Fire marshal: Seeping water caused radioactive dump blast
LAS VEGAS (AP/KEN RITTER) - Rainwater seeping into corroded 1970s-era barrels buried at a radioactive waste dump caused an explosion last month at the long-closed facility about 110 miles northwest of Las Vegas, Nevada's top fire investigator said.

Radioactivity wasn't detected after the Oct. 18 blast and fire, and no injuries were reported, Nevada Fire Marshal Peter Mulvihill said this week.

Several 55-gallon drums blown beyond the facility fence were returned to the crater and reburied, and the damaged area was filled with dirt and covered with a waterproof chemical membrane almost 1 inch thick, topped with more dirt, he said.

A previous statement from the Nye County sheriff said the site near Beatty had been covered with a heavy waterproof tarp.

"They're going to look at a long-term solution and get advice how to proceed," Mulvihill said Tuesday as he outlined findings he submitted for review by state, local, county and federal agencies handling the incident.

Mulvihill said the federal Energy Department and Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the Desert Research Institute of the University of Nevada, and the state Division of Environmental Protection are involved, along with the state Health Division. He said a final report could be made public in the coming days.
us_NV  industrial  follow-up  environmental  radiation  waste 
4 hours ago
Cranston Local News, Weather, Sports, Breaking News
WESTERLY, R.I. — An early morning explosion and fire ripped through an apartment building in Westerly on Friday.

Neighbors narrowly escaped the flames.

The NBC 10 I-Team learned that a hash oil cook lab caused the incident. Hash oil is a potent marijuana resin that is extracted with chemical solvents, which often explode.

"It just looks like a bomb hit it," said Robert Fleming, a neighbor. "The whole thing is blown out in the front there, you know?"

Fleming said the people responsible put everyone in the apartment complex, which is located on Apache Drive, in danger.

The fire reportedly began on around 4:00 a.m. and grew to two alarms before the flames were put out.
us_RI  laboratory  explosion  response  drugs  solvent 
4 hours ago
Probe of Dover Chemical Corp. fire continues
Investigation is still ongoing to determine the cause of a fire Wednesday at Dover Chemical Corp. that was quickly extinguished and did not involve any chemicals or a release of chemicals.
Dover Fire Captain Michael Mossor said firefighters were called to the chemical plant on Davis Road shortly before
5 p.m. Wednesday for a building fire, and when they arrived, the fire was nearly extinguished by Dover Chemical personnel. Firefighters assisted in dousing the remaining smoldering material.
The fire was said to have been started by a small leak of a heat transfer fluid that came in contact with a hot surface and ignited. The flames burned pipe insulation and insulation in an exterior wall.
There were no injuries reported.
us_OH  industrial  fire  response  other_chemical 
4 hours ago
Suspected hazardous material removed from St. Charles home
ST. CHARLES • Police from various agencies safely removed suspected hazardous liquids early Thursday morning from a home in the 400 block of San Miguel Drive, officials said.

It started with a call about 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, reporting a burglary that was not in progress. Officers searching the home found the liquids, which they did not identify.

No charges are expected to be filed against anyone in connection with the incident, police said.

St. Charles County police, FBI bomb technicians, the Central County Hazmat Team and the St. Charles County Emergency Management Agency assisted St. Charles city police in removal of the material, which was completed without incident at about 12:45 a.m.
us_MO  public  discovery  response  unknown_chemical 
Crash, spill close Route 15 for 6 hours
LEWISBURG — Hazmat crews cleaned spilled chemicals from Route 15 after a tractor-trailer crashed into the rear of a second big rig Thursday morning in Kelly Township, Union County.
State police at Milton described the unidentified substance as a “corrosive material,” saying a small amount leaked from a damaged container stored in a box trailer after impact.
The highway was closed approximately six hours while employees from Northridge Group environmental services cleaned up the acidic liquid using brushes and absorbent materials. Southbound traffic was diverted onto AJK Boulevard.
us_PA  transportation  release  response  unknown_chemical  corrosives 
100 gallons of gasoline spew onto Burton road after crash
BURTON, MI -- The Genesee County Hazardous Materials Team was working to clean about 100 gallons of gasoline from a Burton road after a car and semi-truck crashed Wednesday, Nov. 25.

Assistant Chief Kirk Wilkinson with the Burton Fire Department said a car punctured the semi-truck when the two collided around 11:30 a.m. on Center Road near the west entrance to the Courtland Center Mall, just in front of JCPenney. He said he didn't know specific details of the crash.

The semi was parked in the northbound lanes of Court as crews cleared the spill.

Around 100 gallons of gasoline spewed onto the road, some of it getting into a storm drain, Wilkinson said.

Firefighters and the hazmat team poured Oil-Dri on the spill to keep it contained and to keep more from going in the drain, Wilkinson said.

Crews planned to sample the inside of the drain to determine how much gasoline actually leaked into it, Wilkinson said. Then, they'd bring a vacuum to clean up the rest, he said.
us_MI  transportation  release  response  gasoline 
2 days ago
Post Falls high school closes after mercury spill
A Catholic school and church and school in Post Falls have closed so a hazmat team can clean up mercury that was spilled in the school's science lab.

A student at the Immaculate Conception St. Dominic school decided to play with mercury on Monday when containers of the hazardous substance were removed from a storage locker that was being cleaned, The Coeur d'Alene Press reports (http://bit.ly/1IaDP3f).

Kootenai Fire and Rescue EMS Chief Steve Isaacson said a sophomore student decided to see what mercury looked like in his palm and two other students also thought that was a good idea. Some of the mercury spilling on the floor and hazmat officials found mercury was tracked all over the school.

"The school has a mercury problem," he said. "After several conference calls, all the state agencies agreed the school needed to be closed until a professional team can get in there and clean it up."

Isaacson said the amount of mercury that was found exceeded the safe level for exposure.
us_ID  laboratory  release  response  mercury 
2 days ago
No injuries as student causes chemical blast at USC
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles Fire Department says a student mixing chemicals caused a small explosion in a classroom at the University of Southern California.

Fire officials say no one was injured in the Tuesday night blast in the basement of the five-story classroom building on USC's main campus.

No fire broke out and no structural damage was caused at Ronald Tutor Hall.

It did force the evacuation of the building, which firefighters checked for a possible methane gas leak.
us_CA  laboratory  explosion  response  unknown_chemical 
2 days ago
California prosecutors join case over waste plant blast and chemical fire that injured 52
SANTA PAULA, California — State prosecutors are joining a criminal case sparked by an explosion at a Southern California waste treatment plant that sent 52 people to hospitals.

State Attorney General Kamala Harris' office announced Tuesday that the state Department of Justice will join Ventura County in prosecuting seven company officials for hazardous waste crimes at the Santa Clara Wastewater Company facility in Santa Paula.

Authorities say a chemical reaction between sodium chlorite and sewage caused a November 2014 explosion that sent 10 firefighters and dozens of others to the hospital.

Two plant managers pleaded guilty last week to charges that included failing to warn of a serious concealed danger and improper storage of hazardous substances. Each faces up to three years in county jail.
us_CA  industrial  follow-up  injury  illegal  waste 
2 days ago
Abandoned lab, hazardous chemicals discovered in Midland; fire department monitoring scene
The Midland Fire Department has been on scene of an abandoned laboratory containing hazardous chemicals since the problem was discovered during a routine fire inspection last Thursday.

The laboratory, abandoned by a tenant of the building at 1406 E. Pine St., contains a number of both identified and unidentified chemicals, some in a decomposing state, a media release from the department indicated.

Fire Chief Chris Coughlin said the list of chemicals includes everything under the sun, in the categories of shock reactives — meaning they are explosive — toxics and organic compounds, and the chemicals are beginning to break down.

“There isn’t any hazard outside of the building,” he said. Firefighters and Midland Police have teamed up to keep people out of the building, and it is being boarded up today.

There are no homes nearby, and an adjacent business building next door remains open, Coughlin said.

“Dow Chemical has been very helpful” in helping with the identification of the chemicals, Coughlin said, pointing out the chemicals and the lab are not connected to The Dow Chemical Co. or Dow Corning Corp.

The fire department is working with the Michigan Departments of Environmental Quality, Natural Resources and an environmental company to determine how to remove and dispose of the chemicals. Coughlin said the process of sequestering chemicals will occur on Friday and Saturday, and removal of the chemicals will occur next week.

The discovery of the lab is a sign changes to the department’s fire inspection program are paying off.

The department’s engine companies conduct inspections, looking for basic violations such as those involving fire extinguishers, egress points and lighting, Coughlin explained. A new program was implemented with two firefighters who are trained to a higher level and certified, and they conduct inspections outside their normal duties. It was during one of those more thorough inspections that problems at the abandoned lab were discovered.

