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13-car train derailment prompts hazmat precautions in west Eugene
Thirteen railcars, one of them containing a hazardous, flammable liquid, derailed on a Union Pacific train Sunday, prompting a partial evacuation, detouring traffic well into the night and stalling Amtrak train passengers.

Eugene police and Eugene Springfield Fire personnel were called about 5 p.m. to the Union Pacific tracks behind Zip-O Log Mills on North Garfield Street near its intersection with Roosevelt Boulevard in west Eugene.

They found a black tanker car on its side, with 10 empty centerbeam rail cars behind them, tilted at crazy angles to the left and to the right. One empty grain car and one full grain car also derailed.
us_OR  transportation  release  response  flammables 
56 minutes ago
New Takata Airbag Danger: Transportation of the Removed Components
Last month, 67-year-old Lucila Robles was killed in Quemado, Texas when a tractor trailer failed to negotiate a curve and crashed near the dead woman’s home and exploded. The explosion caused the truck to become engulfed in flames, which spread to the home and also to a passing vehicle. Four other victims were also injured in the crash. The truck driver and a passenger managed to escape from the truck before the explosion occurred.

According to police reports, the explosion was so large, that it caused damage to almost a dozen homes in the area, including dislodging doors from hinges and breaking windows. Rubble from the blast, as well as parts of the truck, were found nearly a mile away from the accident site.

What makes this truck crash even more unsettling is what the driver was hauling – a load of used Takata airbag components. The same material which is involved in the massive airbag recall. The airbag components which were being transported in the truck contained ammonium nitrate, an extremely volatile chemical compound.
us_TX  transportation  follow-up  death  ammonium_nitrate  waste 
1 hour ago
Large fire erupted on board of chemical tanker Burgos off Veracruz
Large fire erupted on board of chemical tanker Burgos off Veracruz, Mexico. The vessel was loaded with 12,000 tons of oil products, en route from Pajaritus to Veracruz, but at approach to the port the cargo in tanks inflamed. The fire spread in several cargo tanks and crew was unable to get control over the flames. The accident was reported to local authorities and at the scene of the accident were dispatched tugs, which poured water over the hull. The chemical tanker Burgos is drifting on 7 nautical miles southeast off Veracruz and firefighters are trying to extinguish the flames and restricting fire area, protecting other tanks.

The local authorities started investigation for the root cause of the fire, but probably might wait the oil product on board to burn out. There is no report for oil spill and environment pollution, but the main task is to keep seaworthiness of the vessel and strength of the hull, as high temperature can cause breaches and crack the vessel.
Mexico  transportation  fire  response  petroleum 
1 hour ago
DOH-11 hit by Friday night fire
Davao City – A fire razed parts of the Department of Health regional office here in a late night fire Friday.

Assistant Secretary Abdullah Dumama, Jr. said the fire started at around 10:30 pm, with the DOH official, himself, making the 911 call for fire responders.

According to the official, the fire burned down an estimated P30-million in equipment, such as laboratory tools and teleconference equipment, including the newly refurbished office of the regional director.

The Bureau of Fire Protection was still investigating the incident as of press time.

Dumama assured the public that the fire will not disrupt the operations of the agency.

“There will be no effect on the services that will be rendered to the public, he said.

Dumama said that the fire burned down the local Commission on Audit (COA) office of the agency, the regional epidemiology surveillance unit, two warehouses, and the laboratories.

According to him, the DOH central office has already sought the regional office’s input on what needs to be done to resume any interrupted services.

Dumama also suggested that the agency build a sturdier and more fire-resistant regional office, as its composition of light materials contributed to the spread of the fire in the office.
Philippines  laboratory  fire  response  unknown_chemical 
yesterday
3 Workers Poisoned by Carbon Monoxide in Severn
SEVERN, MD — Three men poisoned by carbon monoxide are in area hospitals in serious condition after they worked for hours in an unventilated basement with gas-powered tools. Anne Arundel County Fire officials say the medical emergency call was made shortly before 4 p.m. Thursday at a residence in the 100 block of Lillian Avenue in Severn.

