Martin County road reopens after leaky barrel found
PALM CITY, Fla. - A hazmat team in Martin County was busy Monday night investigating a leaky barrel that closed an intersection.

A deputy found a barrel in the middle of Martin Highway and SW High Meadow Avenue that was leaking an unknown substance.
Traffic had to be diverted until the barrel was removed.  Crews later determined the substance was not toxic but did not say what the barrel contained.
us_FL  public  release  response  unknown_chemical 
8 hours ago
Utah man attacked with chemical lye
SALT LAKE CITY –  A Utah man is facing assault and mayhem charges, accused of attacking another man by spraying him in the face with chemical lye.

Richard Gilmore, 42, of Tooele thought the victim stole his wife's car, prosecutors said. Gilmore is charged with knocking on the victim's door about 2 a.m. and spraying him with the toxic substance.

When police arrived at the home on Sept. 7, the lye had turned the man's eye white and made some of his hair fall out, according to charging documents. He was flown to University of Utah hospital by medical helicopter, where he was treated for first- and second-degree burns on his face, scalp and neck.

Doctors don't know whether the man will regain vision in his left eye, the charges state.

Hours after the attack, detectives found the lye sprayer and a pair gloves on a dirt road near Middle Canyon after talking to an unnamed person who reported Gilmore was the attacker.
us_UT  public  release  injury  sodium_hydroxide 
8 hours ago
Officials investigate repeated blazes at paint recycling plant
State and county officials are investigating a Tuesday morning fire at a paint recycling plant near Bruceville-Eddy, which brought in firefighters from several area departments and a hazardous materials team and bomb squad.
The alarm went out just after 9 a.m. at the Southern Enterprises of Envirocare plant, 1551 Old Moody Road. Initial pictures from the area showed black cones of smoke coming from the building.
The fire, which started in the recycling area of the plant and later ignited some paint thinner, was under control within an hour, Waco-McLennan County Emergency Management coordinator Frank Patterson said.
In the past eight months, area fire departments have been called to the property several times, he said.
The business takes automotive paint and separates out a paint thinner component for resale. The business had 250 to 300 gallons of new and recycled paint thinner on hand, and some of the chemical was ignited when plastic storage containers melted.
Patterson said officials still are investigating the cause of the fire but suspect it was electrical.
State fire marshals are investigating the blaze in the context of other recent fires in the facility, he said.
us_TX  industrial  fire  response  solvent  waste 
8 hours ago
Company hires hazmat crew to clean pollutants
ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - A large corporate company is now scrubbing up chemicals found leaking into the Rio Grande. It is in response to an On Special Assignment report exposing the problem.

AutoZone hired a Hazardous Material response team to clean-up a large oil and chemical spill outside it’s store near 4th and Bridge in Albuquerque.

Last week KRQE News 13 found buckets and containers of oils, hydraulic fluids and other questionable liquids spilling onto the ground and running into the storm drain. That drain feeds right into the river, just a block away.

“That should be illegal they should be turned in,” Albuquerque resident John Sandoval said.

It violates the federal Clean Water Act.
us_NM  public  release  response  hydraulic_fluid  illegal  oils 
State government announces inquiry into toxic chemical use by former Lands Department workers
The Victorian Government will launch an inquiry into toxic chemical use of former Victorian Lands Department weed eradicators, following an investigation by The Courier.

But the Australian Workers Union has criticised the fact that it will be an internal inquiry within the department.
The special report revealed startling claims by former Victorian Lands Department workers of appalling safety standards when working with dangerous chemicals, including Agent Orange, in the Ballarat and wider Goldfields region.

The workers also claimed complaints by spray hands regarding the chemicals were ignored by authorities and unions.

Environment and Climate Change Minister Ryan Smith said on Tuesday afternoon a full and comprehensive inquiry would be led by the Department of Environment and Primary Industries.
Australia  industrial  release  environmental  toxics 
Lubbock fire contains chemical leak
Members of the Lubbock Fire Rescue, Lubbock EMS and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality were called out to Servco, 2701 E. 66th St., Monday morning for a reported gas leak.

The leak has been stopped with no injuries or evacuations.

According to information provided by Lubbock Fire Rescue, the leak came from a vent pipe to a tank containing about 3,000 gallons of hydrochloric acid.

The contents of the tank are being offloaded, after which repairs to the pipe will be made.
us_TX  industrial  release  response  hydrochloric_acid 
Auditors fault EPA for lax chemical safeguards
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) doesn’t do enough to stop hundreds of hazardous chemicals from getting into waterways via sewage plants, a watchdog report found.

The EPA’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) said the agency uses the Clean Water Act to regulate only 126 toxic chemicals that could flow to sewage plants, leaving about 300 chemicals that are considered hazardous under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act.

“These regulations are not effective in controlling the discharge of hundreds of hazardous chemicals to surface waters such as lakes and streams,” the OIG concluded.
The Clean Water Act gives the EPA the authority to regulate any pollutant, but it hasn’t updated its list of chemicals to regulate in sewage plants since 1981.

Auditors also found that the EPA may not be consistently enforcing the requirement that industrial polluters file reports on the chemicals they discharge to sewage plants.
industrial  release  environmental  toxics 
5 hospitalized after chemical exposure at Eastern Florida State College, officials say
COCOA, Fla. —A building at Eastern Florida State College in Cocoa was evacuated and five people were hospitalized after a possible chemical exposure in the dental lab, according to college officials.

Students and faculty were evacuated from the Health and Sciences Center just after 11 a.m. Monday, according to EFSC spokesman John Glisch.

Officials said 34 people reported feeling dizziness and nausea after becoming exposed to ammonia fumes. Five people were taken to area hospitals. The rest were treated on scene.

"I was actually developing my films for radiography, and three of my girls got sick and nauseous, and then the teacher told us to go outside and get some fresh air," said student Ashton Sellers.

School officials said someone poured a chemical down the sink in a dark room used by the dental lab.

A few started feeling faint, and it quickly snowballed.
us_FL  laboratory  release  injury  ammonia  waste 
Criticism Of Chemical Safety Board Continues
Long-standing disputes between the Chemical Safety & Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) and the Environmental Protection Agency’s top independent internal investigator, whose office oversees the board, spilled into public view earlier this month. At a hearing, the House of Representatives Oversight & Government Reform Committee dug into charges leveled by the inspector general that CSB refused to turn over documents to him. This, said EPA Inspector General Arthur A. Elkins Jr., stunted his office’s probe into CSB workers’ claims that the board had violated employees’ rights.
However, a nonprofit watchdog group that represents federal employees criticized Elkins’s office and the Republican-led committee for fighting over what it called trivial matters while avoiding a much-needed discussion of industrial safety.
The House committee’s Sept. 10 hearing followed one in June at which the panel also heard complaints from the EPA Office of Inspector General (OIG). At the June hearing, the committee blasted CSB for delayed accident investigations and mismanagement and released an 84-page report attacking CSB. In response, the board announced management reforms and urged Congress to provide adequate funding so the small, independent agency can meet its charge to investigate the hundreds of chemical-related accidents that occur annually. For committee members, particularly Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), who led the investigation, CSB’s offer was too little, too late.
public  follow-up  environmental 
2 days ago
Chemical fire damages pool shed
A chemical fire that raged through a community swimming pool shed in Inglewood has caused up to $100,000 worth of damage.

The storage room at the Inglewood's pool caught fire about 1pm on Saturday, spewing clouds of smoke into the air.

Four fire appliances, the fire service hazardous materials unit and a support vehicle from New Plymouth were at the scene along with police and ambulance services.

Road blocks were put in place to keep the public away from potentially harmful fumes from the chlorine that was stored in the shed, fire service assistant area commander John Nicholls said.

"We were quite concerned about any fumes from the chemicals," he said.

"But luckily it wasn't blowing towards the town, it was blowing in a more rural direction."
New_Zealand  public  fire  injury  chlorine 
2 days ago
Chemical leak brings Hazmat Team, sickens occupants
Firefighters wearing protective suits investigated a chemical leak at a West Durham home Saturday that created a gas cloud and sickened occupants, officials said.

Deputy Chief Chris Iannuzzi of the Durham Fire Department said firefighters were called at 10 a.m. to 1211 Virginia Ave., off West Club Boulevard, and found highly toxic and flammable chemicals in the basement.

