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Orica fined $768,000 over chemical spills and safety breaches in NSW
The chemical company Orica has been fined $768,000 over a series of chemical spills and safety breaches at two of its sites in New South Wales.

The NSW Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) took the company to the Land and Environment Court for breaching its licence conditions.

Orica pleaded guilty to nine charges.

In the most serious incident homes at Stockton near Newcastle were showered with the toxic chemical hexavalent chromium in 2011.

The Environmental Protection Authority says Orica was too slow to notify it about the leak.

In another incident a few months later emissions of ammonia, also from the Kooragang Island facility, resulted in two workers on a neighbouring industrial site being taken to hospital.
Australia  industrial  follow-up  injury  ammonia  toxics 
3 hours ago
Liquid asphalt spill in Auburn Hills contained after accident
Auburn Hills Fire Department officials say a chemical spill has been contained after liquid asphalt was spilled following an accident on Opdyke Road, near Hempstead Road, this morning.

According to a fire department news release, officials were called to the area around noon for a chemical spill in the area. Officials said a vehicle involved in an accident on Opdyke was towing an asphalt trailer. Approximately 100 gallons of liquid asphalt leaked from the container and into a nearby drainage ditch.

An investigation and testing by the Oakland County Hazardous Material Team, Department of Environmental Quality and the Auburn Hills Fire Department revealed that the spill had been contained within Oakland County drainage. Restraints were placed to prevent further chemical spreading.
us_MI  transportation  release  environmental  asphalt 
yesterday
Fertilizer makers blame West for not preparing responders for fire at plant
WACO — Two fertilizer companies sued following a deadly Texas explosion are claiming the small town deserves blame for failing to properly train volunteer firefighters and first responders, who made up most of the 15 people killed by the blast.
El Dorado Chemical Co. and CF Industries argued in a state district court in Waco that the city of West, which has about 2,800 people, had insufficient protocols in place to battle the April 2013 blaze at West Fertilizer Co. that triggered the explosion.
The fertilizer suppliers are now seeking to have the city designated as a "responsible third party" in lawsuits filed against the companies, the Waco-Tribune Herald reported Saturday.
The Texas State Fire Marshal's Office concluded in a report published in May that members of the West Volunteer Fire Department arrived at the scene that day unprepared for the dangers.
"The Texas State Fire Marshal also determined that strategies and tactics utilized by the WVFD were not appropriate for the situation and unnecessarily exposed the firefighters, many of whom have brought claims against the CF defendants in this matter, to extreme risks," CF Industries says in the motion.
A motion from El Dorado also alleges that the city should be named as a responsible third party because it failed to protect its citizens by allowing through its zoning authority schools and a nursing home to operate in a close proximity to the plant.
Waco attorney Steve Harrison, who represents the city of West in the lawsuit as well as many of those killed or injured in the blast, said it is common in lawsuits for defendants to blame everyone but themselves.
us_TX  industrial  follow-up  death  ag_chems 
yesterday
Twists, curveballs continue in federal response to West Virginia chemical spill
CHARLESTON, West Virginia — After showing little initial interest, federal officials ordered more studies on animals affected by chemicals that sullied drinking water for 300,000 people in January.

For West Virginia, it's the latest curveball of federal follow-up to the massive Freedom Industries chemical spill in Charleston.

Agencies like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Environmental Protection Agency and National Institutes for Health interpreted minimal available research to decide when nine counties could safely use tap water again.

In the process, pregnant women received mixed messages, debate ensued about what "safe" means and emergency room visits spiked after some people were told to use their water.

"Despite our best efforts, CDC acknowledges that what was known and not known during the Elk River spill could have been better communicated," said CDC spokeswoman Bernadette Burden said Friday. "We are committed to communicating clearly about what we know and what we don't as our work with West Virginia continues and during future events."
us_WV  industrial  follow-up  environmental  other_chemical 
yesterday
Three Kansas City officers checked for chemical exposure after rescuing man from suspicious house explosion
Three police officers may have been exposed to dangerous chemicals when they rescued a man from a burning Kansas City house after a suspicious explosion Saturday afternoon.

The Kansas City officers, who were the first responders on the scene in the 2900 block of Olive Street shortly after 5 p.m., were taken to an area hospital as a precaution, a police spokeswoman said.

It is unclear how many people were inside the home when the explosion occurred on the second floor, the spokeswoman said. All other occupants got out of the house safely. The man left inside was taken to a hospital for smoke inhalation.

The cause of the explosion was under investigation Saturday. Police drug enforcement investigators were working the scene with the Kansas City Fire Department.
us_MO  public  explosion  injury  drugs 
yesterday
Savannah Hazmat responds to Chemical Fire
SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -
Savannah Hazmat crews responded to a chemical fire at Store Room Self Storage on East President Street Friday night. A woman reported that a drum of chemicals was on fire when she went to pick up some things from her storage unit.

Savannah Hazmat was on scene for several hours. After investigating, it was determined that the chemical was non-hazardous but threatened several other drums that did contain hazardous material. Crews extinguished the fire and say there is no threat to anyone nearby. They also said there is no threat to the environment.

"I just came to get some things out of my storage unit and there was a big drum and blue flames were coming out of the top. It smelled bad. It was a very strong smell. It burned my nose hair and down in my chest. I can still taste it. It smelled like when you light a match," said Christina Gant, who rents a unit.

We are told that the drums of chemicals are there illegally and there is now an active investigation into who they belong to and why they are there.
us_GA  public  fire  response  unknown_chemical 
yesterday
Chemical leak leads to brief Ship Channel closure
A chemical leak at the Houston Ship Channel led to a brief shelter-in-place order for nearby roads and the ship channel itself late Friday.

An anhydrous ammonia leak was reported just west of the Beltway 8 bridge around 9:45 p.m. Both Coast Guard and nearby Pasadena fire and rescue officials responded, as well as a hazmat team.

Mishaps aboard a tugboat, the Trigger, that was refueling another vessel lead to the minor spill. Four members of the Trigger crew were taken to an area hospital for exposure to the anhydrous ammonia.

Responders determined the leak to be minor. The shelter-in-place order was lifted just before 11:30 p.m.

According to government materials on hazardous chemicals, anhydrous ammonia is a “colorless, highly irritating gas with a sharp, suffocating odor.” High levels of exposure can cause chemical burns in the lungs and possibly death.
us_TX  transportation  release  injury  ammonia 
yesterday
HAZMAT Response In Rapid City
Rapid City Fire Department's hazardous material team responds to an incident in west Rapid this afternoon.

   The intersection of Mountain View road and Omaha street was covered in diesel fuel after apparently falling off of a truck around the 3 o'clock hour.  The fire department's hazmat team was dispatched to clean up the intersection.  But what made this clean up so difficult was the traffic turning onto Mountain View road.  Rapid City Police was called to help divert traffic so the hazmat team could work as efficiently as possible.
us_SD  transportation  release  environmental  diesel 
2 days ago
Industrial site cleanup does not satisfy neighbors
EAST LIVERPOOL, Ohio (WYTV) – It has been a week since HazMat crews responded to an abandoned building in East Liverpool after two dogs covered in tar were found in the area.

Residents on Michigan Avenue said the only thing that has changed since last week is the orange fencing that has been installed around the building.

But the Ohio EPA said Dacar Industries, which owns the building, has secured the area around the building, sealed doors and started cleaning up the outside. The EPA also said that Dacar is taking an inventory of known chemicals and waste on site and is taking bids from cleanup contractors.

“Ohio EPA is in contact with the company and our role really as the regulatory agency is to make sure the company is following through with what we need them to do,” Dina Pierce of the EPA said.
us_OH  industrial  follow-up  response  waste 
2 days ago
Train carrying ethanol derails in Spartanburg
SPARTANBURG, S.C. —A train derailment sent fire and hazardous materials crews to work in Spartanburg Friday morning.

Sease said four cars derailed, three of which contain ethanol.

Two of those cars were off the track on their side, and one of the four cars was filled with sand, according to Spartanburg Fire Chief Marion Blackwell.

Ethanol is a clear, flammable liquid that can cause irritation if inhaled, according to the Centers for Disease Control website.

Blackwell confirmed there were no leaks and no evacuations were necessary.
us_SC  transportation  discovery  response  ethanol 
2 days ago
Industrial fire put out with no injuries, crews monitoring hazardous chemical
MENTOR, Ohio — Firefighters Friday fought a large industrial blaze that was fueled by oil, bringing it under control without injuries and without allowing a hazardous chemical to flow toward Lake Erie.