Firefighters found three men with symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning. One of the patients, a 50-year-old man, was taken to the Center for Hyperbaric Medicine at the R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center with serious symptoms. A 42-year-old man and a 31-year-old man were taken to Baltimore Washington Medical Center, also with serious symptoms.

Firefighters searched the residence to ensure that all of the occupants were out of the house. While searching, they found carbon monoxide levels in excess of 1000 parts per million in the basement. Levels above 800 ppm can cause nausea, headache and dizziness after 45 minutes, fire officials said. After one hour of exposure, a victim can become unconscious and death can occur after two to three hours of exposure.
us_MD  public  release  injury  carbon_monoxide 
yesterday
Fire breaks out at chemical lab, 3 firemen injured
PALGHAR, SEPT 24:  
A fire broke out at a chemical laboratory here today, injuring three firemen.

Flames were noticed at the chemical laboratory in Boisar at around 4.30 am after which personnel from MIDC fire station were rushed to the spot, fire brigade officials said.

Three of the firefighters suffered burn injuries while dousing the blaze.

The cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained.
India  laboratory  fire  injury  unknown_chemical 
yesterday
All Thruway lanes reopened after tractor trailer crash near Harriman
HARRIMAN — All lanes of the Thruway near Harriman were finally cleared and reopened 12 hours after a tractor trailer carrying a flammable chemical overturned early Saturday morning.

A tractor trailer traveling southbound on I-87 overturned around 7 a.m. Saturday, just before Exit 16, according to a state police press release. All lanes were closed initially as the Orange County haz-mat team worked to contain leaking vinyl acetate, a flammable chemical.

The driver could not say why he veered left and overturned the tractor trailer, State Police Sgt. John Maasz said.

Woodbury Fire Department assisted at the scene, later joined by West Point and Cornwall fire departments. Miller Environmental Services, contracted by the trucking company, also helped with clean up. There was still a lane closed in each direction at 5:45 p.m., but the scene was cleared and all lanes opened at 7:15 p.m.
us_NY  transportation  release  response  flammables 
yesterday
Nontoxic chemical dye leak cleaned near Niantic
NIANTIC -- A chemical dye from the Buckeye Natural Gas terminal spilled into Long Point Slough near the intersection of Meridian and Bruce roads, just north of Niantic, about 10 a.m. Saturday.

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, with assistance from Macon County Emergency Management Agency, determined the substance was nontoxic, said a news release from the Macon County Sheriff’s Office.