Some of the chemicals had accidentally mixed and caused a reaction that produced an offensive odor and small gas cloud in the basement, he said.

Several people were in the house when the incident began.

Firefighters from the department's Hazardous Materials Team wore chemical protective suits as they investigated the spill and monitored for hazards inside and outside the house.
us_NC  public  release  injury  flammables 
2 days ago
Council for Chemical Research
The Council for Chemical Research is aiming to improve the culture of safety in University chemistry and chemical engineering through facilitating interactions between departments and industrial and government laboratories. We are encouraging all of our members to participate. This program is inspired by the success of efforts by several Universities to learn best safety practices from Dow Chemical Company, as illustrated by the program developed at the University of Minnesota.

Safety in Academic Laboratories (2013)

We invite your organization to participate in this new initiative! If you would be willing to share your safety practices with any interested academic CCR members, we would share contact information and a brief description of potential ways you might prefer to interact with the academic CCR members through various means (letters, emails, CCR website). We would ask that if you are then contacted by an academic member to engage in a partnership focusing on improving the culture of safety in academic laboratories, that you inform CCR so that we could publicize it. Through this simple process, we hope to help academic chemistry and chemical engineering departments work together with industrial and government laboratories on this critically important topic, with key desired outcomes being sharing of best safety practices, enhanced safety training of researchers, fostering relationships between institutions, and useful publicity for all involved.
industrial  discovery  environmental  other_chemical 
3 days ago
Chemical spill forces evacuation at Durham home
DURHAM, N.C. (WTVD) -- Hazmat crews are cleaning up in Durham after a chemical spill forced the evacuation of a home.

It happened just after 10 a.m. in the 1200 block of Virginia Avenue.

Investigators say chemicals were found in a sink in the basement after a bad smell was reported.

Cleanup is expected to take hours, and a cleanup crew from Atlanta is pitching in to help.
us_NC  public  release  response  unknown_chemical 
3 days ago
Appleton's Octoberfest Hosts Hazmat Training
Appleton -
Beer and crowds usually call for increased security at events like Appleton's Octoberfest. But Saturday Hazardous Material teams are on the scene in downtown Appleton. They conducted real-world training to detect harmful materials at crowded events. It's difficult to see amongst the crowds, but Hazmat detectors are located down the mile, alerting firefighters of potentially harmful material in the area.

"Weapons of mass destruction, terrorist attacks," said Ethan Kroll, Appleton Fire Department Battalion Chief of Special Operations. "And that could be anything from a release in chlorine gas, ammonia, even some of the militarized weapons like sarin."

Kroll is listing out the worst case scenarios. Situations the Appleton Fire Chief does not expect. He tells Action 2 News, Saturday's setup is for training purposes. 

Fire departments from the area are training with representatives from the Wisconsin National Guard. They're learning real-life use of equipment and coordination amongst the teams.

Joe Davison, a deputy commander at the Wisconsin National Guard Civil Support Team, said, "Wisconsin in general, people don't necessarily think of it as a target, but we'd rather be safe than sorry."

Hazmat detection is most useful at events like Appleton's Octoberfest, where large crowds gather and could be susceptible to Hazmat release.

"So this gives us a live application to test our equipment and how well we can coordinate with each other," said Kroll.
us_WI  public  discovery  response  other_chemical 
3 days ago
Chemical leak forces evacuation of Delray grocery store; no...
DELRAY BEACH — A chemical leak filled a grocery store with an explosive vapor cloud and forced the shop’s evacuation Saturday morning, Delray Beach Fire Rescue said. No one was injured.
Shoppers and employees were told to leave the Monterrey Supermarket at South Congress Avenue and Linton Boulevard just before 9 a.m., said Capt. Kevin Saxton, Delray Beach Fire Rescue spokesman.
The leak of a refrigerant chemical, mixed with an unknown additive, created the vapor cloud, Saxton said. Conditions were extremely hazardous, he said, noting that the refrigerant can create respiratory distress and irritate skin. Fire Rescue’s Special Operations Team also found the additive had explosive characteristics.
The leak was traced to one of the store’s refrigerator motors. Those motors will remain off until the leak is repaired, Saxton said.
us_FL  public  release  response  hvac_chemicals 
3 days ago
Port of L.A. fire cleanup: Effects of toxic chemicals released studied
The largest fire at the port in decades erupted Monday night, devouring 800 feet of a 1920s-era wharf and damaging a warehouse. It burned and smoldered through Tuesday before firefighters declared it extinguished Wednesday afternoon.

The blaze left behind a tremendous amount of charred wood from the wharf that broke off during the fire, port officials said, and it will take weeks to clean up. The consequences for the environment from chemicals that the fire released into the air, however, is less certain.
us_CA  industrial  follow-up  environmental  unknown_chemical 
4 days ago
Chemical Reaction Led to Glastonbury High School Evacuation
Glastonbury High School was evacuated on Friday after some chemicals started smoldering during a science class. 
Glastonbury Supt. Dr. Alan Bookman, said students cleaned the chemicals up with a paper towel, then threw the towel in the trash can and it began to smolder. 
The fire department responded and students were evacuated as a precaution.
Everyone was allowed back in in around 20 minutes later. 
Officials from the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection responded since it was for a chemical. 
The science room will remain empty as a precaution and classes were moved to other rooms. 
No injuries are reported. 
us_CT  laboratory  release  response  unknown_chemical 
4 days ago
Office evacuated after test tubes shatter in Innsbrook
HENRICO COUNTY, Va. — Henrico HAZMAT teams responded to the Department of Environmental Quality offices along Cox Road in Innsbrook after two test tubes shattered.

An “aromatic” chemical was released and prompted the HAZMAT response, Henrico Fire spokesman Capt. Danny Rosenbaum said.

The first chemical is believed to have been in the benzene family, Rosenbaum said. While there was no confirmation on the specific chemical, he said it was not considered a hazard.

Once the HAZMAT team cleaned up the initial spill, crews smelled what the thought was a gas leak in the area. Henrico Fire crews later said there was no gas leak and continued to investigate the source of the smell.

A secondary clean-up contractor was called in to conduct an air quality testing before building will be reopened.
us_VA  laboratory  release  response  benzene 
4 days ago
Chemical spill shuts down I-40
A toxic chemical spill on Interstate 40 shut the westbound lanes down for more than five hours Friday morning as emergency responders and officials from several agencies scrambled to identify and contain the corrosive leak.

Bradly Hurst, a commercial hazmat transloader, was hauling the load from Pennsylvania to Carson, Calif., he said. Transloading is taking goods from one mode of transportation to another.

Hurst said he began the day driving west from Oklahoma. He said he was flagged down by a trucker who noticed the trailer leaking in Amarillo.

“He pulled up beside me and honked his horn and I looked over and he was pointing to the back … that’s a clear sign to pull over,” Hurst said.
us_TX  transportation  release  response  corrosives  toxics 
4 days ago
University of Iowa Chemistry Building blaze causes over $100,000 in damage
IOWA CITY — A possible chemical fire that investigators believe was sparked at 3 a.m. Wednesday in the University of Iowa’s Chemistry Building caused more than $100,000 in damage, officials are reporting.
The blaze originated on the building’s fifth floor and might have started in a container where students and faculty dispose of sharp items, like syringes with needles, according to UI police.
A sprinkler system helped contain the blaze, but water damage occurred on the building’s fifth, fourth, and third floors, and preliminary estimates have damage totals in excess of $100,000, UI police report. No one was injured in the fire.
Faculty and staff who work in the affected areas have been relocated until crews complete repairs, which could take several days, officials report. The cause of the fire remains under investigation, but UI police believe it could have involved the ignition of chemicals.
The UI Chemistry Building is five stories and located on the east side of campus, along north Capitol Street. It has historical value, representing a shift in campus architecture that was taking place at the time of its construction in 1922.
us_IA  laboratory  fire  response  unknown_chemical 
5 days ago
Springfield apartment building evacuated, HazMat team called after man attempts suicide with 'homemade cyanide cocktail'
SPRINGFIELD — A man who reportedly attempted suicide by ingesting a homemade cyanide cocktail was taken to Baystate Medical Center early Thursday morning, and the State Street apartment building where he whipped up the potentially lethal potion was evacuated as a precaution, according to officials.

Residents of three of the brick building's four floors were evacuated after an odor from the cocktail was detected inside 327 State St., said Dennis Leger, executive aide to Springfield Fire Commissioner Joseph Conant.

