 minutes in the 4000 block of East Conant Street, outside a commercial building, said Jake Heflin of the Long Beach Fire Department.

The rags in the container were stored there for disposal, Heflin said, but he did not know what kind of chemicals were involved.
us_CA  industrial  fire  response  waste 
8 days ago
Caustic fumes caused by chemical mix force evacuation of Ulster hotel
TOWN OF ULSTER >> The Hampton Inn hotel on Ulster Avenue was evacuated, 12 workers were exposed to caustic fumes and a contractor who inhaled them was hospitalized Tuesday afternoon after accidently mixing a cleaning chemical with pool water containing chlorine, the local fire chief said.

Ulster Hose Chief Shawn Heppner said firefighters were called to the hotel at 1307 Ulster Ave. at 1:23 p.m. for an automatic fire alarm activation after a contractor working near the hotel’s pool accidently mixed a “corrosive cleaner” with pool water. The contractor initially thought the resulting fumes were caused by a fire, Heppner said.

Twelve contractors, including the one that was hospitalized, were evaluated by Mobile Life Support Services. Eleven of the workers refused treatment, Heppner said.

The contractor, who was not identified, suffered injuries that were not life-threatening injuries, the chief said.
us_NY  public  release  injury  corrosives  pool_chemicals 
8 days ago
Fire safety issues dog battery storage growth in New York City, slowing deployment
Last fall, New York City became one of the few cities in America to implement an energy storage mandate when Mayor Bill Di Blasio announced a 100 MWh by 2020 solar-plus-storage target, but progress has been slow. By the end of 2016, the city had only installed 4.8 MWh of storage.

A new report by the City University of New York, the National Renewable Energy Laboratories and Meister Consultants examines the barriers to deploying solar-plus-storage installations in New York City. The report cites the high cost of battery storage and the lack of city and state incentives for storage. The report also identifies the city’s arduous permitting process as one of the barriers developers face.

But the report does not put a lot of focus on what may be one of the biggest barriers to expanding energy storage in New York: the lack of consensus on fire safety standards for battery storage devices, especially lithium-ion batteries.

Fire safety concerns have not been a limiting factor in other jurisdictions, said Christopher Robinson, who heads energy storage research at Lux Research. But New York City’s population density makes it more of a concern there.

Uncertainty around fire safety issues is putting a damper on the New York storage market, said Davion Hill, energy storage leader, Americas, for DNV GL. “Developers are afraid of the soft costs associated with excessive water and ventilation requirements,” he said.
us_NY  public  discovery  environmental  batteries 
8 days ago
Arrest made after crews respond to Hanover for hazmat situation
HANOVER, Mass. —
An arrest has been made after a hazmat situation in Hanover.

Hanover police and firefighters responded to Bates Way Tuesday afternoon for an initial report of a level one hazmat response, which means an assessment of a suspicious substance.

Authorities said a man broke into a home on Bates Way and brought in a bucket with some kind of substance. The liquid was found around the home and when the homeowner arrived and realized what was going, they called the police.

"They went into the home and confirmed that there was some form of vapor emitting from bucket inside the kitchen area of the home," Hanover Fire chief Jeffrey Blanchard said.

The response was raised to a level two, meaning a short term operation is underway. Firefighters at the scene said a couple of homes were evacuated.

The suspect was found on the first floor of the home and was arrested. Officials said he apparently had doused himself with the substance and had to be washed down.

"He did need to be assisted outside and was transported to local hospital for evaluation," Hanover Police chief Walter Sweeney said.

The man is expected to be charged with breaking and entering into a home to commit a felony. Authorities said the suspect and the homeowner knew each other.
us_MA  public  release  injury  unknown_chemical  illegal 
8 days ago
Police chase, hazmat situation in Lino Lakes sends 9 to hospital
LINO LAKES, Minn. (KMSP) - A police chase from Blaine, Minnesota to Lino Lakes, Minnesota ended with a strange twist Tuesday morning, with nine people taken to the hospital for exposure to noxious fumes.

According to the Blaine Police Department, officers attempted to pull a van over for suspicious activity near the Walmart on Ball Road in Blaine and were led on a chase, ending with a PIT maneuver near the corner of County Road 23 and Town Center Parkway in Lino Lakes.

Nine people, including four police officers, three EMS members and the driver of the vehicle were taken to a nearby hospital following the incident after being overcome by fumes in the area. All nine people complained of scratchy throats and were underwent chemical decontamination at a nearby hospital. 

The North Metro Chemical Assessment Team determined the source of the fumes was a leaking propane tank and a variety of used spray paint cans in the back of the van. The officers and the van's driver were treated for symptoms of aerosol inhalation and released from the hospital Tuesday afternoon, officials said. 

Both suspects were questioned by police after they found a loaded firearm in the vehicle. The passenger was eventually released, though officials say the investigation is currently ongoing. 
us_MN  transportation  release  injury  propane 
8 days ago
Hazmat Crew Investigating Westwood Parking Lot Where People Fell Ill
On March 10, 10 people complained of being sickened in an underground parking structure in Westwood, but none of them required hospitalization.

The incident was reported at 7:11 p.m. in the 1000 block of Glendon Avenue, just south of the UCLA campus, according to Sean Saunders of the Los Angeles Fire Department.

The patients complained of a burning sensation, a metallic taste in their throats and feeling sickened, Saunders said.

No one was taken to a hospital, but a hazardous materials crew was dispatched to take samples and try to determine what substance was involved.
us_CA  public  release  injury  unknown_chemical 
8 days ago
HazMat Team Responds To Truck Accident
LAS VEGAS (KXNT) – At first, authorities believed a crash to be just a routine accident jamming up the intersection of West Cheyenne Avenue and North Grand Canyon Drive Tuesday morning. Then, local firefighters learned there were chemicals on the truck involved in the crash.