The fire sparked at Metal Seal Precision located at 7333 Corporate Boulevard shortly before 10:30 a.m. and quickly spread through the roof.

...It wasn’t clear what made the initial spark, but the fire has been ruled accidental.

The workers all made it safely out of the building when an alarm sounded.

The company manufactures metal and parts, some for rifles and others for the auto industry.

The work requires many oils and solvents which likely fueled the fire.
us_OH  industrial  fire  response  oils  solvent 
2 days ago
Tata Chemical files lawsuit for fire
Tata Chemicals is suing a petroleum company and its successors in interest claiming their negligence caused a fire and about $1.1 million in damages.
Tata Chemicals filed the complaint July 2, 2014, in the Third District Court against Simons Petroleum Inc., an Oklahoma corporation, Simons Petroleum Inc., a Texas corporation, Simons Petroleum, LLC., Pilot Logistics Services and ABC Corporations 1-10 (real names unknown.)
According to the complaint, Tata owns and operates an underground trona mine and surface refining plant used to process trona ore into soda ash at its Green River facility.
For several years prior to Aug. 10, 2010, Simons/Oklahoma and Simons/Texas maintained a place of business in Rock Springs.  
Prior to Aug. 10, 2010, Simons/Oklahoma, Simons/Texas, Simons Petroleum, LLC., Pilot Logistics Services and ABC Corporations 1-10, were national marketers or successors-in-interest to the national marketers of petroleum products, including a supplier of fuel and lubricants to commercial and industrial industries, which included Tata.
During trips to Tata, the companies would fill fuels and lubricants, which were housed in Building G.R. No. 2.
On Aug. 10, 2010, Simons was in the process of making a fuel and lubricant delivery when a fire occurred after Simons overfilled one of the storage tanks, causing fuel to overflow and come in contact with a calciner.
The fire caused $1,118,594 in property damages to Tata.
us_OK  industrial  follow-up  response  petroleum 
2 days ago
Investigation into MFG chemical accident continues
An investigation is still ongoing after a MFG Chemical employee was injured earlier this month at a plant on Kimberly Park Drive.

Dalton Fire Department Deputy Chief Gary Baggett said an employee suffered burns to his lung tissue on July 7 after maleic anhydride escaped from a vessel and he walked by, breathing in the chemical.

Baggett said the employee is still on a ventilator, but has had some improvement.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has been investigating the incident. OSHA spokesman Lindsey Williams said no fines or safety violations have been given to MFG and the investigation is still open.

Baggett said the incident was the result of “operator error” and was caused by another employee not securing the lid of the vessel.

Dalton Fire Department and MFG officials met Thursday where they agreed to conduct training on safety procedures. Baggett said this training will include how to efficiently communicate with emergency responders about injuries and chemical hazards.

According to Baggett, in the July 7 incident the firefighters did not know what type of chemical they were dealing with and could not approach the victim right away due to the unknown hazard. By training MFG personnel to communicate the situation clearly, Baggett said fire responders will know how to equip themselves and speed up the process significantly.
us_GA  industrial  follow-up  injury  maleic_anhydride 
2 days ago
North Dakota Industrial Fire Cleanup to Take Weeks
Cleanup efforts at the still-smoking site of an oil field supply company in North Dakota that caught fire earlier this week could take weeks, an Environmental Protection Agency Official said Friday.

EPA On-Scene Coordinator Paul Peronard said it would not surprise him if it took two months to clean up the site in Williston, though workers are hoping it will be quicker.

Officials say the fire started about midnight Monday and burned most of Tuesday. At its height, the blaze sent fireballs hundreds of feet into the air.

The Red River Supply facility stored dozens of chemicals used by oil companies, according to state records. The cause of the fire has yet to be identified.

Peronard said workers had not yet started to clean up the main debris field as they give investigators time to identify the cause of the fire. He said once debris clearing begins, workers expect flare ups because a number of volatile chemicals remain.
us_ND  industrial  follow-up  environmental  unknown_chemical 
2 days ago
Gretna chemical company’s license may be revoked
The Gretna City Council will decide Monday whether to revoke the occupational license of Malkem International, which makes cleaning products at 74 First St. and has a history of violating state environmental regulations.

The company was found during a July 17 inspection to have barrels of chemicals that were not properly identified and a materials safety sheet that was outdated and incomplete. It also did not have required plans and permits to discharge wastewater, according to documents from the state Department of Environmental Quality.

DEQ personnel accompanied officials from the Gretna and Jefferson Parish fire departments on the inspection, which was spurred by a resident’s complaint that barrels along the company’s fence line were not marked or identified in any way, said Azalea Roussell, a Gretna planning, zoning and licensing official.
us_LA  public  discovery  environmental 
2 days ago
Hazmat Team Responds to Fond du Lac Ammonia Leak
Fond du Lac -
The Hazmat team was called Wednesday night to deal with an ammonia leak in Fond du Lac.

At about 11:45 p.m., the Fond du Lac Fire Department was alerted to the smell of ammonia in the 300 block of Dixie Street.

The Hazmat team was called to the area, and they were able to locate the source of the smell.  They experienced high readings coming from the roof of a building.
us_WI  industrial  release  response  ammonia 
3 days ago
WBTV 3 News, Weather, Sports, and Traffic for Charlotte, NC
CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -
A section of road in Charlotte has reopened as cleanup is underway after a chemical spill along a railway.

Charlotte firefighters were called out to the railway along the 600-block of North Hoskins Road around 9 a.m. Thursday morning.

Officials told WBTV they do have a spill of nearly 150 gallons of a chemical called Vinyl Acetate.

Vinyl acetate is an industrial chemical that is produced in large amounts in the United States. It is a clear, colorless liquid with a sweet, fruity smell.

It is very flammable and may be ignited by heat, sparks, or flames. These chemicals are used mainly to make glues for the packaging and building industries.
us_NC  transportation  release  response  flammables 
3 days ago
Billericay fire crews attend chemical spill
A fire crew from Billericay were called to deal with spilt battery acid earlier today.

The incident, which saw a cleaning vehicle overturn and spill the liquid, happened in Sainsbury’s car park in Chafford Hundred at around 9.15am.

Crews from Orsett and Grays also attended.

A fire service spokesman said: “A man in his 30s needed oxygen therapy after breathing in fumes from his vehicle. He was left in the care of the ambulance service.

“Crews used an environmental pack to prevent the acid from spilling into drains.”
United_Kingdom  public  release  injury  batteries  sulfuric_acid 
3 days ago
Chemical spill at NW Charlotte industrial site
hazardous materials team was called Thursday morning to deal with a reported chemical spill at a plant in northwest Charlotte, fire officials said.

The chemical spill was reported in the 600 block of North Hoskins Road. That is off Brookshire Boulevard, just north of Interstate 85.

Charlotte fire Capt. Dennis Gist said there had been “a limited” number of evacuations from the plant.
us_NC  industrial  release  response  unknown_chemical 
3 days ago
Greymouth residents told to boil water after chlorine leak
Greymouth District Council is warning residents to boil drinking water until further notice after an emergency at the Coal Creek water treatment pump station this morning.

Machinery at the station failed, causing chlorine used to treat the water supply to escape into the air.

The chlorine supply has since been switched off by the Fire Service, meaning water could be unsafe to drink.

It could take days before specialists from Christchurch can fix the pump station and allow the treatment of water to resume.
New_Zealand  public  release  response  chlorine  water_treatment 
3 days ago
EPA report shows agency waited 5 days to discover Ohio spill chemical contents
A fracking company made federal and state agencies that oversee drinking-water safety wait days before it shared a list of toxic chemicals that spilled from a drilling site into a tributary of the Ohio River.

Although the spill following a fire on June 28 at the Statoil North America well pad in Monroe County stretched 5 miles along the creek and killed more than 70,000 fish and wildlife, state officials said they do not believe drinking water was affected.

But environmental advocacy groups said they wonder how the state can be sure.

A U.S. Environmental Protection Agency report obtained by The Dispatch shows that the federal and state EPA officials had to wait five days before they were given a full list of the fracking chemicals the drilling company used at the site.


Halliburton, the company hired by Statoil to frack the horizontal well, provided a partial list up front that included most of the chemicals. Others, which are protected by Ohio’s trade-secrets law, were omitted.
us_OH  public  release  environmental  toxics 
4 days ago
Oakland: Body bag's opening creates hazmat incident at coroner's office
OAKLAND -- The Alameda County Coroner's Office was evacuated for more than an hour Wednesday after 15 people were sickened following the opening of a body bag with a badly-decomposed corpse.