Firefighters were called to the scene at 6:11 a.m., but city police were already dealing with the situation since at least 5:30 a.m. A Springfield police officer at the scene reported that the victim, who was taken to Baystate Medical Center for emergency treatment, attempted to commit suicide with a "homemade cyanide" cocktail made from apple seeds.
us_MA  public  release  injury  cyanide  suicide 
5 days ago
Aging natural gaslines pose hidden threat across U.S.
About six feet below street level, in a trench dug by Peoples Natural Gas Co. workers, lay two sections of foot-wide, yellow plastic pipe they would join. Nearby, a woman and small boy pressed smiling faces to the screen window of a house, the boy enthralled by the workers’ activity.
This pipe, less than 10 feet from the house, replaced a pitted cast iron tube laid by a generation of utility workers 90 years or more ago. The old pipe is like nearly 100,000 miles of natural gas distribution lines serving homes and businesses across the country. No one knows their true age — or when wear might lead to rupture.
“We have a ticking time bomb under most of our cities, especially in the Northeast where we have older cities,” warns Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski.
He knows the importance of replacing pipe like the one in Squirrel Hill. In 2011, a gas explosion killed five people and destroyed most of a block of his Lehigh County city. The only explosion deadlier in the past decade happened March 12 in East Harlem, N.Y., when eight people died. That explosion destroyed two apartment buildings and injured 48 people.
transportation  discovery  environmental  natural_gas 
5 days ago
Detonation risk at DOE site; waste drums contain bits of plutonium
OAK RIDGE — The U.S. Department of Energy is taking steps to address a newly identified detonation risk involving decades-old storage drums containing small amounts of radioactive plutonium.

The potential threat was first recognized in May by URS-CH2M Oak Ridge (UCOR), the federal agency's environmental manager in Oak Ridge. Based on new information, the contractor reportedly declared a "potential inadequacy" in the safety analysis for the containers stored at the Melton Valley Solid Waste Storage Facility on the southern outskirts of Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Mike Koentop, executive officer at DOE's Office of Environmental Management in Oak Ridge, confirmed this week that a "small population" of drums "has the potential to generate hydrogen and oxygen gases higher than anticipated."

He added: "Based on these characteristics, the containers were determined to be at slight risk for a detonation hazard."

Koentop declined to specify the number of plutonium-bearing drums initially identified as a concern, apparently because of security restrictions. But he said additional data and analyses determined that almost half of the original number did not pose a detonation threat. Some other drums were subsequently added to the lot and evaluated for possible concerns.
us_TN  industrial  discovery  environmental  radiation  waste 
5 days ago
Germany's Merck to buy Sigma-Aldrich for $17 billion to boost lab supplies operation
(Reuters) - Drugs and chemicals maker Merck KGaA (MRCG.DE) agreed on Monday to acquire U.S.-based Sigma-Aldrich Corp (SIAL.O) for $17 billion in cash to boost its lab supplies business, the biggest takeover in the German group's history.

The deal helps Merck, 70 percent controlled by the descendants of its 17th century founder, to focus more on supplying drugmakers and academic institutions with chemicals and services, seen as offering a steadier income stream than drug development.

"With this acquisition we have the opportunity to turn one of our most reliable businesses into a core earnings contributor," said finance chief Marcus Kuhnert.
laboratory  discovery  response  drugs 
6 days ago
White House tells universities to police work on dangerous pathogens
(Reuters) - The White House on Wednesday charged U.S. universities with policing their research on dangerous pathogens that could be used both for legitimate purposes and for biowarfare or bioterrorism.

The long-awaited guidelines, issued by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, lay out a framework for university safety review boards to identify research that falls into this category, known as "dual use research of concern."

Such research must be reported to the federal government, the policy states. Failure to comply could result in the loss of federal funding for the researcher or even the broader university.

Scientists who have raised concerns about the risks posed by research on the world’s most dangerous pathogens were not impressed.

“There is absolutely nothing new of substance,” said Richard Ebright, a professor of chemistry and chemical biology at Rutgers University. “It’s a cruel joke.”
laboratory  follow-up  response 
6 days ago
Hazmat Situation at Newark Gas Company
A leaking container of potentially explosive gas was contained safely after prompting the evacuation of a Newark gas company Wednesday morning, a fire battalion chief said.
The fire department's hazardous materials team responded at 7:13 a.m. to the Matheson Tri-Gas facility at 6775 Central Ave., Alameda County fire Battalion Chief Stephanie Radecke said.

An alarm indicated a 5-foot gas cylinder containing diborane was leaking and there was condensation on the tank and other evidence it was leaking, Radecke said.
The building was evacuated and the tank was contained inside so there was no threat to the environment, Radecke said. The hazmat team then entered the building to move the tank to a secure containment area.
After determining the gas had been properly contained and stabilized, Matheson employees were allowed to reenter the building and resume work, Radecke said.
us_CA  industrial  release  response  diborane  gas_cylinders 
6 days ago
Seven in hospital after spill at floor product factory in Knoxfield
SEVEN people have been taken to Dandenong Hospital after a chemical spill at a Knoxfield factory this afternoon.

The CFA was called to the incident at 12.10pm after drums containing unknown chemicals at a Stud Rd floor product factory leaked across 12 pallets of floating floorboards.

CFA operations officer Tim Holland said six crews from Hallam, Rowville and Scoresby were called to clean up the spill.

The Hallam CFA hazmat crew is still on site attempting to determine what chemicals were in the drums.
Australia  industrial  release  injury  unknown_chemical 
6 days ago
High school football players burned by cleaning chemical at Maryland school, newspaper reports
Parents of football players at a high school near Washington D.C. are upset after a cleaning chemical resulted in burns the chest and back of some players, the Washington Post reported Tuesday . The school ordered a cleaning effort when coaches suspected one player had a staph infection.

The parents at Springbook High School in Silver Spring, Md., were upset, not only because of the burns to their kids, but also for the lack of notification from administrators of the possible staph infection, the newspaper reported.

The disinfectant used and sprayed on equipment was Virex II 256, Springbrook Principal Sam Rivera told the Post. The product's label reads that it is designed for use on walls and floors and can be skin irritant, the newspaper reported.

The staph infection turned out to be a false alarm, the newspaper reported.
us_DC  education  release  response  cleaners 
6 days ago
University Researchers Delve Into Chemical Spill Response
Georgetown and Harvard University researchers are talking about the response to the January 9th Freedom Industries chemical spill which affected West Virginia's largest public water supply.
They're focusing on how the public health systems reacted when disaster struck.
"You're learning lessons and then you want to make sure that those lessons are taken into consideration to improve and we know that that's not easy to do," Elana Savoia, with the Harvard School for Public Health said.
Researchers say the value of this report is not determining whether the response was good or bad. They say the most important thing is learning from public health disasters to better prepare when they strike again.
But a difficult hurdle to overcome is actually getting agencies and stakeholders to implement recommended changes.
"It's not always applied and I think it's a challenge to get it applied because sometimes what we learn is difficult to do," Michael Stoto from Georgetown University said.
us_WV  industrial  follow-up  environmental  other_chemical 
6 days ago
Breaking News, Weather and Razorback Sports
NORTH LITTLE ROCK (KATV) - Several homes in a North Little Rock neighborhood were evacuated after a hazardous chemical spill in a backyard.

In an interview off camera, a man who lives at a Gordon Street home in Rose City told us he had a barrel of hydrochloric acid in his backyard from a car wash business he used to have.

“I used it to clean aluminum rims,” said the man who had the acid but didn't want to disclose his name.

He said while he was working in his backyard on Wednesday, his son accidentally knocked over a 55 gallon barrel of hydrochloric acid. He claimed the drum had only five to ten gallons inside. The North Little Rock Fire Department estimated 20 gallons of acid.

“It can be very reactive when mixed with water, and could start a fire,” said NLR fire Chief Jim Murphy.
us_AR  public  release  response  hydrochloric_acid 
6 days ago
5 dead, one injured at central China chemical plant fire
CHANGSHA, Sept. 23 (Xinhua) -- Five people were confirmed dead and one was seriously injured in a fire that broke out at a barium nitrate plant in central China's Hunan Province early on Tuesday, local authorities said.

