Fire crews deal with hazmat situation at city school
ire crews were called at 12:48 p.m. to 2801 Saint Lo Drive at Lake Clifton Campus for the report of a hazmat spill.

Officials said that when crews arrived, they found what appeared to be mercury in a first-floor classroom. After conducting their readings, it was determined that the substance was in fact mercury, officials said.

Firefighters evacuated the building and began to check on-site staff for exposure to the substance. Officials said 23 people between school personnel and contractors from a moving company were evaluated and released.

It doesn't appear that any type of classes were in session at the time of this incident, and hazmat removal contractors are on the scene to clean up the spill, officials said.
us_MD  education  release  response  mercury 
7 hours ago
1 hurt in spill at Burlington County chemicals company
Authorities sent a hazmat team into a Burlington County building Friday that houses a manufacturing company, following a reported spill of an unknown substance.

Dispatchers received a call around 10:35 a.m. about the incident at CVC Speciality Chemicals at 2890 Route 73 in Maple Shade. The spill was cleaned up by early afternoon, authorities said.

One worker was injured when the spill occurred and taken to a local hospital, authorities said. The extent of the worker's injuries, and what type of substance had spilled, were not released.
us_PA  industrial  release  injury  unknown_chemical 
7 hours ago
All lanes of Highway 69/75 reopened after acid spill
CADDO, Okla.- One man was killed and three others were injured after a semi hauling sulfuric acid crashed Wednesday afternoon around 4.

Highway 69/75 was closed while a Hazmat team cleaned up the spill. All lanes of 75 are now back open.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol said 49-year-old Randy Perkins of Sapulpa was driving southbound on Highway 69/75 when he drove up the embankment and into the Highway 22 Bridge.

“Witnesses said that basically the truck just ran off the right side of the road and hit the bridge,” OHP Lt. Scott Hampton said. “No other vehicle involvement or anything.”

Perkins was ejected 15 feet and pronounced dead at the scene.

500 gallons of sulfuric acid was spilled across the highway as a result of the crash.
us_OK  transportation  release  death  sulfuric_acid 
7 hours ago
Mercury Mystery: Tainted Car Sits in Impound Lot Months Later -
HOT SPRINGS, Ark.-  A mysterious and potentially dangerous element was found inside of a car after a fatal wreck more than four months ago. 

The smashed up car still sits at Combs and Burks impound lot full of whatever was left in it the night of the crash.  Lot owner, Wayne Touchton, says he doesn't know why after four months there's still a police hold on the car, but he'd like it gone because he feels it's a hazard. 

On May 16, 2016 Dakota Avants and two women passengers were involved in a police pursuit in Hot Spring County.  The chase crossed county lines into Garland where the car, exceeding speeds of 100 mph, crashed. 

Lt. Clint Reynolds, of the Hot Springs fire department was a first responder that night. 

"It was a pretty significant wreck.  The car tumbled end over end and had multiple victims."

He said two days later when the property owners were cleaning up, they noticed something unusual.  "They discovered a substance that they didn't know what it was," says Reynolds.  "It was later determined to be mercury."

Reynolds describes it as small metal BBs, broken up and scattered across the ground.  It quickly became a Hazmat situation.   

"Mercury is really heavy and it doesn't easily spread," says Reynolds, "but if there was a significant amount of rainfall it could've had some runoff into the (Hot Springs) creek."
us_AR  transportation  follow-up  environmental  mercury 
7 hours ago
One injured in truck fire at Elmer's
A truck driver was injured in what authorities described as an explosion at the Elmer’s Products facility on West Front Street early Friday morning.

Statesville Fire Department crews responded to the plant around 1 a.m. after a call about a building fire. They found a tractor-trailer driver injured and the fire and smoke contained largely to the tractor-trailer, but about a dozen third-shift employees were evacuated for about 90 minutes.   

The truck driver, reportedly from Texas, was taken via Iredell EMS to Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center with serious burns, officials said.

The truck driver and a maintenance worker were preparing to unload a delivery of a chemical called isopentane when the explosion occurred, said Statesville Police Department Capt. D.B. Johnson.
us_NC  transportation  explosion  injury  other_chemical 
7 hours ago
Tesoro refinery tank in Wilmington explodes; none injured
A sulfur tank exploded Friday at the Tesoro refinery in Wilmington, sending a chemical cloud into the air and causing a fire, authorities said. No injuries were reported.

There was no immediate word on the cause of the blast, which occurred at about 1 p.m.

"We are currently conducting air quality monitoring around the site," company spokesman Destin Singleton said. "At this time we have not detected any harmful levels of toxins."
us_CA  industrial  explosion  response  sulphur 
7 hours ago
Hazmat crews on scene of chemical spill at condo complex
A chemical spill that brought hazmat crews to a condo complex in Fairfield Friday is now contained.

Firefighters say residents at the Southport Woods Drive condominium complex are slowly being allowed to enter their homes after being forced to evacuate from a chlorine leak in the basement of a pool house.

They say a pool technician was doing some maintenance work in the basement of a...
us_NY  public  release  response  chlorine 
7 hours ago
Proposed Chemical Plant Rules Criticized Over Transparency
A Texas environmental advocate argues that new chemical plant standards from the Environmental Protection Agency would not adequately warn neighboring residents about potentially dangerous facilities — particularly the at-risk populations more likely to live nearby.

Juan Parras, director of Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Services, wrote in The Hill that proposed changes to the EPA’s Risk Management Program "would leave communities in the dark."

The EPA earlier this year announced a series of proposed rule changes, including requirements that chemical plants establish risk management plans for hazardous materials and, as part of that process, consider the use of safer alternatives.

The proposal would also increase the amount of publicly available information about chemical facilities, require audits and analyses to identify potential improvements and bolster coordination between plants and local authorities.

EPA officials called the changes "a first step" toward improving "preparedness and prevention efforts in our communities," but they also drew criticism from industry and advocates alike.
us_TX  industrial  discovery  environmental 
7 hours ago
Chemical Leak in Fighter Plane Sends 6 Airmen to Hospital
Six airmen at the U.S. Air National Guard's 177th Fighter Wing in New Jersey have been taken to the hospital after being exposed to a chemical released from a fighter plane.

The Press of Atlantic City reports ( http://bit.ly/2c16mOi ) the accident happened around 2:30 p.m. Thursday in Egg Harbor Township while the airmen worked on an F-16's emergency power unit. The unit provides electrical and hydraulic power to the plane if the engines shut down.

Master Sgt. Andrew Moseley says six people were taken to a hospital as a precaution because of possible exposure to a hydrazine byproduct. It's a corrosive and toxic chemical that can irritate the eyes, nose and throat. Acute exposure can also lead to kidney and liver damage.
us_NJ  industrial  release  injury  hydrazine 
7 hours ago
Unidentified Chemical Leaking at Kensington Warehouse Prompts Block Closure
A chemical leak inside a warehouse in Philadelphia's Kensington neighborhood Thursday night prompted the closure of a block and investigation by hazmat crews and police.
The Philadelphia Fire Department responded to a call of leaking chemicles at the facility at G and E. Venango streets around 7 p.m.
Officials said it was unclear what type of chemical was leaking. A acrid odor similar to the smell of fuel hung in the air near the building.
Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small said the unknown substance was leeching out of a large tank inside the building.
He said there are concerns that the substance could catch fire and cause the tak to explode. Small said it could take up to three days to secure the leak.
The 3600 block of G Street was shut down as a precaution. A shelter-in-place was initially issued for the area, but was lifted around 9:30 p.m.
us_PA  industrial  release  response  unknown_chemical 
Hazmat situation at Canada-USA Border Crossing
A recent incident at the Canada-USA border crossing at Champlain, New York resulted in the border crossing being shut down for hours.

A Canadian man was found with a bottle of liquid methamphetamine during a U.S. Customs search of a Greyhound bus.  During the process of confiscating the bottle, an investigator accidentally dropped it and the bottle broke.  The contents of the bottle splashed onto the officer causing a burning sensation to his face and hands.  He also had difficulty breathing.

The officer was taken to a local hospital for treatment and decontamination.  The U.S. customs building was evacuated as a safety precaution and hazmat teams were called in to clean up the spill of the liquid.
us_NY  public  release  injury  meth_lab 
Woman accidentally poisons herself with deadly chlorine gas
A Hamilton, Ontario woman accidentally inhaled chlorine gas in her home after she unknowingly created the gas when she mixed several household cleaning agents together.  She was rushed to the hospital is treated for non life threatening injuries.