At least one employee of the office was taken to the hospital, fire officials said, with an unspecified ailment. None of those affected was seriously injured, fire officials said.

Just before noon, emergency crews were dispatched to the office at 480 Fourth St. in downtown Oakland after a deputy coroner unzipped a bag containing a badly decomposed body and immediately had an adverse reaction, Battalion Chief Emon Usher said.

Crews evacuated the building, set up a hazmat triage and evaluated the 15 patients suffering from complaints, including irritation to their eyes and throat.

The corpse belonged to a man in his 70s and was found on July 16 in his Berkeley garage in an advanced state of decomposition, Sheriff's Office Sgt. Ray Kelly said. The circumstances of his death were under investigation, he said.

When the deputy coroner picked up the body from a local mortuary, it had a strong, chemical odor and was covered with a powdery, deodorizing substance because it was so badly decomposed.
us_CA  public  release  injury  unknown_chemical 
4 days ago
UPDATE: Berry thermometer spill not mercury
Investigations into a potentially life-threatening mercury spill in Berry proved the liquid to be harmless.

Fire fighters from Fire and Rescue NSW Berry and a Hazmat Unit from Shellharbour were called to what was thought to be a dangerous mercury spill after a thermometer had exploded after being placed in an oven.

The crews were called to the home in Galls Lane, off Beach Road, on Thursday morning.

Responding to calls of the thermometer containing mercury, fire personnel donned hazardous material spillage suits and breathing apparatus to remove the liquid from the oven and place it in a safe container.

Investigations by the crews, including consultation with Hazmat chemists and the company that produced the thermometer, revealed it contained an alcohol-based paraffin and not mercury.
Australia  public  explosion  response  mercury 
4 days ago
Rethinking hazmat as grant funding dries up
Marion County Fire Rescue’s hazardous materials crews have responded to reports of a fishy white powder in local government offices three times within the past 18 months, including one incident in June that targeted 11 different locations on the same day.

Ultimately, potential terrorism proved to be an unfunny prank because each time the substance was benign.

While the importance of the high-profile targets in those three cases — schools, the courthouse, the Sheriff’s Office — garnered them considerable attention, hazmat responders roll to someone’s perceived emergency more often than many might think.

On average, fire department records show, the county’s hazmat squad deploys about every other day, investigating and mitigating all types of situations — from industrial spills to petroleum leaks at car wrecks and from crystal meth labs to those mysterious white powders, which in one recent case turned out to be the flour at the bottom of a box of KFC biscuits.

Fire department data also indicate that for 2014 the unit’s volume of calls has already reached roughly the same number as it did in each of the two prior years.

But cutbacks in federal spending have county Fire Rescue officials rethinking and redirecting their hazmat mission, and as that occurs the burden on local taxpayers might get heavier, resources may be shifted from other services, or the county may have to rely on other agencies outside the community for aid, officials say.
us_FL  public  follow-up  environmental 
5 days ago
DURHAM: Police investigate small explosion on board Durham bus
DURHAM, N.C. -
Police say a homemade chemical bomb exploded on board a commuter bus Tuesday night, forcing the closure of a portion of West Main Street in Durham.

Police are investigating an explosion on board a Bull City Connector bus around 9:35 p.m.

Police said the bus driver reported that a man got on the bus with a jug. When he got off, the jug exploded.

Police are calling the explosion the result of a "Drano Bomb," which is a homemade chemical bomb.

No one was injured but a passenger sitting near the explosion was treated on the scene for exposure.
us_NC  public  explosion  response  bomb 
5 days ago
Blasts blamed on hash oil lead to federal charges
The chemical process used to make hash oil — a method so fraught with volatility that police compare it to making methamphetamine — has come under attack by the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

On Tuesday, U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan’s office filed criminal charges against eight people in connection with recent explosions attributed to the manufacture of hash oil in Bellevue, Seattle, Kirkland and Puyallup. One case involved a massive explosion and fire at a Bellevue apartment complex in November that resulted in the death of former Bellevue Mayor Nan Campbell.

While possession and consumption of hash oil are legal, Durkan said its manufacture is not.

“Under state law, there is no legal way to make hash oil right now. Every one of these home systems is a violation of federal law and state law,” Durkan said during a news conference. “If you’re doing it you should stop.”
us_WA  public  follow-up  response  illegal  meth_lab 
5 days ago
Blackfoot, Clark Fork rivers reopen after chemical spill
MISSOULA, Mont. -
The Blackfoot and Clark Fork rivers near Missoula are now reopened after Missoula County health officials determined that the chemicals that spilled from a semitruck wreck into the Blackfoot River east of Bonner Tuesday morning are highly diluted and not hazardous.

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks closed a 23-mile stretch of the Clark Fork and 13-mile stretch of the Blackfoot River while crews assessed the spill and potential public safety concerns.  Officials found the amount of chemicals spilled was small enough that it quickly dispersed and diluted.

The driver of the truck told the Montana Highway Patrol his right front tire blew as he was rounding a corner at about 9:15 a.m. Tuesday. The truck ended up on its side.

Missoula Rural Fire Acting Battalion Chief Paul Finlay says the chemicals appeared to be coming from containers of aluminum sulphate and diethanolamine, which are used in making detergents.

Crews placed a boom on the river to contain the spill and worked to plug a drainage pipe that was carrying the spill from the ditch into the river.
us_MT  transportation  release  environmental  other_chemical 
5 days ago
Chemical Fire to Burn Itself Out in Williston
A fire in east Williston has closed Highway 1804 and forced officials to recommend the evacuation of a half-mile area surrounding Red River Supply in east Williston.

Williams County Emergency Manager Mike Hallesy says the fire broke out about midnight at Red River Supply and firefighters from Williston, Ray, and Epping have been on the scene all night.

Hallesy says chemicals used in fracking are burning - and the decision has been made to let them burn themselves out.

He says pouring water on the scene could just create a hazardous mix of materials that could run into the river.

Hallesy says there were no injuries reported in the fire.
us_ND  public  fire  response  other_chemical 
5 days ago
Chemical detection shuts public supply well
State health and utility officials are puzzling over detections of toxic chemicals used to make nonstick, non-stain coatings in two Artesian Water supply wells in the New Castle area, findings that prompted a full shutdown of the water sources.

One of the two perfluorinated chemicals involved was detected at up to nine times higher than a provisional level set by the EPA in 2009: perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA).

The Wilmington Manor treatment plant shutdown was the latest in a periodic and costly run of contamination problems for Artesian Water, the state's largest residential supplier, and marked the state's first significant finding for PFOS or PFOA in a water supply.

"I don't think anybody knows the source at this point," said Joseph A. DiNunzio, Artesian's executive vice president. "You never like to see that. We're on the hook for treatment here, entirely. Unfortunately, it becomes part of the cost of water for customers."
us_DE  public  follow-up  environmental  toxics 
6 days ago
10 jailed over China’s chemical explosion
BEIJING—Chinese authorities on Monday detained 10 people after 43 died in a horrific weekend accident when a van carrying inflammable liquid hit a bus on a motorway, state media said.

Police detained the group as part of an investigation into the “illegal transportation of hazardous chemicals”, a report by official news agency Xinhua said.

The collision in central Hunan province early Saturday triggered a fire and explosion which destroyed five vehicles, it said.

The death toll was previously reported to be 38.

Another six people were injured in the accident, which involved a double-decker long-distance bus, with capacity for 53 occupants.
China  public  explosion  death  flammables  illegal 
6 days ago
Police: Pair charged in meth blast tried to dispose chemicals
Police say the couple who set fire to their Madison apartment complex with a meth lab explosion on Saturday tried to dispose of the burning chemicals, but only managed to cause more damage.

Kelly Wakefield, 27, and her boyfriend Michael Drury, 22, told Fire Marshal investigators that they were inside the apartment making meth when the fire started.

Police said Wakefield was seen running to a nearby dumpster just before the fire. A burned plastic bottle was found inside with a chemical police believe was hydrochloric acid. A battery casing and aluminum foil were also found in the dumpster.