“The program is working,” Coughlin said.
us_MI  laboratory  discovery  response  unknown_chemical  toxics 
2 days ago
Chemical Safety Board Moves To Fire Two Top Staff
Turmoil at the Chemical Safety & Hazard Investigation Board continues as CSB is poised to fire its top two staff members who have been on paid leave since June.
In a Nov. 16 letter, CSB member Kristen Kulinowski, a chemist, recommends terminating Daniel Horowitz, CSB managing director. His firing is called for because of misconduct and “conduct unbecoming a federal employee,” she writes in the letter to Horowitz, citing allegations made by CSB employees.
The letter was released by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER), a watchdog group that is representing Horowitz, a 15-year CSB staffer. The board would not provide C&EN with details about the possible firing of Horowitz and Richard Loeb, CSB general counsel. Loeb and his attorney did not respond to requests for comment.
CSB Chair Vanessa Allen Sutherland will make the final decision regarding their terminations after mid-December.
Members of Congress have sought the firing of Horowitz and Loeb after lengthy investigations by an oversight committee and the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Inspector General, which alleged that the two mismanaged the agency and retaliated against CSB employees. Lawmakers and the inspector general lodged similar criticisms against former CSB chair Rafael Moure-Eraso, which led to his forced resignation in March.
If Sutherland fires the two, she will be free to fill the positions. However, PEER argues that the allegations are groundless and is preparing to challenge them.
Meanwhile, CSB has not investigated a chemical accident since last February, its longest inactive period. Over this time, the U.S. has had some 19 chemically related industrial accidents with 16 fatalities, PEER says.
us_WA  industrial  discovery  environmental 
3 days ago
School closed for testing decades after chemical leak
EL CAJON — Usually the hub of its working-class community, Magnolia Elementary School sits vacant while scientists conduct tests commissioned to ease concerns over a toxic groundwater plume that stretches beneath campus decades after a chemical leak at the neighboring aerospace plant.

All but three of the school’s 21 teachers and 500 of the 700 students packed up and moved into temporary accommodations two miles away at the Bostonia Language Academy for the school year — at a cost of about $800,000 (largely for school bus transportation and portable classrooms) to be picked up by Ametek, the plant’s former owner.

The company will also foot the bill for a new campus ventilation system, and tests — estimated to cost $300 a day — overseen by the state Department of Toxic Substances Control.

State regulators, Ametek and the Cajon Valley Union School District-hired specialists have done considerable testing of ambient classroom air and soil gases over the years, with both showing the levels of toxins (including trichloroethylene and benzene) at the school are safe under federal and state guidelines. Air and soil monitoring was conducted annually until August 2012, when Ametek started quarterly tests after the state directed the plant to increase the frequency of air sampling because of new regulations.

The school board decided to shutter Magnolia this school year while longer-term tests are conducted in every space — from the cafeteria to classrooms to offices — to put to rest any speculation that the campus might be unsafe.
us_CA  industrial  release  response  benzene  toxics 
3 days ago
Hazmat crews contain nitric acid leak at plant in south Phoenix
PHOENIX - Hazmat crews gained quick control of a nitric acid leak Tuesday evening at a plant in south Phoenix.

Phoenix firefighters say 70 gallons of the acid reacted when it got too hot at the QuantumClean facility near 40th Street and University.

QuantumClean specializes in parts cleaning and tool restoration. The facility also cleans copper with nitric acid.

There are no injuries reported at this time.
us_AZ  industrial  release  response  nitric_acid 
3 days ago
State probing Manchester propane leak
MANCHESTER >> Two state agencies are probing the Nov. 12 propane leak that led to one man suffering severe burns.

The state's Agency of Natural Resources (ANR) and the Division of Fire Safety (DFS) are jointly investigating the incident, according to Bruce Martin, regional director of the DFS's Springfield office and deputy chief of the Vermont HAZMAT Response Team (VHMRT).

"We are investigating the incident jointly to determine what happened and how a similar situation may be prevented in the future," Martin wrote in an email Monday afternoon.
The DFS and VHMRT are two state agencies which oversee above-ground storage tanks, such as those that hold propane, heating oil or used oil.

Just after 8 a.m. on Nov. 12, emergency personnel responded to the large cloud of propane from an above-ground storage tank at a propane bulk storage tank facility, which is located off of Depot Street (Route 30) on Taconic Business Park Road.

According to the Manchester Fire Department, a truck driver, reportedly with Suburban Propane, may have left a valve open during a propane transfer at the depot. An estimated 200 gallons of propane leaked out into the air.

A second truck driver, John Matala, 42, of Cambridge, N.Y. suffered bad "cold burns" when he turned off a valve at the depot. He was taken to a Burlington hospital with burns on nearly 30 percent of his body.
us_VT  transportation  follow-up  injury  propane 
4 days ago
7 ON YOUR SIDE investigates potentially dangerous rainbow experiment
WASHINGTON (ABC7) — It's an experiment done in classrooms across the country. But as students and teachers discovered three weeks ago at a Fairfax County high school, it can have devastating results. The 7 ON YOUR SIDE I-Team found W.T. Woodson High School isn't the only place to experience the dark side of the so-called "Rainbow Experiment."

It is a spectacle of science, meant to engage students. You can see it in YouTube videos like this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NY-bnY0yjWw.

Kristin Kulinowski with the U.S. Chemical Safety Board says, "It's pretty dramatic. It's colorful. And it's beautiful."

But she and other experts say the Rainbow Experiment is also extremely dangerous if it's done using flammable chemicals and an open flame. Kim Duncan, Professional Learning Associate with American Chemical Society, tells 7 ON YOUR SIDE, "They can cause really serious injury if they're not handled properly."

That's what happened last month at W.T. Woodson High School in Fairfax. Sophomore Nick Dache was in the classroom October 30th, when the experiment went out of control. He chased a burning classmate down the hall to put out her flaming body.
education  follow-up  environmental  flammables 
4 days ago
Fire breaks out in JNU laboratory
NEW DELHI: A fire broke out in a laboratory at the Jawahar Lal Nehru University on Sunday evening. Though none of the students were injured in the incident, university authorities suspect that some important documents including a few theses of students might have been lost in the blaze.

The incident was reported around 4.50pm when a guard noticed smoke coming out of the laboratory at the school of environmental studies and informed the fire department. Four fire engines were rushed to the spot and the blaze was doused within half an hour. Fire officials suspect that the fire was caused due to a short circuit in one of the power units at the laboratory .

A team from the local police station was also rushed to the spot along with a crime team to lift evidences. Police officers have also launched a separate probe to find out the cause of fire.

Senior officers from the university said that a probe has been initiated to find out the extent of loss. Officials said that a few copies of thesis were kept in the room where the fire broke out.
India  laboratory  fire  response  unknown_chemical 
4 days ago
US envoy: Chemical attacks 'becoming routine' in Syria
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The U.S. envoy to the international chemical weapons watchdog warned Monday that the use of such toxic arms is "becoming routine in the Syrian civil war."

Rafael Foley was speaking at a closed meeting of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons' Executive Council, which was called to discuss recent reports by a fact-finding mission, including that a "non-state actor" likely used the chemical agent sulfur mustard in August during fighting in the Syrian town of Marea, killing a baby.

Foley said Syrian opposition forces were fighting the Islamic State group in the town close to the Turkish border. The text of his speech was posted on The Hague-based watchdog's website.

The fact-finding mission, which took and tested samples and interviewed witnesses, also said that chlorine likely was used as a weapon between March and May in Idlib, leaving six people dead.

After the meeting, attended by representatives of 38 member states, the executive council issued a statement "expressing grave concern" about the fact-finding mission's conclusions that "chemical weapons have once again been used in" Syria and saying that those responsible should be held accountable.

A special investigation team has been set up by the United Nations and OPCW to identify who is responsible for chemical attacks in Syria.
Netherlands  public  follow-up  environmental  chlorine  mustard_gas  sulphur 
4 days ago
2 managers plead guilty in explosion at California plant
SANTA PAULA, Calif. (AP) - Two managers have pleaded guilty in connection with an explosion at a Southern California waste treatment plant last year.

Mark Avila and Brock Baker pleaded guilty Friday to failing to warn of a serious concealed danger and charges related to the storage of hazardous substances and repeated failures to communicate with employees about hazardous substances.

The Ventura County Star reports (http://bit.ly/21aL81m ) that they face up to three years in county jail at their sentencing June 1.

The November 2014 blast at Santa Clara Wastewater in Ventura County sent 52 people to hospitals, including 10 firefighters. All but two were quickly treated and released. No injuries were life-threatening.

An investigation found the explosion was a chemical reaction between sodium chlorite and sewage.
us_CA  industrial  follow-up  response  waste 
5 days ago
No One Hurt in Chemical Explosion in Chestnut Ridge
A bin containing pool chemicals and other combustible items exploded on the deck of a home in the Village of Chestnut Ridge early Sunday afternoon, Ramapo Police reported.

Ramapo Police responded to an address in the Village of Chestnut Ridge after receiving report of an explosion of a plastic bin containing the chemicals. Upon arrival, officers were informed that a plastic storage bin located on the homeowner’s deck had exploded.

Damage was contained to the bin and the immediate area of the deck, police said. There were no injuries as a result of the incident, Baruch Hashem.

Ramapo detectives, Rockland County Bureau of Criminal Investigation and the Monsey Fire Department responded to the scene and assisted with the investigation.
us_NY  public  explosion  response  pool_chemicals 
5 days ago
HAZMAT team responds to chemicals found at Irvine Hall
A HAZMAT team from Logan was called in to assist with disposal of chemicals found in storage at Irvine Hall on Friday afternoon, temporarily closing down the building on the Ohio University campus.

According to a report from the Ohio University Police Department, around 3 p.m. on Friday some chemicals in storage at Irvine Hall were found to be in deteriorating containers, thus creating the potential for unsafe environmental conditions.

According to Athens Fire Lt. Doug Ford, the chemicals were found to be in old viles with handwritten names on them.

As a precaution, the building was evacuated until the situation could be full assessed. The Athens Fire Department responded as well as the HAZMAT team from Logan Fire Department and Hocking County EMS.