The substance is used to assist in locating any potential leaks in the pipeline and for preventative maintenance, the release said. There is no health hazard to human or animal life.
us_IL  industrial  release  response  dye 
yesterday
University of Hawaii fined $115,500 for lab explosion
The University of Hawaii faces a total $115,500 fine for 15 workplace safety violations after a laboratory explosion in March on the university’s Manoa campus. Postdoctoral researcher Thea Ekins-Coward, who worked for the Hawaii Natural Energy Institute, lost one of her arms in the explosion.
Ekins-Coward was preparing a gas mixture of 55% hydrogen, 38% oxygen, and 7% carbon dioxide when an electrostatic discharge likely ignited the mixture, according to an investigation report issued in July by the University of California Center for Laboratory Safety. The gas mixture was to be used to feed bacteria to produce biofuels and bioplastics. The gases were combined in a 49-L steel tank designed for compressed air and not electrically grounded.
The safety violations cited by the Hawaii Occupational Safety & Health Division (HIOSH) include failing to do the following: reduce employee exposure to potential explosion and fire hazards, ensure safety practices were followed, perform periodic inspections to identify hazards, ensure employees wore appropriate personal protective equipment, make use of standard operating procedures, and require suitable exits from the laboratory.
HIOSH labeled all 15 violations as “serious” and assessed the maximum state penalty of $7,700 to each. The university must fix the violations by Oct. 21.
The university “will be requesting an informal conference with HIOSH to clarify the citations and discuss adjustments of the citations, as provided for in the HIOSH citations process,” according to a statement from the university. “Safety officers and leadership have been working diligently to further strengthen the culture of safety on the Manoa campus and foster an environment where hazard recognition and risk assessment are the standard of care for all activities,” the statement adds.
us_HI  laboratory  follow-up  injury  hydrogen 
yesterday
Update: Officials build dirt dam to contain solvent spill
The Jefferson County Office of Emergency Management, City of Beaumont Office of Emergency Management, Beaumont Fire Department and Jefferson County Sheriff's Office were on the scene of a solvent spill that led to a shelter in place order for about 100 households west of Beaumont.
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality will continue to monitor air and water quality as well as oversee cleanup in the Willow Marsh Bayou. 
The solvent product was identified as a "premium solvent mixture with a heavy aromatic."
People are asked to stay away from Willow Marsh Bayou as cleanup continues.
Update: 1:30 p.m.: Officials have confirmed that  a dirt dam has been built across Willow Marsh Bayou south of Brooks Road to prevent the flow of the spill to any other areas.
Officials said spill booms have been placed across the bayou in multiple locations to slow the flow of the product and contain it.
us_TX  industrial  release  response  solvent 
yesterday
Hazmat incident causes confusion and speculation in Hegins |
HEGINS – The 600 block of Chestnut Street in Hegins was in a bit of a frenzy Sunday evening.
Emergency personnel were on the scene of a hazmat incident at 633 Chestnut Street, the site of the former Hegins Manufacturing, now a private residence.
According to fire personnel, they arrived on scene just before 6 p.m. and weren’t sure exactly what they were dealing with.
“The incident involved a 55-gallon drum of some type of chemical which was leaking in the basement of the building,” said Hegins Valley Fire-Rescue Chief Doug Williams, during a phone interview Monday morning. “He said there was a strong odor of ammonia and there was definitely ammonia present in the drum. What exactly the chemical was used for still hasn’t been determined. It could have been some type of floor cleaner from the days of the factory.”


Williams said the homeowners, who weren’t identified, claim the drum has been in the basement since they bought the property.
Williams said the drum was very rusty.
us_PA  industrial  release  response  ammonia  cleaners 
yesterday
Semi crashes carrying load of extremely hazardous chemical
U.S. Route 35 in Jackson County is now reopened following a dangerous incident that occurred after a tanker semi truck carrying a load of toxic and hazardous chemicals crashed earlier this week.
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According to Jackson County EMA Director Robert E. Czechlewski, Harris was transporting 35,000 pounds of a chemical called “Vinylpyridine”.

