Goose Island Brewery evacuated due to hazmat incident
CHICAGO (WLS) -- Goose Island Brewery in Chicago was evacuated Sunday afternoon due to a hazmat incident.

A "peroxide-based acid" spilled, according to the Chicago Fire Department. The department issued a Level 1 Hazmat in response.

The brewery's taproom, located at 1800 W. Fulton on the West Side, will be closed Sunday due to the incident, according to a Goose Island tweet.

An employee told ABC7 that "the beer will be fine."
us_IL  public  release  response  peroxide 
17 minutes ago
Spence presents Wacker incident timeline, stresses need to join NIXLE
The explosion at Wacker Polysilicon on Sept. 7 led to questions by many people in the Charleston area and in the region as to what was occurring, with some even going as far as posting explanations on social media without knowing all the facts.
Cleveland/Bradley County Emergency Management Agency director Troy Spence, who responded to the scene, said he was even receiving messages noting 100 or so people had died in the explosion.
That, of course, was it showed how several in the county were trying to let the community know what they were hearing. In most cases, Spence said these messages were not based on what exactly happened.
A timeline which Spence sent the Cleveland Daily Banner gave a thorough explanation of what he said occurred.
“On Sept. 7, the Bradley County 911 Center received numerous calls from the area in and around Wacker ... for an explosion,” he said.
“Emergency response personnel from Bradley County Fire, Bradley County Emergency Management, Bradley County EMS, and the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office responded to the area to investigate the explosion.
“During the response, a large cloud was observed coming from the Wacker facility, and upon arrival, BCFR and EMA met with the Wacker fire personnel and determined the explosion came from inside the plant and Wacker fire were assessing the damages,” he added.
us_WV  industrial  follow-up  environmental  unknown_chemical 
18 minutes ago
Fire erupts at Karachi's Boat Basin restaurant
KARACHI: A massive fire erupted in a multi-storey building located in an upscale locality of the metropolis on Sunday morning with no reports of casualties so far, ARY News reported.

Initially, the fire began on the ground floor of the building located in Boat Basin area and soon spread to its 1st and 2nd floors due to its high intensity, said a firefighter, adding that eight fire engines took part in the firefighting operation and doused the raging fire after hectic efforts lasting more than three hours.

Police said that a short-circuit caused the fire which subsequently resulted in the explosion of gas cylinders inside the building, causing panic and fear among the residents of the locality.

They said no casualty has been reported so far.
Pakistan  public  explosion  response  gas_cylinders 
18 minutes ago
Truck rollover spills dangerous chemical across CQ highway
A TRUCK has spilled dangerous chemicals across the Gregory Hwy when it rolled between Emerald and Springsure.

The Queensland Police Service report the B-double came off the road when it veered to avoid a kangaroo about 9.40pm yesterday.

"The rear wheels on the second trailer have caught the rough on the shoulder,” a QPS spokesman said.
Australia  transportation  release  response  unknown_chemical 
20 minutes ago
U.S. OSHA, chemical makers focus on diisocyanates
The Trump Administration and a chemical industry group are forming an alliance with an intent to protect workers from exposure to diisocyanates, substances that are powerful irritants. The effort by the U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration and the American Chemistry Council, an industry trade association, would raise awareness of safe practices for the use of these substances, which are raw materials for making polyurethane products such as insulation, car seats, and foam mattresses. Exposure to isocyanates can irritate the skin and mucous membranes, cause chest tightness and difficulty breathing, and lead to asthma and death. The joint effort calls for creation of a web-based training program on the safer use of these compounds. It will develop guidance on medical surveillance and clinical evaluation techniques for employers and workers using the chemicals. Some industrial health experts warn that the alliance, announced Sept. 14, fails to go far enough and particularly lacks a metric to determine whether the program is succeeding or should be modified as it is implemented.
industrial  discovery  environmental  urethane 
24 minutes ago
'Rust-colored' material prompts hazmat incident at DuPont
A “rust-colored material” expelled from ducts in a Wilmington DuPont lab prompted 18 workers to be evaluated at area hospitals, a spokesman for the company said Saturday.

The workers were contractors doing cleanup in a lab at the DuPont Experimental Station about 11 a.m. Saturday, spokesman Dan Turner said. They were wearing appropriate protective equipment, he said, but were evacuated after being exposed to the material released from ductwork. The incident brought area emergency responders to the facility, Turner said.

None of the workers showed signs of chemical exposure, Turner said, and all were released from medical treatment.

The material itself has not yet been identified, he said, but it was determined to be pH neutral and showed no sign of toxic hydrogen fluoride gas. The lab returned to normal operating conditions and there were no signs the surrounding community had been exposed to anything harmful.
us_DE  laboratory  release  injury  unknown_chemical 
23 hours ago
Investigations Into Arkema Plant Fires Underway After Harvey – Houston Public Media
Environmental regulators are looking into fires that broke out at a Houston-area chemical plant after Harvey. It’s been about a month since the storm, but people near the flooded Arkema, Inc. plant are still under a health advisory.
us_TX  industrial  follow-up  environmental  other_chemical 
23 hours ago
Three workers die in chemical tank
KARACHI: Three labourers died after falling into the chemical tank of a fish processing unit in the Korangi area on Saturday night, officials said.

The workers were cleaning the chemical tank inside the fish processing unit located in Sector 50-C, without any protective equipment, when they fell into it and died, said Zaman Town SHO Mohammed Ashfaq.

The officer said that two bodies had been retrieved and sent to the Jinnah Post-graduate Medical Centre for medico-legal formalities, adding that efforts were under way to recover the third body.

The SHO said that two of the three men were brothers hailing from Gilgit.
Pakistan  industrial  release  death  unknown_chemical 
23 hours ago
Chemical found in truck that sickened people remains a mystery
The substance found in a stolen truck that sent several people to hospital remains a mystery.

Red Deer Emergency Services was called by RCMP on Wednesday after the recovered flatbed one-ton stolen truck was brought back by its owner to his business in a north Red Deer commercial area.

It appears that when an attempt was made to clean up a sticky yellow substance with water a reaction occurred that created a colourless, odourless gas. The man was suffering from some sort of chemical reaction that created a burning sensation.

The Hazardous Materials Response Unit was sent and 49th Avenue, between 78th and 78A Street, was cordoned off. Employees at two nearby buildings were evacuated while fire-medics investigated.
Canada  transportation  release  injury  unknown_chemical 
Dallas Fire-Rescue Responds to Hazmat Spill at Dallas Bulk Mail Center
Four people are being treated for exposure to a hazardous material after a spill was reported at the Dallas USPS Bulk Mail Center Thursday.
Dallas Fire-Rescue responded to the call around noon and said the hazmat team responded with three rescue units.
The chemical spilled was reported to be carbolic acid, an organic compound also known as phenol with a number of industrial uses.
DFR said at four people were exposed to the compound and were transported to area hospitals. Their conditions are not known.
us_TX  transportation  release  injury  phenol 
2 days ago
Investigators seek cause of Dickinson College fire
A fire damaged a building containing classrooms at Dickinson College early Thursday, said a college official.

Christine Baksi, Dickinson spokeswoman, said the fire call came in at 1 a.m. in Dana Hall, which houses classrooms and a science lab in the 200 block of Louther Street.

"It was a smoke event, contained to one lab room in the lower level," she said, adding that there were "no flames."

The origin is believed to be in a piece of lab equipment, but it is not yet known if the cause was electrical or chemical or other, she said.

Baksi said room was cleared of smoke by between 1:30 and 2 a.m. No one was in the building when the incident began and no injuries resulted, she said.

Officials continue to look for the cause of the fire.
us_PA  laboratory  fire  response  unknown_chemical 
2 days ago
No harm done in Harbor Beach chemical spill
HARBOR BEACH — A valve that malfunctioned on a semi truck resulted in crews cleaning up a chemical spill for nearly 12 hours in downtown Harbor Beach on Wednesday.
Harbor Beach Fire Chief J.P. Lermont told the Tribune his department was contacted around 9:30 a.m. regarding a spill at the intersection of State Street and M-25.
At the scene, authorities discovered a valve on a Sensient Flavors semi truck had malfunctioned as it pulled into the facility and hydrochloric acid spilled from the truck into the roadway.
The Harbor Beach Police Department blocked off the intersection as crews got to work.
"We needed to neutralize the area," Lermont said.
Lermont's crew began to pour soda ash on the ground to neutralize the pH levels with the hydrochloric acid on the ground. Young's Environmental Cleanup Inc., a hazardous material response unit, was contacted to help with the cleanup.
us_TN  transportation  release  response  hydrochloric_acid 
2 days ago
36 Students Report Feeling Lightheaded at Zamorano Elementary: SDFD
A city crew's use of a chemical in sewer pipeline maintenance near a San Diego school sickened 36 students Thursday, school district and fire officials said. 
First responders rushed to Zamorano Elementary on Casey Street in the Bay Terraces neighborhood just before 10:30 a.m. for the report of a strange smell and students feeling lightheaded.
One student told NBC 7 she was playing wall ball at recess when she noticed a strange smell.
After hazardous materials experts swept the school, it was determined that a chemical being used to reinforce city sewer pipes prompted the disruption of classes.
us_CA  education  release  injury  unknown_chemical 
2 days ago
Spills Reported at One of Houston's Most Toxic Superfund Sites
One of Houston’s dirtiest Superfund toxic waste sites experienced three spills in the days after the torrential rain from Hurricane Harvey. But, as has been the case with other toxic spills resulting from Harvey, the spill went unreported for weeks, until the Associated Press got a look at some aerial photos that showed dark-colored water surrounding the site as the floodwater receded. The dark water was shown flowing through Vince Bayou and into the Houston Ship Channel.