Fire personnel subsequently determined that there had been no chemical leakage and that Irvine Hall is safe. Normal operations resumed at the building at noon on Saturday.
us_OH  laboratory  discovery  response  waste 
6 days ago
Southwest Career Tech classroom cleared after possible chemical spill
(10:15 a.m. Friday update): A demonstration in a chemistry lab created fumes that irritated the eyes, noses, and throats of the students in the affected classroom. Six students and a teacher that were in the classroom were evaluated by medical crews. Nobody was transported for treatment. The event ended at 10:02 a.m. and the building was deemed safe for students and faculty, according to the Clark County Fire Department.
us_NV  laboratory  release  injury  unknown_chemical 
6 days ago
Man dies after setting self on fire making meth under bridge
UPDATE: Police say the man, still unidentified, died of his injuries at a regional burn unit.

A man was taken to the hospital in critical condition after police say he accidentally set himself on fire while trying to make a methamphetamine-type substance underneath a bridge in Palm Springs.

Police Lieutenant Mike Kovaleff said authorities were called to the Ramon Road bridge, located between Landau Boulevard and Crossley Road, just after 3 p.m. Friday.

A Riverside County sheriff's deputy and another person in the area spotted the man fully engulfed in flames. They tried to extinguish the flames and emergency crews rushed the man to Desert Regional Medical Center.

Officials on scene told News Channel 3 and CBS Local 2 the man suffered second and third-degree burns to 70 percent of his body.

A Riverside County Hazardous Materials Team tested substances underneath the bridge. The preliminary investigation indicated the fire was accidental and was caused when a combination of chemical ignited while the man tried to make a form of methamphetamine, Lt. Kovaleff said.
us_CA  public  fire  death  meth_lab 
6 days ago
Fairfax County Updates Teacher Safety Training In Wake of Woodson Fire
Science teachers across Fairfax County Public Schools have begun mandatory updated safety training in the wake of an Oct. 30 fire at Woodson High School that injured five students and a teacher, and caused $7,500 in damage.

#The fire started in a sophomore chemistry class during an experiment that involved an open flame.

#Superintendent Dr. Karen Garza immediately banned all science experiments with open flames, but the ban is scheduled to be lifted once all teachers have completed their training. School system spokesperson John Torre said the updated training for high school teachers is expected to be finished by the end of November.

#Torre also said Fairfax County Public Schools is conducting its own internal review of the incident, as well as responding to inquiries from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and Fire Marshall. While those investigations continue, the school system will not release any more information on the incident.

#Shawna Lawhorne, a representative from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board, said her organization is not investigating the Woodson accident, but has “gathered facts about the incident to better understand the scope and severity of the problem.”

#One year before the Woodson incident, Oct. 30, 2014, the Safety Board released a safety bulletin titled “Key Lessons for Preventing Incidents from Flammable Chemicals in Educational Demonstrations.”

#Lawhorne said the bulletin brings together their findings from three accidents that occurred in 2014 where students were burned during experiments similar to the one that was taking place at Woodson.

#“We will continue to gather data on these kinds of incidents and aggressively advocate for adoption of the key lessons learned during our previous investigation into this hazard,” Lawhorne said in an email.
us_VA  laboratory  follow-up  environmental  flammables 
6 days ago
Underground ‘fire’ at landfill is a misnomer
The Bridgeton Landfill fire is not a fire — at least, not in the way you typically think of it.

Yes, in this case you have to forget what you likely remember from seventh-grade science class, says Russ Knocke, vice president of communications and public affairs for Republic Services in Phoenix, Ariz., which owns the landfill. He knows that when most people hear “fire,” they immediately think of the classic combustion triangle with its three sides of heat, fuel and oxygen. Put enough of those ingredients together, and you’ll get the smoke and flames you’ve seen in every blazing inferno that has ever led the 10 p.m. news.

If that recipe were producing the current situation in Bridgeton, Republic probably would be doing a happy dance, Knocke said. The company could pour water or spread foam or shut off the source of air to snuff it out, just as firefighters do to extinguish your run-of-the-mill house or trash fire.

But it can’t. Instead, deep below ground, a mountain of densely compacted waste dumped over 20 years is slowly decomposing, giving off heat as rotting waste does. But for reasons not understood, the decomposition here went out of control in some areas and began producing twice the amount of heat you’d find at a “normal” landfill. For nearly five years now, these abnormal levels of heat have continued to spread.

This migrating heat pocket is the “fire” you keep reading about in the headlines, but there’s no flame — and no oxygen to speak of down there to feed it, Knocke said. To science geeks, it’s known as an exothermic chemical reaction, but journalists and politicians don’t want to hit readers and constituents with incomprehensible terms so “fire” remains the word of choice. Either way, the conclusion is obvious: It takes far more than sticking a hose into the ground to put one of these babies out.
us_IL  industrial  fire  response  waste 
6 days ago
Cody Recreation Center reopens after chemical smell checked out
CODY, Wyo. -
The Cody Recreation Center reopened to the public Friday afternoon after a chemical smell forced the evacuation of the facility late Thursday..

Just after 4 PM Thursday, some patrons at the center experienced breathing difficulties after a chemical odor was detected n the pool areas.  

Staff members immediately evacuated the pool areas and alerted authorities.

Cody police, fire and ambulance crews responded to the facility, with fire crews working to ventilate the center throughout the night..

Recreation Center officials said a preliminary investigation determined there was a ventilation challenge within the mechanical room during a routine cleaning process.

The incident continues to be investigated, but officials said there were no suspicious circumstances.
us_WY  public  release  injury  unknown_chemical 
6 days ago
Small chemical spill temporarily closes MU building
University of Missouri Environmental Health and Safety personnel on Saturday morning temporarily evacuated MU’s chemistry building after a small chemical spill.

MU spokesman Christian Basi said researchers in the building were conducting an experiment when they spilled a small amount of phosphorous-32, a radioactive isotope.

“They immediately instituted safety protocol and contacted the Environmental Health and Safety office on campus,” Basi said.

The Environmental Health and Safety crew closed off the room and evacuated the building, Basi said. He was not sure how many people were in the building at the time but said fewer than four people were involved in the experiment that created the spill.

Within two hours, the spill had been cleaned up and the building was safe for people to re-enter, Basi said.
us_MO  laboratory  release  response  radiation 
6 days ago
Wharves evacuated after chemical fire
Twenty fire fighters attended the fire at Bledisloe Wharf at about 2.40pm.
The Bledisloe, Jellicoe, Fergusson and Freyberg wharves were closed off.
Ports of Auckland said a contract worker was responsible for the fire.
Spokesperson Matt Ball said the contract worker had been removing 35 cannisters of a pesticide from a wheat ship.
"The fumigant is then usually treated in a large container of water to remove any residue, and in this case there was more residue than normal and that the gas that was released caught fire, so it was a small fire on top of water which released some further gas."
Mr Ball said they would be investigating the incident.
One person was treated by ambulance staff for minor burns.
New_Zealand  transportation  fire  injury  pesticides 
6 days ago
KCSO: 4 children burned by unknown chemical in Oildale
KCSO deputies and medical aid arrived and located 4 children, ages 5-10, suffering from what appeared to be chemical burns. 

KCSO officials said one child was transported by ambulance to the hospital for treatment and is in good condition. The remaining children were treated on scene.

Kern County Environmental Health responded and neutralized the chemical.

"Through the investigation it was determined that the group of children had located the chemical bottle in a public place and were playing with it when they suffered the exposure," officials said. 

Officials added that it does not appear to be any criminal intent.
us_CA  public  release  injury  unknown_chemical 
6 days ago
Chemical Footprint Project Welcomes $2.1 trillion and more in support!
Clean Production Action (CPA) and the Investor Environmental Health Network (IEHN) are excited to announce a new transatlantic partnership with ChemSec – the International Chemical Secretariat based in Sweden. Together we are working with investors to drive demand for safer alternatives to toxic chemicals in products through the Chemical Footprint Project.

IEHN and ChemSec are the catalysts for 37 investors with $2.1 trillion in assets under management becoming Signatories to the Chemical Footprint Project. Investors from across the globe are now Signatories to the Chemical Footprint Project. Legal and General Investment Management recently joined BNP Paribas IP, Aviva Investors, WHEB Asset Management, Calvert Investments, and Australian Ethical Investment as Signatories to the Project.

The Chemical Footprint Project provides the first-ever common metric for benchmarking companies’ management and use of chemicals, including how they respond to the increasing market demand for safer products. By providing a common set of questions and evaluation criteria, the Chemical Footprint Project establishes a standardized system of measurement critical to facilitating meaningful comparisons. The results provide a barometer of how well companies manage chemical risks – identifying best in class performers– making it easier for investors to identify leading companies.  Like carbon footprinting, chemical footprinting can apply to any business sector. What does this mean for socially responsible investors? Simply put, more data = better investment decisions.
Sweden  public  discovery  environmental  toxics 
6 days ago
Two lab accidents resulted in a minor injury, traffic inconvenience
On Friday, Nov. 13 a Case Western Reserve University alert went out warning that vehicle traffic should avoid Adelbert Road, because the Cleveland Fire Department was responding to a chemical spill in Kent Hale Smith Building.
The alert was due to an unattended experiment gone awry in the Macromolecular and Engineering Department, which had caused a chemical explosion that led to a fume hood being damaged. The chemical explosion was thought to have released bromine gas because of the brown cloud in the room.
Within five minutes, a hazmat team was on scene to deal with this seemingly hazardous material, though they quickly discovered that they were not actually needed. What was originally thought to be bromine gas turned out to merely be a brown substance that had atomized upon explosion, turning into a brown cloud.
Initially four people were taken to the hospital that should not have entered the room but did anyway. These people were screened for any issues, given a precautionary shower and released.
“Had we known exactly what it was from the very beginning, hazmat wouldn’t have been called, and we could have been in there with sponges and paper towels cleaning up the mess,” said Marc Rubin, the senior director of Safety Services and chemical safety officer for CWRU.
us_OH  laboratory  explosion  injury  unknown_chemical 
7 days ago
Officers taken to hospital after hazmat situation
BOSTON (MyFoxBoston.com) -- Four officers were taken to Boston Medical Center Thursday due to a meth hazmat situation.