The August 9th incident was result of her mixing pesticides and several household cleaners.  She was found outside her townhouse in distress by fire crews.  A hazmat team was called to the residence to deal with the potentially concoction she created.  The mixture was placed in air-tight containers and disposed of properly.

Chlorine gas is extremely dangerous.  Breathing high levels of chlorine causes fluid build-up in the lungs, a condition known as pulmonary edema.  Mild exposure to chlorine gas causes eye irritation and difficulty breathing.  Most individuals exposed to chlorine gas complain about a burning sensation in their lungs and throat.
Canada  public  release  injury  chlorine  cleaners  pesticides 
Improved literacy unlikely to improve support for science
Scientists are often baffled by the public’s attitude toward important issues such as climate change or genetically modified foods. Many think that better science knowledge would convince people to support more scientifically based opinions. But improving science literacy is unlikely to change the public’s attitudes on these and other important scientific issues, according to a new National Academy of Sciences report. That’s because the public’s attitudes are based on their values and beliefs rather than just their science knowledge. In the U.S., the public’s knowledge of and support for science is comparable to that in other developed countries—but this hasn’t affected people’s views on controversial topics. Instead of focusing on science literacy, advocates who want to change public attitudes toward science issues need to focus on explaining the process of science, the report suggests. This includes common scientific practices such as testing hypotheses or peer review. The report presents a research agenda that could help clarify the link between science literacy and attitudes of both the public and decision-makers.
public  discovery  environmental 
Three in Waterville taken to hospital after apartment resident overuses bug spray
WATERVILLE — Three people were taken to the hospital for evaluation after a woman oversprayed her apartment on upper Main Street with bug spray.

City fire officials responded with hazmat suits to the incident and said while the chemical would not cause serious harm, chronic exposure could cause respiratory and skin problems.

Waterville firefighters and other emergency personnel respond to a report of a chemical spill Thursday at a multi-family apartment building at 270 Main St. in Waterville. The call turned out to be over-use of a bug repellent containing diatomaceous earth. Staff photo by Michael G. Seamans

Waterville firefighters and other emergency personnel respond to a report of a chemical spill Thursday at a multi-family apartment building at 270 Main St. in Waterville. The call turned out to be over-use of a bug repellent containing diatomaceous earth. Staff photo by Michael G. Seamans

Multiple emergency vehicles blocked southbound traffic in front of the apartment building at 270 Main St., slowing afternoon traffic going both ways.

The Fire Department responded around 12:45 p.m. after someone in the multi-unit building complained of respiratory problems, Fire Chief David LaFountain said. Emergency responders came prepared to deal with serious phosphate chemicals, he said, but found that a resident of the apartment had just sprayed a large amount of bug spray all over her apartment because she is afraid of germs.

The names of the woman involved and those taken to the hospital were not released.

The bug spray contains diatomaceous earth, a fine powder that can be harmful to the lungs. Chronic exposure can lead to skin problems as well, LaFountain said.

Two women and one man, a maintenance worker, were in the apartment when officials responded and were treated at the scene for exposure. They were also taken to the hospital to check for further damage. One reported harm to the skin.
us_ME  public  release  injury  dust  pesticides  repellent 
Hazmat rushed to Merchang clinic after mercury spill
MARANG: A team from the Fire and Rescue Department Hazardous Materials Unit (Hazmat) was rushed to the Merchang Health Clinic here to clean up liquid mercury spilt in a treatment room at about 10.40am Wednesday.

Marang Fire and Rescue chief Abdullah Zawawi Mohamed said the incident was believed to have occurred when a thermometer (which contained mercury) fell onto the floor of the treatment room.

“A total of five Hazmat personnel from the Kerteh Fire and Rescue Department and a team from Marang were rushed to the scene to clean up the mercury.

“During the incident, a doctor and a patient were in the room, and we used sulphur and bleach to clean the substance,” he told reporters here.
Malaysia  public  release  response  bleach  mercury  sulphur 
2 days ago
Fire crews respond to Southington spill MyRecordJournal.com |
SOUTHINGTON — Firefighters responded to a hazardous chemical spill at Light Metals Coloring on Spring Street Wednesday morning.

The incident occurred about 10 a.m. at 270 Spring St. Fire officials said the chemical spilled into soil, roads and storm drains. The name of the chemical was not released.

The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection responded to the scene. Fire officials said no one was injured.
us_CT  industrial  release  response  metals 
2 days ago
Fire marshal: Effort to kill bed bugs led to fatal fire in Springfield
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) - A fire marshal says efforts to get rid of bed bugs led to a fire that killed a man in north Springfield on Tuesday night. The fire killed Michael Kessler, 52. A woman in the house suffered minor injuries and was treated at a hospital.

The fire started in the bedroom of a home in the 1600 block of North Golden Avenue. After the fire broke out, investigators say, Kessler ran back inside to try to save his pets. He did not make it back outside.

Springfield fire marshal Kevin Fox says Kessler had used a chemical to try to kill bed bugs earlier on Tuesday. When he saw a bug about 9 p.m., he tried to burn it, catching the bedding on fire. The chemical then became an accelerant that fueled the fire, making it worse.

After going back inside, Kessler might have been able to get out if one door on the home hadn't been blocked.
us_MO  public  fire  death  other_chemical 
2 days ago
Officials address chemical spill
After years of questions and few answers, residents of Eight Mile had the opportunity to hear state and local officials discuss the effects and document mitigation efforts related to a 2008 release of a chemical used to odorize natural gas.

Sonja Massey, Alabama Department of Environmental Management groundwater branch chief, told the group of residents during a We Matter Eight Mile Community meeting that a 2008 lightning strike was the cause of a methyl mercaptan release from a plant in Eight Mile. ADEM started getting complaints about the release in 2011 after the chemical began traveling to the surface, Massey said.

“It took about three years for the groundwater to travel from the source to the nearby springs,” she said.

The tank holding the mercaptan had a capacity of 5,000 gallons and Massey said “several hundred of those gallons” is enough to cause environmental contamination.

She said while the chemical was released in 2008, it took three years for it to travel into a nearby stream system, which then allowed it to be released into the air where residents could smell it.

That’s when mitigation efforts began, she told residents. Among those efforts, ADEM requires Mobile Gas to treat the groundwater with ozone. Because air dilutes the mercaptan, Massey said ozone is mixed into the affected water to neutralize the chemical. A series of pumps have been installed through a closed system to help pull water up from the ground and treat it, she said.
us_AL  public  follow-up  environmental  thiols 
2 days ago
Hazmat crew called for chemical leak on University of Dayton campus
DAYTON, Ohio - A chemical leak prompted evacuations Tuesday at the University of Dayton in Ohio.

A hazardous materials team was called to UD's campus around 12:37 p.m. The university's Kettering Labs and music theater building were evacuated because of a sulfer dioxide leak.

Fire and HAZMAT crews declared the scene stable and the evacuation order was lifted shortly after 2 p.m.

The emergency was reported to be a sulfur dioxide leak inside the Kettering Lab, according to the Montgomery County Regional Dispatch Center.
us_OH  laboratory  release  response  other_chemical 
3 days ago
Cleanup company paying Ecology penalty after fire
WENATCHEE, Wash. — An environmental response company has agreed to pay a $39,330 settlement for hazardous waste violations that occurred in handling cleanup from a June 2015 wildfire that severely damaged several businesses in Wenatchee.

NRC Environmental Services Inc., Great River, N.Y., made its first monthly payment of $1,100 on Aug. 3, said Joye Redfield-Wilder, a Washington Department of Ecology spokeswoman in Union Gap, Wash. The company will make the payments over the next three years, she said.

NRC waived its right to appeal by reaching a settlement that reduced the penalty by $20,000 and saves all parties costly litigation.

Northwest Wholesale Inc., a Wenatchee farm chemical company, lost several buildings in the June 28, 2015, Sleepy Hollow fire that also destroyed more than two dozen high-end homes, two major tree fruit packing plants and damaged another business.

Northwest Wholesale hired NRC to manage cleanup, including damaged containers of the fumigant gas methyl bromide.

NRC took appropriate steps to safely purge the gas from the containers, producing about 14,000 gallons of highly acidic wastewater that was stored at the site pending disposal, Ecology said.