Las Vegas Fire and Rescue responded to a car crash around 8:30 a.m. Tuesday. When firefighters arrived, they found a small truck on its side in the intersection.

Two vehicles were involved in the crash of a truck that hit a car with a woman inside. Both drivers were checked by paramedics on scene and released. The driver of the truck told firefighters at the scene there were some chemicals in the rear of the truck. After firefighters checked the air inside the truck with electronic air monitoring equipment, it indicated that there might be a possible leak. Before the truck could be righted, the chemicals had to be secured.

The LVFR Hazardous Materials Response team responded as well as a number of other support cars and personnel. A total of 35 personnel with 15 vehicles responded.

All roads leading to the intersection were closed and a few nearby residents and a school were told to stay put and not come out for awhile.
us_NV  transportation  release  response  unknown_chemical 
8 days ago
Fires drop in Sugar Land; hazmat calls increase, report shows
The number of structure fires in Sugar Land dropped by half over the past year, while the city’s fire department responded to far more calls concerning hazardous materials, a new report shows.

According to the 2016 Annual Report recently released by the Sugar Land Fire-EMS Department, FY 2015 saw 36 fires erupt in Sugar Land, but that number dropped to 17 in FY 2016. Figures for prior years were not released.

Sugar Land Fire Chief Juan Adame said it was not possible to attribute the drop to any single factor. However, he said the fire department conducts a lot of public education outreach in the community, with much of that education focused on the potential for kitchen fires, especially stoves left unattended, which he said is a top cause of fires in the home.

“We work real hard at educating the public,” Adame said.

The number of hazardous materials related emergencies increased from 132 in FY 2015 to 192 in FY 2016, according to the report. Emergency calls that are labeled hazmat calls include a wide variety of problems, from a possible natural gas leak to dangerous materials being spilled on the ground, Adame said.

“If a person smells gas in their home, we go investigate,” he said.

The hazardous materials classification makes many of those calls sound more dangerous than they actually are, he said.
us_TX  public  discovery  environmental 
9 days ago
Korea to inaugurate country's first biosafety level-4 lab
Singapore: The Korean Center for Disease Control and Prevention recently announced the opening of the country's first biosafety level 4 (BL-4) lab in Osong, a biotech complex in North Chungcheong Province. With this, South Korea is close to opening its first laboratory fully equipped for experiments with the deadliest of human viruses, such as Ebola.
Stating that there are only a few labs dealing with such dangerous viruses across the globe, the center said that at least 24 billion won ($21.2 million) has been injected for the new lab project. Officials hope that this would enhance the country's preparedness for deadly diseases and help local firms' research for vaccines. In the envisioned lab, experiments on about 20 of the most deadly kinds of human viruses, including Ebola and Lassa fever, will be carried out, said the center.
The KCDC further added that only a handful of doctorate-level scientists, who are trained at BL-4 laboratories in other countries, will have access to the lab to conduct tests. Cocooned within a submarine-like airtight facility, each room inside the laboratory is equipped with state-of-the art air and sound pressure infrastructure to prevent the spread of virus.
Currently, Korea only operates BL-3 labs that handle pathogens in risk group 3, which usually cause serious human or animal disease but do not easily spread by casual contact. The Middle East respiratory syndrome that struck Korea in 2015 belongs to this group. The authorities, however, have yet to finalize the opening of the lab, as it requires a review of the risks that taking deadly viruses into the country could pose to public safety, reported the Korean Herald.
Republic_of_Korea  laboratory  discovery  environmental 
9 days ago
Electric bike catches fire in Newport Beach
NEWPORT BEACH – An electric bike caught fire Sunday, shooting battery parts as it burned, authorities said.

The incident was reported around 4:30 p.m. at the end of an access ramp on 18th Street.

A man and woman had parked their newly purchased electric bikes on the beach and were sitting next to them when the battery on one of the bikes malfunctioned, said Mike Halphide, lifeguard battalion chief for the Newport Beach Fire Department.

“Lifeguards on scene reported that the battery was popping and sending projectiles dozens of yards from the fire,” Halphide said. “It’s something I’ve never seen before.”

The couple were not injured and firefighters used a dry chemical to extinguish the blaze. One bike was destroyed and the other was damaged, he said.
us_CA  public  fire  response  batteries  fire_extinguisher 
9 days ago
In Easton, fire suppression system extinguishes; people!
EASTON — It looked like it snowed in town on Saturday morning – but only in the parking lot of one gas station.

The fire suppression system dropped a dry powder chemical about 8:22 a.m., Saturday, at Mobil, at 491 Foundry St., while the shop was open.

"There was an accidental release of the ANSUL dry chemical system," Fire Chief Kevin Partridge said. "The company came down that maintains it and believes, for some reason, there was an issue with one of the heat detectors that set it off."

At least two people and one vehicle were hit by the initial drop of powder. They were evaluated by paramedics, but declined medical treatment.

"While my guys were there, it went off an additional three times, additional canisters," Partridge said.