This handout aerial photo from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows floodwaters surrounding the U.S. Oil Recovery Superfund site outside Houston flowing into the San Jacinto River.
The AP first reported the spills earlier this week; the Environmental Protection Agency has not publicly acknowledged them. The agency told the AP that it sent an on-scene coordinator to the Superfund site Wednesday last week, but found no evidence that material had washed off the site though they are still assessing the scene at U.S. Oil Recovery, a former petroleum-industry waste-processing plant contaminated with “a dangerous brew of cancer-causing chemicals,” according to the AP.

A county pollution control team had sent photos to the EPA of three large concrete tanks flooded with water on August 29, after the Harvey floodwater had cleared out. And PRP Group, a company overseeing cleanup at the Superfund site, reported the spill via a federal emergency hotline operated by the U.S. Coast Guard. The company reported two more spills of potentially contaminated storm water from the site.
us_TX  industrial  follow-up  environmental  petroleum  waste 
3 days ago
Small Fire Breaks Out In IDEA School Classroom – 710am KURV
A teacher suffered minor burns and 21 students were checked for chemical and smoke exposure following a fire inside a classroom at an IDEA public school in McAllen Thursday morning.
McAllen firefighters were called to the Bentsen Road school at about 9:35 and rushed into a classroom where a teacher had suffered minors burns to the abdomen. None of the 21 students was hurt but were taken to the hospital after being exposed to chemicals and smoke. The classroom sustained minor fire and chemical damage.
Fire Chief Rafael Balderas says it appears the fire was sparked by a science experiment gone wrong and that the teacher sustained burns when an apron the instructor had on caught fire.
us_TX  laboratory  fire  injury  unknown_chemical 
3 days ago
Two workers suffer burns at Naval Dockyard in Vizag
Two employees suffered chemical burns in an explosion at the Refrigeration and Air Conditioning unit at Naval Dockyard under Malkapuram police station limits here on Thursday.

The injured identified as 25-year-old Baishnab Charan Chand and 26-year-old Parthasarathi Das, are undergoing treatment at a corporate hospital here, where their condition is said to be out of danger.

Sources said the incident took place around 10 a.m. when the duo was engaged in some painting work at the unit.

As per the reports, the duo had taken a can from the scrap to mix the paints by removing some semi-solid material from the can. They then had dumped the removed material in a waste bin and due to some chemical reaction with some material already present in the waste bin, an explosion took place.
India  public  explosion  injury  paints  waste 
3 days ago
Explosive Chemical Blamed For Work Site Blast In Jersey City
JERSEY CITY, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — An accident at a construction site set off an explosion rattling a quiet New Jersey neighborhood.

Officials said a crew was handling an explosive chemical when they were not supposed to be doing any work at all.

As CBS2’s Alice Gainer reported, white smoke was still puffing into the sky on Thursday afternoon, hours after a chemical was poured into drilled holes.

“It’s a type of mortar that they pour into some bored out holes to break up the rock basically. It reacted in a way it wasn’t supposed to, and that’s why we’re here right now,” a Jersey City fire official said.

Fire officials said the chemical is called damite.

When it reacted poorly it sent rocks flying into the air, breaking windows in a neighboring building.

No one was hurt, but they evacuated the building next to the site.

He said it will take hours for the reaction to stop.
us_NJ  industrial  explosion  response  other_chemical 
3 days ago
Man injured by chemical-coated string on Islamabad Expressway
Islamabad :Although there is ban on kite flying in Punjab, people in twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad openly flout this law and continue flying kites with chemical-coated strings, which has resulted in many fatal incidents and numerous number of people mostly motorcyclists and children have suffered grievous injuries.

On Thursday, a newlywed Muhammad Nouman Mazhar was rushed to Benazir Bhutto Hospital after he suffered serious injuries to his eye, nose and throat. He became latest victim of chemical-coated string. While travelling on Islamabad Expressway, near Kurri Road a stray string fell upon him injuring him seriously. He was rushed to Benazir Bhutto Hospital where he received 11 stitches to his face.

“Blood was continuously oozing after the string cut my right eye and nose with while I was travelling on Islamabad Expressway near Kurri Road,” Muhammad Nouman Mazhar told ‘The News’ here on Thursday.
Pakistan  public  release  injury  unknown_chemical 
3 days ago
SOCMA to Host Retrospective Panel on Disaster Planning & Response at National Chemical Safety
ARLINGTON, Va., Sept. 21, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- With Houston, Florida and the Southeastern United States impacted by flooding and storm damage as a result of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, the Society of Chemical Manufacturers & Affiliates (SOCMA) is coordinating a retrospective panel discussion on disaster planning and response at the National Chemical Safety Symposium – Hosted by ChemStewards®, October 11-12, in Houston, TX.

ChemStewards, SOCMA's environmental, health, safety and security program (EHS&S), assists chemical companies in optimizing their performance and creating a safe and secure manufacturing environment.

"Hurricanes Harvey and Irma had a significant impact on the chemical industry, especially in the Houston area, but throughout the storm and its aftermath, safety was of the utmost importance to our SOCMA member companies," said Dr. J. Holland Jordan, Managing Director of ChemStewards.  "With the Safety Symposium set for October in Houston, we felt this was an opportune time to bring in company leaders, plant operators and others who worked with these companies throughout the storm to share insight about how their employees and facilities fared. A situation such as this is at the very heart of why it's important to have a strong EHS&S program plan in place. During the discussion, we hope to gain a better understanding of what worked during the response, as well as areas that could be improved upon moving forward."
us_FL  industrial  follow-up  environmental 
3 days ago
Six injured following chemical spill at Kennett mushroom facility
KENNETT SQUARE>> At least a half dozen people were treated following a chemical spill at Chester County mushroom firm Wednesday, officials said.

Emergency crews converged on Kaolin Mushroom Farms Inc. in the 600 block of West South Street shortly before noon Wednesday. Kennett Square, Longwood and Avondale fire companies responded to the incident. Crews requested Chester County hazmat crews, when it became clear of the score of those affected by the spill and to contain the spill.

The Chester County Hazardous Materials Unit responded to the farm and at least six people were taken to the hospital, according to an official at the scene.

The injured were evaluated by medics on scene then moved to a decontamination station at Washington and Cypress streets to be scrubbed, assuring all chemicals were gone.

Firefighters built the decontamination station using tarps, hoses and dirt from a construction site. They used soap and water to scrub the patients who disrobed. Contaminated water was contained in the decon area.

The employees were then transported to the hospital. Patients went to Crozer-Chester Medical Center, Jennersville and Chester County Hospital. A firefighter was reported injured.

Kaolin Mushroom Farm released the following statement: “At approximately 11:45 am today at our Kennett Square, Pennsylvania facility, an incident occurred where areas were evacuated due to a possible spill of peracetic acid in one of our mushroom wash areas. This product is commonly used in the food industry as a cleanser and disinfectant. Nine employees were treated on-site for possible exposure and transferred to local area hospitals for observation and treatment if required. The company’s first priority is to its employees and surrounding communities. Local Hazmat teams are on-site conducting a thorough review.”
us_PA  industrial  release  injury  cleaners 
4 days ago
Factory fire kills 6 in Munshiganj
A fire in a textile factory in Bangladesh killed six workers on Wednesday before it was extinguished, police said, renewing fears about safety in the multi-billion dollar industry.

Rahman said the fire originated from the factory's chemical godown on the first floor of the building which subsequently spread to other parts soon.

Local people are still doubtful about the death toll as nobody from the locality is being allowed to enter the building.

The fire service said the blaze may have been caused by sparks from welding work with flammable chemicals stored in a warehouse.

According to him, the victims did not die from the fire rather suffocated from the fumes of the chemicals.

Meanwhile, firefighters recovered six bodies from the textile mill, said the police official.
Bangladesh  industrial  fire  death  flammables 
4 days ago
Amazon reviews algorithm after recommending bomb ingredients to customers
Retail giant Amazon is reviewing its online store’s algorithm after it recommended customers buy bomb ingredients together.

The ingredients were being recommended together under the “frequently bought together” and “customers who bought this item also bought” sections, Britain’s Channel 4 News revealed.

The items are innocent on their own but can be put together to create potentially deadly chemical explosives.

On Tuesday, The New Daily was able to find the ingredients for black powder and thermite on Amazon, and confirmed chemicals were recommended for purchase together.

The New Daily chose not to name or picture the labels for the items.

Other materials that could be used in bomb making, including ball bearings, ignition systems and remote detonators, were freely available on the site, and some of them were suggested to be bought with the chemicals.
Australia  public  discovery  environmental  bomb 
4 days ago
Investigation May Require Wacker Chemical To Close For Several Months
After the incident at Wacker’s U.S. production site in Charleston, root-cause investigation work is now underway.  Global President Wacker Polysilicon Tobias Brandis said the plant may be closed for several months for the investigation.