The fire happened at around 5:30 a.m. at Xinhuang Luxiang Barium Industry Co., Ltd, in Fangjiatun township of Huaihua City.

Preliminary investigations showed the fire was ignited when factory workers were repairing a machine, which seriously injured six workers. Five died after medical treatment failed. Doctors are still treating the remaining one who was also severely injured.
China  industrial  fire  death  unknown_chemical 
7 days ago
Chemical spill at North Canaan farm sends two to hospital
NORTH CANAAN >> Two people were sent to the hospital Tuesday after a spill of cleaning chemicals at a local farm created a vapor cloud.

The spill at Elm Knoll Farm, located at 294 East Canaan Road, was reported to be under control shortly after 4:30 p.m. According to emergency radio reports, the chemicals involved were sodium hypochlorite and phosphoric acid.

According to Norfolk Public Information Officer Jonathan Barbagallo, “inappropriate amounts” of the chemicals were mixed after a pump malfunction at the farm.

“[They were] two common cleaning chemicals that they use to clean the milking equipment in the barn,” said Barbagallo, who said two workers in the area spotted the vapor cloud from the chemical reaction and called the fire department.
us_CT  industrial  release  injury  bleach  cleaners  phosphoric_acid 
7 days ago
UPDATE: Hazmat call in Mount Joy the result of improperly used cleaning products
Improperly used cleaning products resulted in a hazardous materials call to Mount Joy Monday afternoon.
According to Mount Joy Fire Chief Bill Hall, two workmen had been inside an apartment at 1000 Water Street for about 90 minutes when they began to feel ill from an odor inside the structure.
They exited the building and called police, who summoned the fire company and hazmat.
A "residue" from the previous tenants was found inside the apartment.
Crews wearing breathing apparatus entered the apartment shortly after 6 p.m. What they concluded, Hall said, was that the culprit was cleaning fluids.
"It was an overuse of cleaning fluids, and possibly an improper mixture of cleaning solvents," Hall said Monday evening.
Considering the response, hazmat units from both Lancaster and York counties were on the scene, the findings were anti-climactic.
us_PA  public  release  response  solvent 
7 days ago
Court Allows Chemical Safety Board To Investigate Owner Of Deepwater Horizon Rig
A federal appeals court on Sept. 18 affirmed the authority of the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) to investigate the owner of the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig.
Transocean Deepwater Drilling owned and operated the rig that was drilling at BP’s Macondo well in April 2010 when an explosion killed 11 crew members. The rig then leaked oil into the Gulf of Mexico for months, leaving dead wildlife and fouled beaches in its wake.
Transocean challenged CSB’s authority to investigate oil spills in marine waters. In a 2-1 decision, the New Orleans-based U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit upheld a lower court’s 2013 ruling that CSB has jurisdiction to probe the accident.
The appeals court noted that as an independent federal agency established by the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments, CSB has broad power to examine the accidental release of hazardous materials into the air from stationary sources.
Transocean had argued that because its drilling rig was portable and moved from one well site to another, it was a mobile vessel and not a stationary source. A Transocean spokeswoman says the company is evaluating the appellate court’s decision and had no further comment.
CSB continued to investigate the causes of the blowout and explosion during the appeal. In June, the board published its initial findings into how and why a safety device known as a blowout preventer was unable to stop the flow of hydrocarbons from the well. CSB expects to complete its inquiry early next year.
public  follow-up  death  oils 
8 days ago
University of Derby halls of residence evacuated because of potential explosion
Hundreds of students have been forced to leave their halls of residence after a potentially explosive chemical was accidentally prepared nearby.

The area around Nuns Street, Derby, has been sealed off after the business reported the mistake at 17:30 BST.

Derbyshire police have erected a cordon and evacuated the area while they wait for the bomb squad to arrive.

The University of Derby's Nunnery Court halls of residence is one of the evacuated buildings.

The University of Derby's Nunnery Court was one of the buildings to be evacuated
Buildings in Mill Street, Bridge Street and Nuns Street have all been evacuated and residents sent to rest centres.

Chf Insp Steve Pont said: "There's a company on Nuns Street that used chemicals. They have mixed up chemicals in the wrong way and made a substance that may have explosive potential."
United_Kingdom  education  discovery  response  unknown_chemical 
8 days ago
Businesses evacuate, school lockdown after vapor release
FAYETTEVILLE (WTVD) -- Five businesses were evacuated, and a school and head start program went under lockdown Wednesday following a chemical spill.

The chemical, ethyl acrylate, was released around 10 a.m. from a tanker at Dana Transport, Inc. The company cleans tankers and a vapor form of the liquid chemical released during a cleaning.

Ethyl acrylate is used in latex paints and is highly flammable.

"When they released the tanker by the top domes, it released the vapors out to the outside air," said Calvin Bishop, a battalion chief with the Fayetteville Fire Department.

The vapor caused burning eyes, difficulty breathing, vomiting and headaches for several people working in the area. Bishop said two people were sent to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center with those symptoms and six others were treated near the scene.
us_AR  transportation  release  injury  flammables 
8 days ago
Longwood medical area evacuated after HazMat leak
BOSTON —Three buildings in the Longwood Medical area were evacuated Monday morning as crews responded to a HazMat leak.

A truck near 665 Huntington Avenue was reported to be leaking nitrogen.  The area is near the Harvard School of Public Health.

The buildings at 180 and 188 Longwood Avenues were also evacuated after the Level 2 HazMat was declared, the Boston Fire Department said in a Twitter post.

Several streets in the area were blocked off by police as emergency crews responded.

The leak was brought under control just after 9 :30 a.m., and workers were let back into the buildings.
us_MA  public  release  response  nitrogen 
8 days ago
Crews Battle Dock Fire In Port Of Los Angeles
WILMINGTON (CBSLA.com) — A dock fire in Wilmington threatened warehouses as it burned under a large structure in the Port of Los Angeles Monday night.
A ship that had also been threatened by the fire was moved to safety shortly after 7:30 p.m.
The fire was reported at 6:41 p.m. on the 800 block of Fries Avenue, directly in the center of the Port of Los Angeles.
The fire was centered directly underneath one of the warehouses, which rests on pylons.
The wood is coated in a chemical material, meant to protect it from marine erosion. The chemical is highly flammable, making the flames particularly difficult to extinguish.
Los Angeles City Fire marine units were also among the 115 firefighters on scene, battling the blaze.
“(The divers) are in the water right now, with that dark smoke, trying to manage these hand lines under this burning product that’s above them, trying to fight that fire, knowing that there’s large coils and heavy steel above them, that at any time can fall through,” LA City Fire Capt. Jamie Moore said.
us_CA  industrial  fire  response  flammables 
8 days ago
Warehouse fire underscores need to track chemicals
BRIDGEPORT -- Like many of her neighbors along Seaview Avenue, Gladys Fernandez said she had no idea potentially explosive chemicals were stored in the old industrial buildings across the street.

"Nobody knew that was going on," Hernandez said.

Then a five-alarm blaze literally blew the lid off what, intentionally or not, had been the Rowayton Trading Co.'s quiet operation as purveyors of pigments, fragrance oils, dyes and other materials to manufacturers worldwide.

Hundreds of metal drums of chemicals burst, accompanied by loud booms and fireballs, turning the dense residential neighborhood into what some witnesses described as a war zone.

Now questions are being asked about who knew what about Rowayton's operation, whether the company followed all state and federal reporting requirements for what was kept on site, and whether those go far enough.

"Rowayton Trading -- I don't know anybody who knew what it was," said David Dobbs, a fire union vice president.
us_CT  industrial  explosion  response  other_chemical 
9 days ago
Tipped tanker, potential chemical spill closes roads near Hill Air Force Base
LAYTON — A tipped tanker caused a chemical spill scare and traffic delays near Hill Air Force Base on Friday.

The truck, carrying hydrofluorosilicic acid used to fluoridate water, hit a soft spot on the shoulder of the road and tipped as it was backing up on near the tank where the chemical was being delivered about 12:30 p.m.

None of the acid spilled, but it caused concern about a potential chemical hazard.

"Like most chemicals, chlorine and everything else at certain concentrations is hazardous to human health and human life. So that's the precaution," said Dean Hunt, Layton fire marshal.
us_UT  transportation  release  response  acids 
9 days ago
Shreveport residents evacuated after chemical spill allowed to r
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - Residents of homes evacuated Friday morning after a chemical spill on I-20 near Jewella Ave. have been allowed to return to their homes.