The system is meant to drop powder that can quickly extinguish a fire if there is an issue near the gas pumps. The fire chief said the powder isn't something people should stand in or breathe in for long periods of time, but that it's generally not harmful.
us_MA  public  release  response  dust  fire_extinguishe 
9 days ago
American Chemical Society backs March for Science
The American Chemical Society is officially supporting next month’s planned mass demonstration in support of science.
The March for Science, scheduled for Earth Day, April 22, will take place in Washington, D.C. In addition, more than 320 satellite marches are scheduled throughout the U.S.—from Miami to Fairbanks, Alaska—and across the world. The March for Science organizers have tweeted that they hope to build a movement “to champion science that serves the public good and the need to protect such science.”
ACS says in a March 15 statement that its support for the march is predicated on two conditions. One is that the event must “adhere strictly to its established and publicly posted mission and principles, which closely mirror ACS’s own vision, mission and goals.” The other is that the march maintains its nonpartisan stance as a celebration of science and its contributions to “improving the human condition and addressing the world’s most pressing challenges.”
Glenn Ruskin, director of External Affairs & Communications at ACS, tells C&EN, “The beauty of the timing of the march is that it occurs on the same day that ACS has had its long-standing Chemists Celebrate Earth Day.” The theme of this year’s April 22 outreach event is “Chemistry Helps Feed the World.”
ACS, which publishes C&EN, joins an array of science groups that partnered with the march earlier. They include the American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Geophysical Union, American Association of University Professors, California Academy of Sciences, New York Academy of Sciences, Society for Neuroscience, Sigma Xi, and the Union of Concerned Scientists.
public  follow-up  environmental 
10 days ago
UL software targets animal testing
The testing and certifying company UL has introduced software aimed at reducing the need for animal testing when assessing chemicals for Europe’s Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation & Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) program.
The product, REACHAcross software, uses machine learning, a method whereby data continually enhances software, to assess the behavior of any chemical of interest to European regulators, UL says.
REACHAcross, which debuted at the Society of Toxicology’s annual meeting in Baltimore last week, is the latest in an effort by professional organizations, chemical makers, and equipment suppliers to develop improved means of assessing chemicals’ effects on human health and the environment. Many of the efforts target a reduction in animal testing.
Managing regulatory assessment was a prominent topic at the toxicologists’ meeting, in part because of changes last year to the U.S.’s Toxic Substances Control Act requiring more data reporting.
public  discovery  environmental 
10 days ago
Chemical crisis spreads to nation's airports
The chemical contamination crisis hitting Australian military bases is now flaring up at commercial airports across the country, including Canberra.

Officials fear toxic chemicals from fire fighting foams have polluted the soil at 22 of the country's largest airports, which are stuck in a year-long deadlock with the federal government over how to clean them up. 

At least 22 airports across Australia are though to be affected by legacy chemical contamination. Pictured is Canberra Airport, where contamination has been detected near the old fire fighting training ground.  Photo: Canberra Airport
From 1980 to 2003 the foams, which contained harmful polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), were used by government-employed fire fighters at dozens of airports and military bases.

The Environment Department has previously described the chemicals as "persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic".  
Australia  industrial  discovery  environmental  toxics 
10 days ago
East Bay Hazmat Crews Clean Up Mercury Spill
CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA -- Hazardous materials crews have finished cleaning up a mercury spill that was discovered Monday morning on a street in Antioch, officials with Contra Costa County Health Services said Friday.

Crews found liquid mercury in seven places in the 2200 block of Manzanita Way after someone reported a silvery substance in the street at about 10:15 a.m. on March 13.

Workers from the county's hazardous material team, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the California Department of Toxic Substances Control searched the area for several days to find all the places where the mercury was and clean it up.

Crews bound the mercury with sulfur and vacuumed it up.

No mercury was found on any sidewalks or on any residents' driveways.

Investigators have not said what was the source of the spill. It's the third spill reported in the area since December, health services officials said.
us_CA  public  release  response  mercury 
10 days ago
Police investigate assault, hazmat situation in Hunting Park
HUNTING PARK (WPVI) -- An assault call to police turned into something more in the Hunting Park section of Philadelphia.

Officers responded after 10 p.m. Friday to a rooming house on the 1300 block of West Jerome Street where a man had been pistol whipped.

When they arrived to the scene, they found the victim and suspect, along with an AK-47 rifle, marijuana plants and fertilizer in a home.

Hazmat crews were brought in to test the fertilizer. It turned out to be nothing harmful.

The suspect is in custody.
us_PA  public  discovery  response  ag_chems  clandestine_lab 
10 days ago
HAZMAT crews respond to chemical plant on Grand Island
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) - Erie County Fire investigators are trying to figure out what caused a fire at a Grand Island chemical plant today. Grand Island Fire officials said It happened at IsleChem LLC at 2801 Long Road at 12:30 pm. First responders say flames broke erupted in three labs on the second floor.

HAZMAT teams from Brighton and Erie County Emergencies Services were on the scene.

Seven emergency teams responded to the fire, including the Town of Tonawanda, Niagara Falls, and Erie County after the fire up upgraded to a two alarm. 

Grand Island Fire officials said the fire was under control by 1:47 pm and caused no immediate danger to the public.
us_NY  industrial  fire  response  unknown_chemical 
10 days ago
One person in hospital after Vancouver hazmat call
One person and two ambulance attendance are in hospital after a hazmat call to an apartment on Granville between Nelson and Helmcken Saturday night.

Their condition is not known.

Hazmat crews were called in just after 8:30 p.m. after reports of an ‘acid’ smell in an apartment.

Vancouver Fire Assistant Chief Chris Herbert.

“They found approximately 250 milliliters of a unknown acid product in an unmarked container. They packaged it up and passed it on to City Environmental for disposal.”
Canada  public  release  injury  acids  waste 
10 days ago
Hazmat team moves fast to save dad and daughter from mercury spill
KUCHING: A hazardous materials (Hazmat) emergency response team reacted swiftly to contain a mercury spill at a home here that had put a man and his young daughter in danger.

The spill happened at a house in the Tabuan Jaya residential estate not far from the Kuching International Airport at about 8.15pm on Saturday.

The Fire and Rescue station at Stutong township received an emergency call and swiftly despatched a Hazmat unit and an ambulance to the site.