The explosion on Sept. 7 was caused by a technical defect prompting a leak of hydrogen which subsequently caught fire, thereby severely damaging a small, but important facility of the production plant.

Wacker has engaged an independent expert team to determine the root cause of the incident and is cooperating with governmental authorities to ensure a safe resumption of operations. Financial effects on Wacker stemming from this incident are expected to be only minor due to insurance coverage for damages and loss of production, said officials. 
us_TN  industrial  follow-up  environmental  hydrogen 
4 days ago
Federal panel votes to warn public about flame retardants in baby products, furniture
For the first time a federal agency is moving to outlaw an entire class of toxic flame retardants, a policy change intended to protect Americans from chemicals linked to cancer, neurological deficits, hormone disruption and other health problems.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission voted Wednesday to immediately warn the public about the dangers of chemicals known as organohalogens in baby and toddler products, mattresses, upholstered furniture and electronics enclosures. The commission also set in motion what promises to be a contentious debate about new regulations prohibiting manufacturers from adding any halogenated flame retardants to products covered by the ban.

Several of the chemicals already have been forced off the market after independent scientists determined they were accumulating in people and posed serious health risks. But advocates and scientists noted the chemical industry has a long history of replacing harmful flame retardants with chemically similar compounds that later were found to be just as worrisome, if not more so.
us_IL  public  discovery  environmental  other_chemical 
4 days ago
Feds cite safety deficiencies in ExxonMobil fire
Several “safety management system deficiencies” led to a fire at the Baton Rouge ExxonMobil refinery last year that severely burned four workers and led to $165,000 in fines for the company, according to a safety bulletin issued by federal officials.

“Our investigation found that these accepted practices were conducted without appropriate safety hazard analysis, needlessly injuring these workers,” CSB Chair Vanessa Allen Sutherland says in a statement. “It is important to remember that good safety practices are good maintenance practices and good business practices.”

In its report, the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board cited several “safety management system deficiencies” at the Baton Rouge refinery that led the fire, which occurred last November. The refinery failed to address older, less reliable equipment, had a lack of written procedures for operating the equipment that caught fire and a lack of training, among other things. Updating the older valves, as was done to 97% of the refinery’s valves, would likely have prevented the incident, the board says.

“We will continue to evaluate human factors associated with equipment design to mitigate identified hazards, and will evaluate and update procedures and training,” an ExxonMobil spokeswoman says in a statement. “Safety is a core value at ExxonMobil. Nothing is more important than the safety and health of our employees, our contractors and the people who live and work near our operations.”
us_LA  industrial  follow-up  injury  unknown_chemical 
4 days ago
Air testing provider added to Texas chemical plant fire law suit
HOUSTON (Reuters) - Air monitoring company Bureau Veritas SA has been added to a negligence suit, lawyers for Texas police and emergency workers said on Wednesday, after the first responders alleged they inhaled dangerous fumes during a fire at a chemical plant.

The suit, filed in Harris County District Court, seeks at least $75,000 for injuries caused by the alleged negligence after volatile organic chemicals were ignited at the plant in Crosby, Texas, on Aug. 31. The fire came after flooding from Hurricane Harvey knocked out power to an Arkema SA chemical plant.

The amended suit added six more emergency workers and Crosby residents to its list of plaintiffs, which now numbers 18.

Arkema and local officials set up a 1.5 mile radius evacuation zone, after warning there was no way to prevent the chemicals from igniting after the plant’s cooling systems shut and its workers evacuated.

The workers said Bureau Veritas failed to warn them of the dangers or advise them to take precautions despite being in regular communication, according to the suit.

About 15 emergency workers manning the evacuation perimeter required care at the scene or were taken to a hospital and treated for smoke inhalation.
us_TX  industrial  follow-up  injury  unknown_chemical 
4 days ago
One injured at suspected Noble Twp meth lab
BRONSON, MI (WTVB) - A suspected meth lab was discovered in southwest Branch County early today and one person at the house was taken to the hospital for treatment.

Branch County 911 Central Dispatch received a call at 2:50 a.m. Wednesday from a man at a home on Whipple Road in Noble Township who said he needed an ambulance for a medical condition. Michigan State Police reported when they arrived at the scene for possible assistance, there was a very strong odor outside the residence of what appeared to methamphetamine. Troopers also told 911 there was a small child in the house.

The Bronson Fire Department responded with a hazmat unit for a possible cleanup detail and firemen were on the job for around 45 minutes. Life Care transported the injured man to the Community Health Center of Branch County.
us_MI  public  release  injury  clandestine_lab 
4 days ago
Chemical company will investigate acid leak in South Baltimore
Officials from Solvay USA Inc. launched an investigation Tuesday into a toxic acid leak at the company’s chemical plant in South Baltimore’s Fairfield industrial area.

After a cloud of chlorosulfonic acid escaped into the air Monday morning as a tank truck was being unloaded, nearby workers and residents were warned to shelter in place for several hours. Baltimore’s fire department HAZMAT team responded to the leak, and no one was injured.

Solvay, one of the world’s largest chemical companies, said it will send process safety specialists and technicians from several company locations to investigate the incident and will work with the city’s hazmat teams. The chemical company plans to review mechanical equipment, procedures, training and other details to identify causes and ways to prevent a recurrence. Technicians also will look into potential improvements at the site.
us_MD  industrial  follow-up  response  other_chemical 
4 days ago
Karachi: Blast hits cosmetics factory at Shahrah-e-Faisal
KARACHI: Fire broke out on Wednesday in a cosmetics factory in Karachi following a blast, prompting police and fire fighters to rush to the scene. The situation was going on with no casualties reported so far.

According to our correspondent, the factory is located near Nursery bus stop on Shahrah-e-Faisal in PECHS Block 6 area.

The blast triggered fire in basement and later engulfed first floor of the multi-storey building where rescue teams, police and fire fighters reached soon after the explosion.

Fire fighters said the factory chemical exploded after catching fire that erupted due to known reasons.

More than a dozen people were inside the factory, but no casualty was reported. They were safely evacuated. - Samaa
Pakistan  industrial  explosion  response  unknown_chemical 
4 days ago
How Monsanto Manufactured Outrage At Chemical Cancer Classification It Expected
Three years ago this month Monsanto Co. executives realized they had a big problem on their hands.

It was September 2014 and the company’s top-selling chemical, the weed killer called glyphosate that is the foundation for Monsanto’s branded Roundup products, had been selected as one among a handful of pesticides to undergo scrutiny by the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). Monsanto had spent decades fending off concerns about the safety of glyphosate and decrying scientific research indicating the chemical might cause cancer or other diseases. And even though the IARC review was still months away, Monsanto’s own scientists knew what the outcome would likely be – and they knew it wouldn’t be good.

Internal company records show not just the level of fear Monsanto had over the impending review, but notably that company officials fully expected IARC scientists would find at least some cancer connections to glyphosate. Company scientists discussed the “vulnerability” that surrounded their efforts to defend glyphosate amid multiple unfavorable research findings in studies of people and animals exposed to the weed killer. In addition to epidemiology studies, “we also have potential vulnerabilities in the other areas that IARC will consider, namely, exposure, genetox, and mode of action…” a Monsanto scientist wrote in October 2014. That same email discussed a need to find allies and arrange funding for a “fight” – all months before the IARC meeting in March 2015.

And Monsanto predicted internally before IARC even met that the review of the scientific evidence would result in a decision that glyphosate “possibly” was carcinogenic, or “probably” was. Monsanto officials had forecast the IARC decision in an internal “preparedness” plan that warned colleagues to “assume and prepare for the outcome...” The document shows Monsanto thought it most likely that IARC would peg glyphosate as a “possible human carcinogen.” The rating of probable carcinogen was “possible but less likely,” the Monsanto memo stated. IARC ultimately did classify glyphosate as “probably carcinogenic to humans.”
Europe  public  discovery  environmental  pesticides 
5 days ago
M1 to remain closed southbound into the night due to chemical leak
The London-bound side of the M1 is likely to remain shut into the night while repairs are carried out after a corrosive chemical caused damage to the carriageway.

The motorway was shut in both directions at around 7.30am today (September 19) following the discovery of a suspicious object under a bridge near Newport Pagnell services between Junction 15 and 14.

The bomb squad was called in to investigate the object, which turned out to contain "liquid and a chemical substance" rather than an explosive.
United_Kingdom  transportation  release  response  corrosives 
5 days ago
Lab technicians injured as machine explodes in SMS Hospital
JAIPUR: Two lab technicians suffered injuries when a centrifuge machine in microbiology laboratory exploded in Sawai Man Singh (SMS) Hospital on Monday morning.
The two injured lab technicians are at a high risk of getting infected with serious diseases as at the time of explosion there were 116 blood samples in the centrifuge machine. With the blast, the blood samples too came out of the machine with a force. These samples were in the process of being tested but nobody knows what kind of infection or viruses these blood samples contained.
Centrifuge is a machine which is used for the separation of fluids, based on density— serum and white blood cells, red blood cells and platelets. The explosion created panic in the hospital as it made a loud noise. The patients along with doctors came out of their wards in fear but when they came to know about the explosion in machine, they calmed down.
It is not the first such incident in the laboratory. Recently, an incubator had caught fire. Fortunately in that incident no one was hurt. Two lab technicians suffered serious injuries— one lab technicians suffered fracture in mandible, or lower jaw while other suffered fracture in hand. "They will undergo surgery," said Dr SS Yadav, spokesperson, SMS Hospital.
India  laboratory  explosion  injury  unknown_chemical 
6 days ago
Shelter in place lifted after chemical leak in Baltimore
BALTIMORE (RNN) - Some residents near a chemical plant were told to shelter in place for two hoursbecause of a chemical leak. That order has been lifted.