“The chemical, Vinylpyridine, is extremely hazardous, toxic and flammable,” explained Czechlewski. “The chemical was transferred to another tanker truck, but after cleanup it was discovered that a little bit of the chemical had spilled into the soil. Ohio EPA will be advising as crews dig up the soil where the little bit of chemical was found.”
us_OH  transportation  release  response  flammables 
yesterday
Hazmat Incident On Interstate 25
Around 8 a.m. Thursday, New Mexico State Police handled a hazmat incident on Interstate 25 at mile marker 257 northbound involving a commercial vehicle leaking liquid oxygen.
A State Police officer on patrol noticed the vehicle leaking fluid and initiated a traffic stop. After initial contact, both northbound and southbound I-25 lanes were closed as a precaution due to the potentially hazardous chemical.
Officers determined the cause for the leak was an issue with a safety valve on the commercial vehicle. A hazmat crew arrived and the chemicals were removed and the scene was rendered safe.
Three responding State Police officers were treated for inhalation of the substance and all officers have been released.
us_NM  transportation  release  response  liquid_oxygen 
yesterday
News Notes: Firefighters respond to hazmat incident
Firefighters responded to a hazardous materials incident on Wednesday, September 14, at 7 a.m. at R&L Carriers, a shipping company located at 30 Industrial Drive. A container of hydrazine hydrate — a flammable and highly toxic liquid used as a foaming agent and as a rocket propellant — was accidentally overturned by a forklift in one of the shipping bays. Workers immediately evacuated the facility and called 911.
Fire Chief Charles Doody said firefighters recognized the seriousness of the hazard, isolated the area, and called for a Tier 2 hazardous materials response. Approximately 20 state hazmat technicians and 10 Canton firefighters worked for five hours to upright the tank and stop the leak. A private company was called in to do the clean up. There were no injuries and it did not pose a danger to the abutting properties or residents. The business was allowed to resume once the cleanup was done.
The state Department of Environmental Protection was also on scene to address any possible impacts to the environment. Doody reported that there were no environmental problems from the incident.
us_OH  industrial  release  response  hydrazine 
yesterday
HazMat Scare at Prosper High School
There was a hazmat scare at Prosper High School Thursday afternoon.
Officials said a bottle of mercury broke open during a science class.
Hazardous materials crews arrived and quickly started the decontamination process in school restrooms for approximately 30 people.
"It was a good example of the Prosper School District working with Prosper Fire," said Prosper Fire Chief Ronnie Tucker. "Of course, we can learn things from it. We'll have a critique, but I'm very satisfied with the length of time."
Grand Prairie Teen Missing, May Be With Former Teacher
A cleaning crew will work on the classroom overnight, but Tucker said the school will be open Friday.
us_TX  education  release  response  mercury 
2 days ago
Hazmat accident reported at New Design Road Water Treatment Plant
Hazmat crews from Frederick County and Fort Detrick were dispatched to the county's New Design Road Water Treatment Plant after a driver was injured during a delivery of acid materials, said Chip Jewell, director of the Frederick County Division of Volunteer Fire and Rescue Services.

According to Jewell, crews responded around 3:45 p.m. Wednesday after a valve failed on a tanker truck filled with hazardous materials, spraying the driver with acid.

Responders included units from the Carroll Manor Fire Co., Upper Montgomery County Fire Co. and a unit from the Frederick County Division of Fire and Rescue Services.

Hazmat teams from both Frederick County and Fort Detrick were deployed, which is standard for incidents involving hazardous materials, Jewell said.
us_MD  transportation  release  injury  water_treatment 
2 days ago
Colerain Twp. Fire Department works to protect firefighters from cancer
COLERAIN TWP, Ohio -- When firefighters wade into burning buildings, they face more than the immediate risk of being seared by flames or injured by part of a collapsing structure -- they also expose themselves to invisible dangers that can take years to make themselves known.

Studies show that battling flames, smoke and soot every day can eventually wreak havoc on a firefighter’s health and increase the risk of developing cancer; researchers say that firefighters face the greatest risk of developing cancers related to the digestive, oral, urinary and respiratory systems.

"The majority of these cancers can be caused by the chemical mix that they’re exposed to in the air at the fire scene," said Erin Haynes, an environmental health professor at UC. "And then when they go back and put the fire out."

That’s why the Colerain Township Fire Department takes special measures to reduce the risk of exposure to cancer-causing contaminants for its firefighters.
us_OH  industrial  discovery  environmental 
2 days ago
Paradise Pizza shop in Chicopee closed after cleaning chemicals cause hazmat scare
CHICOPEE — Paradise Pizza is closed and the building's three upstairs tenants have found temporary shelter elsewhere after a cleaning incident gone awry prompted a hazmat response on Exchange Street on Wednesday night.

Chicopee Deputy Fire Chief Joseph Crevier told MassLive the town's Board of Health will inspect 140 Exchange St. this morning to evaluate the space. It is not yet known when and whether the shop will reopen. The upstairs tenants — a couple and a small child — have not yet returned to their home above the store.

Around 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Chicopee Fire Department responded to the location, finding a "chemical reaction" underway, producing dangerous levels of carbon monoxide.

Employees of the store had been cleaning grease-covered grates from inside a pizza oven ventilation pipe, using a caustic cleaner containing sodium hydroxide, sodium carbonate and sodium chloride, when the reaction started.