It was discovered that the father had accidentally dropped the thermometer he was using to take the temperature of his daughter, aged about five or six years old, who was not feeling well.

Mercury spilled onto the floor and traces fell on both of them.

The Hazmat team, equipped in protective gear, took about an hour to clean up the mercury.

They also safely cleansed the stains from the father and little girl.
Malaysia  public  release  response  mercury 
10 days ago
Trump's proposal to scrap Chemical Safety Board draws criticism
President Donald Trump's proposal to do away with the federal agency that investigates chemical accidents drew sharp criticism from environmental, labor and safety advocates, who said that eliminating the watchdog would put American lives at risk.

Christine Todd Whitman, the former U.S. Environmental Protection Agency head, on Thursday called the proposal to get rid of Chemical Safety Board (CSB) and cut EPA funding short-sighted, saying both have long been an industry target for advocating greater public information on chemicals.

"If you want to put the American people in danger this is the way to do it," she said of the president's proposal to cut the CSB's funding entirely from the 2018 federal budget. "The chemical industry has fought back from the beginning."

The CSB investigates major chemicals accidents to search for their causes and makes recommendations that could prevent a recurrence. It has no regulatory power, but is influential because its recommendations are often adopted by industry, labor, government officials, the EPA and Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

The president on Thursday outlined a plan for fiscal 2018 discretionary spending, which exclude programs like Social Security, that removes allocations for 19 independent bodies, including the CSB and Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

The CSB, which has an annual budget of about $12 million, defended its work, saying its work has broadly improved safety. "As this process moves forward, we hope that the important mission of this agency will be preserved," the agency said in a statement.

Chemical and energy industry officials offered limited comment on the proposal. Petroleum and refining industry groups, Exxon Mobil Corp, BP plc and Tesoro Corp did not respond or declined to comment directly on the potential phase out.

The American Chemistry Council, a trade group that represents major chemicals producers, said in a statement it would work with the administration and Congress to "ensure EPA has funding to carry out essential responsibilities." It did not comment directly on the CSB.

The American Petroleum Institute, the oil industry trade group, said it looked "forward to working with the administration and Congress as all of these issues work their way through the budget process."
public  follow-up  environmental 
12 days ago
Newbury Park High hazmat incident over
Newbury Park High School parents were notified on Friday morning that old chemicals found in a storage unit were properly sealed and contained.

"We apologize if the sight of fire trucks on campus caused alarm or confusion," they said in their note to parents.

A hazardous materials team was called to the high school at 9:44 a.m.

No one was reported exposed to any hazardous material, administrators said, adding "no students or staff were exposed or harmed in any way."

Hazmat officials later said the campus was safe, allowing the school day to proceed.
us_CA  laboratory  discovery  response  unknown_chemical 
12 days ago
Daily Express Newspaper Online, Sabah, Malaysia.
Kota Kinabalu: Kota Kinabalu Public Health Laboratory officials are taking no chances when it comes to safety.
This is especially because various types of chemicals and gas with some even considered hazardous are being stored in the laboratory, making it a high risk premises by fire and rescue officials.

With this in mind, Kota Kinabalu Public Health Laboratory has taken numerous initiatives to conduct safety drills to make sure those working in the premises are prepared for any possibility.

"Health and safety has always been our priority and the exercise is part of a preparation for any event that may occur in the workplace," said Kota Kinabalu Public Health Laboratory Deputy Director Dr Anisah Jantim during a safety fire drill held at the premises in Bukit Padang, here, Wednesday.

"We understand that the premises contains significant risks and prevention of laboratory accidents requires great care and constant vigilance," she said.

Dr Anisah said the preparations are also meant to test their ability to act and the effectiveness of the existing safety features in the premises during fire emergency cases.
Malaysia  laboratory  discovery  environmental 
13 days ago
Fire in Purdue laboratory extinguished
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue firefighters rushed to Wetherill Hall on Oval Drive about 1:30 p.m. Wednesday after receiving a report of a fire, which was extinguished within minutes after the fire department arrived.

Purdue fire Capt. Shane Jones said the fire caused moderate damage, which was contained to the fire hood area in the second-floor laboratory. The fire activated the sprinkler system, so there also was some water damage in the area.

The facility was evacuated when the alarm went off, and people were directed to the nearby Stewart Center and Purdue Memorial Union, Jones said.

Building services staff assisted in the clean up, and people were allowed back into the building about 2:15 p.m. However, the room where the fire happened and the room directly below it remained closed, Jones said.
us_IN  laboratory  fire  response  unknown_chemical 
13 days ago
UPDATE: Officials give all clear after South Bend hazmat incident
Firefighters in South Bend gave the all clear after an overnight chemical fire on the city's west side.
It happened at Royal Adhesives and Sealants on Washington Street Wednesday night. According to a release issued by the president of the company, the problem was caused when a mixer producing epoxy adhesive overheated. The smoke filled most of the plant.
Initially first responders were concerned about chemicals leaking into the air, and people from nearby homes were evacuated and roads were closed. However, a representative from the emergency response section of IDEM verified there was no chemical issue and the smoke was not a threat to the public.
Two employees were taken to the hospital to be evaluated and were released. Operations within the production room have been discontinued until the investigation is finished, according to Ted Clark, Royal Adhesives president and CEO.
us_IN  industrial  release  injury  adhesives  epoxy 
13 days ago
Monsanto Under Fire Over Alleged Risks of Roundup
(NEWSER) – Monsanto has had a big—and mostly bad—week, with lots of headlines revolving around something called glyphosate, the key ingredient in its popular herbicide Roundup. Here's what's happening:

On Friday, Monsanto lost a court fight to prevent California from labeling glyphosate a carcinogen, reports the Fresno Bee.
But then came good news for the company. On Wednesday, the European Chemical Agency announced that its assessment of glyphosate on behalf of EU countries found that it was safe for public use, per the Guardian. The decision will be reviewed by the European Commission before a final decision is made. (Greenpeace isn't happy.)
Meanwhile, another lawsuit is unfolding involving hundreds of Americans who say glyphosate caused their cancer. CBS News talks to one of them, a mother with stage 4 non-Hodgkins lymphoma who used to spray Roundup on her lawn every week.
Lawyers for those suing Monsanto allege "highly suspicious" ties between the company and the (now retired) EPA official charged with policing the company. Court documents unsealed this week show that the EPA official once told a company manager, "If I can kill this, I should get a medal," referring to a study on the dangers of glyphosate. See Bloomberg.
Those same documents also point to emails suggesting that Monsanto ghostwrote parts of two scientific reports claiming Roundup doesn't cause cancer. The EPA reviewed both before deciding glyphosate was safe, reports Reuters.
However, Monsanto says an email from an executive—reading, "We would be keeping the cost down by us doing the writing and [scientists] would just edit & sign their names so to speak"—was taken out of context, and it accuses opposing attorneys of "cherry-picking" one email out of millions of pages.
The perspective of the Chicago Sun-Times' editorial board: The EPA "should conduct a thorough and uncompromising review of the herbicide's potential dangers," while the public should "be wary of industry-supported research."
us  public  discovery  enviromental  ag_chems 
13 days ago
HazMat situation prompts evacuation of Near North Side building
A hazardous materials situation prompted the evacuation of a Near North Side office building early Thursday afternoon.

The Chicago Fire Department responded to a Level One HazMat situation at 770 N. LaSalle, Fire Media Affairs tweeted at 12:14 p.m.

The carbon monoxide was initially measured at 200 ppm and the HazMat was elevated to a Level Two, according to Fire Media.

The building was evacuated, according to Fire Media. The source of the carbon monoxide was a gasoline-operated air-conditioning generator being used on the first floor of the building by a construction crew.

About 12:50 p.m., air quality returned to normal and crews were released from the scene.
us_IL  industrial  release  response  carbon_monoxide  gasoline 
13 days ago
Students injured in chemistry class explosion at Glendale school
GLENDALE, Calif. (KABC) -- Five high-school students were injured in a chemistry lab explosion during an after-school class in Glendale, officials said.

A beaker exploded during an experiment, and glass shards injured the students, according to Glendale Unified School District officials.

The class was held at Toll Middle School, but the injured students all attend Hoover High School across the street, according to the district. The STEM class involves both middle-school and high-school students.

Two students were said to have serious cuts, while three had minor scratches, officials said.

The two students with serious cuts were being evaluated at the scene for medical treatment.
us_CA  laboratory  explosion  injury  unknown_chemical 
14 days ago
Railcar Fire Leads To Hazmat Call At Memphis Company
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) - The Memphis Fire department and Hazmat crews were called to Valley Products in the 300 block of E. Brooks Road Wednesday afternoon.

Valley Products makes industrial soaps and soap products. The call came in about 2:45 p.m., when a railcar carrying 40,000 gallons of soybean oil caught fire. Crews were welding at the top of the tank at the time. No one was hurt.

It took about 30 minutes to put out the fire. Memphis fire crews cooled the tank to bring down the pressure and keep it from reigniting.
us_TN  transportation  fire  response  other_chemical 
14 days ago
Flammable chemical leaks at business in north St. Louis
NORTH ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -
Firefighters were on the scene of a chemical leak at a business in north St. Louis Wednesday night.

A container with 300 gallons of organic peroxide was leaking aboard a trailer at XPO Logistics in the 8300 block of Hall. Firefighters said the chemical is highly flammable.
us_MO  transportation  release  response  flammables  peroxide 
14 days ago
How common are chemical spills involving trucks?
Two hazardous chemical spills Tuesday caused by pile-ups on major highways in Ontario and Quebec are being described as rarities by transportation industry representatives.

A 30-vehicle crash on Hwy. 401 east of Kingston left one person dead and 27 others in hospital after fluorosilicic acid being transported by one of the trucks spilled from the vehicle.

Some people were treated at a decontamination bay after being exposed to the hazardous material, which is commonly used in water fluoridation, and can cause irritation to the nose, throat and respiratory system, swelling of the skin and severe eye irritation.

Spills are unusual when trucks are carrying dangerous materials, according to Stephen Laskowski, president of the Ontario Trucking Association.

He said there are about 2,200 products classified as “dangerous” under federal transportation regulations, ranging from household goods such as soap or paint to more dangerous chemicals such as those spilled on Tuesday around 2 p.m. on Hwy. 401.
Canada  transportation  discovery  environmental 
14 days ago
LyondellBasell refinery catches fire in east Houston
HOUSTON - Crews were on the scene of a LyondellBasell chemical refinery on Wednesday night, according to reports.

The smoke was seen for miles, and was coming from a cooling tower at the 12000 Lawndale Street plant.

\The company said the cooling tower chills down hot water to a lower temperature and does not come in contact with any hydrocarbons
us_TX  industrial  fire  response  unknown_chemical 
14 days ago
Explosion and chemical reaction reported at Royal Adhesives & Sealants
SOUTH BEND — South Bend firefighters were called to the scene of an apparent explosion and chemical reaction at Royal Adhesives & Sealants at 2001 W. Washington St. on Wednesday night.