Baltimore Fire Department Chief Roman Clark said it appears that a valve from a tanker separated from a trailer, causing the leak at the Solvay Plant. Clark said the chemical involved is chlorosulfuric acid, WBAL reports. 

Baltimore's Office of Emergency Management said that residents within a one-mile radius were told to shelter in place. 

The Baltimore Fire Department called it a Level 3 hazmat situation.

That means extremely dangerous materials are in the area, but it may be entered by emergency personnel in protective clothing that have self-contained breathing apparatus, and leaving no skin exposed.
us_MD  industrial  release  response  other_chemical 
6 days ago
Potentially deadly bomb ingredients are ‘frequently bought together’ on Amazon – Channel 4 News
Channel 4 News has discovered that Amazon’s algorithm guides users to the necessary chemical combinations for producing explosives and incendiary devices. Ingredients which are innocent on their own are suggested for purchase together as “Frequently bought together” products, as it does with all other goods.

Ingredients for black powder and thermite are grouped together under a “Frequently bought together” section on listings for specific chemicals.

Steel ball bearings often used as shrapnel in explosive devices, ignition systems and remote detonators are also readily available; some promoted by the website on the same page as these chemicals as products that “Customers who bought this item also bought”.

Black powder and thermite

Users searching for a common chemical compound used in food production — which Channel 4 News has decided not to name — are offered the ingredients to produce explosive black powder.
United_Kingdom  public  discovery  environmental  explosives 
6 days ago
Air board refuses to hear concerns over Institute methanol plant
Members of a state board on Monday refused to hear a permit appeal from a citizen group that is concerned that potential fires, explosions or other accidents at the US Methanol plant under construction in Institute could pose health and safety risks for area residents.

The West Virginia Air Quality Board granted the Department of Environmental Protection’s motion to dismiss an appeal that the group People Concerned About Chemical Safety filed, agreeing with the DEP that the issues raised were beyond the scope of the state agency’s job. The decision means the board won’t hold a full hearing with testimony about the citizen group concerns.

In arguing against the appeal being dismissed, Bill DePaulo, attorney for the People Concerned organization, urged the board members to make clear what ruling for the DEP’s motion would be saying to the public.

“Win or lose, I’d just like a clear ruling,” DePaulo told board members. “Do it in big, bold letters: ‘We do not consider the human health and safety in issuing this permit.’ ”

US Methanol hopes to start production in mid-2018 at the plant that would convert natural gas to methanol, a common industrial feedstock. The facility, located at the Institute property now operated by Dow Chemical, would use parts from a deconstructed plant in Brazil.
us_WV  public  discovery  environmental  methanol 
6 days ago
Zambia signatory to chemical, safety treaties – Zambia Daily Mail
ZAMBIA is a party to a number of international chemical, safety and other related conventions.
The Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions are among the several agreements Zambia has signed. The three altogether cover elements of “cradle-to-grave” management as they aimed at removing hazardous and chemical wastes.

By being a signatory to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions, Government has demonstrated its desire to comply with standards and norms of being a hazardous and waste chemicals-free nation.

Conventions give birth to institutions which help the United Nations in monitoring the adherence to the agreements.
In Africa, the need for the co-ordinated implementation of chemical multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs) is critical for providing the basis and crucial elements for ‘life cycle management’ of toxic chemicals.
Zambia is a signatory to the African Institute statutes, which is a regional centre for Anglophone Africa.
The synergy of the chemical MEAs provides the framework for environmentally sound chemical management.
Institutions born out of conventions help build effective international and regional frameworks to minimise and prevent the impacts of toxic chemicals and hazardous waste and give individual countries and the global community a way to address the ever increasing pollution of humans and the environment.
Zambia  public  discovery  environmental  toxics  wastes 
6 days ago
U.S. chemical makers, OSHA form worker safety alliance on diisocyanates
The Trump Administration and a chemical industry group are forming a government-industry alliance with an intent to protect workers from exposure to diisocyanates, substances that are powerful irritants. The effort by the U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) and the American Chemistry Council (ACC), an industry trade association, would raise awareness of safe practices for use of these substances in the polyurethane industry.
However, industrial health experts warn that the alliance, announced on Sept. 14, may be a response to efforts in California to toughen safety requirements for some of these chemicals.
Isocyanates are raw materials for making polyurethane products, such as insulation, car seats, foam mattresses, shoes, and adhesives. Exposure to isocyanates can irritate the skin and mucous membranes, cause chest tightness and difficulty breathing, and lead to asthma and death.
The joint effort calls for creation of a web-based training program on the safer use of chemicals and the potential routes of exposure to users of these substances. It will develop guidance on medical surveillance and clinical evaluation techniques for employers and workers using the chemicals.
industrial  discovery  environmental  diisocyanates 
6 days ago
Hazmat Leak At Larz Anderson Skating Rink
BROOKLINE, MA — Larz Anderson Park is still closed, hours after a Hazmat leak was reported at the skating rink in Brookline, police said.

Brookline Police and fire department officials were on the scene with a Haz Mat crew looking into just what happened, according to fire officials. It turned out: The refrigerant system in the Zamboni room leaked, causing the spill.

Police at the start said the leak was not suspicious, but asked residents to avoid the area.
us_MA  public  release  response  hvac_chemicals 
7 days ago
Savannah Fire responds to sulfuric acid spill on West Bay Street
The Savannah Fire Department, Savannah Chatham Metro Police and emergency medical personnel responded to a sulfuric acid spill on West Bay Street Sunday afternoon.

Savannah Fire Battalion Chief Elzie Kitchen said the department received a call about a Tidewater Transit Co., Inc. (TWT) truck leaking sulfuric acid on West Bay Street near Lissner Avenue. When fire crews arrived, SCMPD officers had already pulled the leaking commercial truck over.

Kitchen said firefighters loosened the lid on the tank to reduce the pressure inside to mitigate the situation, but some of the acid had already spilled onto the ground.

"We were able to contain that also," Kitchen said. "It was a little spill. It wasn't much. Even the area that we had pads on was probably a circumference of maybe 10 feet." 

Kitchen said he isn't sure how much acid leaked out of the truck, but said the truck's tank can hold 4,000 pounds of liquid.
us_GA  transportation  release  injury  sulfuric_acid 
7 days ago
PFD: Strong odor of natural gas detected following north Phoenix
The Phoenix Fire Department is investigating a house fire that occurred in north Phoenix late Saturday night. 

At around 11:00 p.m., fire crews responded to a house fire near 19th Avenue and Union Hills Drive.

According to Phoenix fire, when their crews arrived on the scene, they found the single-story structure engulfed in flames.

Phoenix fire's strategy was later declared defensive meaning firefighters fought the fire from the exterior as nothing was viable on the interior due to the amount of fire.

After 20 minutes of extinguishment operations, a strong odor of natural gas was detected and hazmat teams confirmed the presence of gas with a meter, according to Phoenix fire officials.

Southwest Gas also responded to address the gas situation.
us_AZ  public  fire  response  methane  natural_gas 
7 days ago
People evacuated from homes and several taken to hospital after 'chemical incident' in Alwold Crescent, Lee (From News Shopper)
Several people were taken to hospital with nausea and vomiting after a suspected chemical incident in Lee.

Emergency services were called to Alwold Crescent amid fears residents may have suffered an allergic reaction.

Witnesses said a number of people suffered a reaction to an unknown substance on Sunday morning.

Taxi driver Ian Crouch, 39, told the Sun that emergency services appeared to be investigating the sewage system.

Five fire engines, paramedics and police were all deployed to deal with the incident.

A spokesman for the Met Police said the incident was not believed to be crime-related.
United_Kingdom  public  release  injury  unknown_chemical 
7 days ago
Chemicals still leaking from WACKER more than a week after explosion
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — Cleanup is still underway at the Wacker Charleston plant according to Bradley County Officials.
Bradley County EMA Director Troy Spence says until this weekend, the room that was used to house the damaged piping with chemicals in them, was unsafe for workers to enter to clean-up.
Spence told us he now knows for a fact, that room was made safe to enter this weekend so the clean-up process to continue.
Spence says the explosion two weeks ago damaged the pipes and a small amount of chemicals continued to leak in what's called a burp reaction.
us_TN  industrial  follow-up  response  unknown_chemical 
7 days ago
Chemical Still Being Release at Site of Plant Blast
CHARLESTON, Tenn. (AP) — More than a week after an explosion at an east Tennessee chemical plant, hydrochloric acid is still leaking from the building.

An estimated six tons of chemicals remain in an unsecure site at the Wacker Polysilicon plant in Charleston, Tennessee, the site of an explosion on Sept. 7. The Times Free Press reports that workers cannot enter the building for cleanup.

The area where the explosion occurred remained unsafe Friday afternoon, and there was no way to remove the chemicals safely, said Shawn Fairbanks, director of Bradley County Fire & Rescue.