In January, Northwest Wholesale discovered a tank containing the wastewater drained due to the corrosion of an unlined valve, Ecology said. The wastewater leaked into a dry well requiring cleanup.

The companies reported the leak and cooperated with the investigation and cleanup but the material had not been stored properly or handled in a timely fashion, said Darin Rice, Ecology’s Hazardous Waste and Toxics Reduction Program manager.
us_WA  industrial  follow-up  environmental  toxics  waste 
3 days ago
Industrial fires can be nightmare for firefighters, residents
Industrial fires are some of the most challenging that firefighters face, and a recent pair of them in Columbus has caused concern among nearby residents.

Fires such as the one that ignited Friday night at the Dick Cold Storage warehouse on the Hilltop and continues to burn, are unpredictable.

It just takes one spark, or one tossed cigarette, and an acre of the city can be consumed in a matter of minutes, said Battalion Chief Steve Martin, spokesman for the Columbus Division of Fire.

Firefighters and neighbors don’t often know what’s contained in these facilities. There could be explosives or toxic materials that could affect area homes and escalate the threat.

That’s what concerns Jim Griffin, chairman of the Columbus South Side Area Commission.
us_OH  industrial  discovery  environmental 
3 days ago
Chemical spill causes evacuation of Pahrump medical clinic
A Pahrump medical clinic was evacuated midday Tuesday and two workers were taken to the hospital after a chemical spill, according to a facility spokesman.

Two workers at Calvada Urgent Care, 1501 E. Calvada Blvd., were sent to the hospital as a precaution and later released after the spill of Cidex, a chemical disinfectant commonly used on medical equipment, said David Tauchen, a spokesman for DaVita Healthcare Partners.

Tauchen said fire personnel reported to the scene as a precaution, but no patients were injured.
us_NV  public  release  injury  other_chemical 
3 days ago
Eight injured during chemical incident in Eastlake
EASTLAKE, Ohio-- Emergency crews are at the scene of a chemical incident in Eastlake.

It happened at Conn-Selmer Inc, a musical instrument manufacturing facility on Curtis Boulevard. The street is closed between state Route 91 and East 337th Street.

Fire officials said eight people were injured and taken to local hospitals. A majority of employees were sent home, while others stayed to clean up.

The chemical was only released in the building, according to fire officials at the scene.
us_OH  industrial  release  injury  unknown_chemical 
3 days ago
Ammonia leak detected early: Richmond Dairies' Chris Sharpe
RESIDENTS in Dyraaba Street, Casino were forced to shut their windows due to a suspected ammonia leak on Monday night.

Residents living within the vicinity of Richmond Dairies were advised to close the windows and stay indoors.

At the time there was no need for evacuation but police and emergency services arrived on site and roadblocks were put in place.

An update soon advised residents that the gas had dissipated quickly and road blocks were lifted.
Australia  industrial  release  response  ammonia 
4 days ago
200 people fall sick after ammonia leak in Bangladesh
CHITTAGONG, Bangladesh (AFP) - An explosion at a chemical fertiliser factory left at least 200 people needing medical treatment after toxic gas spread across large parts of Bangladesh’s second city Chittagong, officials said Tuesday.

Police and fire officials said hundreds of residents were also evacuated from their homes near the di-ammonia phosphate (DAP) plant in the port city where a 500-tonne capacity ammonia tank exploded late Monday.

Mesbah Uddin, the district’s chief administrator, said that 56 people had been admitted to the Chittagong Medical College Hospital after the gas leak, none of whom was in a life-threatening condition.

"Eight have been discharged. Forty-eight people are still in the hospital today but they are out of danger," he told AFP.
Bangladesh  industrial  release  injuries  ammonia 
4 days ago
Plaque honors memory of 3 men killed in Riverview chemical explosion
In a day and age of short attention spans, at a location that is now a vacant field, it would be easy to forget about an incident that happened over 15 years ago.

But friends and family members of Kenneth Cox, Terry Stein and E. Jay Wrobleski are not letting the memories of their loved ones be relegated to a footnote in local history books.

On the 15th anniversary of their deaths, at what used to be the site of an Arkema chemical plant, the city of Riverview hosted a ceremony rededicating a plaque that honors the lives of the three men killed in a chemical explosion July 14, 2001.
The facility was torn down several years after the plant closed. A tall, barbed wire fence surrounding the property is all that remains, with the exception of a boulder, placed in a landscaped area at the corner of Pennsylvania Road and West Jefferson Avenue.

On that boulder, the city and Arkema officials unveiled a plaque that has been relocated on at least two other occasions.
us_mi  industrial  follow-up  enviromental 
4 days ago
Chemical leak in Sugar Grove sends 14 to hospital
SUGAR GROVE – Fourteen people were hospitalized for minor respiratory problems following a chemical spill at a chemical distributor in Sugar Grove, according to a news release from the Sugar Grove Fire Protection District.

The fire district responded to Producers Chemical, 1960 Bucktail Lane, at 8:20 a.m. Aug. 22 for a chemical release in the loading dock area, the release stated.

Sugar Grove Police Chief Pat Rollins said the call was in response to a chlorine gas leak, a byproduct of a chemical reaction.

Emergency officials cleared the building of all occupants, the release stated, noting eight people were taken to Delnor Hospital and six people were brought to Mercy Hospital.
us_il  industrial  release  injuries  ammonia 
4 days ago
Chemical regulation related to drop in U.S. illicit drug users
Actions that limited access in the U.S. and Mexico to chemicals used to make illegal drugs may be responsible for a drop in the number of U.S. users of cocaine and methamphetamine, experts say.
In a study, researchers point to two moves by governments that may be linked with these reductions (Addiction 2016, DOI: 10.1111/add.13480).
First, in 2006, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration classified sodium permanganate as a List II chemical. This made the compound, used to make cocaine, subject to record-keeping and reporting under the federal Controlled Substances Act.
Second, in 2007, Mexican officials seized the assets of a chemical company and accused its leader of importing more than 50 metric tons of pseudoephedrine, a precursor chemical for methamphetamine.
James K. Cunningham of the University of Arizona and colleagues examined data from the U.S. National Survey on Drug Use & Health after the two events. The regulation of Na(MnO4) is associated with an estimated 32% decrease, or about 1.9 million cocaine users, between 2006 and 2014, the researchers say. The chemical company bust in Mexico is associated with an estimated drop of 35%, or about half a million methamphetamine users, between 2007 and 2014.
us_AZ  public  discovery  environmental  illegal  meth_lab 
5 days ago
Water study: Alabama has 4th highest level of PFAS contaminants
A few months after a water advisory was issued for north Alabama due to high levels of PFASs (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances), a Harvard University study has found that Alabama has the fourth-highest concentration of the chemicals in its water supply behind California, New Jersey and North Carolina.

PFASs are chemicals that repel water and are resistant to fire and oil. Because of these properties, PFASs have been used in household cleaners, fire fighting foams and Teflon cookware.

However, the scientific community is beginning to connect ingestion of PFASs to health issues which is why those shopping for a new non-stick frying pan will most likely see many touting the “PFOA-free” label in reference to perfluorooactanoic acid, a type of PFAS also found in some Alabama water supplies.
us_AL  public  discovery  response  cleaners 
6 days ago
Hazmat crew called to Beaumont municipal pool after possible chemical exposure
A man suffered chest pains after exposure to possible chemicals at a Beaumont pool, prompting a hazardous materials crew to respond to the location, officials said.
The incident was reported shortly after 8:30 p.m. Saturday at The Beaumont Plunge, the city's pool, according to a Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Department news release.
The man was throwing sodas into a trashcan and created what appeared to be a "chemical reaction," according to the release.
That's when officials say the man began experiencing chest pain.
The hazardous materials crew showed up and decontaminated the man before taking him to the hospital, according the release.
us_CA  public  release  injury  unknown_chemical 
6 days ago
Line ruptures, sparking fire at oil refinery in Bossier Parish
A high-pressure hydrogen line ruptured, causing what sounded like an explosion and sparking a fire Saturday morning at an oil refinery in Bossier Parish.

Bossier Parish Fire District 1 firefighters arrived on the scene shortly after 10 a.m. at Calumet Princeton Refining off Louisiana Highway 157.

Police say the fire was contained quickly and nobody was injured.