"They've identified the chemical, they've identified the breach, in so doing we can render the area safe," said Louis Johnson with the Shreveport Fire Department. 
The hazardous material spill resulted in the closure of I20 westbound between Hearne Ave. and I-49, after the driver of the Old Dominion truck reportedly noticed the chemical leaking from the trailer shortly after 10 a.m., pulled over and contacted authorities. 

Police arrived on the scene and immediately began taking precautions, and securing the area. Johnson said conditions were perfect for such an incident. 

"Even the wind conditions have worked well, so it's been a relatively good incident in that respect," said Johnson.
us_LA  transportation  follow-up  response  unknown_chemical 
9 days ago
Norfolk man treated for chemical exposure from household incident
NORFOLK — A 55-year-old man was being treated at a Norwood hospital for possible exposure to chlorine gas after two household chemicals were mixed together, causing a purplish foam, causing him to develop breathing problems.
Norfolk Fire Chief Coleman Bushnell said firefighters were alerted to the incident around 8 p.m., Saturday, when Walpole firefighters said they were treating a man for difficulty breathing.
When Norfolk firefighters responded to 120 Myrtle St., they determined that the 55-year-old man had been exposed to the chemicals while cleaning. Fire crews evacuated an adult female and a young child.
The man declined medical treatment from Walpole firefighters, and was driven to Norwood Hospital by family members, where he was evaluated by hospital officials. The other residents didn’t show any signs of chemical exposure, fire officials said.
us_MA  public  release  injury  chlorine 
9 days ago
Nottingham lab fire probe turns to working practices Ι Construction Enquirer
Safety experts are now investigating whether the blaze that destroyed Nottingham University’s chemistry lab was caused by “unsafe working practices on the construction site”.

Police and fire services investigators have been on the site for over a week, using dogs trained to sniff out whether accelerants were used at the building site.

Notts Police said: “We have concluded our examination of the site, which is now subject to the Health and Safety Executive, but our investigation continues into establishing the cause of the fire.”

The HSE said it was now looking into the cause of the fire at the £20m timber-framed building, which was being built by Morgan Sindall and was at the fit-out stage.
United_Kingdom  laboratory  follow-up  response  unknown_chemical 
9 days ago
Fire damages Sarasota fertilizer plant
SARASOTA COUNTY - A welding accident evidently sparked a fire inside a chemical mixing machine at the Florikan fertilizer plant, 1500 block of Barber Road in Sarasota, on Sunday afternoon.

Maintenance supervisor Mike Cruz said he and two other workers on duty escaped without harm.

Billows of smoke emitted from the building and limited visibility in the interior. Firefighters got on the roof to open mechnical hatches to let more smoke out.

Sarasota County Interim Fire Chief Michael Regnier described the burning chemicals as "inert" but said hazardous materials units worked the scene as a precaution.

A chemical fire at the same plant in April 2009 also caused an evacuation and road closures in the industry park off Palmer Boulevard.
us_FL  industrial  fire  response  unknown_chemical 
9 days ago
Niagara Falls fire causes millions in damage
NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WIVB) - Firefighters have a grip on a huge fire outside a Niagara Falls paper factory after a 24 hours of fighting flames. The fire caused multi-million dollars in damage to Norampac Industries, according to the mayor.

“Obviously this is a far cry from the scene we witnessed here yesterday afternoon and yesterday evening,” Niagara Falls mayor Paul Dyster said Sunday as firefighters mopped up hot spots in the fire.

As the sun came up, firefighters’ work continued — to keep the flames under control outside Greenpac Mill and Norampac Industries.

Greenpac Mill is a paper company that uses recycled paper and cardboard to make its products. The fire started Saturday afternoon as bales of paper and cardboard sitting outside waiting to be fed — ignited.

Mayor Dyster called it a clean burn — which is fortunate.

“We’re pretty lucky here. Most of what’s burning is paper and cardboard. Burning in the open air. Because of high winds, getting a lot of oxygen. So it’s not like a junkyard fire where you have tires burning. Or a fire at a chemical company where you have toxic chemicals in the air,” Dyster said.
us_NY  industrial  fire  response  paper 
9 days ago
Gusher of Cash Follows Chemical Spill
On Thursday, Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) presented a new version of legislation to overhaul chemical safety regulations, dissenting from a bipartisan bill that was still being negotiated more than a year after it was introduced. But Boxer, who chairs the Environment and Public Works Committee, isn’t the only one putting up a fight: Several big players in the chemical industry have been laying out record amounts of money to influence regulatory legislation.
Despite its name, the Chemical Safety Improvement Act, an effort to overhaul the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act, has been criticized by several environmental groups — and heartily approved by the American Chemistry Council. Since the bill was first introduced last year, the ACC’s spending on lobbying shot through the roof, reaching a record $12.3 million in 2013 and $6 million during the first two quarters of 2014. The Council, a major lobbying force in the chemical industry, has clearly made proposed changes to TSCA a top priority, citing the bill in nine lobbying filings just this year. Also weighing in on the bill: Eastman Chemical, maker of the coal-washing agents that leaked into Elk River in January, leading to a cutoff in the water supply for 300,000 West Virginians.
us_WV  industrial  follow-up  environmental  unknown_chemical 
11 days ago
AG: Bexar Co. must release hazardous chemical information
AUSTIN – The Office of Attorney General Greg Abbott says Bexar County officials must release some information regarding hazardous chemical inventories, after local emergency planners refused to hand over the information to the Houston Chronicle.

In a Sept. 16 public records ruling, Assistant Attorney General Lee Seidlits ruled local officials must release information on the types of potentially hazardous chemicals stored in facilities across the county. But the specific locations and amounts of the chemical stockpiles can continue to be withheld under homeland security laws, Seidlits added, in order to preserve public safety.

“We recognize the public’s legitimate interest in obtaining information concerning hazardous substances stored in Texas communities,” wrote Seidlits. But he added, “the committee must withhold the information which would indicate the specific locations of the facilities at issue.”
us_TX  public  discovery  environmental  unknown_chemical 
11 days ago
Concerns over potential hazmat situation closes roads, causes delays
CLEARFIELD, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - Semi carrying fluoride is stuck on a slope in Clearfield Friday. Authorities are concerned about a spill and possible hazmat situation.

According to emergency dispatch, tow trucks were on scene to stabilize the semi.

Several roads were closed in the area.

The incident was cleared and the roads reopened around 3:30 p.m. 
us_UT  transportation  discovery  response  unknown_chemical 
11 days ago
I-20 reopened after chemical spill
Interstate-20 has reopened in Shreveport between Jewella an Hearne Avenues following a chemical spill this morning.

At about 10 a.m. a double trailer from Old Dominion Freight Line was traveling westbound on I-20. The driver noticed that a chemical was leaking and pulled over at the Jewella exit near the State Fairgrounds.

Shreveport Police and Shreveport Fire responded and immediately shut down all westbound traffic between Jewella and Hearne Avenues. Several homes north of the Interstate were also evacuated and Hazardous Materials team was called in.

HAZMAT determined where the leak was coming from and Chief Louis Johnson with SFD says it was non-toxic.

"We did identify the chemical, it was a corrosive, but it wasn't very acidic so it wasn't a dangerous chemical in that respect, so that was very good news for us," says Johnson.

Residents were allowed to return to their homes but they were told to stay inside as an environmental clean-up company was called in. Westbound traffic re-opened early in the afternoon.
us_LA  transportation  release  response  corrosives 
11 days ago
Uconn Classes Resume Thursday After Two Chemical Incidents Force Evacuations On Storrs Campus
UConn Classes will be back in session on Thursday after a leaking cylinder prompted evacuations on Wednesday.

The Torrey Life Sciences and Pharmacy/Biology buildings were evacuated.

Two students had to be taken to the hospital Wednesday for treatment and evaluation after a lab accident.

UConn spokesperson Stephanie Reitz said the students mistakenly poured acetone into a receptacle that already contained a different chemical. The resulting chemical reaction caused irritation to their eyes, and both students followed procedure and went out of the lab to use the decontamination shower.

The UConn fire department arrived and sealed off the fourth floor of the ITE Building and two classrooms on the third floor. They transported the students to Windham Hospital where they were evaluated and released. Other students who had walked through the puddles of the decontamination shower had their footwear cleaned of any resulting residue.