Wakefield told police she threw the burning items in the dumpster because she did not want anyone to find out that Drury had been living with her, according to her arrest warrant.
us_TN  public  explosion  response  hydrochloric_acid  meth_lab  waste 
6 days ago
Chemical spill at Roanoke Co. packing company forces evacuation
A metal packing company in Roanoke County was evacuated Monday afternoon after a chemical spill.
Crews responded to a call about 2:30 p.m. at Ardagh Group in the 5000 block of Hollins Road regarding a chemical spill, said Roanoke County spokeswoman Jennifer Sexton.
She said a forklift apparently hit a chemical storage tank in a contained room that is fire- and explosive-proof. The tanks hold about 275 gallons, but Sexton said about 85 gallons of hydrochloric acid leaked into the room.
No one was injured, Roanoke County Fire & Rescue Capt. Don Altice said.
The building was evacuated, and Altice said crews determined the area surrounding the facility is not in danger.
us_VA  industrial  release  response  hydrochloric_acid 
6 days ago
5,000 gallons of diesel spill after 2 trains collide
(CNN) -- Two trains collided in southeastern Wisconsin on Sunday night, causing 5,000 gallons of diesel to spill, a fire official said.
Three engines and 10 rail cars derailed at a point where the tracks crossed, Slinger Fire Department Chief Rick Hanke said.
Residents within a half-mile radius were evacuated due to concerns over the flammability of the diesel and contamination from the spill, Hanke said. More than 100 homes are in the evacuation zone.
A conductor and an engineer suffered injuries that are not life-threatening, the fire chief said.
The crash involved cars carrying sand and lumber. They came from CN and Wisconsin & Southern railroads.
us_WI  transportation  release  injury  diesel 
7 days ago
CSB Investigation Finds No Record of Inspections on Freedom Industries Chemical Storage Tanks
Charleston, West Virginia — In an update on the investigation into the chemical storage tank leak that contaminated the drinking water of up to 300,000 residents of nine West Virginia Counties, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) reported  it has thus far found no record of a formal, industry approved inspection performed on any of the chemical storage tanks at Freedom Industries prior to the massive leak which occurred on January 9, 2014.  Informal inspections may have occurred, preliminary findings indicate, but investigators have found a lack of appropriate engineering inspections with prescribed frequency and rigor of inspections.

The CSB commissioned an inspection of tank 396 and similar tanks at Freedom Industries, scanning the tank interior and the surrounding topography of the river bank. Investigators oversaw the recent extraction of metal for metallurgical analysis.

The investigation found that two small holes ranging in size from about 0.4-inch to 0.75-inch in the bottom of the 48,000-gallon tank 396 were caused by corrosion, likely resulting from water leaking through holes in the roof and settling on the tank floor. Furthermore, the CSB inspection found a similar hole penetrating the bottom of nearby tank 397, containing the same chemical at the facility, located in Charleston. Other tanks also showed multiple signs of pitting and metallurgical damage, investigators said. The growing corrosion in these tanks went unnoticed until the bottom of 396 was breached and up to an estimated 10,000 gallons of the chemical 4-methylcyclohexane methanol (MCHM), mixed with propylene glycol phenyl ethers, or PPH, made their way through the underlying mixture of soil and gravel under the facility and into the Elk River on January 9, 2014. 
us_WV  industrial  follow-up  response  other_chemical 
7 days ago
HAZMAT crews cleaning up I81 in Wytheville, expect delays
10:00 a.m. update: Wythe County Emergency Management officials say that a tractor and trailer hauling two Fed-Ex containers wrecked on the northbound side of Interstate 81 in Wytheville at mile marker 73.3.

The accident occurred Saturday morning at the I-81 / I-77 split.

According to first responders on scene, the wrecked cargo included paint, which spilled onto the roadway.

Due to the fact that paint is flammable and harmful to the environment, Virginia HAZMAT officials are helping with the containment effort.

We're told the public is not danger, however, responders on the scene say that traffic will be an issue for motorists traveling on the northbound side of I-81 throughout much of the day; crews will be working to clean up the spilled paint.
us_VA  transportation  release  response  flammables 
8 days ago
Aurora hazmat team retrieves pure sodium from house
A woman who recently split up with a boyfriend called Aurora police late Saturday to report he had threatened to put pure sodium into the Aurora Reservoir, police said.

Police sent a hazardous materials team to a home along East Fitzsimons Way near Interstate 225 to retrieve about 500 grams of a substance they said the unidentified woman claimed was pure sodium. In its purest form, sodium is a metal that can produce hydrogen gas and heat if in contact with water.

Police said the woman claimed the ex-boyfriend obtained the substance from a hospital where he worked.

In sufficient quantities, pure sodium can cause a fire.
us_CO  public  discovery  response  sodium 
8 days ago
CHARLESTON, W.Va.: $2.9M settlement proposed for chemical spill cases
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- At least $2.9 million could fuel additional studies as part of a proposed settlement between West Virginia businesses and residents and the company that contaminated their water supply.

A deal between lawyers for Freedom Industries and businesses and people who sued Freedom was filed Friday in Charleston federal court. It needs approval in both U.S. district and bankruptcy court.

Attorney Anthony Majestro, representing some plaintiffs, says a board would decide what projects benefiting the public good would receive money. It is unclear who would be on the board.

Long-term medical monitoring for the nine-county area is one possibility, he said.

According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's analysis, people visiting emergency rooms in the two weeks after the spill complained of various ailments, like nausea, rashes, skin irritation and vomiting.
us_WV  industrial  follow-up  injury  other_chemical 
8 days ago
Evacuation lifted after fire, chemical leak at Ont. food-processing plant
TECUMSEH, ONTARIO — People evacuated homes and businesses this morning as a large fire consumed much of an industrial food-processing plant in this small town southeast of Detroit.

A large smoke plume was visible from southeast Michigan after the fire started at roughly 2 a.m. at the Bonduelle plant surrounded by neighborhoods.

At 9:30 a.m., people near the fire received messages declaring emergency evacuations because of a small ammonia leak, according to the Tecumseh Fire Rescue Service Twitter feed. The evacuation was lifted about 3½hours later.

About an hour earlier, plant employees were standing west of the fire when the wind started pushing the smoke in that direction. The people scattered, as the smoke had a strong chemical smell. Evacuation centers were set up at Tecumseh Arena on McNorton Street and St. Joseph High School at McHugh and Clover streets in Windsor.
Canada  industrial  fire  response  ammonia 
8 days ago
Alleged drunken driver causes hazmat situation
LOWELL -- Lowell police say a 56-year-old city man was driving drunk at more than twice the legal limit Thursday afternoon on Thorndike Street when he allegedly slammed into the rear of a truck carrying hazardous waste triggering a hazardous materials incident during rush-hour traffic, prosecutors said.

Police allege shortly before 4 p.m. a Lowell police officer was at the traffic light at the intersection of Thorndike Street and YMCA drive with a Triumvirate Environmental truck behind him when he heard a loud crash. A 2006 Toyota Tundra being driven by Thomas Crear was crushed and embedded into the rear of the Triumvirate truck. Police say Crear's truck began leaking fluids from the engine compartment

Crear, who smelled of alcohol, allegedly told police he had been drinking. A portable blood alcohol test registered .18 -- more than twice the legal of limit of .08, according to court documents.

The driver of the Triumvirate truck wanted to seek medical attention, but told police he couldn't leave because he was carrying hazardous waste and flammable materials in the back of his truck. Fortunately, his truck was not leaking any fluids.
us_MA  transportation  release  injury  flammables  waste 
8 days ago
Hazardous material cleaned up after sludge leak in Dartmouth
Halifax regional firefighters dealt with a leaking drum of hazardous material in Dartmouth on Friday.

The material, aluminum sludge, was oozing from a 45-gallon drum in the back of a truck on Neptune Crescent near Research Drive. Firefighters were called just before 11 a.m. about the contents of the drum having some kind of reaction and possibly being under pressure.

“We don’t know exactly what happened or why there was any kind of reaction at all,” divisional commander Mike Blackburn said.
Canada  transportation  release  response  unknown_chemical 
8 days ago
Thieves grab toxic chemical
Thieves stole 25kg of a highly toxic and potentially lethal chemical from a property in Pokeno, Waikato overnight.

Police believe the chemical was targeted because the thieves were under the false impression it could be used to manufacture methamphetamine.

Police are ''highly concerned'' as the chemical, sodium selenate, can be lethal if handled incorrectly. 

Anyone who came in contact with the chemical could find themselves in grave danger and police were advising anyone who may come across it to stay away and call them immediately on 111. 

Sodium selenate has the appearance of white powder the consistency of fine sugar.