Police believe an equipment issue caused the rupture.
us_LA  industrial  fire  response  hydrogen 
6 days ago
Chemical fire slows traffic on Highway 99
Motorists heading north on Highway 99 encountered delays Thursday afternoon, when Visalia Fire Department’s hazardous material team was called out to investigate a semi truck carrying chemicals just north of Tipton.

A big rig traveling north on Highway 99 was flagged down by a motorist after he saw smoke coming off of the truck. When the driver of the big rig opened the back of the truck, he noticed smoke coming from several containers carrying chemicals, officials said.

He immediately closed the doors and contacted authorities. First responders arrived on scene and contacted Visalia Fire Department's Hazmat Unit. Hazmat arrived just after 4:30 p.m. to begin their investigation.

When the team entered the trailer they found several 55-gallon containers that had tipped over. The chemicals mixed together and caused a reaction which then caused a small fire inside the trailer.
us_CA  transportation  release  response  unknown_chemical 
7 days ago
Man suffers serious burns after explosion at marijuana dispensary
A man in his 30s is suffering from serious burns after an explosion at a marijuana dispensary in Forest Hill, Toronto Police confirm.

At 7:38 p.m., emergency crews arrived to Tweeder Medicinal, near Eglinton Ave. W. and Braemar Ave. to find a man badly burnt. He was transported to Sunnybrook Hospital in non-life threatening condition.

Jeremy Pompilio, superintendent of Toronto Paramedics told the Star that he believes the explosion occurred when staff were “refining product” in the basement of the dispensary.

“As far as I know it’s a legal dispensary,” he said. However, he also said that it was “unusual” that they would be refining product.

Yellow police tape cordoned off the storefront Friday night, with glass shards and buildling material shattered all over the sidewalk from the pressure of the explosion from the basement.

Four men in hazmats suits from Toronto’s Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear and Explosive team, a joint venture between police, fire, and paramedics, entered the building to check if there were any more people in the building.
Canada  industrial  explosion  injury  drugs 
7 days ago
2 injured in hazmat incident in Jefferson Park
Two people were taken to the hospital Thursday afternoon when someone using sulfuric acid to clean pipes caused a hazardous materials incident in the Jefferson Park neighborhood on the Northwest Side.

Firefighters responded to hazmat situation in the 5500 block of North Parkside, according to the Chicago Fire Department.
us_il  public  release  injuries  sulfuric_acid 
8 days ago
U.S. Air Force to change fire foam due to water contamination near Colorado Springs
The U.S. Air Force is changing the foam it uses to fight fires because of concerns the substance has contaminated groundwater and spread to drinking water at some military sites.

The Air Force said it awarded a $6.2 million contract on Monday to replace the firefighting foam with an “environmentally responsible foam” to reduce the risk of possible contamination of soil and groundwater.

The current foam is used where potentially catastrophic fuel fires can occur, such as in a plane crash, because it can rapidly extinguish the flames. It contains perfluorooctane sulfonate and perfluorooctanoic acid, or PFOS and PFOA, which are both considered emerging contaminants by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and have been linked to cancer and other illnesses.
us_co  discovery  response  environmental  other_chemical 
8 days ago
Firefighters released from hospital after Phoenix hazmat fire
PHOENIX - Six firefighters were taken to the hospital after fighting a fire involving chlorine gas near McDowell Road and 32nd Street early Thursday.

They have since been released.

"This is not our regular bread and butter," said Cpt. Rob McDade of the Phoenix Fire Department. "This isn't a house fire where we know what we're dealing with."

Five were treated for respiratory issues related to ingesting chlorine. Another was treated for a knee injury after scaling the roof of the building.

"[It's like] an asthma attack-type feeling," said hazmat firefighter Kevin Kotmer, describing how it feels to ingest the pungent chemical. "[It was a] lungs-were-burning-type of sensation."

McDowell Road was closed from 32nd to 36th streets as firefighters battled the blaze, which was out by 5 a.m.
us_az  fire  response  injuries  chlorine 
8 days ago
Hoverboard explosion sparks house fire in Dania Beach – WSVN 7News
DANIA BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) - A hoverboard explosion is to blame for a house fire in Dania Beach, Monday afternoon.

According to Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue, a hoverboard burst into flames inside of a home located along the 800 block of Argonaut Isle, at around 3 p.m.

Fire rescue officials said Lawrence Gaalswyk was inside his home when he heard a loud noise that sounded like someone was banging on the door. “There was a good pop, bang,” said the homeowner.

Instead, Gaalswyk found what looked like a fireworks display inside one of their home’s bedrooms. “I saw literally an orange glow coming out of the bedroom, and sparks and chunks of plastic and parts, whatever, flying out of the bedroom,” he said. “There were chunks bigger than a golf ball, of burning plastic and metal.”

The homeowner said he then carefully walked toward the bedroom for a closer inspection. “I kind of peeked around the doorway, and the hoverboard was there, and it was exploding,” he said.
us_FL  public  explosion  response  batteries 
9 days ago
Your pool-peeing habits are pissing off the American Chemical Society
Do you love the smell of a chlorinated pool in the summertime? Unfortunately, urine for a surprise.

That nostalgia-inspiring aroma is actually a result of disinfection byproducts, or DBPs, created when people skip the bathroom and pee in the pool – and those DBPs are not good for you.

A new video produced by the American Chemical Society explains that when urine and other organic matter mix with the disinfectants we use in pools, they set off chemical reactions that produce compounds such as cyanogen chloride, chloroform, dichloramine, trichloramine and bromoform – AKA the unwanted DBPs.
public  discovery  environmental  pool_chemicals 
9 days ago
Trudeau government quietly endorses toxic chemical to clean up oil spills
The federal government has quietly authorized Canada’s embattled pipeline regulator to allow use of a controversial toxic substance that caused major damage during the Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Corexit 9500A — a chemical known to seriously harm marine life including fish, shellfish, and coral — is intended to be used by industry after an offshore oil spill. Critics say the chemical is dangerous and describe the oil spill response process as "polluter decides."

Corexit has been hotly-debated since it was added to the list of federally-approved spill-treating agents in 2015, and was kept there by the Trudeau government in spring 2016. It has yet to be deployed in Canadian waters and the decision to do so now rests with the National Energy Board (NEB) which bases its oil spill response on an environmental evaluation from the oil and gas company responsible for the damage.
Canada  transportation  discovery  environmental  oils 
9 days ago
Chemical spill closes stretch of Crown Valley Parkway in Laguna Niguel
LAGUNA NIGUEL – A traffic collision involving a car and a pool cleaner’s truck has forced the closure of Crown Valley Parkway in both directions between Cabot Road and Arlington Drive because of a hazardous materials spill Wednesday morning.

“The pool truck was stopped at a signal when it was rear-ended at a low rate of speed by another vehicle,” Orange County Fire Authority Captain Stephen Horner said. Chemicals, including chlorine in liquid, grain and tablet forms, and acid, began to spill from the truck bed -- pooling on the roadway and creating a vapor cloud, Horner said.

The spill was contained to the roadway and did not make it to nearby storm drains, Horner said. A hazardous materials team was dispatched to the location and Orange County Fire Authority believes cleanup operations could be ongoing until 10 a.m.
us_CA  transportation  release  response  pool_chemicals 
9 days ago
Colorado Air Force base may have released chemical into drinking water, military says – The Denver Post
The military said Wednesday it has identified six places on an Air Force base in Colorado where firefighting foam containing toxic chemicals may have escaped into the environment and made its way into drinking water in two nearby communities.

Engineers who conducted the review recommended a follow-up investigation at Peterson Air Force Base, where the foam was used in firefighting drills and equipment tests. It contained perfluorinated compounds, or PFCs, which have been linked to prostate, kidney and testicular cancer, along with other illnesses.

The military is checking bases nationwide for possible releases of the foam into the environment.

It wasn’t immediately clear what the next phase of the investigation at Peterson would entail. The Air Force previously announced plans to drill monitoring wells and take soil samples to determine whether the chemicals were seeping into underground water from the base.
us_CO  public  discovery  environmental  toxics 
9 days ago
Two killed by ammonia leak at Malaysian chemical plant
KUALA LUMPUR - Two workers were killed and three injured by an ammonia leak Tuesday at a Malaysian chemical plant, the company said.

"Five contractors were affected. The company however regrets to inform that two fatalities have been reported," Petronas Chemicals Group said in a statement.

The firm is a unit of state energy group Petronas. The leak happened at its plant in the eastern state of Sabah.