Later in the day on Wednesday, UConn sent an alert to students that the Torrey Life Sciences Building and the Pharmacy/Biology Building at the Storrs campus were evacuated until further notice.

“The UConn Fire Department is working with a vendor to contain a leak in a helium cylinder,” according to UConn.

The two incidents appeared to be unrelated.
us_CT  laboratory  release  injury  acetone  gas_cylinders 
12 days ago
Chemical drum puncture in Northlake sends four to hospital
A punctured chemical drum in the Union Pacific rail yard Thursday led to four people going to local hospitals.

At 6:21 a.m., Sept 18, the Berkeley Fire Department got a call on their non-emergency line. While unloading a pallet with two 55-gallon barrels from a truck onto a warehouse dock, a forklift had punched a hole in it. They had leaking liquid.

Berkeley firefighters headed to the rail yard, which is located in Northlake, Berkeley and Bellwood. The warehouse was located about a quarter to a half mile south of 317 Lake St.

“There was a plume of acid smoke,” said interim Fire Chief Mike Dravo. “Their employees were trying to turn over the drum to stop the leak.”

Dravo ordered everyone away and had firefighters put on hazardous materials gear. They put out a call to the divisional haz-mat team at 6:30 a.m. and other fire departments, including Northlake, Stone Park and Bellwood, showed up.

The company called the shipper, which put a chemist on the phone with firefighters. He told them the chemical leaking from the barrel is called methoxypropylamine.
us_IL  transportation  release  response  acids 
12 days ago
Chemical odor forces evacuations at Honoka'a schools
HONOKA`A, Hawaii —Honoka'a Elementary, Intermediate and High School were evacuated Thursday and were closed for the day as a precaution due to a chemical odor, according to Big Island police.

The Department of Education says students were sent home at around 10:45 a.m.  According to HAZMAT investigators, the odor was traced to a nearby resident who was using a mix of chemicals to spray his yard.

School officials called fire crews at around 9 a.m.  About 40 students and 10 adults from Honoka'a High & Intermediate school who reported feeling symptoms of nausea, dizziness and respiratory problems were sent to nearby medical centers for treatment.  There were no reports of medical issues at Honoka'a Elementary, which is located across the street from the High & Intermediate school.
us_HI  education  release  response  other_chemical 
12 days ago
Video: Five hurt as Coventry's Pool Meadow bus station sealed off in chemical alert
Five people have been injured after a suspected chemical leak at Pool Meadow Bus Station.

Fire, police and ambulance crews were called to the Fairfax Street station in Coventry city centre after reports of a strong chemical smell coming from the public toilets.

A man in his 60s was taken to hospital as a precaution and three others were treated for symptoms including sore throats and streaming eyes. The other affected person originally left the area, before being found and checked over.

The station was sealed off for about four hours and buses were diverted while the emergency services investigate.
United_Kingdom  public  release  injury  unknown_chemical 
12 days ago
Hazmat call prompts Round Rock evacuation
ROUND ROCK, Texas (KXAN) — A Businesses in Round Rock’s Double Creek was evacuated due to a gas leak. The Perflurosuccinoyl fluroide has been contained to inside the building. Nearby businesses, schools and day cares are being asked to remain inside.

At 8 a.m. Thursday, employees of Christianson Air Conditioning and Plumbing called 911 and reported they had difficulty breathing. Crews discovered the leak at Exfluor Research Corporation next door at 2350 Double Creek Drive. The Round Rock and Williamson County Hazardous Materials teams moved in to assess the situation. They’ve been monitoring the air around the building and at this point, officials do not believe the gas leak ever got outside of the building.

Officials say they offloaded the gas into a separate container but a gaseous cloud remained inside the building.
us_TX  industrial  release  response  other_chemical 
12 days ago
Broken Valve Causes Warehouse Ammonia Leak
Emergency crews responding to a hazmat situation in Avon, Massachusetts, Thursday night, say an ammonia leak was caused by a broken valve, the town's fire department confirmed.
Avon Fire says it was a tier two hazmat situation; according to Mass.gov, a tier two hazmat situation is short term operation.
Police say crews responded to the warehouse building in the area of Murphy Street.
When officials arrived, they found a high concentration of ammonia inside the compressor room.
us_MA  industrial  release  response  ammonia 
12 days ago
Crews respond to hazardous materials leak behind Lowe's in South Bend
A semi trailer behind Lowe's, 250 West Ireland Road, is leaking sodium hydroxide from a 275-gallon container that was inside the trailer of the truck.

That's according to an official with the South Bend Fire Department hazmat team. 

Sodium hydroxide is mixed with detergents and can burn skin in concentrated form such as this.

The substance was found leaking out of the bottom of the trailer Wednesday afternoon and has been contained in the storm drain behind Lowe's.

A contractor is in the process of cleaning it up.
us_IN  transportation  release  response  sodium_hydroxide 
13 days ago
Arrest after chemical scare
A woman was taken to hospital and a man arrested following a chemical scare in Richmond this afternoon.

A 45-year-old man was seen walking along Queen St with a plastic bottle with an unknown liquid in it shortly before 3:40pm, Richmond Volunteer Fire Brigade chief fire officer Ralph Lonsdale said.

As he was passing a "boutique" clothing store he threw some of the liquid on a rack of clothing.

"Some of the clothes started to melt, some of the clothes started to drip like as if they were under intense heat," Lonsdale said.

"It was no fire or anything, it was just all a chemical reaction."

He said it wasn't yet known what the chemical was.

The man involved has been arrested but no charges have been laid yet.
New_Zealand  public  release  injury  unknown_chemical 
13 days ago
Officials: Chemical or gas sends three people to hospital
BALTIMORE —Several people reported feeling ill at a building in northwest Baltimore.

Baltimore City hazardous materials crews were called just after 6 p.m. Wednesday to the 4200 block of Patterson Avenue, where a building was evacuated.

Fire officials said construction work was being done on the building and there was a release of some type of chemical or gas.

Three people were taken to the hospital. One person was said to have potentially life-threatening injuries.
us_MD  public  release  injury  unknown_chemical 
13 days ago
9 decontaminated after chemical exposure at Wrens home
Nine people, including two police officers and a firefighter, went through decontamination protocols and were taken to Jefferson Hospital.
About 8:30 p.m. Monday, emergency workers responded to a call requesting assistance at a home on Airport Road in Wrens because of a strong odor from a chemical used earlier in the day.
“Initial response by Wrens Fire Department and Wrens Police Department revealed that an unknown chemical had been used as an insecticide earlier in the afternoon and that the odor was getting stronger,” said Jim Anderson, Jefferson County’s emergency management director.
“Initial responding officers reported a burning sensation to the throat and light dizziness at which time hazmat (hazardous materials) protocols were initiated for precautionary measures due to the chemical being unknown and an immediate evacuations of the residents was conducted.”
Six people, all adults, in addition to the three emergency responders, were decontaminated on site using large amounts of water; exterior clothing was removed and they were taken by ambulance to the hospital.
us_GA  public  release  injury  unknown_chemical  pesticides 
13 days ago
3 OSHA citations filed against Winston-Salem Fire Department
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. —State labor officials fined the Winston-Salem Fire Department Tuesday following citations for three OSHA violations.

The department was fined a total of $6,500 for two serious violations and one non-serious violation. The citations were corrected upon inspection, City of Winston-Salem officials said.

The citations include a firefighting turnout jacket with torn velcro, improper language in bloodborne pathogen training policy and lack of documentation for a relatively new hazardous chemical training system.

The damaged jacket has been taken out of service, and damage checks on firefighters' gear has been increased from monthly to daily, department officials said.

The city can appeal the citations within 15 days. In a news conference Tuesday afternoon, city officials said they have yet to decide whether to pay the fines or appeal.
us_NC  public  discovery  response 
13 days ago
Chemical accident at UConn sends 2 to hospital
STORRS, Conn. (AP) — A chemical accident at University of Connecticut sent two students to a hospital for evaluation and prompted the school to close a portion of one building for several hours.

Spokeswoman Stephanie Reitz says the students were working in the Information Technologies and Engineering building at about 11 a.m. when they accidently disposed of some chemicals including acetone into a container that already contained other chemicals. She says that caused a flash reaction and released fumes.