Police were called to Brookline Street early Thursday morning for the report of a man breaking into vehicles. Officers stopped a man and arrested him. When officers got back to the South End Station, police said they discovered an unknown substance on him. Fire crews tested the material and determined it was one of the ingredients used to make methamphetamine.

Officers were taken to the hospital out of precaution.
us_MA  public  release  response  unknown_chemical  meth_lab 
7 days ago
Paris attackers used 'mother of satan' explosives
The suicide bombers who blew themselves up during the Paris attacks on Friday used an explosive known as the "Mother of Satan" for its volatile nature, according to authorities.

Triacetone-Triperoxide, or TATP, is relatively easy to manufacture, using everyday materials that can be bought at a regular pharmacy. However, it is extremely difficult to handle as it easily blows during construction of bombs or suicide vests.

TATP was also used by so-called 'shoe-bomber' Richard Reid, and its use in suicide vests is not surprising, according to Kirk Dennis, a special agent and certified explosives specialist with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

What is unusual, however, is that each of the suicide vests blew up as intended, rather than killing the bomb maker before the vests could be distributed to the attackers, or accidentally detonating before reaching its intended target.
France  public  follow-up  environmental  explosives  suicide 
7 days ago
Officials add to Santa Clara Waste Water citations
Santa Clara Waste Water Co. has been cited with more violations in connection with chemicals found recently at the facility, Ventura County Environmental Health officials said.

The citations stem from a search warrant executed Nov. 5 at the company's facility at 815 Mission Rock Road near Santa Paula.

According to a warrant obtained by The Star, chemicals found at the site could cause "severe burns" and should be restricted to professional users with corrosive-resistant protective equipment.

Jeff Barry, a district attorney investigator, wrote in the search warrant that the chemicals found inside a metal storage container are caustic and "can create strong heat reactions" when mixed with incompatible acids. According to the affidavit, Santa Clara Waste Water officials have not submitted any new chemical inventory to the state Environmental Reporting System since April 22.

Rick Bandelin, hazardous materials manager for Ventura County Environmental Health, said Thursday he could not comment specifically about materials recently found at the facility, but said the violations are related to the ongoing investigation by the District Attorney's Office.

Bandelin said Santa Clara Waste Water does have clearance to use materials that are still on site, but also said the company had not reported chemicals found recently by district attorney investigators.

The citation handed to the company came a year after a Nov. 18, 2014, explosion at the plant caused a 1,000-gallon chemical spill and fire that seriously injured employees and firefighters.

Santa Clara, parent company Green Compass Environmental Solutions and nine administrators and employees were indicted by a grand jury on 71 counts of various criminal offenses related to that explosion. According to district attorney investigators, the explosion was caused by sodium chlorite, which is volatile when mixed with organic materials. Officials said the chemicals and waste were being mixed in a large vacuum truck.
us_CA  industrial  follow-up  injury  illegal 
7 days ago
Police responded to small lab explosion at Westerville Central
WESTERVILLE — Police responded to the report of a small explosion in a lab at Westerville Central High School.

Genoa Township police tell ABC 6 that the small explosion damaged property, the hood the students were working under in the lab.

Authorities tell ABC 6 that students were working on an experiment in a science lab classroom and there was a "chemical reaction" with a lot of smoke.

The scene was quickly contained.

ABC 6 reporter Mike Kilburn reports debris was across the room, and one of the Genoa Township police officers confirms it was an explosion.

Police tell ABC 6/FOX 28 that three students required minor on-site first aid.

Their parents were notified and they are back in class, according to Greg Viebranz.
us_OH  laboratory  explosion  injury  unknown_chemical 
9 days ago
2-alarm fire burns Woodland auto business
WOODLAND, Wash. – A two alarm fire at an automobile sales and repair business gutted the repair shop, and destroyed at least a dozen vehicles.

The fire at I & P Auto on Old Pacific Highway was called-in shortly after 3:30 a.m. About 50 firefighters from Woodland, Clark County Fire and Rescue and Vancouver kept the fire from spreading.

Solvents and other chemical solutions fed the fire and added to the challenge for fire crews, according to a battalion chief on scene, who added that no firefighters were hurt.

No damage amount was available Tuesday morning, as investigators tried to determine a cause for the blaze.
us_WA  public  fire  injury  other_chemical  solvent 
9 days ago
Blast & fire reported at chemical factory in China’s Liaoning province — RT News
An explosion has been reported at a chemical factory in Fushun, Liaoning province, in northeast China. The cause of the blast is under investigation, CCTV reported.
The explosion caused a fire at the site, the factory's website said, as cited by TASS news agency.

Firefighters quickly arrived at the scene and the situation is reportedly under control. 

No casualties have been reported.
China  industrial  explosion  response  unknown_chemical 
10 days ago
Hazmat crews cleaning chemical spill on Coquihalla Highway
The Interior Health Authority (IHA) has confirmed the sodium hydroxide that spilled yesterday when a tractor trailer crashed on the Coquihalla Highway around Larson Hill has leaked into the Coldwater River.

IHA spokesperson Michaela Swan told the Herald the IHA and Ministry of Environment have been monitoring the situation, and the initial findings are that the risk to human health from this spill is low.

The Coquihalla Highway was closed in both directions on Monday following the accident.

A lane closure is still in effect for northbound traffic as hazmat crews are still on scene today (Nov.17) cleaning up a spill of the chemical from the crash.

The incident occurred in the northbound lane, but the resulting debris ended up blocking the Coquihalla Highway southbound as well.

“The truck itself completely blocked the road. There was nowhere to go,” RCMP Cpl. Doug Hardy told the Herald.

He said the accident involved a single vehicle B-train style truck carry two bladders of the chemical, and resulted in minor injuries to the driver.
Canada  transportation  release  response  sodium_hydroxide 
10 days ago
Fracking chemicals led to Leetsdale warehouse fire, evacuations; 4 hurt
LEETSDALE, Pa. —A fire at the Leetsdale Industrial Park that reached three alarms and prompted a hazmat response and local evacuations Tuesday morning is now being reported as mostly under control.

"We were working with a chemical, an oxidizer, that had an adverse reaction," said plant manager Ed Michalowski. "We don't know the full details of it yet. We're still doing some investigation."

The fire just northwest of Pittsburgh was reported shortly after 10 a.m. Flames shot from the roof, and dark gray smoke could be seen for miles. The mobile unit from Allegheny County Emergency Services responded, along with a hazmat team.
us_PA  industrial  fire  response  other_chemical  oxidizer 
10 days ago
Gene drive reversibility introduces new layer of biosafety (w/video)
(Nanowerk News) In parallel with their development of the first synthetic gene drives — which greatly increase the chance a specific gene will be passed on to all offspring – George Church, Ph.D., and Kevin Esvelt, Ph.D., helped pioneer proactive biosafety measures to ensure that gene drives are investigated effectively and safely in confined laboratory experiments. They envision that synthetic gene drives designed using an RNA-guided gene editing system known as CRISPR-Cas9 — which works like a pair of molecular scissors to precisely cut or edit DNA — could one day be used outside of the lab to prevent transmission of deadly insect and animal-borne diseases and eradicate invasive species that threaten the ecosystem and agriculture.
Now, in a new study published in Nature Biotechnology on November 16, a team led by Church and Esvelt at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University and Harvard Medical School (HMS) demonstrates effective safeguarding mechanisms for working with gene drives and unveils a first-of-its-kind method for reversing the changes they spread.
"Any claim of reversibility of modern technology requires strong evidence," said Church, who is a Wyss Core Faculty member, the Robert Winthrop Professor of Genetics at HMS, and Professor of Health Sciences and Technology at Harvard and MIT. "This is a major step in that direction for the field of synthetic biology."
Alongside researchers on the Wyss Institute's Synthetic Biology platform, Church and Esvelt, who is a Wyss Technology Development Fellow, have led the gene drive research community in discussions about responsible laboratory conduct and proactive confinement guidelines for the safeguarding of gene drive research. Their latest study verifies the efficacy of safeguarding protocols developed by their team, such as increased and improved physical biocontainment barriers and the introduction of so-called "molecular confinement" mechanisms which use genetic engineering to block laboratory organisms from surviving and reproducing in the highly unlikely event they ever escaped into the ecosystem.
laboratory  discovery  environmental  other_chemical 
11 days ago
Toward Eliminating Poliovirus—in the Lab
In September, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) declared type 2 poliovirus eradicated. This long-awaited statement officially confirmed what polio researchers and global public health officials had known for more than a decade: one of the triumvirate of polioviruses was no longer a threat. The last case of type 2 poliovirus was diagnosed in Northern India in 1999.

The announcement also set in motion a critical component of the GPEI’s Poliovirus Eradication Endgame Strategic Plan. Among other things, public health officials are planning to stop using oral polio vaccine against type 2 poliovirus in April 2016. To reduce risk of accidental release, all laboratories that stock type 2 poliovirus—both the wild-type and vaccine virus—will need to destroy the virus soon after that date, or adopt stricter standards for handling it.