Haz-Mat was called in at 9:30 p.m. because of reports that a chemical reaction inside the building was producing what was called toxic smoke. Later, Jim Luccki, assistant chief of operations for the South Bend Fire Department, said the smoke was not dangerous but was an irritant to eyes and mucous membranes. Luccki also said nobody was injured.

A company employee said everyone was evacuated except for some safety personnel. He said there were about 20 to 25 people in the plant at the time.

According to employees, a chemical reaction started taking place about 9 p.m. The reaction apparently caused a gas that employees said started to fill an area in the plant.

Royal Adhesives, which is based in South Bend, manufactures and markets high-performance adhesives, sealants and polymer coatings for a wide variety of industries.
us_IN  industrial  explosion  response  adhesives 
14 days ago
Unknown chemical spill at Planned Parenthood causes evacuation
COLUMBIA — A small, unknown spill at the Columbia Planned Parenthood caused a building evacuation Wednesday afternoon.

Assistant Fire Chief Brad Fraizer of the Columbia Fire Department said he did not know what caused the spill or how many people were in the building at the time. 

A hazmat team was sent into the building just before 5 p.m. and discovered an unknown irritant in the air, Fraizer said. A second examination by the team found that the chemical's presence in the air had decreased after members of the department ventilated the building with fans.

Four employees experienced eye irritation and coughing, Fraizer said. The employees refused medical treatment at the scene. 
us_MO  public  release  injury  irritant 
14 days ago
EPA chief delays industrial chemical safety regulation
EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has backed an industry request for delay and review of a new chemical safety regulation that sprang from the deaths of 15 people in a calamitous 2013 accident in Texas.
The new regulation would toughen requirements for industry-prepared risk management plans (RMP) intended to protect communities and workers from chemical-related accidents.
Pruitt’s decision will delay implementation of the rule for 90 days, EPA says, adding that further extensions may be needed.
“As an agency, we need to be responsive to concerns raised by stakeholders regarding regulations so facility owners and operators know what is expected of them,” Pruitt said on March 13, as he directed the agency to delay the effective date of the final regulation until June 19.
Seven trade associations sought the EPA review, including the American Chemistry Council, a trade group of chemical manufacturers. In a petition, they said the regulation was unnecessary and insufficient time had been provided for comments. They also objected to new provisions for third-party safety audits after a chemical release or accident and sections calling for companies to consider implementing inherently safer processes.
industrial  follow-up  environmental 
14 days ago
Manchester firefighters injured in fire suppression mishap
MANCHESTER - Two firefighters were treated at Elliot Hospital after a fire suppression chemical lowered the oxygen level in an electrical control room at the water treatment plant.

Fire crews answered an alarm at the 1581 Lake Shore Road plant at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The two firefighters entered the electrical control room to check the alarm, began having difficulty breathing and had to leave.

District Fire Chief Hank Martineau said a fire suppressant agent, similar to Halon that is used in areas of electrical equipment, had gone off.

When activated, the suppression system lowers the oxygen level in the room.

The system, he said, malfunctioned. When activated, it is supposed to flash a warning on the door so no one will enter. That didn't happen, Martineau said, and the firefighters were unaware that the suppressant had been set off when they entered the room.

Both were taken by ambulance to the hospital, where they were treated and later released.

Both are expected to return for their next shift, Martineau said.
us_NH  industrial  fire  injury  halon  water_treatment 
14 days ago
Police activate 'mass casualty response' for hazmat crash on Highway 401 in Ontario: Land Line Magazine
A multiple vehicle crash on Highway 401 near Mallorytown, Ontario, has shut down all travel lanes. A hazardous material spill prompted law enforcement to issue a mass casualty event response due to the number of people exposed.

A chain reaction crash involving at least a dozen tractor-trailers and several ancillary collisions occurred near the township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands on Tuesday. At least one of the commercial vehicles involved in the primary crash was transporting a hazardous material that turns into hydrofluoric acid when exposed to heat, according to a Facebook post by the Gananoque Police Service. Hydrofluoric acid is a highly toxic, highly corrosive and poisonous solution harmful to skin, lungs and eyes.

The Gananoque Police Service is not the agency responding to the crash, but is sharing updates about the crash via its social media accounts.

The transport is believed to have been carrying between 7,000 and 10,000 liters (between 1,800 and 2,600 gallons) of the chemical at the time of the crash, according to a report from KingstonRegion.com. The report states that several people, including firefighters and others in the area, were covered in the hazardous liquid. A decontamination station was set up in the eastbound lanes of the 401 for those who were exposed, per the report.

The police service post notes that emergency responders are requesting anyone in the area to remain in their vehicles and await further instructions and evacuation by first responders.

The township of Leeds issued a news release at 3 p.m. Tuesday stating that emergency responders were on-site and coordinating the medical response.
Canada  transportation  release  injury  corrosives  hydrofluoric_acid 
15 days ago
Stormont Vail emergency room reopens after mercury spill
The emergency room of a Topeka hospital reopened mid-morning Tuesday after it was shut down for several hours because of a hazardous materials spill, officials said.

Stormont Vail Hospital spokeswoman Niki Maloney said the emergency department had reopened shortly after 9 a.m. Tuesday.

Authorities said the Topeka Fire Department responded about 10:30 p.m. Monday to a report of a liquid mercury spill in the emergency department’s waiting room, located on the northeast corner of the hospital near S.W. 8th and Washburn Avenue.

The fire department’s hazardous materials unit worked nearly four hours late Monday into early Tuesday cleaning up the spill.

Stormont Vail officials said the hospital’s staff acted “quickly, effectively and in accordance with our Hazardous Spill Response Procedure” in responding to the incident.
us_KS  public  release  response  mercury 
15 days ago
VIDEO: Hazmat crews still working to find cause of mercury spill in Antioch neighborhood
ANTIOCH (KRON) — Hazmat crews are still working to determine what caused a mercury spill in an Antioch neighborhood.