Bradley County Emergency Management Agency Director Troy Spence says small doses of the chemicals in the room escape as moisture enters the open pipes.

The explosion briefly closed an interstate and spurred shelter-in-place orders.
us_TN  industrial  follow-up  response  hydrochloric_acid 
7 days ago
Marijuana lab found in Willits building where explosion blew hole in roof
Mendocino County authorities discovered a marijuana extraction laboratory in a Willits industrial building where an explosion blew a large hole in the roof, the Sheriff’s Office said Friday.

Firefighters with the Little Lake Fire Protection District responded to an explosion about 1:40 p.m. Tuesday at a 30,000-square-foot, metal-sided building in the 500 block of Cropley Lane, Capt. Greg Van Patten said in a press release.

There was no sign of a fire, but officials found a hole in the roof caused by an “unknown projectile,” he said.

No one was found in the building, but deputies discovered the lab inside and several greenhouses on the property that contained several hundred marijuana plants, Van Patten said. Investigators determined a cannabis cultivation permit had been issued by the Mendocino County Agriculture Department for the property.
us_CA  public  explosion  response  clandestine_lab 
7 days ago
Richmond oil storage company fined over leak into SF Bay
MARTINEZ — A petroleum storage company has agreed to pay fines totaling $160,000 and to undergo a multi-million dollar repair of a tank that leaked oil into the San Francisco Bay, court records show.

The Houston-based company Kinder Morgan Liquids Terminals LLC agreed to the fine Sept. 6, the same day the Contra Costa District Attorney filed a civil complaint against the company. It all stems from a May 2016 spill into the Santa Fe Channel, located next to Kinder Morgan’s storage facility in the Richmond harbor.

Authorities don’t know exactly how much oil spilled into the bay, but estimate it was less than 100 gallons. The hazmat services wing of the county’s health services department inspected the facility in June and discovered a secondary containment unit was leaking oil into the ground, which was then making its way into the bay.

According to the company’s website, Kinder Morgan’s Richmond facility has 136 tanks and the capacity to store 639,271 barrels. The facility has a dock for the loading and unloading of petroleum products from tanker ships.

“We are pleased to resolve this dispute on terms that will allow the development of a special environmental project for the benefit of the citizens of Richmond and Contra Costa County,” said Melissa Ruiz, a spokeswoman for Kinder Morgan.
us_CA  industrial  follow-up  environmental  oils  petroleum 
7 days ago
Fire Breaks Out at TX Petrochemical Plant
Sept. 15--A blaze that broke out Friday night at an industrial plant in Mont Belvieu is under control, authorities said.

Fire trucks and first responders rushed to the Enterprise Products facility on FM 1942 as smoke filled the air and flames poured out of the Chambers County plant.

"It is fully contained and not a hazard at this time," Sheriff Brian Hawthorne said just after 8 p.m. "The fire is getting smaller and we do not see it as being a bigger threat than what it is."

Authorities shuttered FM 1942 in Chambers County as crews responded. It wasn't initially clear which facility had caught fire, as a number of chemical and petrochemical plants are in the area, Hawthorne said.

"It's not a chemical fire, it's a petrochemical fire," Hawthorne said. "That's a good thing -- it's easier to fight."

A person working at the ExxonMobile building in Baytown said he first noticed the flames from the seventh floor around 7:15 p.m.
us_TX  industrial  fire  response  petroleum 
7 days ago
Portishead explosion linked to Bedminster Chemical incident, say police
Residents near the Avon and Somerset Police HQ in Portishead were awoken by a loud explosion at around 7am this morning.

Residents reported a loud explosion that rocked houses and caused the ground to shake.

Avon and Somerset Police have confirmed that the explosion was related to the incident in Bedminster where hazardous substances were found at house in Hastings Close.

Two men were taken to hospital, one suffering burns to his legs.

Bomb disposal experts arrived on the scene to examine "potentially hazardous chemicals" found at the house.

Residents were allowed to return on Monday 11 September after three nights in temporary accommodation.

But yesterday, Friday 15 September, residents were evacuated again from two houses on Hastings Close after police discovered more hazardous substances at the house.

This morning at 6.55am locals reported hearing an explosion near the Police HQ in Portishead.
United_Kingdom  public  explosion  response  bomb 
7 days ago
Chemical still being release at site of plant blast
More than a week after an explosion at an east Tennessee chemical plant, hydrochloric acid is still leaking from the building.

An estimated six tons of chemicals remain in an unsecure site at the Wacker Polysilicon plant in Charleston, Tennessee, the site of an explosion on Sept. 7. The Times Free Press reports that workers cannot enter the building for cleanup.

The area where the explosion occurred remained unsafe Friday afternoon, and there was no way to remove the chemicals safely, said Shawn Fairbanks, director of Bradley County Fire & Rescue.

Bradley County Emergency Management Agency Director Troy Spence says small doses of the chemicals in the room escape as moisture enters the open pipes.
us_TN  industrial  follow-up  environmental  hydrochloric_acid 
7 days ago
Man burned by chemical beer at McCormick & Schmick's gets $750K
ATLANTIC CITY — A New Jersey man whose esophagus and stomach were severely burned after drinking a beer tainted by a caustic chemical at an Atlantic City casino restaurant has been awarded $750,000.

Paul D'Amato, the lawyer for Richard Washart, told The Associated Press the jury awarded the plaintiff $650,000 Friday for pain and suffering, and $100,000 for emotional distress.

The Seaville  man sued the McCormick & Schmick's restaurant, which is located at the Harrah's casino, claiming he was served beer tainted by a caustic agent used to clean beer tap lines. Harrah's was not a defendant in the suit.
us_NJ  public  follow-up  environmental  other_chemical 
9 days ago
Chemicals blow a hole in the roof of a Lakeland business
LAKELAND — Three people were injured Friday afternoon in a chemical explosion that tore a gaping hole through the roof of an industrial warehouse adjacent to Lakeland Linder Regional Airport.
Three employees of Taste Advantage, which manufactures flavor ingredients from a warehouse facility that’s part of Ruthven Business Park II on Drane Field Road, received minor chemical burns and other employees were treated on site for chemical exposure, said Sgt. Gary Gross of the Lakeland Police Department.
“They’re going to be fine, the injuries were not critical,” he said.
Two people were treated at Tampa General Hospital and one was treated at Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center after the explosion that happened about 3:47 p.m.
The explosion was sparked by workers using the chemicals tolulene and sodium hypochlorite to clean kettles containing flavoring agents, said Lakeland Police spokeswoman Robin Tillett.
Exactly what caused the explosive reaction was unknown as of late Friday afternoon, she said.
According to Gross, the explosion triggered a small fire that was quickly doused by an overhead fire suppression system. There was no threat to the public from the chemical reaction that caused the explosion, he said.
us_FL  industrial  explosion  injury  cleaners 
9 days ago
Suspects face endangerment, drug charges in early-morning fire Wednesday in Loxley
LOXLEY — Two suspects are in custody facing endangerment and drug charges following an early morning fire at a home in Loxley Wednesday morning.

Volunteers with the Robertsdale Fire Department responded to a call of a structure fire on Shell Court in Loxley at around 1 a.m. on Wednesday.

“When they arrived, Silverhill firefighters had the fire contained to a bedroom,” said BCSO Maj. Anthony Lowery.

Officials from Robertsdale called for assistance from the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office Drug Task Force after they found what they believed were the makings of a “shake and bake” meth lab at the scene of a structure fire.

Four people, including two children under the age of 10 and two adults who were not involved in the incident, were reportedly home at the time of the explosion, according to reports. There were no serious injuries reported.
us_AL  public  explosion  injury  clandestine_lab 
9 days ago
Hay Bale Fires
Morton County emergency managers are warning farmers and ranchers about what they say is an alarming number of hay bales that have spontaneously combusted and caught fire.

Just this month about 300 hay bales burned near St. Anthony, another 100 near New Salem and about 10 burned just west of Mandan. The emergency management office says when hay is put into a stack or barn and has more than about 22 percent moisture, it has an increased risk of spontaneous combustion. High moisture hay stacks can have chemical reactions that build heat.

Mandan Rural Fire Department Chief Lynn Gustin says hay bales should be left in the field as long as possible and moisture content and temperature should be checked before stacking.
us_ND  public  fire  environmental 
9 days ago
Fire alarm causes evacuation of CSU lab
Update, Sept. 14: A Poudre Fire Authority investigator was unable to determine the cause of the fire. A sprinkler system in the building served to control the fire until firefighters could extinguish it.

Original story: Fire crews donned oxygen masks and protective gear as they entered a Colorado State University laboratory after a fire alarm forced the evacuation of the foothills campus building around 11 a.m. Tuesday.

Crews from Poudre Fire Authority, UCHealth and the CSU Police Department responded to the alarm at the Advanced Beam Laboratory.

PFA spokesman Chris Wolf said there was a small fire in a piece of equipment, and a fire investigator will work to determine cause, a process he said could last until later this week.
us_co  laboratory  fire  response  unknown_chemical 
9 days ago
Chemical safety post-Trump?
Things are changing in the US with talk of 30 % cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA). What does that mean for chemicals and the US-Europe cooperation? We met with Jim Jones, the former Assistant Administrator for Chemical Safety at the US EPA, to discuss the political changes in the US, the reform of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and the future for chemical safety.