Containment of type 2 poliovirus, “really is a step forward to containment of type 1 and 3,” said Walter Dowdle, a consultant to the Task Force for Global Health and former deputy director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

This transition for handling laboratory stocks of type 2 poliovirus will likely be a dress rehearsal for eradication of all types of poliovirus—something that may occur before the decade is out. One cost of this progress, though, will likely be halting nearly all basic research into poliovirus as most academic researchers are unlikely to have the funding to upgrade their containment facilities.
India  laboratory  discovery  environmental  other_chemical 
11 days ago
Chemical barrel catches on fire at commercial building in Hampton
HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) — Firefighters in say a chemical barrel sparked on fire at a commercial building in Hampton Monday afternoon.

Fire crews were called out to the building in the 2400 block of Aluminum Avenue around 1 p.m. When firefighters arrived, they  found a small fire in a chemical barrel.

The fire was contained to the barrel and was extinguished with a dry chemical extinguisher. Due to the chemicals involved, the Hampton Division of Fire and Rescue Hazardous Materials Team was also called to the building. They declared the scene safe.
us_VA  industrial  fire  response  unknown_chemical 
11 days ago
Chemical spill, gas leaks reported after massive tornado levels Texas Halliburton plant — RT USA
Large tornados ripped through the Texas panhandle on Monday night, including one estimated to be a mile wide that reportedly leveled a Halliburton plant, causing chemical and gas leaks. Downed power lines were also reported.
us_TX  industrial  release  response  unknown_chemical 
11 days ago
CO2 Levels Approaching 400 PPM, Global Scientific Group Reports
Concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere continue to break records, with global average carbon dioxide concentrations reaching 397.7 parts per million in 2014, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) says.

The annual average carbon dioxide concentration worldwide is approaching 400 parts per million.

“We will soon be living with globally averaged CO2 levels above 400 ppm as a permanent reality,” says WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud.

Two other key greenhouse gases also set records in 2014. Methane levels were 1,833 parts per billion and concentrations of nitrous oxide reached 327 ppb, says WMO, the United Nations agency considered the world’s scientific authority on Earth’s atmosphere.
public  discovery  environmental  carbon_dioxide  methane 
12 days ago
Rock County rails free of crude oil, but not other hazardous materials
JANESVILLE—In the Janesville area, public safety officials estimate hundreds of businesses and farms store enough volatile or toxic chemicals to require them to register under state and local hazardous materials response plans.

At some point, nearly all of those chemicals arrive in one of two ways: along highways in semitrailer tank trucks or via railroad freight shipment in pill-shaped tank cars.

Railroad companies say that nationwide more than 99 percent of hazardous shipments make their destination without incident, which they say makes the industry the safest way to transport dangerous freight.

Still, about 1 percent of hazardous shipments don't arrive without a problem.
us_WI  transportation  discovery  environmental  toxics 
13 days ago
Crews working to contain large fuel spill in Birmingham
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Hazmat personnel are working to contain a large fuel spill Saturday evening in southwest Birmingham.

The accident happened near the 2300 block of Nabors Road.  The fuel truck was carrying a full load, about 8000 gallons according to fire officials, when it overturned.  There are 5 compartments in the tank, and fuel is leaking from the largest of the 5 compartments, which contains about 2500 gallons.  About 1000 gallons have already spilled, and crews have been able to keep the fuel from spilling into a nearby creek.

The driver of the truck was not seriously injured.  Fire officials say they will be on the scene throughout the evening cleaning up the spill.
us_AL  transportation  release  response  petroleum 
13 days ago
Some 3-D-Printed Parts May Leach Toxic Chemicals
The three-dimensional printing craze has attracted hobbyists and researchers alike, making it easy to fabricate stuff from footwear to molecular models. As the technology becomes cheaper and more popular, however, researchers are investigating potential hazards of these products to people and the environment. A new study shows that parts made by a common 3-D printing method are toxic to zebrafish, a model organism often used to predict toxicological effects on humans (Environ. Sci. Tech. Lett. 2015, DOI: 10.1021/acs.estlett.5b00249).
Last year, Shirin Mesbah Oskui, a graduate student at the University of California, Riverside, 3-D printed a small part for a research project involving zebrafish. When she exposed zebrafish to the part, the fish didn’t develop normal coloring, and within a week, most of them died.
To investigate, she and colleagues, including her research adviser, William H. Grover, designed experiments to expose zebrafish embryos to half-dollar-sized disks 3-D printed with two common methods: stereolithography and fused deposition modeling.
Zebrafish exposed to disks printed with stereolithography lacked normal coloring, showed abnormal swelling, and died within a week, similarly to Oskui’s initial observations. In contrast, fish exposed to disks printed with fused deposition modeling mostly developed and survived similarly to controls
public  discovery  environmental  unknown_chemical 
14 days ago
Fairfax County schools change open flame policy after fire
Fairfax County public schools suspended the use of open flames in science classrooms following a fire at Woodson High School that started with a chemistry demonstration and resulted in injuries to six people.

“The safety of our students and staff is always a top priority in all of our schools,” FCPS Superintendent Karen Garza said in a Nov. 2 email to parents of all students.

Garza directed that schools conduct a thorough review of science curriculum and of the guidance currently being given to science teachers to “ensure all concepts are taught in the safest possible manner and setting”. In addition, she required that all high school science teachers undergo science safety updates that they must complete by the end of the semester.

In the email, Garza also said that families of all the students injured in the Woodson fire reported that their children are in “good spirits.”

These announcements come after a fire that ignited around 9:30 a.m. on Oct. 30 at Woodson in Fairfax, Va., and injured five students and one teacher.

Two of the students had serious injuries and were immediately transported to the MedStar Washington Hospital burn center in Washington, D.C. Their injuries were not life-threatening, according to Fire Chief Richard Bowers, who responded to the emergency with the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department. One of the students has since been released from the hospital.

The other three students were taken to a hospital near Woodson after suffering burns from exposure to fire products. They all returned to school when it resumed Nov. 4.

The injured teacher was treated on-site at the time of the incident.

Woodson principal Scott Poole and FCPS communication and community relations public information officer John Torre declined to comment on the specific nature of the incident, because the Fire and Rescue Department’s investigation is ongoing with no concrete timeline yet set for completion.

However, according to a report by NBC4, the fire could have been started by a demonstration called “the rainbow experiment”, which illustrates how different mineral salts produce flames of different colors when mixed with methanol, a highly flammable chemical.
us_VA  laboratory  follow-up  injury  flammables  methanol 
14 days ago
Case Western Reserve University building evacuated due to chemical spill
CLEVELAND - Case Western Reserve University evacuated the Kent Hale Smith building on Friday due to a chemical spill.

The building on Adelbert Road was evacuated around 4:19 p.m. 

HAZMAT has been called to the scene. Cleveland Fire and Cleveland police are already at the scene. 

Case Western said one chemistry lab is not accessible. 

No injuries have been reported. Students have been allowed back into the building. 
us_OH  laboratory  release  response  unknown_chemical 
14 days ago
IIT Student Injured as Beaker with Nitric Acid Explodes in Laboratory
CHENNAI:A student of the Indian Institute of Technology - Madras was severely injured as a beaker containing Nitric Acid exploded in the micro electronics lab on Thursday afternoon.

Though the student was wearing safety apparel, the intensity of the explosion was so heavy that the broken glass pieces penetrated the apron requiring her to be operated immediately.

Shelly Agarwal, a post graduate Electrical Engineering student from Odisha was cleaning silicon wafers using concentrated Nitric Acid at the Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) lab as a part of her micro pumps fabrication project.

During this cleaning procedure, she met with the accident and lab assistants, other students working in neighbouring rooms in the same lab rushed to her rescue within seconds. “We entered the room hearing a loud noise and realised that it was an explosion. But, we were surprised that she was standing without shouting, calling out for help,” Noyal, another student, who first rushed to the accident spot, told Express. The assistants and students cleared the place with 50 to 60 litres of water and rushed Shelly to the Institute hospital where first aid was given without any delay, he added. From there, she was taken to a leading private hospital and operated upon to remove the broken glass pieces which had pierced into her body at multiple spots between neck and hip besides causing cuts in the abdomen. According to Shelly’s friends, the shutter of the fume pot used to store the chemicals was half closed, resulting in the damage to her. Her parents were informed about the accident by the IIT management and they reached Chennai on Friday. Her friends who were with the parents at the hospital last night said doctors informed that Shelly was stable and recovering now.
India  laboratory  explosion  injury  nitric_acid 
14 days ago
Carson City chemical fire forces precautionary evacuations
A chemical fire Friday in north Carson City forced emergency personnel to evacuate residential areas within a 1.5 mile radius

Carson City Sheriff Ken Furlong said the blaze began around 9:30 a.m. at PSS Structurals on Lockheed Way.

"That fire was deemed to be a chemical fire due to acids inside that were burning,” he said. “The fire department did order evacuations to the area and cautionary messages went out on our alert system to the surrounding area of up to 1.5 miles.”

Furlong said the residential evacuations around the zone were precautionary to ensure residents did not inhale any of the chemicals used for refining metal parts. The zone was lifted around 1:45 p.m. and residents were permitted to return.

No injuries were reported and firefighters from Tahoe-Douglas, Douglas-Carson, Reno, Story and Lyon departments all pitched in, Furlong said.
us_NV  industrial  fire  response  acids  metals 
14 days ago
Hazmat teams investigate Manchester propane leak
Vermont hazmat teams are taking a closer look at that big propane leak in Manchester.

A cloud of propane wafted up from the intersection of Depot Street and Taconic Business Park Road Thursday.