Petronas Chemicals produces a range of petrochemical products including olefins, polymers and fertilisers.

The company said the leak had been contained and authorities are investigating the cause.
Malaysia  industrial  release  death  ammonia 
10 days ago
Microbeads are leaching toxic chemicals into fish, sparking public health fears
Australian and Chinese researchers have shown for the first time that chemical pollutants accumulated on the surface of microbeads can pass into the fish that eat them.

With fish being a staple meat in the Australian diet, the researchers say products with the tiny plastics should be immediately removed from sale.
Australia  public  discovery  response  plastics 
10 days ago
Fire crews respond to small spill on UW campus
Madison Fire Department crews responded to a small chemical spill on the University of Wisconsin campus early Tuesday, according to a news release.

UW-Madison study looks at concussions effect on academics
Spokesperson Cynthia Schuster said several crews, including the Hazardous Incident Team, were called to Rennebohm Hall near UW Hospital at around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday after custodial crews found a refrigerator shelf had collapsed and spilled chemical powder.

The chemical was found to be cyanauric chloride, which is dormant unless combined with water or specific chemicals, fire officials said.

UW safety crews were able to clean up the chemical spill, the release said.
us_WI  laboratory  release  response  dust 
10 days ago
Residents decontaminated after Motueka chemical spill
Motueka residents and police officers were being put through a decontamination tent as a precaution after a chemical spill in the town's main street.

The residents, including a family with a baby, had walked through the area at the corner of High St and Tudor St where the spill of about 190-litres of Hi-Cane hydrogen cyanamide occurred from a barrel on a container truck around 11.30am.
New_Zealand  transportation  release  response  other_chemical 
10 days ago
Alert truck driver keeps Denison business safe from hazardous materials
DENISON, Texas -- Hazmat crews were called in on Tuesday to clean up a spill in Denison.

Authorities say a delivery driver dropped off a pallet containing chemicals and batteries at the NAPA Auto Parts store on Crawford.

The driver noticed the pallet was smoldering so he moved the pallet away from the building and reported it to the Denison Fire department.

Crews responded and put out the fire. Hazmat then responded to clean up due to the nature of the items involved in the fire.
us_TX  transportation  fire  response  batteries 
10 days ago
Hazmat team dispatched after mercury spill sends panic at Muar hospital
MUAR: A broken thermometer, spilling 15ml of mercury, stirred panic among medical staff and patients at the Sultanah Fatimah Specialist Hospital, here on Monday.

A Johor Fire and Rescue Department hazardous material (Hazmat) team operation chief Saiful Bahri Safar said an eight-member team from Pekan Nanas was deployed to

handle the situation and arrived at the hospital at 4.15pm.

"There were several staff and patients waiting for their turn at the X-ray room when it happened. There was panic when they saw the thermometer fell and broke.

"Fortunately, no one was directly exposed to the mercury. The hospital attendant and others in the room underwent medical checks and were given the all clear," said Saiful Bahri.
Malaysia  public  release  response  mercury 
10 days ago
Allied Waste driver hospitalized, neighborhood locked down after chemical reaction in truck
Normal collections in a Fremont, CA neighborhood quickly escalated into an emergency situation last week after a driver for Allied Waste of Alameda County, a subsidiary of Republic Services, placed a load containing pool chemicals into the back of his truck. The load started releasing large amounts of chemical smoke, according to SFGate.
The driver was hospitalized after complaining of difficulty breathing and has since been released. Local residents were asked to shelter in place and close their windows. Motorists were also advised to avoid the area. 
It took the Fremont Fire Department about two hours to clean the site and conduct tests to determine that air quality was safe. Officials have yet to release more information on the chemical smoke's source.
us_CA  transportation  release  injury  pool_chemicals  waste 
11 days ago
Fire tears through NCSU poultry science lab :: WRAL.com
RALEIGH, N.C. — Flames tore through North Carolina State University's poultry lab early Monday morning.

Around 2 a.m., officials with the Raleigh Fire Department responded to a report of a fire at the Lake Wheeler Road Field Laboratory located at 4201 Inwood Road in Raleigh.

Crews arrived to heavy flames, and plenty of smoke lingered even after the fire was extinguished. Officials say the fire was contained to the lab's chicken and turkey unit.

The cause of the fire and extent of the damages are under investigation.
us_NC  laboratory  fire  response  unknown_chemical 
11 days ago
2300 gallons of cleaning solvent spilled through Cobb Co. neighb
Thousands of gallons of automotive cleaning solvent had to be cleaned up by hazmat crews Saturday.

Apollo Technologies alerted the Cobb County Fire & Emergency Services to a chemical spill that originated at 1850 South Cobb Industrial Blvd.  

Neighbors who live near a creek that flows alongside Heather Road said the water turned white and looked like milk. They complained of a harsh chemical smell resembling paint thinner or insecticide.

Denell Boyd with the Cobb County Fire and Emergency Services told CBS46 that 2,300 gallons of automotive cleaning solvent spilled out of their facility and into the creek that passes by the area.  

Two hazmat teams were deployed to the scene and were able to contain the spill at a distance of 0.75 miles. 

Fish were found dead and the EPA was notified. 
us_GA  industrial  release  environmental  solvent 
11 days ago
At least two injured after vapour accidentally released at Melbourne school science fair
A child and parent are in a stable condition after a HAZMAT incident during a school science fair in Aspendale. 

Students at Aspendale Gardens Primary School were conducting a science experiment this morning when a unplanned reaction occurred, the Country Fire Authority (CFA) said.

“As part of one experiment a parent brought a small amount of household chlorine to school and when they used it in their experiment there was a small reaction and some vapour was released,” Aspendale Gardens Principal Cheryle Osborne said.

Three people were taken to Monash Medical Centre in Clayton for minor injuries and are in a stable condition, a spokeswoman from Ambulance Victoria said.
Australia  education  release  injury  chlorine 
11 days ago
Man charged after hazmat situation at Champlain border crossing
CHAMPLAIN, N.Y. —A Canadian man faces charges after officials say he caused a hazmat situation at the Champlain border crossing.


Normal operations resumed at the U.S.-Canadian border crossing in Champlain Friday night.
New York State Police said Frantz-DY Coeuvilien Dolce, 35, of Montreal, was found with liquid methamphetamine during a U.S. Customs search of a Greyhound bus.

The discovery was made Friday afternoon at the U.S.-Canada border crossing on I-87.

Investigators said customs agents found a glass bottle in Coeuvilien Dolce's luggage.

A field test determined it was liquid meth, agents said.

An investigator was securing the bottle when it fell to the ground and broke. The officer was splashed with the contents, causing a burning sensation to his face and hands, as well as difficulty breathing.
us_NY  public  release  response  meth_lab 
11 days ago
Wrong chemical dumped into Olympic pools made them green, smelly—and unsafe
After a week of trying to part with green tides in two outdoor swimming pools, Olympic officials over the weekend wrung out a fresh mea culpa and yet another explanation—neither of which were comforting.

According to officials, a local pool-maintenance worker mistakenly added 160 liters of hydrogen peroxide to the waters on August 5, which partially neutralized the chlorine used for disinfection. With chlorine disarmed, the officials said that “organic compounds”—i.e. algae and other microbes—were able to grow and turn the water a murky green in the subsequent days.

The revelation appears to contradict officials’ previous assurances that despite the emerald hue, which first appeared Tuesday, the waters were safe.

“Of course it’s an embarrassment,” Gustavo Nascimento, director of venue management for the Rio Olympics, told the New York Times. “We are hosting the Olympic Games, and athletes are here, so water is going to be an issue. We should have been better in fixing it quickly. We learned painful lessons the hard way.”

Nascimento said it took a while to figure out what happened because hydrogen peroxide wasn’t supposed to be used at all, and it was not detected by initial tests. “The electronic monitoring system that measures the amount of chlorine in the water was betrayed by this chemistry,” he said. Officials had previously blamed the pools’ swamp-like shade on algae, people, and a shortage of an unnamed chemical.
Brazil  public  discovery  response  hydrogen_peroxide  pool_chemicals 
11 days ago
Rethink how chemical hazards are tested
Around the world, safety regulations are being revised as new information about the health and environmental effects of chemicals becomes available. In June, US President Barack Obama signed the first bill to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act since its enactment 30 years ago. The revised act mandates greater public transparency and the timely assessment of existing chemicals by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Elsewhere, the European Union's REACH (registration, evaluation, authorization and restriction of chemicals) legislation and similar laws are also evolving.