The stolen chemical was secured in a blue metal drum and was clearly marked.
New_Zealand  public  release  response  sodium 
10 days ago
Hanford workers affected by suspected chemical vapors now at 40
Two workers at the Hanford Site were exposed to suspected chemical vapors on Thursday, sending one to a nearby hospital and another to the on-site medical clinic.
The incident happened around 7:15 a.m., according to a statement issued by Washington River Protection Solutions, one of the private contractors performing clean-up work at Hanford. The statement said the worker who received treatment at the on-site clinic returned to work later in the day.
According to other workers who witnessed the incident, the two people who received medical attention were working outside of the A tank farm and were not wearing respirators. A group of workers inside A farm saw one of the two fall to the ground, after which they called for assistance. None of the workers in the group that witnessed the incident was affected; all of these workers were wearning respirators.
That brings to 40 the number of workers who, since mid-March, required some sort of medical attention after reporting being exposed to chemical vapors escaping from huge tanks holding nuclear waste.
Just last week the U.S. Department of Energy took reporters on a tour of the site to showcase safety precautions and to report that none of its own studies had detected chemical vapors this year. Energy officials did not rule out vapor exposure as a possible cause of the workers' conditions, but stressed that no air monitoring tests had picked up signs of chemical in the air at the site.
us_WA  industrial  release  injury  unknown_chemical 
10 days ago
Two women rushed to Swedish Hospital after possible hazmat exposure
Over sixteen Seattle Fire Department units have been dispatched to a hazardous material report at Keller Supply and Company at 3209 17th Ave. W. in Interbay.

Two women were exposed to something that caused them to have a rash and one to vomit after fainting.

The women were rushed to Swedish Hospital on Cherry Hill in basic life support condition.
Scott Yurczyk, Battalion Chief with Seattle Fire Department, said that no other people in the building experienced medical effects. Furthermore there was no indication to what caused the reaction because there were no reports of fire or a chemical scent.

There is a chemical business next door and a rail yard behind the business, but Yurczyk reported they have checked those areas with no leads.

SFD said it was unlikely the agent that caused the reaction came from inside the business because there are very few chemical products offered at the plumbing supply store. However, they are still ruling out causes.
us_WA  public  release  injury  unknown_chemical 
10 days ago
HAZMAT team briefly evacuates southwest Charlotte business
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Hazmat crews were called out to a business in southwest Charlotte Thursday morning to investigate a hazmat leak on Westinghouse Blvd.

Officials told Channel 9 that a truck pulled into IGM Resins on Westinghouse Blvd. around 10 a.m. and when an employee opened the back of the truck, some strong fumes were released.

The Charlotte Fire Department was called and the business was briefly evacuated as a precaution.

Nobody was hospitalized.

The company performs coatings for wood and metal and they said they were unsure if the chemicals on the truck belonged to them.
us_NC  transportation  release  injury  unknown_chemical 
10 days ago
HAZMAT secured; Ashland closed at Roosevelt on Near West Side
CHICAGO (WLS) -- An acid leak coming from a truck on the city's Near West Side is secured, but Chicago Fire Department officials said Ashland Avenue remains closed at Roosevelt Road.

Officials said Ashland could be closed for several hours Wednesday evening while Hazmat teams clean the area and remove the truck.
us_IL  transportation  release  response  acids 
11 days ago
Chemical spill closes Kuhio Highway
LIHUE — County officials were forced to shut down Kuhio Highway in Kapaia following a chemical spill Tuesday morning that left a strong odor of bleach lingering in the area.
A truck carrying multiple containers of hypochlorite solution, a water treatment agent, was northbound on Kuhio Highway near Maalo Road around 8:30 a.m. when one of the tie-down straps broke, causing two of the containers to spill onto the roadway, according to a preliminary report.
DOH spokeswoman Janice Okubo said the 12-percent bleach solution was being transported for laundry services by BEI Hawaii, the state’s largest distributor of agricultural and industrial chemicals.
us_HI  transportation  release  response  water_treatment 
11 days ago
Chemical covered dogs lead to hazmat response in East Liverpool
EAST LIVERPOOL, Ohio -
Experts in the handling of hazardous materials were dispatched to an abandoned facility on the East End of East Liverpool on Wednesday just before 12:00 PM after a woman found her dogs covered with a tar-like substance.

Alecia O'Hanlon tells 21 News her dog Miley, a Pitbull Mix was covered in the black substance on Tuesday evening, and also had severe cuts to her body, "Actually the person who found her they had to pull her out.  They said there was about a foot of tar.  She was glued to the ground basically.  If she wouldn't have been found, she would have been dead."

First responders from local fire departments and a hazmat team from West Virginia and Columbiana County Emergency Management spent the day at the former Dacar Chemical Plant on Michigan Avenue.

The area was cordoned off as crews inspected the site in an attempt to determine if chemicals there posed any environmental risk. 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency lists Dacar as an EPA regulated site. A search of the EPA database shows no known records of violations or enforcement issues over the past five years. The EPA has also been called to the scene, and a representative from Dacar is on site.
us_OH  industrial  discovery  environmental  unknown_chemical 
11 days ago
Feds: combustible dust safety guidance needed after 2010 West Virginia explosion that killed 3
A New Cumberland metal recycling plant lacked a safety system to collect combustible dust during a 2010 explosion that killed three people and injured another, according to federal investigators.

In Charleston on Wednesday, the Chemical Safety Board released findings about the December 2010 explosion at AL Solutions. The board determined that defective blender equipment containing combustible particles likely sparked the blast.

AL Solutions may have exacerbated its problems by using water safety sprays in its facility. The board said water could have reacted with molten metal and contributed to the explosion.

Repeating its advice from 2006, the board suggested that the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration create a combustible dust safety standard.

The chemical board found the safety administration hadn't conducted a dust inspection at AL Solutions before the 2010 explosion, despite past incidents. The safety administration's dust inspections occur on a random basis, regardless of previous problems, the board said.
us_WV  industrial  follow-up  death  dust 
11 days ago
Chemical spill, vehicle wrecks reported in area: Members
    The right northbound lane of Interstate 15 south of Inkom was closed for about an hour Monday afternoon as Pocatello and Inkom firefighters cleaned up a magnesium chloride spill.
    The 12:30 p.m. incident occurred when the tanker truck carrying the toxic chemical suffered a tire blowout.
    A piece of the shredded tire struck the tank carrying the magnesium chloride, causing the liquid chemical to leak onto the interstate.
    Magnesium chloride is used to de-ice roads.
us_ID  transportation  release  response  other_chemical 
12 days ago
Hazmat Crews Called To Acid Spill In SW OKC
OKLAHOMA CITY - Police and Hazardous Materials crews are heading to the scene of a hydrochloric acid spill in southwest Oklahoma City that has injured at least one person.
Authorities have closed down SW 15th St. from Agnew to May Ave. while emergency crews work the scene.

No evacuations have been ordered at this time. Police tell News 9 the leak stems from a rail car in the area. It is unclear how the victim came in contact with the acid. That person’s identity and condition has not been released.
us_OK  transportation  release  injury  hydrochloric_acid 
12 days ago
Worker Hurt in Chemical Leak Inside School
A maintenance worker is recovering after a chemical leak led to a hazmat situation at a Northeast Philadelphia high school.

Officials say they received a call reporting a chemical leak at the Benjamin Rush School on the 11000 block of Knights Road at 7:12 p.m. on Tuesday. When crews arrived, they discovered that there was a release of freon inside the school basement. Freon is a cooling agent often used in air conditioners.

"What we found in the basement was a mechanical failure," said Philadelphia Fire Deputy Commissioner Jesse Wilson. "That mechanical failure caused a 600-pound vessel of freon, typical freon that you can buy in a Pep Boys or any place like that."

A Hazmat situation was declared at 7:29 p.m. Officials say a maintenance worker was injured during the incident. He was taken to Aria-Torresdale Hospital, treated for dizziness and is currently in stable condition.
us_PA  education  release  injury  freon  hvac_chemicals 
12 days ago
Sickness At Oskar Blues Under Investigation
LONGMONT, Colo. (CBS4) - A possible hot water heater malfunction sickened two dozen employees at the Oskar Blues restaurant in Longmont Sunday night.
Seventeen people were treated at local hospitals and released. Eight were critically exposed, police said. A decontamination tent was set up at the scene. No patrons were sickened.
The fire department initially believed a refrigerant leak caused the sickness at Oskar Blues Home Made Liquids & Solids but later shifted focus to a hot water heater.
us_CO  public  release  injury  hvac_chemicals 
13 days ago
Fire warning for residents after chemicals cause shed blaze (From Dorset Echo)
RESIDENTS are being warned of the risk of leaving chemicals stowed away together in hot weather after a blaze which could have turned serious.