When the liquid metal was discovered on Manzanita Way near Sycamore Drive in Antioch, reports say this is the third time crews have had to respond to a mercury spill in this neighborhood in only four months.

Some of the areas are roped off with yellow tape.

The Environmental Protection Agency says they’ve narrowed the spill down to six locations on this street.

Scientists and hazmat crews were out here until 3 a.m. Tuesday and back out again using special air sensors to test for mercury on the ground and vacuuming up the liquid metal, which often looks very similar to broken glass.
us_CA  public  follow-up  environmental  mercury 
15 days ago
Antioch: County Hazmat to Work Throughout Night to Clean Up Mercury Contamination
Contra Costa County Hazmat will be working through the night to clean up as many as 8-mercury contamination spills reported in the 2200 block of Manzanita Way in Antioch.

According to Seth Heller, a hazardous materials specialist with Contra Costa Hazmat, the mercury spill was first reported by a resident who was going to work on a trailer vehicle around 10:15 am. Upon arrival of County Hazmat, they noticed additional spills.

“We noticed there were 6 or 7 areas up and down the street. We used up our resources pretty quickly so we had to call our state and federal partners to assist,” said Heller. “We are currently waiting on resources and will be working through the night.”

Heller explained that the spills range from 1-vehicel length to the largest spill being 8-vehicle lengths long, however, there is no need for a shelter in place.

Heller says right now the road is closed at Manzanita Way between Sycamore and Mahogany Way because they do not want vehicles driving over it, but cars can park and walk to their homes as the sidewalks are open. There is also no health threat to humans.

As for what caused the contamination, Heller says they have theories but cannot confirm anything as of 5:30 pm.
us_CA  transportation  release  response  mercury 
16 days ago
HazMat crews respond to Humane Society after urine-based ammonia hospitalizes worker
MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WBTW) – A mix of urine-based ammonia and bleach sent one person to the hospital Monday morning after a hazardous material call at the Humane Society.

Lt. Jonathan Evans with Myrtle Beach Fire Department says they responded to the call around 11:10 a.m. Monday after a mix of urine-based ammonia and bleach were mixed in a washing machine at the Humane Society and the emission of the noxious gasses affected the person doing the laundry.

“We’re going to be disposing of many of the blankets and things that were in the laundry area to be washed,” says Grand Strand Humane Society Executive Director Suzanne Roman. “And if anyone could donate blankets to us right now, we really really need them, because we will have to throw all of those out. And we are flushing the area out and really making sure that it is safe for the animals and for people to go back in.”

Multiple engines, heavy rescue, and the MBFD hazardous material truck responded to the call. HazMat techs are working to clear the materials, but crews are not expecting any other injuries from the hazardous material, adds Lt. Evans.
us_SC  public  release  injury  ammonia  bleach  cleaners 
16 days ago
Hazmat responds to butanol leak, one injured
MUNCIE, Ind. – The Delaware County Hazmat Team was dispatched to a property on the south side of Muncie on Monday after an excavator crew damaged a barrel containing an unknown substance, which hospitalized the operator.

The operator of the excavator was taken to IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital for what turned out to be exposure to butanol at the demolition site that was being cleaned up by the crew. The site, at 2101 E. Willard St., is a former warehouse that has since been torn down.

Jason Rogers, the county's emergency management director, had the Viper Hazmat team evaluate the substance on site. It had been in an old 55-gallon steel drum, one of dozens on the property. There was no immediate threat to surrounding homes, according to officials.

Butanol, which has similarities to ethanol, is a commonly used solvent and fuel source with a wide variety of industrial applications. The operator had breathing difficulty from the fumes produced by the substance. According to EMS personnel, the operator was in good condition before being transported. Originally the incident had been called into EMS as a poisoning.

After determining the substance was butanol, the Hazmat team waited for the Indiana Department of Environmental Management to conduct a survey of the site.
us_IN  industrial  release  injury  butyl_alcohol  ethanol 
16 days ago
Girl's death blamed on hoverboard fire
The death of a three year-old girl in Harrisburg, Pa., over the weekend is being blamed on a hoverboard.

The child wasn't using the device. Authorities say it was plugged in and charging when it apparently overheated and triggered a fire that eventually engulfed the house, taking the child's life. Three other members of the family were critically injured.

The city's fire chief told reporters that family members heard the hoverboard making "sizzling and cracking" sounds shortly before it burst into flames. The fire chief told ABC News that hoverboards are "notorious for starting fires."

Hoverboards are self-balancing scooters that are powered by batteries. From the get-go, it seems these batteries have been a problem.
us_PA  public  fire  death  batteries 
16 days ago
Battlement Mesa fire had potential for ‘highly toxic’ fumes
A detailed report from the Grand Valley Fire Protection Department regarding a small fire at a Battlement Mesa natural gas site last week shows that while the incident was effectively contained, the smoking substance is "highly toxic" when on fire.

According to the report, the spontaneous combustion and chemical reaction was in part the result of improper container or storage procedure.

In response, Summit Midstream Construction Manager Cameron Bingham said Monday that was the "fire department's opinion" as Summit had inspectors from chemical companies RockSolid and JennChem supervising the site from start to finish.

"I think the incident was handled well by Summit," said Don Simpson, vice president of business development for Ursa Resources. Ursa will use the site for natural gas drilling once the pipeline is finished being installed by Summit Midstream.