The TSCA reform in summer 2016 – its first for nearly 40 years – was supported by both the Republicans and Democrats. The new law says that the government is obliged to examine chemicals in priority order according to strict deadlines and clear safety standards. This makes the law stronger and more efficient than the previous version. “If the basic principles of the law are not met, the government can and will be challenged in court. If it hasn’t taken care of its duties as the law states, it will lose, because the deadlines are really quite clear,” Mr Jones explains.

But a lot has happened in US politics and leadership since the new law was passed. According to Mr Jones, the changes are likely to have an impact on its implementation. “If you listen to the rhetoric of the Trump administration, they are not interested in regulating. But under TSCA, you are required to regulate if you find a chemical that doesn’t meet the safety standards. So, it will be interesting to see how they manage that reality when their aspirations run counter to what is required by law”.
Europe  discovery  enviromental 
10 days ago
Fire investigators still searching for what caused chemical fire at Lee’s Summit plant
LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. -- Investigators are trying to determine what caused a chemical fire at a plant here Wednesday.

Witnesses reported the fire at C.K. Enterprises on Southwest Jefferson Street just after 8 a.m.

Workers at the plant may have been transferring a flammable liquid from an outside storage tank when the fire started.

Flames quickly consumed that tank, sending thick, black smoke up into the sky that could be seen for miles around.

The owner of the plant, Charlie Kunkel, did not want to appear on camera but told FOX 4 that about 60 workers all escaped the building safely by the time firefighters arrived.

Kunkel says one worker did suffer burns to his arm. Paramedics took him to the hospital for treatment.

Firefighters say anytime you're dealing with chemicals, they must take some extra precautions.
us_mo  industrial  fire  follow-up 
11 days ago
Coal mine explosion kills nine workers in northern China: Xinhua
BEIJING (Reuters) - An explosion late on Wednesday at a small coal mine in China’s northern province of Heilongjiang killed nine workers, the official Xinhua News Agency said on Thursday.

The incident occurred at the Yuchen coal mine, which has 60,000 tonnes of annual production capacity, located in the city of Jixi.

The latest accident follows an announcement by China’s State Council on Aug. 31 to launch a new round of safety checks at coal mines and chemical plants starting in September after injuries during an incident at a state-owned coal mine in August.

China’s coal output in August fell to a 10-month low, data from the National Statistics Bureau showed on Thursday, suggesting mines have reduced production in the wake of major accidents.
china  industrial  explosion  deaths 
11 days ago
Clearwater Paper Building Following Chemical Alarm
LEWISTON, ID - UPDATED story: Approximately 400 Clearwater Paper employees and contractors were evacuated this morning after a chemical alarm sounded. The company's Matt Van Vleet says the incident happened at about 8:50 a.m in the paperboard building.

"The evacuation was done very well, the employees got to their areas, the head counts were done, and most importantly nobody was injured," Van Vleet says, adding that safety was their #1 priority.

Van Vleet says there was no explosion. An investigation found that a valve for two chemicals was opened and they combined, creating a reaction. He identified the agents as ammonia and sodium hypochlorite. The latter is a chlorine compound and is the main ingredient in bleach.

"In the paperboard making process, we use two anti-bacterial agents to basically keep the paperboard clean - bacteria-free - and that's applied on the machines as we make the paperboard. During the shutdown, we were doing maintenance on the digital control system that meters those two agents," Van Vleet says. "When they were working on the device, a valve was opened and too much of the agents combined and created a reaction."
us_id  industrial  release  response  chlorine 
11 days ago
Hazmat crews called to Annaville area for possible chemical rele
Emergency crews were called to the area of Sedwick Road and Stillwell Lane, near Clarkwood Road in Annaville, after a worker in the area was hospitalized due to a possible chemical release.

Hazmat crews were called to the area to investigate and confirmed readings of H2S (hydrogen sulfide).

"At this this time there is absolutely no hazard to the public from this release and we are just advising the public to stay clear of this Clarkwood and Sedwick area for the time being," an official with CCPD on the scene said.

It is unclear what kind of symptoms the man who was hospitalized had. His condition is currently unknown.
us_TX  public  release  injury  hydrogen_sulfide 
12 days ago
Photos: MN Firefighter Contain Chlorine Leak
A state hazmat team was requested to help Red Wing firefighters mitigate an incident involving a chlorine leak on Sept. 11

The Red Wing Fire Department was called out to the Prairie Island water treatment facility for a chlorine leak.

Firefighters worked with Prairie Island police to evacuate the area and assess the scene. The statewide Chemical Assessment Team was requested and St. Paul Fire Department resources were deployed. 

Responders were able to stop the leak and ventilate the building before placing the incident under control.
us_MN  industrial  release  response  chlorine  water_treatment 
12 days ago
Harvey's flooding blamed in major gasoline spill in Texas
Hurricane Harvey's floodwaters triggered a spill of almost a half-million gallons of gasoline from two storage tanks along the Houston Ship Channel, marking the largest spill reported to date from a storm that slammed into the heart of Texas' huge petrochemical industry.
The spill measured 10,988 barrels, or more than 461,000 gallons, and occurred at a petroleum tank farm in Galena Park operated by Magellan Midstream Partners, according to the Oklahoma-based company and accident reports submitted to federal officials.
Some of the spilled fuel flowed into a waterway adjacent to the ship channel, a heavily-industrialized area that's lined with dozens of petrochemical facilities, the reports said.
Gasoline is more volatile than oil, meaning it evaporates more quickly after it's spilled. But it's also more likely to catch fire and can more rapidly penetrate the soil and potentially contaminate groundwater supplies.
Magellan spokesman Bruce Heine said the gasoline that reached the small, unnamed waterway had been contained. The spilled fuel was sprayed with foam to prevent it from releasing harmful vapors, he said.
"Federal and state regulators have been on-site during the recovery and clean-up procedures," Heine said. "Clean-up activities at the facility are continuing and we are currently removing and replacing affected soil."
us_TX  transportation  release  response  gasoline  petroleum 
12 days ago
Lawmakers Clash Over Chemical Risk Database
A database used to evaluate the risk of certain chemicals has become a flashpoint of debate among lawmakers. 

Called the Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS), the EPA-led effort provides an encyclopedia-like guide to state agencies on toxic hazards to help them assess the impact of a chemical accident or spill.

In his budget, President Trump proposed eliminating funding for the program all together. But a House appropriations bill this summer instead cut some funding but kept the program above water.

Now Democrats and Republicans have continued to butt heads over whether or not the program is running smoothly — and what its future should be.

At a Sept. 6 hearing before the House Science, Space and Technology Committee, Republicans criticized the EPA for not making changes that were proposed in 2014.  
public  discovery  environmental 
12 days ago
Wacker chemical plant sees third incident in two weeks
Alarms went off for the third time in two weeks at the Wacker Chemical Plant in Charleston, Tenn., on Tuesday, causing employees to again take shelter onsite.

A release from the company stated workers detected "a slight elevation of residual chemicals stemming from the September 7 incident."

"According to emergency protocol and precautionary measures, Wacker issued an onsite shelter in place, which has been lifted. There was no risk to the community or employees," the statement read.

"Safety is our top priority along with the care and well-being of our employees and our community. Our commitment to safety remains our primary focus."

A separate release from Bradley County Schools stated alarms were set off while work was being done on "damaged pipes with chemical residue."
us_TN  industrial  release  response  unknown_chemical 
12 days ago
One person overcome by fumes at NW Grand Rapids chemical plant
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - One person was overcome by fumes in a minor incident at a Grand Rapids chemical manufacturer.

The incident was reported at Haviland Enterprises at 421 Ann Street NW at about 1:30 p.m.   The company makes chemicals for swimming pools and other needs.

Grand Rapids Fire Battalion Chief Bruce Veldkamp tells FOX 17 that there was a small release of ammonia hydroxide while crews were unloading a truck at the plant.  The release happened inside the building and there were no safety concerns to the neighborhood.  One employee was taken to the hospital for observation.

About 30 employees were evacuated from the plant as a precaution.  Veldkamp says all safety procedures were followed, everyone was accounted for and the neighborhood was not in any danger.
us_MI  industrial  release  injury  ammonia 
12 days ago
Hazmat incident at Yale said to be under control
NEW HAVEN — A hazmat incident at Yale University has been brought under control.

The New Haven Fire Chief tweeted the incident involving chemicals was under control shortly after 5 p. m.

The chemical accident occurred at the Yale University Chemical Research Building, located on 275 Prospect St. Officials said a  27-year-old student was working in one of the labs and handling different chemical mixtures, including a nitric acid mixture..

The student picked up a bottle he thought was empty, however it was not, according to officials. This bottle had traces of a lab substance containing a volatile chemical mixture – the bottle itself was also overpressured. Due to the pressure build-up, the bottle broke and splattered all over the student. Small specks were sent flying everywhere. Minor traces went all over the room, so DEEP was called in to assist.

The spill itself is still considered minor, but because it got onto the victim’s outer clothing he was transported to a hospital. The student is doing fine, they suffered no life-threatening injuries.The building was built back in 1954, but has been modernized for safety (specifically for dealing with these types of incidents).
us_CT  laboratory  release  injury  nitric_acid 
12 days ago
NBC-2.com WBBH News for Fort Myers, Cape Coral & Naples, Florida
A total of 20 people were sent to three different hospitals after waking up vomiting in Bonita Springs.