A shed, pictured, owned by an elderly man caught fire on Wednesday evening after a chemical reaction between domestic solvents.

Luckily, a neighbour was alerted to the blaze, in High Trees, Broadmayne, and managed to extinguish it before firefighters arrived.

Steve Cheeseman, station commander at Dorchester Fire Station, above, explained that if lots of different chemicals are kept in sheds in high temperatures it can cause plastic chemical bottles to expand, leaking liquid. He said: “At this time of the year it’s getting quite hot and heat can build up inside sheds, so it is good practice to ventilate them every so often to let the air in.

“Check to see what you are storing and whether it’s still safe to use.”

The shed and its contents were severely burnt, and a section of guttering and an electrical outlet were also damaged.
United_Kingdom  public  fire  response  solvent 
14 days ago
Mysterious chemical odor forces 150 from homes near Allentown, Pa.
The calm of a Sunday evening was shattered in Montgomery County, Pa., as some 150 residents in Skippack Twp. were forced from their homes by a mysterious odor, according to local station WFMZ. The exact cause of the odor remains unclear.

Officials had found readings of hydrogen cyanide in about 100 homes in the neighborhood. But officials say they believe the odor is actually coming from another chemical.

Nearly 12 hours later, the Montgomery County Hazardous Materials Response Team are still working to determine what that odor is, NBC10 reported this morning.

About 150 people were initially evacuated to Skippack Elementary School, the station reported. The Red Cross said it helped shelter four families, for a total of 10 people who had no place to go for the night.
us_PA  public  release  response  cyanide 
14 days ago
17 people taken to hospital after chemical exposure
KUSA - A total of 17 people were treated for respiratory issues, eye irritation and vomiting after exposure to an unknown chemical at Oskar Blues restaurant in Longmont.

The Longmont Police Department, fire department and a fire HAZMAT team responded to the restaurant at 1555 South Hover Road around 12:40 p.m. Sunday.

Investigators say 24 employees and customers were exposed to the chemical. Seventeen people were transported by ambulance to area hospitals. Eight were taken to Longmont United Hospital in Longmont. Nine others were taken to Good Samaritan Hospital in Lafayette.

They were treated for various issues that included respiratory complaints, eye irritation and vomiting. Other employees and patrons were decontaminated and evaluated at the scene.

Early readings from HAZMAT equipment indicated a possible refrigerant leak, but investigators now say that's not the cause. They believe a defective 200 gallon water heater caused the problem. The hot water has been malfunctioning causing it to attempt to light over and over again. Firefighters suspect the exhaust which contains products of incomplete combustion were being recirculated through a nearby evaporative cooler right above the fryer area where the employees had been working.
us_CO  public  release  injury  unknown_chemical  hvac_chemicals 
14 days ago
Four firefighters treated after exposure to chemical in Lawrence
Four firefighters were hospitalized early this morning after inhaling nitric acid, a toxic and potentially explosive chemical, at a metal plating company in Lawrence, said acting Lawrence Deputy Fire Chief Jack Meaney.

The firefighters were treated at Lawrence General Hospital and released this afternoon, he said.


They responded to a report of a chemical release at 22 Ballard Road around 1:30 a.m., said firefighter Mike Forensi. The building is owned by N-Tek Inc., which was closed when the incident occurred.
us_MA  public  release  injury  metals  nitric_acid 
14 days ago
Hazmat Team Stops Corrosive Leak In Building At CU
BOULDER, Colo. (CBS4) – A building at the University of Colorado in Boulder reopened Saturday after a hazmat team stopped a corrosive leak.
The Daily Camera reported sulfuric acid was leaking from the building’s ventilation system. It’s an ingredient used in fertilizer, chemicals and explosives which was apparently discovered by an air conditioning worker.
One man tried to stop the leak and came in contact with the acid but did not need medical care.
us_CO  education  release  injury  ag_chems  corrosives  explosives  sulfuric_acid 
15 days ago
Chlorine release at Mich. Adventure sends dozens to hospital
FRUITLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Twenty-seven people were taken to the hospital and 62 are being evaluated after there was some sort of chlorine release at a pool at Michigan’s Adventure Friday afternoon, authorities said.

No severe injuries were reported. Those taken to the hospital suffered respiratory issues, including mild irritation to the nose ears and lungs, according to Dr. F. Remington Sprague, the chief medical officer at Mercy Health Muskegon.

Sprague said the exposure appeared to be minimal and all victims have been treated and released.

Authorities said the chlorine release was under control late Friday afternoon. A hazmat official said it was too early to speculate on what caused it, and park employees are investigating.
us_MI  public  release  injury  chlorine 
15 days ago
HAZMAT helps fight two-alarm chemical fire in Tonawanda
TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WIVB) - Nine fire companies from Tonawanda and Kenmore, including a HAZMAT team, were called out to help fight a smoky two-alarm fire at an industrial business on Sawyer Avenue Saturday evening.

Ellwood Volunteer Fire Department Chief Gary Stuff said the fire, which started inside FMC Corporation, appears to be accidental.

“Basically, they had a couple chemical oxidizers that somehow reacted or started on fire,” Chief Stuff said.

An unknown number of employees were working in the building at the time. Stuff said FMC’s sprinklers turned on, the fire doors activated, and employees called the fire department. All of them made it outside safely.
us_NY  industrial  fire  response  unknown_chemical 
15 days ago
Republicans Seek Ouster Of Chemical Safety Board Chairman
Several Republicans in the House of Representatives are continuing their push to dump the head of the Chemical Safety & Hazard Investigation Board. They are asking President Barack Obama to fire CSB Chairman Rafael Moure-Eraso.
In a July 7 letter, six congressmen repeat allegations made at a turbulent hearing in June before the House Oversight & Government Reform Committee. At the hearing, committee chairman Darrell E. Issa (R-Calif.) blasted Moure-Eraso’s leadership. Issa also released a Republican committee staff report that criticizes CSB for “serious management deficiencies” and lays primary blame on Moure-Eraso. During the hearing, Issa and other Republicans urged Moure-Eraso to step down (C&EN, June 30, page 5).
The criticisms pertain to delayed reports on industrial accidents and internal disputes among CSB members and staffers. Moure-Eraso and top managers were also castigated for inefficiency and creating a “toxic” work environment. In the report, unnamed staff members allege that Moure-Eraso is “bullying” and “abusive.”
In the weeks following the hearing, Moure-Eraso said he would not resign. He announced reforms he said would improve CSB management.
Moure-Eraso tells C&EN that the complaints against him are in large part political, noting that no Democrats had signed the letter to Obama. CSB is moving forward, he says. It will hold a hearing July 16 in Charleston, W.Va., to release its final report on the AL Solutions industrial dust accident in West Virginia that killed three workers in 2010. CSB will also provide an update on its investigation of the Freedom Industries tank farm leak that contaminated West Virginia drinking water earlier this year.
public  follow-up  environmental 
15 days ago
CDC Closes Influenza Lab, Stops Biological Materials Shipments
The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention has closed its influenza research center and halted all biological materials shipments from its highest level containment labs following lab safety breaches that endangered dozens of employees.
CDC’s announcement came Friday after a report showed that a safety breach in June put employees at risk of contracting anthrax, although none have shown signs of illness. The agency also identified a separate incident where a strain of the highly contagious avian flu virus H5N1 was shipped without proper precautions.
CDC Director Tom Frieden says the breaches raise “serious and troubling questions” about the nation’s culture of laboratory safety. “Fundamentally, what they revealed was totally unacceptable behavior. These events should never have happened.”
The internal anthrax report says CDC scientists failed to follow written laboratory safety plans. The labs also did not have adequate oversight of scientists or clear guidelines for determining when a biological agent was inactivated and safe for transport.
In June, live anthrax bacteria were being inactivated in a biosafety level 3 (BSL3) laboratory for use in labs designed with fewer safety precautions. But the scientists involved used a chemical procedure that may not have fully inactivated the samples. Those samples were later used by scientists in other labs without the proper precautions for working with the live anthrax virus.
As a result of the incident, the Bioterrorism Rapid Response & Advanced Technology laboratory that failed to fully inactivate the anthrax was closed in June and will remain closed until it is deemed safe.
laboratory  discovery  response  other_chemical 
15 days ago
Hazmat situation reported at Greenville nursing home and rehab center
GREENVILLE, MI -- The Belding Fire Department has been called to assist at the scene of a liquid oxygen spill at a Greenville nursing home and rehabilitative center.