The students ran to a decontamination shower in the hallway, and were later transported to Windham Hospital. One suffered some eye irritation. Both were treated and released.

She says eight other students underwent decontamination on campus after walking through the puddles in the hallway.
us_CT  laboratory  release  injury  acetone 
13 days ago
Investigator: Teacher In Lab Fire Untrained In Methanol Danger
DENVER (AP) – A Denver teacher had no special training in the dangers of methanol before he conducted a demonstration in a school laboratory that resulted in a fire and injuries to three students, a federal investigator said Tuesday.
The teacher was not aware of methanol’s potential for flash fires, said Mark Wingard, an investigator with the U.S. Chemical Safety Board, which looks into chemical accidents.
Wingard said the teacher was demonstrating methanol’s burning properties, and when the flame did not rise as high as he expected, he added more methanol from a container holding four liters, or about a gallon.
Wingard said a 4-foot-long flame then erupted and struck one student in the chest, causing serious injuries.
The fire occurred Monday at the Science, Math and Arts Academy, a charter high school in southwestern Denver. School officials identified the teacher as Daniel Powell.
us_CO  laboratory  follow-up  injury  methanol 
14 days ago
What Nottingham University fire means for timber-frame construction
When fire ripped through a new laboratory at the University of Nottingham last week, it brought back an uncomfortable debate for firms about the risks associated with timber-frame buildings under construction.

Fears about the construction method’s vulnerability to fire have been voiced for many years but the industry has taken steps to mitigate some of those worries.

As main contractor on the £20m Carbon Neutral Laboratory for Sustainable Chemistry, Morgan Sindall had carried out tests on regulating fire spread in the structure, which was built from engineered timber beams and cross-laminated timber panels.

Fire investigation experts and insurance loss adjusters are investigating the blaze site.

Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service is working with the university and its contractors to investigate the cause and recover as much of the site as is possible.
United_Kingdom  laboratory  follow-up  response  unknown_chemical 
14 days ago
Man dies six days after chemical blast
The massive explosion at Ritterhude last Tuesday night damaged around 40 homes, destroyed the chemical plant and injured four people.

The most serious injuries were sustained by a 60-year-old who worked for chemical company Organo Fluid.

He was found on the site by emergency services the morning after the blast and taken to hospital.

According to police he died overnight on Monday into Tuesday at a specialist clinic in Hanover.
Germany  industrial  explosion  death  unknown_chemical 
14 days ago
Richland: More Hanford workers checked for chemical vapor exposure
RICHLAND — Four Hanford workers were sent to the Hanford medical provider the morning of Sept. 15 after possible chemical vapors were smelled at Hanford’s SY Tank Farm.

Three of the workers had symptoms consistent with vapor exposure. They were cleared to return to work later in the day.

The fourth worker was sent to the medical provider as a precaution but declined an evaluation.

Although the symptoms were not made public, typical vapor exposure symptoms are dizziness, headaches and shortness of breath. Workers are concerned that vapor exposure could lead to long-term medical issues.

Two were inside the SY Tank Farm and two were nearby.

Access to the tank farm has been restricted until samples are analyzed, according to Washington River Protection Solutions.

The event brings the number of workers receiving medical evaluations for possible exposure to chemical vapors since spring to 47.
us_WA  industrial  release  injury  unknown_chemical 
14 days ago
Chemical leak draws state fine
A Houston-based energy company has been fined $5,000 by the state for allowing a pungent gas to escape last month from a gas pipeline terminal into surrounding Selkirk neighborhoods.

Enterprise Terminals & Storage LLC agreed to the fine in connection with a leak of mercaptan — a chemical with a biting odor that is added to natural gas to help in leak detection — that happened Aug. 13 to 14 at 68 Maple Ave., according to the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

Numerous residents complained about the smell — which is like rotten eggs — and town police and firefighters, as well as the county Health Department, were summoned to investigate, according to DEC records. Officials received "dozens of calls reporting strong mercaptan odors in surrounding neighborhoods."
us_NY  transportation  follow-up  environmental  thiols 
14 days ago
Law enforcement investigating hazardous materials found in Hollister home
The Hollister Police Department is investigating hazardous materials inside a home on the 2300 block of Glenview Drive.

The Monterey County bomb squad was called to the scene and a hazardous materials team is now being called to help.

Code enforcement says there are multiple laboratory chemicals inside the house.

About 20 homes have been evacuated and the Red Cross is headed to the area to work with those displaced.

According to police, officers responded to the home around 6:00 p.m. for a possible burglary. When they arrived, they found the hazardous materials inside. 
us_CA  laboratory  discovery  response  bomb 
14 days ago
Home 'explosion' injures man in Robina
Police believe there may have been an amphetamines drug lab inside a Gold Coast townhouse where a man was badly injured in an explosion Tuesday morning.

The force of the explosion nearly blew the garage door off the Robina townhouse, leaving a 37-year-old man with severe burns.

The police Illicit Laboratory Investigation Team was called in, after fire crews declared the scene safe about 11am.

"The residence has been closed down pending a thorough examination," Detective Inspector Marc Hogan said.

"At this time indications are that police will be managing a scene which does or has involved the likely production of dangerous drugs."
Australia  laboratory  explosion  injury  drugs  illegal 
15 days ago
Chemistry lab fire at Strive Prep school sends 4 students to hospital with burn injuries
DENVER - A chemistry teacher is on paid leave after four students were injured when an experiment went wrong at the Strive Prep School on the Lalo Delgado campus.

"We are reviewing all of the safety policies and protocols as they relate to the science lab," said school spokeswoman Lindsay Neil. "We've suspended all science lab activity in our network of schools."

The teacher was identified as first-year teacher Daniel Powell.

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board tells 7NEWS: "The CSB will be sending two investigators over to the scene of the accident -- they should arrive on scene very shortly."

Denver Fire spokesman Mark Watson said the students suffered burn injuries, and although he could not describe their conditions, he said any burn injury to the face or mouth area should be considered serious.

Denver Health said three students were treated and released and the fourth had been transported to University Hospital because of the severity of his burns.

Strive Prep School is a Denver Public Schools charter school located at 3201 West Arizona Avenue.  The Denver Fire Department received the call about the fire at 7:54 a.m.

A 10th grade student, David Mathis, was in the classroom and told 7NEWS that the chemistry teacher was lighting methanol when it exploded. He said the fire extended up to the ceiling and out towards the back wall of the classroom, and all of the students who were hurt were sitting in the back of the room.

"I only saw one of the students, but his skin was peeling off, and it looked like at least second-degree burns all over," said Mathis. "We were all just chaotic. We were trying to figure out what just happened. We just saw fire everywhere in the room, too, and we were just trying to put it out and help the students."
us_CO  laboratory  fire  injury  methanol 
15 days ago
92-year-old Turret man found dead in home with stockpile of explosives, chemicals
TURRET, Colo. - An autopsy is scheduled Monday to determine what killed a 92-year-old Turret man who was found dead in his home, which was stocked with large amount of explosives.

A friend found the body of Edwin Bartheld in Bartheld’s crawlspace on Friday, the Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office said.

It appeared that he had been dead for several days, the sheriff’s office said.  Initially, authorities suspected that he died as a result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. But now investigators believe he was killed when one of his homemade explosive devices accidentally detonated, the sheriff’s office said.

The sheriff’s office said when they were called to the man’s home on Friday afternoon, they discovered a large cache of explosive devices and chemicals commonly used for manufacturing explosives. Detectives had to back out of the house and call for the Colorado Springs Regional Explosives Unit and two nearby HAZMAT teams to secure the scene.

On Saturday, members of the bomb squad and HAZMAT teams  found large quantities of chemicals commonly used for manufacturing explosives, along with several homemade detonators and homemade explosives inside the house. 

The explosives were removed and safely detonated by the bomb specialists while the HAZMAT team identified chemicals and mixtures to assure they were stable before they were removed from the house.
us_CO  public  explosion  death  bomb  explosives 
16 days ago
Blaze destroys Morgan Sindall Nottingham lab project Ι Construction Enquirer
Morgan Sindall’s nearly-finished £16m chemistry lab project in Nottingham has been destroyed after fire engulfed the building on Friday night

Sixty fire fighters and 10 engines battled to bring the fierce blaze under under control but they were unable to save the timber building.

The project was part funded by GlaxoSmithKlein and was billed to be the world’s first zero carbon chemistry laboratory.