Multiple units responded to a home on Red Bud Lane off of Imperial Parkway – just south of Bonita Beach Road – Tuesday morning.

We were told this was a hazardous materials situation and found out that they were staying in the home during the storm and using a generator that was inside the home.

Family members say one of the cousins said he felt numb while others complained of headaches, dizziness, nausea, and vomiting.

After authorities arrived and investigated, there is no longer any carbon monoxide in the house.

Those 20 people include 13 children and seven adults. At least two of the children were infants while the oldest child was 15 years old. They were sent to Golisano Children's Hospital, North Collier Hospital, and Gulf Coast Medical Center.
us_FL  public  release  injury  carbon_monoxide 
12 days ago
EPA opens inquiry into Arkema chemical plant explosion after Harvey flooding
The Environmental Protection Agency has opened an inquiry into whether the Arkema chemical plant in Crosby, Texas followed federal safety rules to protect against hazards, following explosions at the facility that resulted from Hurricane Harvey flooding.

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt told the Washington Examiner on Monday he authorized a request for information to Arkema under Section 114 of the Clean Air Act about whether the company complied with a risk management plan filed with the federal government.

Depending on the information obtained by the EPA, the agency can issue administrative, civil or criminal action against Arkema, a multinational company based in France.

"I issued something called a 114 letter, which was a communication to Arkema to say you need to advise and inform me about your risk management plan [RMP] and whether you followed the specifics of the RMP and were you adequately prepared," Pruitt told the Washington Examiner in an interview. "There is some question about whether the RMP that was in place there was actually complied with."

The EPA, in a letter issued Sept. 7 and obtained by Washington Examiner, has ordered Arkema to respond within 10 days to questions about the handling of chemicals known as organic peroxides, which are combustible if not kept refrigerated. The EPA also wants to know the amount of chemical materials kept at the plant, and the measures taken in advance to guard against flooding and loss of electricity.
us_TX  industrial  follow-up  response  peroxide 
12 days ago
One dies, 5 hurt as boiler explodes at chemical plant
Nellore: A worker was killed and five others received severe injuries after a boiler exploded at a chemical factory at Meganuru near Gudur on Monday morning. The deceased was identified as Avinash of the village. The villagers expressed anger over the factory management for setting up the plant without displaying any name and details of operations and were shocked with the explosion which triggered panic among them. 

The five injured workers were rushed to a nearby private hospital soon after they were rescued from the spot after the explosion. In fact, the local people blamed the management that it had announced earlier that they would be setting up an ayurvedic pharmaceutical company but now they find carcasses of animals with quite unhygienic conditions prevailing at the plant which turned out to be a bone milling unit. 

There is bad odour emanating from the plant frequently, they complained. Recently, some villagers of Meganuru lodged a complaint with local tahsildar asking how an ayurvedic pharma company has been maintaining unsanitary conditions and raised doubts over its operations.
India  industrial  explosion  death  drugs  pharmaceutical 
12 days ago
First responders sue Arkema
One week after the first of nine trailers containing organic peroxides caught fire at an Arkema facility in Crosby, Texas, seven first responders have filed a lawsuit against the chemical company.
The Sept. 7 suit alleges that Arkema was negligent in failing to properly prepare for a power outage, which created dangerous conditions for storing flammable organic peroxides. Lack of refrigeration at the site, which was inundated with nearly 2 meters of water from Tropical Storm Harvey, caused the chemicals to degrade and explode. The suit alleges the first responders were exposed to unspecified “toxic fumes” early on Thursday, Aug. 31.
According to the Houston Chronicle, 15 Harris County deputies and eight emergency medical services personnel were hospitalized due to exposure to fumes. One of the plaintiffs in the case, Christy Graves, is the director of Harris County Emergency Services District 5, based in Crosby.
The first responders were guarding a 2.4 km perimeter around the Crosby site by taking up a position on a nearby road to prevent traffic from entering an evacuation zone set up by local safety officials, according to Kimberley M. Spurlock, the attorney representing the seven responders.
At roughly 2 AM, Spurlock tells C&EN, the responders became overwhelmed by fumes. They used emergency radios to ask about the status of the chemical plant but were told that no incident was reported. According to the suit, “one by one, the police officers and first responders began to fall ill in the middle of the road.” Medical personnel who responded to the scene, the suit continues, also became overwhelmed and began to vomit and gasp for air.
us_TX  industrial  follow-up  injury  flammables  peroxide 
12 days ago
Tannery chemicals are 540 times above EPA level in Belmont well
BELMONT, MI -- Residential drinking water testing next to an old Wolverine World Wide tannery dump site has found hazardous chemical levels on one property that are 540 times the federal health advisory level at which chronic exposure is considered unsafe.

Well sampling records show a home on the 1800 block of House Street NE in Plainfield Township tested at 37,800 parts-per-trillion (ppt) combined for perfluoroctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) and perfluoroctanoic acid (PFOA) -- a pair of industrial chemicals that are polluting the groundwater near the old tannery dump in Belmont.

The property, directly across the street from the dump site, was first tested July 18 and retested on Aug. 16 to double check the extremely high pollution result.
us_MI  industrial  discovery  environmental  other_chemical 
12 days ago
Court order stops chemical discharge into Cape Fear River
Chemours has agreed to stop dumping certain chemicals into the Cape Fear River, state officials said Monday.

The company entered into a partial consent order with the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality on Friday. The order, signed by Bladen County Resident Superior Court Judge Douglas B. Sasser, says Chemours will immediately prevent the discharge of certain “PFESA compounds” until a permit authorizing the discharge is issued.

The state refers to the substances as “Nafion byproducts 1 and 2,” according to Jamie Kritzer, a state Department of Environmental Quality spokesman.

Gary Cambre, a Chemours spokesman, has said Nafion is a brand name for the company’s membrane products. The compounds are byproducts of the Ion Exchange Materials production unit at the plant, he said.

Nafion products are used in energy storage, fuel cells, chemical production, waste recovery and other applications, according to the Chemours website.

Chemours officials did not immediately respond to an email requesting comment about the order.

State officials were seeking a halt to the discharge of the compounds as part of an investigation into Chemours release of GenX into the river. The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality and Department of Health and Human Services began the investigation in June, when news broke that researchers had found GenX in the river below the company’s Bladen County plant last year.
us_NC  industrial  release  response  waste 
12 days ago
Feds working on dozens of chemical spills in Texas — RT America
The US Coast Guard and the Environmental Protection Agency are assisting Texas state regulators in cleaning dozens of toxic spills from the vast network of petrochemical plants and refineries in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.
EPA spokeswoman Terri White said it was not possible to provide an estimate for the amount of chemicals spilled.

“Initial reports were based on observation,” White said, according to Reuters. “Some spills were already being cleaned up by the time EPA or other officials arrived to assess them and other had already migrated offsite.”

However, the Coast Guard’s National Response Center tracks reports of oil spills and other chemical releases, which can be filed by corporations or the public.
us_TX  industrial  release  response  oils 
12 days ago
IFFCO To Stop Investment in Chemical Fertilisers, Need to Bring Balance in Environment, Says MD Uday Shanker Awasthi
New Delhi, September 10: Indian Farmers Fertiliser Cooperative Limited (IFFCO) Managing Director Uday Shanker Awasthi on Monday said the company will no longer invest in manufacturing of chemical fertilisers, due to its hazardous impact on the environment. Awasthi said people are still are unaware of the bad impact of fertilisers on soil and it adversely affects the environment.

Awasthi conceded agriculture cannot be made free from chemical fertilisers.
The investment on bio-fertilisers will be also increased.
India needs to learn from the experiments in China and the USA.
Addressing a meet of senior journalists in New Delhi, the IFFCO MD announced that the cooperative will “not even invest a rupee on chemical fertilisers”. Instead, the investment on bio-fertilisers will be also increased. Citing the examples of China and the United States of America, Awasthi said “we need to learn from their experiments”. While China decided to stop investment in the production of chemical fertilisers, the USA has prohibited the use of fertilisers in the farms on the shores of Mississippi river, he noted.
However, Awasthi conceded agriculture cannot be made free from chemical fertilisers. Thus, a balance between biofertilizers and their chemical counterparts need to established, he opined.
India  industrial  discovery  environmental  ag_chems 
14 days ago
Busy Leamington road re-opens following chemical leak
A CHEMICAL leak saw part of a busy Leamington road closed off overnight on Saturday.

Police received a report of a strong chemical smell  in the Tachbrook Road area, following an ammonia leak from a nearby factory,  around 7pm on Saturday.

The immediate area by the Tachbrook Park industrial estate  was cordoned off as a precaution and West Midlands Ambulance Service and Warwickshire Fire and Rescue attended.

No injuries were  reported but local residents were advised to close all windows and doors to minimise any potential exposure.
United_Kingdom  industrial  release  response  ammonia 
14 days ago
Harvey fallout: First responders sue over chemical plant fumes
The action was taken Sunday evening at the Arkema facility at Crosby, Texas, northeast of Houston, in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. The government issued the evacuation of a 1.5-mile radius around the plant.