Dispatchers said the bottom of a 1,500-gallon tank of liquid oxygen was leaking at Metron of Greenville about 5:50 p.m. Friday, July 11. The facility is located at 828 E. Washington St.

Montcalm County dispatchers requested Belding's hazmat team to help at the scene.

A 911 caller reported hearing a boom and then seeing the leak. The tank services the entire facility, dispatchers were told.
us_MI  public  release  response  liquid_oxygen 
15 days ago
Chemical leak starts fire on North Shore, injures one
CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) - A chemical fire injured one man and created quite a scare for hundreds of people on Chattanooga's North Shore Friday.

It happened just before 9 a.m. at JIT Chemicals on Manufacturers Road. Thousands of gallons of a caustic soda spilled out causing a reaction to a metal on the property, which sparked a fire. An environmental cleanup crew stayed on the scene for much of the day.

"I was awakened by the sirens," neighbor Ted Long said.

It was a scary scene for hundreds of residents living in the One North Shore condos as a fire broke out at the chemical plant next door.

"I came out and there's a tank with a spiral staircase on it. They were watering it down and it had water vapor coming off of it which means it was hot," Long said.

Chattanooga Fire officials say workers at JIT Chemicals were off-loading a material commonly known as lye from a barge when something went wrong.

"It's a 50-percent solution of sodium hydroxide that they were pumping into the storage tank. Evidently part of that escaped," Chattanooga Fire Department spokesperson Bruce Garner said.

An estimated two to three thousand gallons leaked onto the walls of a storage tank.
us_TN  industrial  fire  injury  metals  sodium_hydroxide 
15 days ago
Yet Another Chemical Plant Fire in Texas Underscores the Importance of Disclosure
On July 7, a fire broke out at a Chevron Phillips Chemical plant in Port Arthur, Texas, injuring two workers and frightening neighbors in the largely residential neighborhood. While the cause of the fire is still being determined, the incident highlights the danger posed by facilities that store large amounts of chemicals and the importance of providing the public with information on chemical threats in their communities. 

Sections 311 and 312 of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) require facilities that handle large amounts of chemicals to report annually to state and local emergency planning committees. This information helps communities prepare for and prevent potential chemical disasters and is also made available to the public so that they can assess the potential risk of chemical exposures. Congress passed EPRCA after the 1984 disaster in Bhopal, India, where a gas leak at a pesticide plant killed more than 2,000 residents.

However, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott issued a ruling in May that undermines the public’s ability to access this important information. Abbot’s ruling makes some of the information gathered under the right-to-know law, known as "Tier II reports," confidential, citing a state statute passed following the 9/11 terrorist attacks that restricts information on the location, identity, and quantity of chemicals that are “more than likely” to be employed in building a weapon of mass destruction.
us_TX  industrial  follow-up  environmental  other_chemical 
15 days ago
West Deptford chemical company explosion injures one
WEST DEPTFORD TWP. - Firefighters responded to the Johnson Matthey company on Nolte Drive Friday morning after an explosion in a building.

The explosion happened shortly before 7 a.m.

Early reports indicated the explosion triggered a fire and injured one man who reportedly was exposed to hydrochloric acid. He needed to be decontaminated before he could be transported to a hospital.

Johnson Matthey is a speciality chemicals company focussed on precious metals, catalysts and fine chemicals.

Employees in the catalysts, chemicals and refining building stood outside on the warm, sunny morning after officials evacuated the building. A number of local emergency companies had responded. 

News helicopters hovered above the industrial campus off of Mantua Grove Road. Employees in neighboring businesses were coming and going freely, but a security person on the Johnson Matthey property told news people to get off the site. No buildings at nearby businesses were evacuated. 
us_NJ  industrial  explosion  injury  hydrochloric_acid  metals 
15 days ago
Officials: Chemical ignites small fire
A chemical fire at Virdia, 228 Slayton Ave., brought 19 Danville firefighters out to put out the fire in the company’s laboratory — and to figure out which chemical sparked the blaze at about 12:30 p.m. Thursday.
When firefighters arrived, they found smoke in the building and the fire being held in check by the building’s sprinkler system.
The fire itself was quickly put out with a portable extinguisher, but it became apparent that chemicals were involved in the fire and firefighters remained for about two-and-a-half hours to determine which chemicals were involved.
It was determined Hydonol — a chemical used to in preparing agrochemicals — was involved in igniting the fire, which also ignited nearby papers.
Firefighters also ventilated smoke from the building, monitored air qualify and helped remove water from the building, once it was safe to do so.
Virdia is located in the Sustainable Energy Technology Center (SENTEC) building at the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research’s campus.
us_VA  laboratory  fire  response  other_chemical 
17 days ago
Chemical From Water Crisis May Have Been More Toxic Than First Thought
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A new study shows a chemical that spilled into West Virginia's biggest drinking water supply in January could be more toxic than a previous test indicated.

University of South Alabama researcher Andrew Whelton released findings Thursday from crude MCHM toxicity tests on freshwater fleas.

Results indicate it takes much less exposure for the chemical to be toxic to fleas than a 1998 study showed. Eastman Chemical, crude MCHM's manufacturer, conducted the older study.

Whelton unsuccessfully tried to replicate Eastman's results three times.

He said the tests are far removed from directly applying to human exposure.
us_WV  industrial  follow-up  environmental  other_chemical 
17 days ago
Hazmat prompts evacuations in Phillipsburg, New Jersey
A hazardous materials incident involving a chemical smell forced the evacuation of people from their homes in a Phillipsburg, New Jersey, neighborhood.

Emergency crews were dispatched around 2 p.m. Thursday to an apartment house in the 700 block of South Main Street in the Warren County town, according to Chief James Faulborn, Phillipsburg Police Department.

While the incident was reported to involve a suspected meth lab, Phillipsburg Police have issued a statement saying that the report was of a chemical smell coming from an apartment building.

Police say no hazardous materials were found inside the building.
us_NJ  public  fire  response  meth_lab 
17 days ago
Hazmat team handles ammonia leak without incident
WINSLOE — Roads were closed and businesses were evacuated following a chemical leak Thursday at Armour Transportation.

Charlottetown Deputy Fire Chief Tim Mamye says members of Station 2 in Sherwood and the provincial Hazmat team were on scene for almost five hours.

The call came in at 9:35 a.m. about an ammonia leak in a 35.4 kilogram cylinder.

"Once we arrived on scene we immediately evacuated and isolated the area —Hazmat 100 metres in all directions,'' Mamye said, referring to standard procedure as set out in the emergency response guidebook for a small ammonia leak.

"Once we have that isolated and evacuated it was more of support and we continued to evaluate the incident until we have the Hazmat team set up and appropriately dressed for entry.''
Canada  public  release  response  ammonia  gas_cylinders 
17 days ago
Walgreens in New Haven reopens after chemical spill; 4 employees hospitalized
NEW HAVEN >> A chemical spill at the Walgreens on York Street Wednesday sent four employees to the hospital and prompted an evacuation of the store.
...
Fire Chief Allyn Wright said the four employees became light-headed and experienced dizziness, nausea and vomiting. He said the spill started inside the store, but employees brought the chemicals outside.

No customers were harmed, Wright said.

Just before 2 p.m. Wright said three of the affected employees remained at the hospital. About the same time, he said that the area has been deemed “not hazardous.”
...
City spokesman Laurence Grotheer said the substances were phenol, eucalyptus and liquid aspirin.
us_CT  public  release  injury  phenol 
18 days ago
Household mixture leads to HAZMAT response
HUNTINGTON —Emergency crews have left the scene and roads have been reopened after responding to a potential hazardous material situation in the southeast hills section of Huntington.

Cabell County 911 received word of the incident at 11:40 a.m. Wednesday of two workers in the city's sanitation department becoming ill after exposure to a gas emitted from some of the trash that had been compacted in the garbage truck. They were treated and were not hospitalized.

Meanwhile, Holswade Drive and Cherry Avenue were closed while the Huntington Fire Department investigated  the area, concluding that a resident likely threw out both bleach and ammonia in the trash, which were combined after being compacted in the truck. The combination of the two emitted dangerous fumes, said Bryan Chambers, spokesman for the city of Huntington.

Residents are urged not to throw out potent household chemicals without heavily diluting them with water, he said.
us_WV  industrial  release  injury  waste 
18 days ago
Chemical leaked into Arkansas River
WICHITA, Kan. -
The City of Wichita says a chemical used in the water treatment process leaked into the Arkansas River early Wednesday morning. It happened near downtown.