Instead it has highlighted how vulnerable timber-frame structures are to fire during the construction phase.
United_Kingdom  laboratory  follow-up  response  unknown_chemical 
16 days ago
Leaky chemical truck prompts emergency alert for nearby residents
A tanker truck leaking a hazardous chemical shut down Interstate 90 near the Washington-Idaho state line for hours today and released fumes that sickened two police officers and prompted officials to advise nearby residents to stay indoors.

The truck was parked at the Washington State Patrol weigh station and Port of Entry just east of Liberty Lake. At 9 p.m. an emergency alert was issued advising anyone within a half mile of there to take shelter indoors with their windows closed and air conditioning off.

The warning was prompted by two police officers south of the interstate who complained of throat irritation and headaches, said Andy Hail, deputy chief of the Spokane Valley Fire Department.

The Florida-based truck is carrying 7,000 gallons of anhydrous trimethylamine, a flammable substance used in making solvents, animal feed supplements and products consumed by the paper, oil and gas industries.

The rare decision to shut down the freeway in both directions was intended to keep drivers away from the truck, parked just along the westbound lanes. Traffic backed up for miles at detours in Liberty Lake and Post Falls.
us_WA  transportation  release  injury  flammables  solvent 
16 days ago
Skinny Chef: How to put out a grease fire (video)
Over the last three weeks, two of my neighbors experienced kitchen fires. As a professional cook, it has happened to me many times, as well. If you're cooking a lot, like many of my foodie friends, it's really a matter of when - not if - you'll experience your first fire.

Because it happens so rarely for most people, they can become scared and startled when a fire occurs. So invest 3 minutes to learn the proper techniques for dealing with kitchen fires!

Because my neighbors didn't know if they were able to handle the fire, they called in the fire fighters - which is always a good idea, if you're not sure you can handle it yourself!
public  fire  response  other_chemical 
16 days ago
Neighbors collect complaints about chemical plant
PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) - An Environmental Protection Agency inspector, during a tour of Mississippi Phosphates in 2009, walked through a puddle so acidic it ate leather off the inspector’s steel-toed boots.

The inspector’s vivid account is one of dozens from an inspection that year that yielded a biting administrative order from the EPA to the company, using the words “imminent and substantial” danger when referring to the possible impact on human health or the environment.

The federal agency ordered the company to fix uncontrolled leaks and spills of sulfuric acid on its grounds, and stop untreated discharges to the adjacent bayou and uncontrolled spills and leaks of phosphoric acid to unlined ditches. The agency found more issues in 2011, and in 2012, reinforced its orders to clean up. Then last year, the state Department of Environmental Quality shut down two plants at the fertilizer manufacturer because they were creating an acid mist that caused neighboring industry to evacuate workers.

All the while, a neighborhood less than a mile away says it was unaware of the reports. Cherokee Forest has 132 homes along heavily industrialized Bayou Casotte in east Pascagoula, where several industries contribute heavily to air emissions.
us_MS  industrial  release  environmental  phosphoric_acid  sulfuric_acid 
17 days ago
Nottingham University's new £15m laboratory caught on fire
Not so carbon neutral now! New eco-friendly £15million university laboratory built out of wood goes up in flames
The Carbon Neutral Laboratory for Sustainable Chemistry at Nottingham University caught fire at 8.30pm Friday 
The £15million wooden structure has been completely destroyed in the blaze which needed 60 firefighters to control 
Nottingham University held an open day for prospective undergraduates today despite the fire continuing to blaze
Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service said they expected the fire would continue for at least another 24 hours
An investigation into the cause of the blaze has not yet started as the building is still too dangerous to examine 
University Registrar Dr Paul Greatrix said the college would be working with its partners to rebuild the structure 
United_Kingdom  laboratory  fire  response  unknown_chemical 
17 days ago
Update: Chemical spill on Pomeroy Road
PARSIPPANY — Parsippany Fire Volunteer District 6 was first on scene at Zimmer Trabecular Metal Technology at approximately 11:00 a.m. on a report of a chemical spill. Zimmer is located at 10 Pomery Road.

Captain Vincent Petito, Capt. 61, established command. Crews from Engine 65 began evacuating workers and assessing the leak.

After detecting a heavy smell of chlorine gas, District 5 HazMat team was called to the scene along with Lake Parsippany Volunteer Fire District 3.

Morris County HazMat,  Picatinny Arsenal HazMat and Whippany HazMat were also called to the scene to assist with removal of leaking chlorine tank.

Also New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection provided assistance.

The tank was secured and removed and building was cleared of any chlorine gas.

One worker who was closest to the leaking tank was immediately taken to Morristown Memorial Hospital by a coworker.
us_NJ  industrial  fire  injury  chlorine 
17 days ago
Green Bay crews respond to hazmat call, possible fire
Firefighters from the Green Bay Metro Fire Department were called to hazardous materials situation and possible fire Friday night on the near west side of Green Bay just before 9 p.m.

Crews were sent to a building near the intersection of Alexander and McDonald streets, just west of the Fox River, for a report of an ammonia smell. While investigating the smell, crews reported a possible fire in a nearby building, according to radio traffic.

Hazardous material crews were called to the scene. Workers at nearby businesses were being told to leave the immediate area shortly before 10 p.m.

Around 10:15 p.m., Green Bay police said they anticipated shutting off power to part of the area surrounding the incident site to protect firefighters on scene. It wasn't known how big an area would be affected or for how long.
us_WI  industrial  release  response  ammonia 
18 days ago
David Snyder pled no contest to all charges in UC Davis explosives case
Former University of California, Davis postdoctoral chemist David Snyder was headed to trial next month on 17 explosives, hazardous waste, and firearms charges stemming from a 2013 explosion in his campus apartment. At a hearing today that was supposed to deal with legal motions prior to an Oct. 20 trial start, Snyder pled no contest to all of the charges, according to an update from the Yolo County District Attorney’s office:
us_CA  laboratory  follow-up  injury  explosives  waste 
18 days ago
Homes evacuated after Ville Platte chemical leak
Residents of one Ville Platte home remain out of their homes this morning following a chemical leak Thursday night at a neighboring business.

HazMat crews responded to the 100 block of East Main Street around 7 p.m.

State police say a valve on a liquified ammonium container broke, causing a blowout. 500 gallons of the chemical leaked, forcing authorities to evacuate several homes in the area.

Most of the residents have been allowed to return to their homes. One home located directly behind the business remains evacuated.
us_LA  public  release  response  ammonia 
18 days ago
Red Chemical Foam on CT Shores After “Fire Balls” Explode in Bridgeport
Two firefighters are recovering Friday morning after being injured in a massive fire at Rowayton Trading Company that started Thursday, Sept. 11.

At the 10:30 a.m. press conference, officials said about 1500 people are still without power. They also said it’s a miracle more houses nearby didn’t catch fire because they are close together in the area.

More than 80 firefighters battled the five alarm fire. About 50 people were employed by the two companies in the building.

55,000 gallons of chemical compound used to create perfume were stored in the building, Bridgeport Fire Officials said in a press conference Friday morning. Dozens of firefighters still remain on the scene.

After a fire broke out, the compound ignited and created “fire ball” explosions that sounds like “bombs” exploding, Mayor Bill Finch told FOX CT.

Now there is a red foam on the surface of nearby water, a Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) official said. Investigators are working with the Centers for Disease control to determine the toxicity of the red foam.
us_CT  industrial  explosion  injury  other_chemical 
18 days ago
North Pole refinery settles HazMat storage allegations
A petroleum refinery in North Pole, Alaska, has reached a settlement with US officials following allegations of mishandling hazardous waste during groundwater a cleanup at the refinery.

On June 19, 2013, Flint Hills Resources conducted groundwater cleanup activities at its refinery that generated spent groundwater pre-filters containing iron sulfide. The spent groundwater pre-filters were disposed of in an exposed, uncovered “roll off” dumpster where they soon ignited, causing two container fires. The fires required local fire department assistance to extinguish.

The settlement includes a civil penalty of $80,000.

According to Scott Downey, manager of EPA’s Air & Hazardous Waste Compliance Unit in Seattle, under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), waste generators are required to determine whether or not their waste is hazardous at the time of generation, then label it clearly and store it properly.
us_AK  industrial  discovery  response  petroleum  waste 
19 days ago
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