Two explosions in the middle of the night blew open a trailer containing the chemicals, lighting up the sky with 30- to 40-foot flames.

The Environmental Protection Agency wants answers from Arkema.

The complaint also states that the plaintiffs relied on Arkema executives' assurances during a press conference that the fumes were not toxic, and suffered as a result.

In all, fifteen sheriff's deputies complained of respiratory irritation.

Texas-sized damage followed Harvey's flood: Hundreds of thousands of homes stinking; a million cars wrecked; more than a million pounds of benzene and other unsafe material escaped from factories and refineries.

Arkema identified hurricanes, flooding and power failures as risks to the site almost a decade ago. "Crosby-Plant/" target="_blank">more fires on the afternoon of September 1, as more chemicals began igniting.

An Arkema spokeswoman Thursday afternoon promised the company would release a statement later in the day. It is unclear whether the plant was up to date on its risk assessment protocol, but the company is known to have been up to date with submitting its risk management plan to the EPA, having filed its most recent one for that facility in 2014. A total of twenty-one emergency responders received treatment at hospitals for smoke inhalation and nausea, local officials have said. It came, instead, by way of the plant's workers, who told the Crosby Volunteer Fire Department about it when they were rescued during the hurricane, she said. Arkema denied the allegations.
us_TX  industrial  follow-up  injury  benzene 
14 days ago
Discount and hardware stores to be inspected for banned chemicals
Hardware and discount stores all over the country are to be targeted by inspectors to ensure their products don't contain any banned chemicals and are safe to the public.
Chemicals such as cadmium, nickel and lead are banned in jewellery, while benzene, chloroform and toluene are banned in glues and adhesives.
Inspections will focus on cleaning and laundry products; air fresheners and reed diffusers; paint products such as thinners; jewellery; and glues.

The Health and Safety Authority (HSA) today launched the nationwide inspection campaign to see if products comply with the relevant EU chemical legislation, which is designed to improve chemical safety.
The packaging of products will also be checked to ensure child-resistant fastenings and tactile warnings of danger are included where required.

"We will focus our inspections on discount stores and hardware stores. Specifically, we will be checking the labelling information and also packaging to ensure that products which are required to have child-resistant fastenings are compliant. We will also be checking jewellery and glues for the presence of banned substances," said Kevin Buckley, senior inspector with the HSA.
Ireland  public  discovery  environmental  adhesives  cleaners  illegal 
14 days ago
Texas flood shows need for chemical safety rule, advocates say
Industrial safety advocates and Texas residents say a flood-related fires and explosions at the Arkema chemical plant in Crosby, Texas, underscores the need for a worker and community safety regulation.
Issued by the Obama Administration in January and blocked by the Trump Environmental Protection Agency in March, that regulation would require chemical safety improvements at industrial plants.
If fully implemented, the new regulation would require greater public disclosure from companies that use large amounts of certain chemicals, notes Yvette Arellano, spokesperson with TEJAS, the Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Services, a community-based nonprofit. The rule would also call for firms to conduct root-cause analysis after an accident, she adds.
When it postponed the regulation, EPA reopened discussions of what the final rule should require. This reexamination won’t be complete until February 2019, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has said.
Pruitt attributed the delay to opposition to the rule from companies. Among them is Arkema, which filed comments against the regulation. Several states, labor unions, and community groups are challenging EPA’s move in court. Chemical companies and some other states, on the other hand, are backing Pruitt.
Advocates say the rule, if implemented, would have a made a difference when Tropical Storm Harvey brought heavy rains that flooded the Crosby plant and killed backup electricity generators used to maintain refrigeration of some 225 metric tons of organic peroxides at the facility. The reactive peroxides decompose with heat, and at Arkema, they began to burn. Government officials arranged for the remaining stock of these chemicals to be set on fire.
us_TX  industrial  follow-up  environmental  peroxide 
14 days ago
Trees with a probiotic boost clean up a carcinogen
Planting poplar trees that harbor a secret weapon—pollutant-busting microbes—could help clean up sites contaminated with the carcinogen trichloroethylene, a new study shows (Environ. Sci. Technol. 2017, DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.7b01504). In the first field trial of this approach at a Superfund hazardous waste site, poplar trees boosted by bacteria within their tissues brought groundwater concentrations of TCE to below the maximum contaminant level for drinking water set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
TCE is used as a solvent and degreaser in industrial processes, and was recently declared a human carcinogen. It contaminates the soil or water of more than 1,000 Superfund sites around the U.S. Current methods to remove it from groundwater include sorbing it onto activated carbon or driving the pollutant out of water with a stream of air. But these methods are so expensive, says Sharon L. Doty of the University of Washington, that many site managers choose to monitor and isolate polluted areas instead of cleaning them up. Now she and her colleagues have developed a much cheaper approach.
Using plants to soak up pollutants—a method called phytoremediation—can remove a variety of contaminants from soil and groundwater. Introducing symbiotic, pollutant-destroying bacteria to the plants has shown even more promise in lab tests, because carrying the bacteria seems to help plants stay healthier during the process and remove more pollutants. But so far, this probiotic approach has had mixed results in the field, sometimes because the introduced bacteria are outcompeted by naturally present soil microbes.
us_WA  laboratory  discovery  environmental  solvent  waste 
14 days ago
U.S. EPA’s chlorpyrifos decision spurs pushback
On a summer evening in 2012, Bonnie Wirtz and her family hurried inside and shut all the windows in their rural Minnesota house when they heard the roar of a plane spraying pesticides on a neighboring farm.
Moments later, the plane flew over their house. “It sounded so close we thought it was going to crash,” Wirtz says. Within seconds, their house began to fill with a white mist coming in around the air-conditioning unit.
“I stumbled out coughing and I was having trouble breathing,” Wirtz recalls. Her husband rushed her and their eight-month-old son to the emergency room.
Tests revealed that she had been exposed to chlorpyrifos, a neurotoxic insecticide that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed twice to ban on food under the Obama Administration. The agency has since decided to allow its use to continue for at least five years.
In 2013, Wirtz collected air samples using a technique called drift catching to estimate the levels of chlorpyrifos that she and her family were likely exposed to. “When the results came in, we were devastated,” she says. The estimated exposure levels were four times as high as the EPA-recommended safe limit for a one-year-old child.
Chlorpyrifos has been associated with developmental delays and other health problems in children. “Up until this point, our son had met all of his developmental milestones,” Wirtz says. By the age of two and a half, his speech had regressed. He has since been diagnosed with a developmental disorder, which Wirtz is convinced is related to his exposure to the insecticide.
us_MN  public  follow-up  environmental  pesticides 
14 days ago
Tank failures in Harvey reveal vulnerabilities in storm
More than two dozen storage tanks holding crude oil, gasoline and other contaminants ruptured or otherwise failed when Harvey slammed into the Texas coast, spilling at least 145,000 gallons (548,868 liters) of fuel and spewing toxic pollutants into the air, according to an Associated Press analysis of pollution reports submitted to state and federal regulators.
The tank failures follow years of warnings that the Houston area's petrochemical industry was ill-prepared for a major storm, with about one-third of the 4,500 storage tanks along the Houston Ship Channel located in areas susceptible to flooding, according to researchers.
More of the massive storage tanks could be put to the test in coming days as Hurricane Irma bears down on Florida. The tanks are prone to float and break during floods, and Harvey's unprecedented rainfalls revealed a new vulnerability when the roofs of some storage tanks sank under the weight of so much water.
Federal and state rules require companies to be prepared for spills, but mandate no specific measures to secure storage tanks at refineries, chemical plants and oil production sites.
Although Florida has no oil refineries, it has more than 20 petroleum product storage terminals in coastal communities and about 30 chemical companies with a presence in the state, including a significant number of facilities in the Tampa Bay area, according to the American Chemistry Council and U.S. Energy Information Administration.
us_TX  industrial  follow-up  environmental  gasoline  petroleum 
15 days ago
Fire chief urges caution with chemicals after Oshawa restaurant employee burned
OSHAWA — Oshawa’s fire chief is reminding residents to be cautious with cleaners, after a restaurant employee was burned by chemicals Friday night.

Emergency crews were called to the Family Wok restaurant on Simcoe Street North in downtown Oshawa at about 11 p.m. on Sept. 8, for reports of a “chemical situation.”

Oshawa Fire Chief Derrick Clark says a cleaning product being used to clean a sink reacted with the water and vapourized.

One employee was taken to hospital with burns.

Clark says it is important to carefully read labels and follow directions when working with chemical cleaners.
Canada  public  release  injury  cleaners 
15 days ago
Tachbrook Road closed after suspected chemical leak
Police have cordoned off a section of Tachbrook Road after a receiving a report of a strong chemical smell at around 7pm this evening, Saturday September 9 .
Although the incident is not being treated as suspicious, the Tachbrook Road/Heathcote Lane crossroads area has been cordoned off as a precaution.

West Midlands Ambulance Service and Warwickshire Fire and Rescue are in attendance.

No injuries have been reported but residents are being advised to close all windows and doors to minimise any potential exposure to the possible chemical - suspected to be ammonia.

Disruption is likely to continue until tomorrow (September 10) while the incident is dealt with.

People living in the vicinity are being allowed to return to their homes and there are currently no plans to evacuate residents.
United_Kingdom  public  release  response  ammonia 
15 days ago
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