Manchester's fire chief says the leak was caused by human error. A driver of a Suburban propane truck may have left the valve open, so when a second truck driver came to fill up, he noticed a leak. The second driver shut the valve off, but suffered bad burns on his arms and legs. Authorities say he was transported to Burlington's burn unit.

"I hope the guy is going to be OK from the injuries that he sustained from trying to shut the valve off," said Chris Towslee of the Manchester fire department.

Manchester fire officials say as bad as the situation was, they were lucky because if the weather had been warmer or less windy, they may have had to evacuate the town. They also say they are lucky there was no fire nearby to ignite the fuels.
us_VT  transportation  release  injury  propane 
14 days ago
Hazmat investigating chemical spill at St. Johns County Jail
St. Johns County hazmat team is investigating a situation in the jail kitchen after a chemical spill Thursday evening.

The St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office said several inmates who work in the jail were cleaning up after dinner and spilled a chemical that mixed with another chemical.

Deputies said about nine people inhaled the fumes, and hazmat is examining the inmates and ventilating that area.

The inmates are supervised by a company that’s contracted.

No one was transported to the hospital.
us_FL  industrial  release  injury  unknown_chemical 
15 days ago
Otago, South Island, New Zealand & International News
A specialist hazardous materials unit was called to deal with a mercury spill on a rural property near Alexandra last night.

Southern fire communications centre shift manager Tim Reynolds said nobody was injured, although one person underwent a medical check as a precaution.

No-one was evacuated from the Waldron Rd property where the spill occurred or from surrounding properties.

''It's been contained and there's no risk to the general public,'' Mr Reynolds said.

He had no idea why mercury would be at the property.
New_Zealand  public  release  response  mercury 
15 days ago
Fires at plastic, chemical units
KOLKATA: Panic gripped Beliaghata as a major fire broke out in a plastic factory opposite the sales tax office on Thursday evening. It took 20 fire engines over two hours to bring the fire under control. No lives were lost but the factory was gutted. The building housed a factory that made products of fibre glass and plastic. A lot of related chemicals too were stored there.

Another section of the building was used to manufacture shutters. A firefighter was reportedly injured. At another part of town, a chemical factory near Joka tram depot caught fire. Late into the night, the firefighting was still on. .
India  industrial  fire  injury  unknown_chemical 
15 days ago
Fire in laboratory oven forces evacuation of Morrill 4 Science Building
AMHERST — A fire in a microbiology laboratory at the Morrill 4 North Science Building at 639 North Pleasant St. forced the evacuation of students and professors from the building and a response by the Amherst Fire Department Thursday afternoon.

There were no injuries as a result of the incident.

University of Massachusetts spokesman Larry Rivais said the fire began in an oven in Room 114, a laboratory on the first floor, at 3:15 p.m. and was put out by firefighters about 15 minutes later.

“The fire was contained to the oven, but there was a lot of smoke,” Rivais said.

Assistant Fire Chief Lindsay Stromgren said an experiment caught on fire inside the laboratory-grade oven. After the people conducting the experiment were unsuccessful in using a fire extinguisher to put out the blaze, they pulled the alarm, prompting the response in which firefighters were assisted by UMass Police and UMass Environmental Health and Safety officials.

Firefighters were able to get the fire under control, after it briefly burned outside the oven, by using a fire extinguisher.

“The oven itself is destroyed, and there was pretty significant smoke and soot damage,” Stromgren said.

Stromgren said soil samples were being cooked in the oven, but it was uncertain why the fire occurred because soil does not burn.
us_MA  laboratory  fire  response  fire_extinguisher 
15 days ago
Minor chemical spill keeps students out of Franklin Regional Middle School
MURRYSVILLE, Pa. —Students at Franklin Regional Middle School were temporarily moved to the high school Thursday morning.
According to a statement on the school district’s website, the students were moved because of a problem with a mechanical system in the middle school building.

The mechanical issue led to a small amount of chlorine spilling.  A spokeswoman says students were being kept out of the building Thursday out of an abundance of caution.
us_PA  education  release  response  chlorine 
15 days ago
Explosion at Excel TSD facility sends 2 to hospital
Two workers at a Southwest Memphis industrial facility are recovering after they were injured in a chemical explosion Thursday morning.

The Memphis Fire Department responded to the call at 8:53 a.m. at the Excel TSD facility at 552 Rivergate.

Lt. Wayne Cooke, spokesman for the fire department, said the employees were off-loading sodium hydroxide from a tanker to a portable vat. He said the vat employees thought was empty contained sulfuric acid and when it reacted with the hydroxide it caused smoke and an explosion.

"When we arrived there was no smoke and no fire," Cooke said.

The two men, the tanker driver and his passenger, were taken to the Regional Medical Center. One was in stable condition and the other was in critical condition.

Excel TSD is a commercial hazardous waste storage, treatment and disposal facility, according to the company's website. It has been at the site on Rivergate since 2003.
us_TN  industrial  explosion  injury  sodium_hydroxide  sulfuric_acid  waste 
15 days ago
This chemistry fire demonstration has repeatedly burned students
When a fire broke out in a Fairfax County high school chemistry laboratory two weeks ago, it was the latest in a string of incidents in which well-intentioned instructional demonstrations — meant to captivate students while teaching them important chemistry lessons — went out of control, injuring students.

The fire at W.T. Woodson High School burned two students seriously, sent three others to the hospital and lit the teacher’s shirt on fire. The accident raised questions about the risks of certain kinds of chemistry demonstrations, particularly those that involve igniting flammable liquids in close proximity to observers.

According to students who said they were in the class at Woodson, the teacher poured flammable liquid onto a desk and lit it with a Bunsen burner, passing metals through the flame to show how it altered the flame’s color. When the flame appeared to die down, the students said, the teacher poured on more of the liquid, causing a sudden “splash of fire” that burned students nearby.
us_DC  laboratory  follow-up  injury  flammables  metals 
16 days ago
Fire departments handling anhydrous ammonia calls
Firefighters in Springfield and surrounding communities have been responding to anhydrous ammonia leaks over the past few days as area farmers get their fields ready for next year's crops.
Springfield firefighters responded to an ammonia leak west of town Tuesday, and Chatham firefighters were called out to a leak south of their community over the weekend.
Scott Weitekamp, leader of the Springfield Fire Department's hazardous materials team, said the department has handled about 10 anhydrous-related calls this year, which isn't unusual. He added that none of the recent calls has been serious enough to call out the department's entire hazmat team. Instead, they've been handled by engine companies that typically include a member of the team.
"Ninety percent of the time, it's just a loose valve or a valve that wasn't closed all the way," Weitekamp said.
Jim Birge, manager of the Sangamon County Farm Bureau office, said anhydrous ammonia is a product farmers use to put nitrogen into the soil. It is added when the weather gets colder, which ensures that it doesn't turn into a gas and leave the soil.
us_IL  industrial  release  response  ammonia  nitrogen 
16 days ago
Chlorine gas leak contained at Parkville water plant
PARKVILLE, Mo. —Hazardous materials say an incident in downtown Parkville is over.

Investigators said there was a chlorine gas leak at the Parkville water treatment plant and they were concerned high wind in the area might fan the fumes.

"They opened up the door to check on it, and apparently they could hear some hissing, and smelled chlorine," said Dean Cull of the South Platte Fire District. "So they shut the door and called us." 

The incident was related to Wednesday's weather and power outages, Parkville firefighters said. They said there are tanks of chlorine in a room at the facility. When the power goes off, caps on the tanks tighten to try to prevent a leak. When the power came back on, the caps loosened like they're supposed to.
us_MO  public  release  response  chlorine  water_treatment 
16 days ago
Hoosick Falls worried chemical may be in drinking water
HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. (NEWS10) – People packed a village meeting in Hoosick Falls Tuesday night after receiving a notice their water might be contaminated.

Manufacturing plant Saint Gobain announced on Tuesday that water samples near its site tested positive for a chemical called PFOA. It is unknown how widespread the contamination is, but people living in the village are worried their well water is also contaminated.

“It’s very concerning,” Kevin Allard said.

Allard doesn’t want tap water to become a luxury, but he isn’t sure if his well water is completely safe.

While PFOA isn’t regulated, some studies have linked it to serious health concerns.

“If that plume goes outside the village limits, I mean how far is that?” Allard wondered.

The American Cancer Society reports that too much exposure to PFOA is linked to thyroid disease, testicular cancer and other serious health risks.

“There’s a fairly robust body of literature out here that addresses various health effects,” attorney David Engel said.

But other agencies said more research and evidence is needed.

“We’re caught in a Catch 22, if you will, because this is a non-regulated contaminant,” Hoosick Falls Mayor David Borge said. “There are no rules.”

Due to the findings, Saint Gobain said they will pay an estimated $2 million for a water filtration system in the village and provide bottled water to people who are worried about contamination.
us_NY  industrial  release  environmental  other_chemical 
17 days ago
Chemicals did not help disperse BP’s oil spill, hurt oil-degrading micro-organisms – study — RT USA
Chemical dispersants applied from a plane onto the Gulf of Mexico spill removed oil from the water’s surface but did not help fully degrade it, a new study claims. Scientists also found the dispersants hurt useful bacteria that were helping the clean-up.
After the spill from the Deepwater Horizon rig in 2010, which led to 172 million gallons (650 million liters) of oil flowing into the Gulf, the chemical agent Corexit 9500 was sprayed from the air onto the slick. It was used in efforts to degrade the spill and assist maritime bacteria to remove the oil faster.