Improved regulation is necessary to protect people and the environment from harmful substances. But it does little for inventors who face the perplexing task of creating safer chemicals and products1. In the current system, safety information is gathered after a chemical is invented, or in many cases, after it is incorporated into products and distributed to the public. The molecular interactions of chemicals within products are unaccounted for, meaning that ingredients lists may be misleading as sources for product safety information. Such factors make it nearly impossible for an inventor to avoid the risk of creating an unsafe chemical or product.

The evaluation and communication of chemical and product safety needs to change. Three approaches are proposed here to start a conversation between scientists, business representatives and policymakers about our future public and environmental health.
public  discovery  environmental 
11 days ago
Chemical leak discovered in Van Wert; causes road closures
VAN WERT, Oh. (WANE) – The odor of a chemical substance was reported in the area of South Washington Street and Central Avenue.

Upon further investigation, it was discovered on August 14, that the odor was coming from a town creek and a visible petroleum slick was in the water, according to the Van Wert County Police Department.

The potential source is believed to be coming from the 700 block of East Main Street.

The EPA has been notified and is en route to the location.

The Van Wert City Police Department is asking all residents to stay off the noted closed roadways until barricades have been removed.
us_OH  public  release  response  petroleum 
12 days ago
Lion enclosure at Hogle Zoo closed due to chemical leak
SALT LAKE CITY — Crews from the Salt Lake City Fire Department responded Sunday morning to a report of a five gallon spill of hydrochloric acid at Hogle Zoo.

At 10:51 a.m., Salt Lake City Fire Department responded to a chemical leak at the Utah Zoo. A zoo employee noticed what he described at two-to-three gallon leak of hydrochloric acid, SLCFD said. The leaked product was contained to an area in the basement of the building that has the indoor enclosure for the lion exhibit.

Officials said the lions were kept in the outside portion of their enclosure and were not affected.

The employee was evaluated on scene as a precaution and was released without being transported to the hospital.
us_UT  public  release  response  hydrochloric_acid 
12 days ago
Shelter in place lifted as chemical leak contained at Honeywell
The shelter in place has been lifted as the chemical leak is contained at the Honeywell Plant in Geismar, according to the Iberville Parish Sheriff's Office.

DEQ inspectors gave the all clear for thousands to open their windows and turn their AC back on after certification both on-site and off-site. 

The shelter in place was issued earlier Saturday night for Geismar, the Carville area, the St. Gabriel area, and everything south of Hwy. 74 in Ascension Parish has been lifted. This area included two prisons in St. Gabriel. 

Highways 74 (closed from Elayn Hunt Correctional Center to 3115), Highway 3115, and Highway 30 (from truck stop in St. Gabriel to Hwy. 73 in Ascension Parish) and Hwy. 75 (River Road) are now open.

There are no reported injuries at this time.

A spokesperson with Honeywell released the following statement around 8 p.m. Saturday:

“Honeywell's Geismar facility experienced a leak of sulfuric acid this evening. The facility's emergency response team is working to mitigate and stop the leak. The plant has instructed employees of the site and two neighboring sites to shelter in place as a precaution. The facility also notified state police of the incident as per plant procedure.”
us_LA  industrial  release  response  sulfuric_acid 
13 days ago
Caustic chemical that flooded into local waterway identified
SMYRNA, Ga. -- Officials are working Saturday to identify and clean up a chemical substance that somehow made its way into a Cobb County creek in a residential area.

And now, officials believe they know what the mysterious chemical is.

A spokesperson with the Cobb County Fire Department confirmed that employees of the Apollo Industries plant called authorities around 11:30 a.m. to report that "something had been dumped into the water."

That "something" was apparently an automotive cleaning solvent.

Crews with the fire department responded were able to determine that the source of the substance was from the company's property on South Cobb Industrial Boulevard. 

According to the company's website, it produces products ranging from aerosol cleaners to insecticides.

Fire and water officials were able to stop the leak at the plant, but not before 2,300 gallons of the substance made its way into the surrounding water system, stretching for at least three-quarters of a mile of a nearby creek. 
us_GA  industrial  release  response  cleaners 
13 days ago
Firefighters give all-clear after Southeast Side chemical scare
SAN ANTONIO - A haz-mat scare on San Antonio's Southeast Side ended safely Saturday morning.

The chemical scare began when falling debris hit a container and released hydrochloric acid.

Workers were doing roof repair at a business on East Houston Street just outside of Loop 410 around 9:15 a.m. when the roofing material fell off, hitting the container.

Firefighters said the accident sent acid fumes drifting into the air, and toward surrounding businesses.

But a haz-mat crew inspected the source of the leak and determined the acid fumes did not present an ongoing threat.
us_TX  public  release  response  hydrochloric_acid 
13 days ago
Gold King Mine spill’s economic impact fleeting in Durango, lasting in the Navajo Nation – The Denver Post
When the orange water of the contaminated Animas River surged into town a year ago, many in Durango worried it would leave behind a slime of not just pollutants but also stigma.

Would anyone ever want to raft or fish again in a river that looked, in pictures broadcast around the world, like fetid soup?

But today, one year after the breach of the Gold King Mine spilled millions of gallons of toxic-metals-laced runoff into the Animas, businesses in Durango that depend on the river say things are back to normal. The rafters are back. The fly-fishermen are back. The orange water is gone.

“After a year, it’s kind of been forgotten,” said John Flick, the owner of Duranglers, a fly-fishing store and guide service in Durango.
That’s the story upstream, at least.

But trace the Animas’ slinking path into the southwestern desert, where it merges with the San Juan River, and you’ll find considerably more worry about what the spill left behind.

The Navajo Nation continues to watch with suspicion a river it considers sacred, fearing that its waters could poison crops. Only this May did Navajo officials reopen a critical irrigation canal that pulls water from the San Juan, which itself turned orange last year after the Animas pollution flowed into it.
us_CO  public  follow-up  environmental  illegal 
14 days ago
Court Approves $5.6 Million Bayer Settlement, Mandates Chemical Safety Improvement · Environmental Leader · Environmental Management News
A settlement that requires Bayer CropScience to pay $5.6 million and make chemical safety improvements following a 2008 explosion that killed two people has been approved by the US District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia.

The violations occurred at Bayer’s facility in Institute, West Virginia.

In the court’s memorandum opinion and order, Judge John T. Copenhaver, Jr., writes “the evidence indicates that the 2008 explosion was the result of numerous, grave safety deficiencies at the plant…the proposed consent decree would minimize the risk of reoccurrence through its extensive reporting, approved self-assessment, and standard operating procedure revision requirements applicable not only at the Institute facility but at other Bayer plants in the United States and any others that are built or purchased by Bayer during the next ten years …”

Under the settlement, Bayer CropScience will spend $4.23 million to improve emergency preparedness and response in the Institute area, pay a $975,000 penalty, and spend about $452,000 to implement a series of measures to improve safety at their chemical storage facilities across the US.
us_WV  industrial  follow-up  environmental  unknown_chemical 
14 days ago
Emergency crews called to fire on Purdue’s campus
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Emergency crews were called to a fire on the campus of Purdue University Friday afternoon.

The incident happened at the Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory on Harrison Street around 2:40 p.m. The fire started on the roof, which has been undergoing renovations.

Crews quickly put out the fire with extinguishers.