City officials say the chemical, known as ferric sulfate, leaked through a corroded drain pipe at the treatment plant. Ferric sulfate is used to settle out particles in untreated water as it flows into the plant.

The Kansas Department of Health & Environment was contacted and said the leak does not pose a threat to the public.

The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism was also contacted due to a fish kill that resulted due to the leak.
us_KS  industrial  fire  environmental  water_treatment 
18 days ago
Hanford officials say thousands of air samples find no sign of chemical vapors
RICHLAND, Wash. –  About 12,000 air samples taken on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation this year after more than three dozen workers reported being sickened by chemical vapors have failed to find a cause for the problem, Hanford officials said Wednesday.

But Hanford officials said that doesn't mean that workers aren't getting sick.

"Our workers are not exposed to vapors, but they are having symptoms," said Tom Fletcher of the U.S. Department of Energy, which manages Hanford. "The question is: 'Why?' "

"This isn't something we are taking lightly," Fletcher said.

None of the 12,000 air samples taken this year showed chemical levels above occupational-exposure limits, Fletcher said. In fact, more than 50,000 air samples dating back to 2007 found no chemical exposure above the allowable limits, he said.

Hanford officials are hoping an investigation being conducted by the Savannah River National Laboratory might shed light on what is causing the illnesses. A draft of that report is due by October.
us_WA  industrial  release  injury  unknown_chemical 
18 days ago
JFRD extinguishes warehouse fire south of JAX airport
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department on Wednesday night extinguished a fire at a warehouse off of Duval Road southeast of Jacksonville International Airport.

Firefighters say a hopper full of aluminum caught fire and the flames spread into the warehouse of Enkei Florida, located at 1401 Wheels Road. A hazmat team responded to the scene.

Employees called for help around 9:20 p.m. and evacuated the building. No injuries were reported as a result of the fire.

Firefighters said the fire is all metal, so it was difficult to extinguish and was spreading at one point. JFRD had to call for metal-x extinguishers for metal-specific fires. Crews were flowing water into the machinery to lower the temperature.
us_FL  industrial  fire  response  metals 
18 days ago
Acid spill at Wright State
Wright State University canceled all classes and activities for the remainder of the day after an acid spill on campus forced the evacuation of nine buildings.
Acetic acid, used to clean glass and laboratories, was spilled in the basement of Oelman Hall at 9:50 a.m. when a lab technician dropped a 2.5-liter bottle of the chemical, said Steve Farrell, director of environmental health and safety
Oelman, Fawcett Hall and Brehm Laboratory were evacuated first, and then Allyn, Millet, Biological Sciences I and II, Dunbar Library and the Library Annex. Hundreds of students and staff were also told to avoid the tunnels that connect the buildings.
All classes after 1:30 p.m. were canceled at the main campus.
The affected buildings are closed until further notice, according to the university's website. The spill was cleaned and the buildings and tunnels vented because of a lingering smell.
A police officer was taken to Soin Medical Center as a precaution.
"It can be very dangerous if it's a very high concentration, but we got everyone in time," Farrell said of the acid. "We don't feel there was any hazard to anyone."
Junior Seth Clouser said he was in his classics class on the second floor of Fawcett when an alarm went off and then a person came over the loud speaker and told them to evacuate. "I looked out the window and I could see there were cops cars and there was a fire truck," he said. "They said there was an emergency in your building."
us_OH  laboratory  release  injury  acetic_acid 
19 days ago
Explosion spelled demise of P lab
An alleged Auckland drug ring was discovered after a methamphetamine laboratory blew up forcing a meth cook to go to hospital, claiming he had spilt "hot oil" on his legs, prosecutors say.

Prosecutor Anna Pollett told a jury in the High Court in Auckland today that the explosion in Culperry Rd, Glendene, led to a year-long investigation that culminated in the discovery of 4.4 kilograms of pseudoephedrine, more than $1 million in cash and assets and the arrest of the 12 men on trial.

The group, dubbed "The Drug Trading Company" by prosecutors, are facing 130 charges relating to the manufacture and supply of methamphetamine and the meth precursor, pseudoephedrine, throughout Auckland.

Other charges relate to participating in an organised criminal group, conspiring to pervert the course of justice and possession of cannabis.
New_Zealand  public  explosion  injury  illegal  meth_lab 
19 days ago
Chemical accident injures one
An accident Monday morning at a Dalton chemical plant injured one worker and caused officials to briefly close streets around the plant.

The accident happened around 6 a.m. at MFG Chemical on Kimberly Park Drive as workers were mixing chemicals in a reactor.

“We don’t know exactly what happened but the lid did not shut completely or did not shut properly,” said Dalton Fire Chief Bruce Satterfield.

Chemical fumes escaped from the reactor, overcoming one worker.

“It’s our understanding he was right on top of the reactor,” Satterfield said.

The man was taken by ambulance to WellStar Cobb Hospital in Austell. Satterfield did not know the extent of the man’s injuries.

Satterfield said four chemicals were being mixed: maleic anhydride molten low acid grade, alfa olefin 20-24, di-tert-butyl peroxide and aromatic 100 fluid. Officials said the mixture was not poisonous but an irritant.

Satterfield said the chemical reaction did not last long.
us_GA  industrial  release  injury  irritant  maleic_anhydride  peroxide 
19 days ago
Several exposed to chemical compound at Barr Laboratories in Pomona
POMONA – Three workers at a Quaker Road pharmaceutical laboratory were taken to Nyack Hospital on Tuesday after being exposed to a potentially lethal chemical compound.

Officials said a chemist under contract with Barr Laboratories Inc. was pouring 50 milligrams of powdered potassium cyanide into a 100 milliliter liquid solution when the mixture boiled over about 4:50 p.m.

"The product splashed up on one of the scientists' face," said Chris Kear, Rockland County deputy fire coordinator. "He immediately notified the personnel around him and the scientist had water flushed to his face for about 15 minutes and was decontaminated within the unit."

The contract employee, whose identity was not released, was said to be conscious and alert during the emergency response. He was taken by the Haverstraw Ambulance Corps to Nyack Hospital for further decontamination and evaluation, officials said.

Two other scientists working inside the 1,500-square-foot room also were exposed to the chemical mixture. Those men, ages 29 and 31, were not identified, but were said to be employed directly by Barr Laboratories, which is operated by Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. All victims were expected to recover, Kear said.

Four volunteers from the Hillcrest Fire Department were decontaminated at the scene as a precautionary measure, Kear said. They were uninjured and did not require hospitalization.
us_NY  laboratory  release  response  cyanide  pharmaceutical 
19 days ago
Man treated after gas incident at Brora distillery
A distillery worker has been taken to hospital following a chemical incident at the Clynelish Distillery in Brora.

The alarm was raised at 18:45 on Tuesday after two substances were accidentally mixed together producing chlorine gas.

About 30 firefighters, some wearing specialist protective clothing, dealt with the incident.

The man who was exposed to the gas was taken to hospital in Inverness and was kept in overnight as a precaution.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) said the man was treated at Raigmore Hospital for breathing difficulties.
United_Kingdom  industrial  release  injury  chlorine 
19 days ago
Officials: chemical odor harmless at UMD
DARTMOUTH — A strange odor detected in central receiving at UMass Dartmouth Tuesday came from a commonly used restroom deodorant, officials said.

Col. Emil Fioravanti, UMass director of public safety and campus police chief, said there was no chemical spillage and nothing to worry about.

Fioravanti said that around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, employees detected a chemical odor during the routine delivery of solvents to central receiving, located in the campus public safety building.

The odor was determined to have come from a cardboard box that had contained a glass bottle of ortho-dichlorobenzene, a chemical commonly used as a deodorant for restrooms, an insecticide and in the manufacture of organic chemicals and in plastics, dyes and pharmaceuticals, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
us_MA  education  release  response  other_chemical 
19 days ago
WCAX.COM Local Vermont News, Weather and Sports-
BURLINGTON, Vt. -
A hazmat scare led to the evacuation of a building at UVM Monday afternoon.

Burlington Fire officials say it happened inside a lab at Delehanty Hall on the Trinity Campus around 3:30 p.m.

That's when they say malfunctioning ventilation equipment led to acidic fumes backing up inside the facility.

A lab sensor set off one alarm and then a staffer pulled the fire alarm to clear the building.

Authorities say no one came in contact with the fumes.

More than 15 first responders from a number of agencies were called to the scene.

The fumes were cleared and no one was hurt.
us_VT  laboratory  release  response  acids 
20 days ago
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