At a surface level, the maritime area affected by the spill seemed to become cleaner, but the bacteria and chemicals themselves were not properly monitored, according to University of Georgia marine scientist Samantha Joye.

To analyze the efficiency of the chemicals, Joye’s team modelled the process in a lab, where samples of the dispersant, BP oil, and sea water from the Gulf of Mexico were used. The chemicals did not help the bacteria remove the oil, and even hurt one oil-eating bug critically important to dissolving the spill, according to the study, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 

“The dispersants did a great job in that they got the oil off the surface,” Joye commented in her article, as quoted by The Telegraph. “What you see is the dispersants didn't ramp up biodegradation.”
us_GA  public  discovery  environmental  cleaners  oils 
17 days ago
That's Not Snow: Crews work to clean up chemical spill
NEW HOLLAND, Pa. —Crews are working to clean up a chemical spill in Lancaster County.

Crews are working to clean up a chemical spill in Lancaster County. It happened along the 200 block of Jalyn Drive in New Holland on Tuesday morning. The PVC, a chemical powder which resembles snow, overflowed out of a silo and dusted the surrounding area - including a parking lot filled with cars. 

It happened along the 200 block of Jalyn Drive in New Holland on Tuesday morning.

The chemical, polymer of vinyl chloride or PVC, is a type of shredded plastic used for fencing. The PVC, a powder which resembles snow, overflowed out of a silo and dusted the surrounding area - including a parking lot filled with cars. 
us_PA  public  release  response  dust  plastics 
17 days ago
Firefighters at Newcastle University after chemical spill at Bacterial Biology building
A clean-up operation following a chemical spillage at a university building is now complete.

The alarm was raised at Newcastle University after an unknown substance was spilled at one of its medical science buildings.

Police were informed of the incident, at the Baddiley-Clark Building, at the Centre for Bacterial Biology, on Richardson Road, Newcastle, at around 5.45pm today.

The Baddiley-Clark building is next to the university’s medical school and the Richardson Road student accommodation which is home to 942 students.

There were five fire engines and two special appliances from Tyne and Wear Fire Service at the building as firefighters safely cleaned up the spill.

Police officers were also on the scene to assist and the spillage was cleared by around 8pm.

A Newcastle University spokesman said: “There was a minor chemical spillage in a University research building. The fire services attended and the clean-up exercise has now been completed.”
United_Kingdom  laboratory  release  response  unknown_chemical 
17 days ago
Fire in WSU Tri-Cities Lab Building Causes Evacuations
RICHLAND, WA - Several students and staff had to be evacuated Monday at WSU Tri-Cities after a small explosion and fire.

It happened just before two in the afternoon inside the Bioproducts, Sciences and Engineering Laboratory.

The school says there was a minor fire after a cylinder of compressed gas exploded unexpectedly.

The Director of Marketing and Communications at the school says the building's sprinkler system put the fire out and no one got hurt.

Students were evacuated from the east and west buildings but were allowed back in shortly after.  Firefighters say they're now looking into what happened.

Richland Fire Department Chief Tom Huntington said, "the sprinkler system activated, alarm system activated everybody was able to get out safe. Our initial response and activity were here was to make sure the buildings were clear and everybody was out. Right now what they're working on then is to make sure there is no secondary spills chemical spills things like that associated with the explosion make sure the building is secure then we will start the investigation and figure out what happened."

Staff at the school says the BSEL labs are now canceled until further notice, and students should log on to Blackboard to check if lectures have been moved to a new location.
us_WA  laboratory  explosion  response  gas_cylinders 
18 days ago
Persistent fire investigated at battery recycling plant
The state Department of Environmental Protection is investigating a stubborn, smoky fire at Inmetco, a lithium battery recycling facility in Ellwood City, that began Sunday morning and was still burning in small, isolated spots Monday.

Melanie Williams, a DEP spokeswoman, said a member of the DEP emergency response team responded to the scene Sunday after reports of multiple lithium barrels on fire and explosions, and the department is continuing to assess the environmental impacts of the fire.

Ellwood City Fire Chief Rick Myers said the fire, which attracted 17 fire companies from three counties, destroyed the company’s warehouse where large lithium batteries and a variety of other materials and maintenance equipment were stored. The fire companies were hampered in putting out the blazing batteries because lithium reacts violently with water.

“We used water on the warehouse but had to let the lithium burn itself out,” Chief Myers said Monday afternoon. There were still active fires Monday morning in the lithium because water can’t put it out, he said.

Four firefighters were treated for minor skin irritations, possibly related to the lithium coming into contact with the water from fire hoses, he said. Lithium is flammable, reacts with water, and can produce toxic smoke and corrosive fumes of lithium hydroxide. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recommends a dry chemical fire suppressant for putting out lithium fires.
us_PA  industrial  fire  injury  lithium 
18 days ago
Dozens of students taken to hospital after chemical scare at Bos
At least 25 students were taken to the hospital following a hazardous materials incident at Boston Arts Academy on Monday. 

Emergency crews responded to the scene around 10 a.m. 

Acid fumes sickened students, who walked out of the school to ambulances, which took them to the hospital. 

The students who were taken to the hospital were done so for further evaluation as a precaution. At least 25 students, mostly from the one classroom, went to the hospital.

Firefighters said students were exposed to hydrochloric acid in a second-floor classroom. Something went wrong with the equipment that was used to handle the acid. 

According to Boston Fire, students returned to their classes after hazardous materials crews checked atmosphere levels in the classrooms and found all meters to be within normal limits. 
us_MA  laboratory  release  injury  hydrochloric_acid 
18 days ago
Chemical fire causes minor damage at Veeco plant in Franklin
FRANKLIN — Township firefighters extinguished a chemical fire in a room at the technology company Veeco on Sunday afternoon.

At 2:31 p.m., police were notified by Somerset County Communications of a fire alarm at Veeco, located on Elizabeth Avenue in the Somerset Section of the township, police said.

Employees told authorities they were servicing a piece of equipment that fed Triethylgallium — a pressurized gas that is stored in small portable containers — into another instrument, police said.

When the employees pressurized the system, the chemical ignited, police said.

Firefighters entered the facility and extinguished the fire by turning off the gas, police said. There was minimal damage that was isolated to one room of the facility, police said.
us_NJ  industrial  fire  response  other_chemical 
18 days ago
New Probes By Chemical Safety Board On Hold
Through the end of 2015, the Chemical Safety & Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) will focus on completing six delayed accident investigation reports, allowing for a reboot of the troubled agency, says Chair Vanessa Allen Sutherland. A better-managed and a more open, public, and transparent board will result, she says.
The changes, Sutherland says, will help the board overcome fundamental problems and will ease pressure from CSB’s critics—particularly members of Congress.
By the end of 2015, Sutherland says, she will overhaul board management and, in the meantime, will halt new investigations. If carried out, her plan means that 10 months will have passed since the board initiated its last investigation—of an accident in February at an ExxonMobil refinery in Torrance, Calif. Pushing CSB to conduct that accident probe were two California Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Sutherland tells C&EN that CSB, with 40 employees, lacks the resources to launch new probes. “If we deploy to new accidents, we have to pull multiple people off multiple investigations, stalling progress on unfinished reports,” she says. “Instead, we are on an aggressive timeline to complete ongoing investigations.”
public  follow-up  environmental  petroleum 
19 days ago
Lessons Learned Database
Discussion: An operational emergency was declared on February 14, 2015 due to the detection of elevated chlorine levels in the clean room located at the Center For Functional Nanomaterials (CFN), building 735. The CFN facility uses two reactive ion etchers (RIE) for the chemical etching for silicon substrates. The Oxford C RIE (Oxford C) uses toxic gases including chlorine, boron trichloride, and hydrogen chloride. The Oxford F RIE (Oxford F) uses non-toxic gases such as sulfur hexafluoride as its reactants for their chemical etching. Design of the facility has interlocks for the etcher that use toxic gases, the Oxford C, and for the toxic gas supply lines to prevent release of the toxic gas in the event of a system malfunction. Systems that use non-toxic gases do not have interlocks (Oxford F). Due to extreme cold temperatures on the night of February 14th, the building experienced a ventilation system failure affecting the ventilation in the Clean Room resulting in the interlocking of the toxic gas supplies and an associated reactive ion etcher. During the afternoon of the 14th, the reactive ion etcher that does not use toxic gas, the Oxford F, was operated by a user and resulted in the detection of chlorine. However, because both of the etcher exhaust systems are connected, the decomposed sulfur hexafluoride caused the chlorine detector installed in the laboratory to alarm.

The Oxford F used sulfur hexafluoride (SF6) and oxygen as reactive gases during the event. SF6 is inert during normal uses, however, in use under high temperature plasma conditions, gaseous waste by-products are produced. The gaseous waste by-products include diatomic fluorine, sulfur dioxide, sulfur, and oxygen, among others. During the event, a chlorine gas detector alarmed in the Clean Room where the Oxford F is housed and a chlorine gas evacuation alarm activated for the building, but no evidence of a chlorine gas release was detected with Fire/Rescue portable gas monitors.

Cross-sensitivity information obtained from the manufacturer of the gas detectors revealed the chlorine gas detector that monitors the exhaust system is susceptible to cross-sensitivity from fluorine, providing a false positive detection of chlorine. As noted above, the gaseous waste by-products for using SF6 under high plasma temperatures include diatomic fluorine. This information assisted the assigned investigation team to determine the chlorine gas detection was in fact fluorine gas.
us_NY  industrial  discovery  response  fluorine  sulfur_dioxide 
19 days ago
Worker Burn to Hand from Hot Paraffin Wax
Discussion: A drillers helper prepared to seal a Shelby tube with wax. He put a block of paraffin wax in a container and placed it on a hotplate to liquefy. He stood the sample tube (~3" diameter x 2" tall) on the pavement in a level area. Once the wax had melted he attempted to pour it into the Shelby tube. The container being used to pour the wax came in contact with the Shelby tube causing it to tip over. The worker reached to stabilize the Shelby tube and hot wax splashed onto his left hand and wrist. The gloves the worker was wearing (flex/grip type) did not prevent the hot wax from causing second degree burns to his hand and wrist.