The Purdue University Fire Department responded and called in the West Lafayette Fire Department with assistance in inspecting the roof.
us_IN  laboratory  fire  response  unknown_chemical 
14 days ago
Fremont chemical reaction lands garbage truck driver in hospital
Residents of a Fremont neighborhood were advised to shelter in place for nearly two hours Friday after a garbage truck driver was exposed to a chemical reaction that occurred during waste pickup, officials said.
The incident happened about 9 a.m. in the 34000 block of Newtown Court after a Waste Republic driver placed a load of garbage into the back of a truck, said Diane Hendry, division chief for the Fremont Fire Department.
Chemicals within the trash reacted and sent a plume of gas into the air, Hendry said. The garbage truck driver, whose name was not released, complained of having difficulty breathing and was taken to a hospital, where he was in stable condition.
Video released by the Fire Department showed large amounts of smoke spewing out of the garbage truck and into the residential area, prompting fire officials to issue a shelter-in-place advisory for people living nearby.
us_CA  transportation  explosion  injury  waste 
14 days ago
4 die in blast at explosive-making factory in Rajasthan
At least four workers were killed and many others injured in a blast at an explosive-making factory at Shivpura town in Chittorgarh district on Thursday evening.
One seriously injured worker was rushed to a hospital in Kota, another to Rawatbhatta, police said. 
The casualty figure could go up as the explosion occurred in a three-storey building, which left a100-feet-deep pit, besides debris were also burning at the site, police added. 
Two of the deceased were identified as Kishore and Manoj and the remaining were not yet identified.
The explosion occurred at Shiv Shakti Chemical Factory which makes explosives mainly for mining operations. The reason of the explosion was yet to be ascertained.
India  industrial  explosion  death  explosives 
15 days ago
Chlorine leak at Detroit plant contained
A chlorine leak at the Detroit Waste Water Treatment on Thursday prompted a HAZMAT Level 3 response, according to the city’s fire department.

The leak was discovered Thursday morning in an 80-ton tank of chlorine at 9300 W. Jefferson, near the Rouge River and Interstate 75, Chief Dale Bradley said.

A “limited amount” of the substance leaked from a feed line into a process building at the plant, according to officials with the Great Lakes Water Authority, which operates the facility. The leak was “immediately” contained.

“All early warning systems were activated and operated as planned,” Great Lakes Water Authority officials said in a Thursday afternoon statement. “As is standard protocol, the emergency response staff on-site notified appropriate local, state and federal agencies. Presently, the building’s air control system is removing chlorine from the atmosphere inside the building.”

It was not immediately clear exactly how much chlorine leaked before the situation was contained.

A HAZMAT Level 3 is called when a crisis requires resources beyond those available through typical state or regional channels, according to the National Fire Protection Association. The situations may pose extreme, immediate and/or long-term risk to the environment and public health.
us_MI  industrial  release  response  chlorine  water_treatment 
15 days ago
Elk Grove Village Firefighters Respond To Minor Chemical Fire
Elk Grove Village firefighters responded to a small fire at a chemical plant this morning (Thursday).
A barrel of chemicals spontaneously combusted at the Dow Chemical facility in the 2400 block of Pratt Boulevard at about 11:15 a.m.
Although the fire was called in as a structure fire with Elk Grove Village, Elk Grove Township and Des Plaines firefighters initially dispatched, Elk Grove Village fire officials said the blaze was very minor.
The fire was contained to the barrel and quickly extinguished with a minimal amount of water once firefighters arrived on scene. Fire officials did not report any injuries.
us_IL  industrial  fire  response  unknown_chemical 
15 days ago
Reported Explosion, Chemical Fire Prompts HazMat Response on Chicago's Southwest Side
A reported explosion and chemical fire injured two people and prompted a HazMat response on Chicago's Southwest Side Thursday evening, according to fire officials. 
The incident occurred at a global metal handling company in the 2900 block of W 31st St in the city's Little Village neighborhood around 7 p.m., according to the Chicago Fire Department.  
One employee of the company was injured and taken to Stroger Hospital in fair condition, authorities said. One firefighter sustained minor facial burns and was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, according to fire officials. 
Crews were waiting on special fire extinguishers to put out a chemical fire, the Fire Department tweeted shortly after 7:30 p.m. They then requested sand to dampen and apply to burning metal.
us_IL  industrial  explosion  injury  metals 
15 days ago
OSHA Cites Dow Subsidiary Following January Explosion
Federal labor officials last week cited a Dow Chemical subsidiary over violations found in the wake of an explosion early this year.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration conducted an inspection of Rohm-Haas Electronics Material's North Andover, Mass., facility following the Jan. 7 explosion that injured four workers.

The workers were purging cylinders of residual amounts of trimethyl aluminum, a compound that can spontaneously ignite in the air. Inspectors found that the company failed to design and maintain systems to prevent oxygen from making contact with the substance.

"Plant employees were needlessly exposed to fire and explosion hazards due to the deficiencies in the trimethyl aluminum reclamation process and other inadequate safeguards," OSHA area director Anthony Covello said in a statement.

The inspection also identified problems with storage of flammable liquids and emergency response planning, as well as protective equipment violations that were similar to OSHA citations issued in 2014.

In total, the agency levied 11 workplace safety violations against the company and proposed $129,200 in penalties. OSHA will also place Rohm-Haas in its Severe Violators Enforcement Program.

Rohm-Haas informed the agency that it no longer manufacturers or reclaims trimethyl aluminum or similarly dangerous compounds. The company indicated that it plans to contest the findings before the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.
us_MA  industrial  follow-up  injury  flammables  gas_cylinders 
16 days ago
Explosion of steam pipe at Chinese power station kills 21
BEIJING (AP) — A high-pressure steam pipe exploded at a power station in central China on Thursday, killing 21 people and injuring five others, an official newspaper reported.

The blast occurred at a power plant in the city of Danyang, according to a report on the website of the Hubei Daily. It said officials rushed to the site to oversee rescue efforts and the cause of the explosion was being investigated.

China continues to suffer from frequent industrial accidents despite a central government-ordered drive to upgrade safety in factories, power plants and mines.

Those efforts were redoubled after a massive series of explosions at a chemical warehouse in the eastern port city of Tianjin a year ago killed 173 people — mostly firefighters and police — in one of China’s worst-ever workplace accidents. In June, an accident at an aluminum refinery in central China killed 11 workers.
China  industrial  explosion  death  other_chemical 
16 days ago
Perfluorinated chemicals linked to military bases, airports
Drinking water contamination from perfluorinated chemicals is a known concern for communities near industrial sites in the U.S. where the chemicals were once produced. Contamination that extends beyond the reach of production facilities is coming from other sources, experts say.
Researchers are now pointing to military bases, civilian airports, and wastewater treatment facilities as sources of poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) in ground and surface waters.
Xindi C. Hu of Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and colleagues report drinking water supplies of some 6 million U.S. residents exceed the lifetime health advisory levels for perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) set by the Environmental Protection Agency in May (Environ. Sci. Technol. Lett. 2016, DOI: 10.1021/acs.estlett.6b00260).
Hu and her colleagues examined EPA’s national drinking water contaminant data for a suite of PFASs and analyzed 16 industrial sites, 664 military fire training sites, 533 civilian airports, and 8,572 wastewater treatment plants. They show a statistical association between the number of these facilities in an area and the concentration of PFASs in its drinking water.
industrial  discovery  environmental  water_treatment 
16 days ago
County fire crews extinguish chemical fire in Mesquite
LAS CRUCES - Crews with the Doña Ana County Fire and Emergency Services extinguished a fire at a chemical plant in Mesquite on Wednesday morning.

Firefighters were dispatched to Crop Production Services at 7:11 a.m. Wednesday after workers reported seeing smoke coming from the building in the 8000 block of N.M. 478, according to a news release.

Firefighters arrived within five minutes of the call, the release stated. Upon arrival, fire crews determined a large pile of sulfur had caught fire, which was contained by 7:57 a.m.

While there was no immediate threat to the public, residents within a mile of the plant were encouraged to shelter in place or evacuate at their own will, according to the release.
us_NM  industrial  fire  response  sulphur 
16 days ago
County hazmat teams respond to chemical spill
CANANDAIGUA — Hazardous materials units from four counties responded Wednesday morning for a chemical spill that resulted in an evacuation of the Smart System Technology and Commercialization Center off Route 332.
No employees were hurt as a result of the spill and one firefighter was treated at Thompson Hospital as a precaution, although crews not only battled the spill but also the oppressive heat and humidity, said Canandaigua Fire Chief Mark Marentette.
Facility staff reported a leak of hydrofluoric acid at 11:44 a.m., Marentette said. Workers pulled a fire alarm, which resulted in employees leaving the center without incident, Marentette said.
As much as 90 gallons of the product spilled, but none of it escaped the building, Marentette said.
“There was never a threat to the public,” Marentette said.
No estimate was available on the number of employees at the center at the time of the incident.
us_NY  industrial  release  response  hydrofluoric_acid 
16 days ago
Main Street given all clear after chemical leak, shelter in place lifted
LOUISVILLE, Ky. —A chemical leak shut down a portion of east Main Street  for several hours Wednesday.

Louisville fire officials said the shelter in place was a precaution.

The vacant building used to be a cold storage facility. The problem is the anhydrous ammonia used in the refrigeration process.