"They had experts from the chemical company there to oversee the operations until late at night," Simpson said. "Summit could have put it out themselves, but they called the fire department because that's their expertise."
us_CO  industrial  fire  response  natural_gas 
16 days ago
Sweetener can track pee in the pool
Researchers estimate that swimming pools contain 30 to 80 mL of urine for each person who’s jumped in. The problem, aside from the ick factor, is that urine reacts with chemical disinfectants in the water to form potentially harmful by-products. To track the safety of pools and hot tubs, scientists would like to find a chemical marker of how much urine is actually in the water. Xing-Fang Li and coworkers at the University of Alberta propose that the artificial sweetener acesulfame potassium—used in products such as beverages and baked goods, often in combination with other sweeteners—could be that marker. Humans don’t metabolize the sweetener, so it’s excreted intact in urine. Li and coworkers used liquid chromatography and tandem mass spectrometry to measure acesulfame in 250 samples from 31 pools and hot tubs in two Canadian cities. They also sampled the corresponding input tap water for comparison (Environ. Sci. Technol. Lett. 2017, DOI: 10.1021/acs.estlett.7b00043). The team found the sweetener in all pool and hot-tub samples at concentrations from 30 to 7,110 ng/L, compared with 15 ng/L or less in the tap water samples. Using the average amount of acesulfame in a human urine sample, the researchers then estimated that urine can account for up to 30 L of the volume in a standard 420,000-L community pool. The ubiquity of acesulfame suggests that it could indeed be used as a urinary marker for tracking water quality, the researchers note.
Canada  laboratory  discovery  environmental  pool_chemicals 
17 days ago
Hazmat crews called to Lansford
LANSFORD, Pa. - Hazmat crews were called out to a home in Lansford, Carbon County Saturday night after a suicide involving chemicals, police said.

Around 5:30 p.m., police tape was set up around a home in the 300 block of Bertsch Street.

Police say the victim used a gas to take his own life inside the home.

Crews at the scene said the Lehigh County HazMat unit responded. Lansford police said the HazMat unit determined the only person affected by the hazard was the victim and the scene was safe.

An spokesperson for the Allentown Fire Department said the bomb squad was also called in as a precaution.
us_PA  public  release  response  suicide 
17 days ago
Corporation moves to relocate Old Dhaka's chemical factories
A mobile court started the drive at Lalbagh's Shahidnagar in presence of Dhaka South City Mayor Sayeed Khokon on Sunday.

One factory was fined Tk 200,000 and two others were asked to immediately relocate at the start of the drive around 12 in the afternoon.

Officials of the Fire Services, Environment and district administration participated in the drive.

Mayor Khokon said that there were many illegal chemical factories and warehouses in Old Dhaka.

"Many people have died in fires that erupted in these factories and warehouses. So these have to be closed down."

Khokon said that no factory that threatens public safety will be allowed to continue in such a highly populated area.
Bangladesh  industrial  follow-up  environmental  illegal 
17 days ago
No more licence to chemical shops in Old Dhaka
From now on, the Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) will not issue any licence to chemical factories in Old Dhaka that use flammable materials.

"We will also not allow any godown [warehouse] to store flammable materials in Old Dhaka for the safety of innocent neighbours," said DSCC Mayor Mohammad Sayeed Khokon yesterday.

He made the announcement while inaugurating a joint drive in Lalbagh area against the chemical factories that did not relocate outside Old Dhaka within the March 1 deadline.

The drive is being run by the DSCC, deputy commissioner's office, fire service and civil defence and the Department of Environment.

In 2010, a devastating inferno in Nimtoli was caused by flammable chemicals stored on the ground floor of a residential building. It killed 123 people and injured 200 others.

But that seems to have been a less than stern warning against such chemical storage as many buildings at Nabab Katra, Bangshal, Siddique Bazar, Sat Rowza, Babu Bazar, Lalbagh, Agamasi Lane and Armanitola still have factories with flammable materials.

Asking to move the factories elsewhere from Old Dhaka, Khokon on January this year declared that a joint drive would be conducted against them.
Bangladesh  industrial  follow-up  environmental  flammables 
17 days ago
Crystal Lake road reopens after chemical spill cleanup
CRYSTAL LAKE – Part of Eastgate Road in Crystal Lake reopened Friday after a semitrailer crash caused a chemical spill earlier this week.

According to the Crystal Lake Fire Rescue Department, at 7 p.m. spill cleanup was completed and the road was opened again between Factory and Commercial roads.

The chemical spill occurred about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday when the semi collided with a pickup truck at Route 14 and Hart Road in Barrington, causing its products to leak onto the ground and shoulder at the scene of the crash, officials said.
us_IL  transportation  follow-up  response  unknown_chemical 
18 days ago
Palo Alto: Hazmat on scene at Stanford Medical School following 3-alarm fire
STANFORD — A three-alarm fire erupted at Stanford Medical School early Saturday and burned a laboratory containing bio-hazardous waste, prompting fire crews to activate hazmat and decontamination teams.

Hazmat crews made entry into the “hot zone” at about 10 a.m. to evaluate any hazards inside the lab, said Catherine Capriles, deputy fire chief of the Palo Alto Fire Department.

The incident was reported on the department’s Twitter account at about 8 a.m. Though initial reports said the fire was inside Stanford Hospital on Pasteur Drive, crews later said it was in the medical school building, located in the same compound.

An official cause for the fire was not immediately determined, but Capriles said it may have been sparked by an experiment inside the third-floor lab.

“It appears at this point in time that there was some sort of experiment on a hot plate or heating mechanism,” she said. “That was on fire when our team came in.”

Capriles said the fume hoods in the laboratory helped contain the blaze.

Crews temporarily closed the main entrance to the hospital and redirected people to other entrances, but there were no threats to patients, fire officials said.
us_CA  laboratory  fire  response  unknown_chemical  waste 
18 days ago
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