Analysis: The hazards associated with sealing of Shelby tubes with hot liquefied paraffin wax was not analyzed prior to task being performed. 1.) The Shelby tube was not secured to prevent it from falling over. 2.) The hotplate lacked temperature control resulting in the wax temperature exceeding that which is required. 3.) The container lacked a pour spout to minimize splashing and spilling. 4.) Heat resistant gloves were not required for the task.
us_TN  laboratory  release  injury  other_chemical 
19 days ago
Microbiology lab fire in India
Kolkata, Nov 1 (PTI) Fire broke out in a laboratory on the third floor of the Bose Institute at Raja Bazar in the eastern part of the city this morning.

According to officials at the Fire Department, the fire broke out at the Microbiology laboratory of the Institute on Acharya Prafulla Chandra Road in the Manicktala police station area at around 11.20 AM today from the AC duct.

Three fire-tenders after an hour-long effort managed to douse the flames which destroyed the laboratory completely, they said.
India  laboratory  fire  response  unknown_chemical 
19 days ago
Chemical fire ignites in Franklin Township
FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP - Firefighters in Franklin Township responded to a chemical fire Sunday.
The fire was reported around 3 p.m. Sunday at the Veeco plant on Elizabeth Avenue, according to officials.
Fire crews on the scene said that a machine used to make LED lights was burning.
us_NJ  industrial  fire  response  unknown_chemical 
19 days ago
Fire at Ellwood City recycling plant rekindles; four...
ELLWOOD CITY, Pa. — Several fire companies were called to an industrial fire Sunday morning in Lawrence County that sent thick smoke billowing into the sky.

The fire was reported shortly before 9 a.m. at the International Metals Reclamation Company, Inc., a recycling plant in Ellwood City.

Fire officials said the fire was brought under control outside of the building as of about 10:40 a.m., but continued to burn inside for several more hours. It was later contained but rekindled around 8:30 p.m. Fire crews were able to put it out once again.

Smoke could be seen in the sky above the INMETCO plant from miles away Sunday morning.

Officials said the fire started in an area of the plant where there was lithium, liquid cadmium and lead acid. The building was destroyed.

A Lawrence County emergency medical services official said there is no public health hazard and evacuations are not needed. However, nearby residents are advised to stay indoors and keep their windows and doors closed until the smoke clears.
us_PA  industrial  fire  response  metals  waste 
19 days ago
Malaysia General Business Sports and Lifestyle News
SEREMBAN: A chemical leak at the NHK Manufacturing factory has forced 90 workers to evacuate the building for about three hours today.

The Fire and Rescue Department called for the evacuation as a precaution due to the potential exposure associated with the 2,000 litres hydrogen peroxide release.

No injuries were reported.

Rescue operation deputy director Ahmad Mukhlis Mukhtar said the department received an emergency call at 11.05am and two fire engines including a hazmat team were dispatched to the scene.

“The leak was from a chemical storage tank. The hazmat team was tasked to transfer the chemical to other containers from the original tank.

“We will hand over the factory to the owner after the operation,” he said when met at the site.
Malaysia  industrial  release  response  hydrogen_peroxide 
19 days ago
Hazmat News: Washington Firefighters Rescue Family Sickened by Carbon Monoxide
A family of six is recovering from carbon monoxide poisoning Saturday morning after a car was left running in the garage, reports komonews.com (http://bit.ly/1QlzkV6)
Fire crews arrived at NE Eagle Way around 7:30 a.m. to find one family member sick, and others losing consciousness.
The family was moved to the porch while a hazmat team aided firefighters in searching the home.
Firefighters found a van in the garage with an empty gas tank, and discovered it had been left on overnight by accident.
The family was taken to Swedish Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The three firefighters who discovered the van were taken to Overlake Hospital to be checked out.
It's lucky that the van ran out of gas, firefighters said, as the incident could have been much worse. They also said the home did not have a carbon monoxide detector.
us_WA  public  release  injury  carbon_monoxide 
19 days ago
Tanker spills hydrochloric acid at Dengkil rest area
SEPANG, Nov 7 — A tanker loaded with 15,000 litres of hydrochloric acid sprang a leak and caused a spill at the Dengkil south-bound rest and service (RSA) of the ELITE Expressway today.

A Fire and Rescue Department spokesman said in the incident at 7.30am, the lorry driver was informed by the public about the spill at the Dengkil RSA.

Ten members of the Hazardous Materials (HAZMAT) Unit from Shah Alam fire station and five firemen from Puchong fire station rushed to the scene.

“Inspection of the lorry found a leak at the top of the tank. However, it was of small quantity. The HAZMAT team let the lorry cool down before patching the tank.

“The acid was then transferred to another lorry. Water was sprayed to neutralise the acid spill,” he said when contacted.

Hydrochloric acid is a highly corrosive strong mineral acid with many industrial uses. — Bernama
Malaysia  transportation  release  response  hydrochloric_acid 
20 days ago
Food workers protest conditions after being told to work through chemical spill — RT USA
Immigrants working for one of the largest producers of fresh cut vegetables in California are rallying for safer conditions at work. This comes less than a month after they say their employer failed to properly evacuate workers during a chemical spill.
The mostly-immigrant workers at Taylor Farms Pacific in Tracy, California protested what they see as health hazards at work by holding up signs reading “DANGER: Taylor Farms” and “Taylor Farms: Respect Workers’ Safety,” ThinkProgress reported. They are demanding worker safety measures such as company-paid medical attention and chemical detection systems.
us_CA  industrial  follow-up  injury  unknown_chemical 
21 days ago
Settlements Ensure that Three Companies Comply with Public Right-to-Know Rules
BOSTON – Two Massachusetts companies, and one company in Connecticut will pay penalties and take actions to ensure they are following federal reporting requirements for use of hazardous chemicals. These enforcement actions by the US Environmental Protection Agency will help ensure that the public is aware of the potential for chemical releases in their communities. The companies involved in these settlements are KT Acquisition, Worcester, Mass., Suddekor, East Longmeadow, Mass.; and Laticrete, Bethany, Conn.
Suddekor LLC of East Longmeadow, Mass. will pay a penalty of $42,569 to settle EPA allegations that it failed three years in a row to report its use of a nitrate compound, as required by the federal Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-know Act (EPCRA). EPA alleged that Suddekor failed to file the federal Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) Forms for a water dissociable nitrate compound in 2011, 2012 and 2013. Once alerted to the problem, the company recognized the omissions and has taken steps to provide the required reports.
KT Acquisition of Worcester, Mass. will pay a penalty of $10,584 to settle EPA allegations that it failed to submit TRI information in a timely fashion for reporting year 2012, for several chemicals, including nickel, cobalt and chromium. The company filed the required information more than 200 days late.
Laticrete International, Inc. of Bethany, Conn. will pay a civil penalty of $21,078 and will complete a $20,000 “supplemental environmental project” (SEP) for the Town of Bethany Fire Department, to resolve EPA allegations that the company violated EPCRA by failing to complete and submit Forms for several chemicals as required under TRI. The chemicals including ethylene glycol and lithium carbonate processed at the company’s Bethany facility in 2011 and 2013. Laticrete will also certify that it is currently operating in compliance with Section 313 of EPCRA and associated regulations. Under terms of the settlement, Laticrete will purchase and donate emergency response equipment to the Bethany Fire Company, including computers that will allow for field access of chemical and emergency response information, monitoring equipment to perform field readings and monitoring of conditions during hazardous materials incidents, and for personal protection of emergency responders who might encounter hazardous chemicals in the field.
us_MA  public  follow-up  environmental  antifreeze  ethylene_glycol 
21 days ago
Chemical Spill Leads to Employee Evacuation at Roselle Business
ROSELLE, NJ - Roselle Fire and Union County Hazmat units were called out early Friday morning to the Pamarco Company at 224 11th Ave. in the industrial section of Roselle. 

The building was evacuated and units arriving at the scene found an 1,800-gallon tank of acidic solvent leaking in the factory had also spread outside to the road and storm drains. 

No injuries were reported. Union County Hazmat and DEP were still on scene cleaning up the spill into the afternoon. 
us_NJ  industrial  release  response  solvent 
21 days ago
Listowel home overrun by cats
Dangerous levels of ammonia gas forced officials to don hazardous materials suits and masks to remove more than two dozen cats from a home in Listowel on Thursday.

“The ammonia levels in the room where the cats were housed were some of the highest ever experienced by the OSPCA,” Jack Kinch, executive director of the Stratford-Perth and the Kitchener-Waterloo Humane Societies said on Friday afternoon.

“I didn't see the rooms myself, but I heard they were quite something.”

Cat urine contains high concentrations of ammonia which becomes stronger the longer it sits. Exposure can cause irritation to the lungs and throat, and can even attack cells in the brain.

The cats were discovered by Perth County OPP while executing a public safety warrant at the Elma St. West residence on Wednesday. Numerous firearms were found and seized, but officers were unable to enter certain parts of the home due to the strong ammonia odour.
Canada  public  discovery  response  ammonia 
21 days ago
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