The business was shut down in 2009.  It was purchased by the state for the bridge's project.

But the state ended up not needing the property and is trying to sell it. 

Fire officials said the last time they checked the building in 2011 there were no issues.

“All the product that used to be stored here was removed in 2009,” Melendez said.

A residual amount of dry chemicals remained, but just how much is unknown.  High readings were discovered on the east side of the building.
us_KY  public  release  response  ammonia 
16 days ago
Utah assessing how much Rocky Mountain Power coal waste washed into Price River
A flash flood Thursday afternoon cut through a massive repository of coal ash outside Helper and pushed unknown quantities of the waste into the Price River.

Over the past six decades, Rocky Mountain Power has filled a side canyon to Price Canyon, just downstream of its Carbon Power Plant, with the plant's ash. The plant was retired in April 2015, and the power company has been in the process of grading and capping the ash pile for permanent closure.

But a cloudburst Thursday sent floodwaters down Panther Canyon, overwhelming stormwater systems. Paul Murphy, a spokesman for Rocky Mountain Power (RMP), said the company is installing landfill safeguards — construction crews were on site when the flood hit — designed to withstand a storm so big that, statistically, it only happens once every 100 years.

Those controls diverted some of the stormwater away from the landfill, he said, until "very intense flooding" filled a culvert with debris.

The blockage allowed some of the runoff to flow directly into the landfill, where it cut a canyon-like path through the ash, according to Scott Hacking, an environmental engineer with the Utah Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ).
us_UT  industrial  release  response  runoff  waste 
17 days ago
Study: At least 6 million at risk from PFOA chemical family
Drinking water systems serving at least six million Americans have shown levels of C8 and other similar chemicals higher than a health advisory issued earlier this year by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, according to a new study published Tuesday by researchers from Harvard University and several other institutions and groups.

The study, though, cautions that another 44.5 million Americans rely on private wells that generally have not been sampled for these chemicals and another 52 million residents are served by small drinking water systems that are rarely sampled. And, the study further warns, studies continue to strongly suggest that exposure to these chemicals can make people sick, even at or below the concentration recommended as acceptable under the EPA health advisory.

“The EPA advisory limit ... is much too high to protect us against toxic effects on the immune system,” said study co-author Dr. Philippe Grandjean of the Harvard School of Public Health. “And the available water data only reveals the tip of the iceberg of contaminated drinking water.”

The study, published in the peer-review journal Environmental Science and Technology Letters, comes amid growing new attention for the potential threats from C8 and similar chemicals in the months following their discovery in water systems in New York and Vermont — a development that has driven political and media focus on the issue as residents near a DuPont Co. plant in Wood County, West Virginia, have waited for years for EPA to publish its new guidance.
public  discovery  environmental  other_chemical 
17 days ago
Explosion at fertilizer plant happened inside herbicide tank
The State Fire Marshal’s Office is continuing the investigation into the origin and cause of the explosion that punched a hole in the roof of a building at a fertilizer plant Monday in Bonham. Officials with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality said the incident was a pressure explosion involving a 6,000-gallon container of liquid herbicide.

Jerry Hagins, a public information officer for the Texas Department of Insurance, said SFMO personnel are investigating, but while the investigation is open, they don’t provide details on that investigation. He said there is not an exact timetable for the completion of an investigation, and it could take a few weeks depending on the complexity of the case.

“They conduct the investigation, then they submit a report,” Hagins said. “Until that report is in, they don’t release any details.”

The small explosion happened at about 7:30 a.m. inside the bulk tank storage facility on the far north side of the Voluntary Purchasing Group complex, which is on FM 87 near that roadway’s intersection with Highway 56. The blast was contained to the one building and no employees were injured. VPG President/CEO Steve Money said on Monday the building housed several different types of chemicals, but they do not handle ammonium nitrate or anhydrous ammonia at the facility.
us_TX  public  follow-up  response  ag_chems 
17 days ago
Growers at 12 wineries watching crop exposed to smoke from Soberanes Fire
Grape growers are keeping their eyes on their crops at a dozen wineries in Carmel Valley closest to the Soberanes Fire, which has burned over 60,000 acres since it began more than two weeks ago in Monterey County.

The grapes have been exposed to heavy levels of smoke as they undergo veraison, when the berries change color indicating they're moving closer to ripening, and many growers can't do much to protect their crop, Monterey County Vintners and Growers Association executive director Kim Stemler said.

The Soberanes Fire sparked on July 22 at Garrapata State Park due to an illegal campfire and has charred 60,400 acres. It was 45 percent contained as of morning, Cal Fire officials said.

More than 5,000 firefighters are working to extinguish the blaze, which isn't expected to reach full containment until the end of the month and has already destroyed 57 homes and 11 outbuildings, according to Cal Fire.
us_CA  public  discovery  environmental  unknown_chemical 
17 days ago
Workers sheltered at LyondellBasell refinery due to chemical release
Workers from the LyondellBasell plant tell abc13 Eyewitness News the plant was evacuated this afternoon due to a chemical release.

The Houston refinery located on the 12000 block of Lawndale was evacuated at about 2pm, according to employees who were taking shelter at a nearby park.

The company says a localized power failure resulted in the shutdown of the sulfur recovery unit. During the shutdown, there was a brief release of sulfur dioxide. However, the company says that out of an abundance of caution, employees were asked to remain in place, but no evacuation of the plant was called.

Air monitoring shows the levels of material detected are within safety standards, according to the company. Power has been restored and efforts are being made to restore the affected unit. The other parts of the refinery continue to operate.
us_TX  industrial  release  response  sulfur_dioxide 
17 days ago
Tests show elevated chemical levels near Coakley Landfill
GREENLAND, N.H. —New Hampshire officials have found elevated levels of a potentially cancer-causing chemical at wells near the Coakley Landfill.

Groundwater tests conducted by the Department of Environmental Services and Environmental Protection Agency found perfluorochemicals (PFCs) including perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) in nine of 20 wells.

Officials said Monday the levels ranged from 1 parts per trillion to 1,133 parts per trillion. The groundwater standard for PFOA/PFOS is 70 parts per trillion.

Eight wells at or near the landfill previously showed elevated levels of PFCs. The landfill in Greenland and North Hampton is a federal Superfund site.

Along with Coakley, contamination from PFCs, used in Teflon coatings, has been found at several industrial sites in the state including near the Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics facility in Merrimack.
us_NH  public  discovery  environmental  other_chemical 
17 days ago
"Home recipe" pesticide mix sends Hamilton woman to hospital
A woman was taken to hospital Tuesday afternoon after inhaling toxic fumes from mixing three household cleaning products as a form of pest control in her home.

Hamilton firefighters responded to a medical call on Oriole Crescent in the east end and it turned into a hazardous materials operation.

Nine units, including the HAZMAT team, were dispatched to the scene just after 1 p.m.

Fire department spokesperson Claudio Mostacci declined to reveal precisely which substances were mixed, but they were all conventional cleaning products found in any home.

Mostacci said the woman had followed a "home recipe" pesticide solution by mixing the products in several small containers and then placed them on each level of her home to combat insects.

Firefighters responded to a 911 call when the woman became ill; they found her in distress outside her home.

The HAMAT team determined the home brew had produced toxic gases called chloramines, which can induce everything from coughing to chest pains, a sore throat, and fluid in the lung.
Canada  public  release  injury  pesticides 
17 days ago
Chemical spill at Case Farms threatens fish in Nimishillen Creek
CANTON A chemical spill at a Case Farms chicken processing facility Tuesday morning that went into the city's storm sewer system prompted an evacuation, and firefighters spent hours pumping water into the system to minimize the chances of an explosion, the city's fire department said.
Fire Chief Tom Garra said someone at the Case Farms facility at 1925 30th St. NE around 10 a.m. reported that a tow motor on a forklift punctured a 330-gallon polyurethane container with the chemical Perasafe FB-100, which contains acetic acid, hydrogen peroxide and peroxyacetic acid. The mishap took place in an outdoor area.
About two-thirds of the chemical in the container leaked out and drained into the storm sewer system, Garra said. An information sheet about the Perasafe said it is corrosive and is harmful if swallowed. In diluted form, the chemical is used to reduce "bacterial contamination and cross-contamination that may cause product spoilage or decay of edible food products."
us_OH  industrial  release  response  corrosives 
17 days ago
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