Things got out of hand quickly, Crevier said, and when he arrived in a fire engine with three other firefighters, he realized the situation was beyond his scope and called in a full Hazmat team.
us_MA  public  release  response  carbon_monoxide  cleaners 
2 days ago
Small fire knocked down inside MIT lab in Cambridge
A small fire broke out in an MIT lab on the 100-block of Albany Street around 11:06 a.m. Thursday, according to the Cambridge Fire Department. Firefighters were able to knock it down within a half hour, and there were no reported injuries.

The fire was not chemical-related, according to Cambridge Assistant Fire Chief Gerry Mahoney. The lab was conducting an experiment that involved salts, and the fire itself was caused from the electrical wiring feeding the device being used. The fire was quickly contained and knocked down by 11:40 a.m., Mahoney said.

The area was closed to traffic for a short period of time while firefighters responded. The area has since been cleared.
us_MA  laboratory  fire  response 
2 days ago
Four die in explosion at world's largest MDI producer
China’s Wanhua Chemical Group Co. Ltd. announced that an explosion occurred on Sept 20 at its 600,000-metric-ton-per-annum MDI facility in Yantai, Shandong province, and caused four deaths and four injuries.

The publicly traded company said in a statement that the eight people were immediately sent to the hospital after the incident, which happened at 17:22 local time during a shutdown of the plant for regular maintenance.

On the same day, a report released by Greenpeace said 199 people died in accidents related to the production, storage and transportation of chemicals in China during the first eight months of this year. More than 400 were injured.

Explosions were the cause of two of five deaths, according to the report.

The Greenpeace report also highlighted that many chemical plants in China are located in densely populated areas and near important natural resources.
China  industrial  explosion  death  unknown_chemical 
2 days ago
NJ proposes stringent standard to control cancer-chemical in water
A New Jersey agency has proposed adopting what would be the most stringent standard in the nation to control levels of a cancer-causing chemical linked to an array of health problems and which is prevalent in drinking water systems across the state.

The chemical, commonly called PFOA or C8, has been used in the manufacture of stain-resistant carpets, waterproof clothing, non-stick cooking pans and other products that make life less messy. It has spread so far through the environment that it can be found everywhere from the fish in the Delaware River to polar bears in the Arctic.

It has also become the subject of thousands of lawsuits.

RELATED: Lawmakers seek answers on cancer-causing chemical in water

ALSO: Did you know tap water has many chemicals in it?

The state’s Drinking Water Quality Institute on Thursday proposed the new standard, which if adopted would require water utilities to treat water to reduce the amount of PFOA reaching taps.

“The institute is taking a pretty aggressive approach on PFOA,” said Howard Woods Jr., a private consultant to water utilities and former water company executive. “It’s a good idea. The institute is deliberate and not rash. The stuff is all over the place.”

Smaller water utilities, including some in North Jersey, have said the extra treatment would be a major financial hit.
us_NJ  public  discovery  environmental  other_chemical 
2 days ago
Source of ammonia leak traced to ruptured valve, fire official says
NORWALK — An ammonia leak at the Crystal Ice Company on Commerce Street shut down a large swath of central Norwalk on Wednesday afternoon as emergency personnel flooded the area, closing roadways in search of the leakage source.
The first call originated from the business directly behind and downwind of the Crystal Ice Company at 25 Commerce St., when workers there reported a very strong presence of the gas at approximately 3:45 p.m.
Deputy Fire Chief Stephen Shay said that excess pressure in the system caused a valve on the roof of the Crystal Ice Company to leak. There were no injuries reported.
Streets around the area were closed and Metro-North Railroad trains, which pass directly behind the Ice House on the Danbury line, were slowed down, Shay said. The plant was shut down for the day while repairs were being made.
The gas leak prompted a heavy response from police, fire and emergency medical personnel. A HAZMAT team was on the scene investigating, and responding units were advised to wear gas masks.
us_CT  industrial  release  response  ammonia 
3 days ago
UPDATE: Keene High cleared after hazmat investigation, radioactive chemical removed
KEENE — Keene High School has been cleared of any type of contamination following a potential hazmat incident involving Cesium-137, a radioactive chemical.

READ: UPDATE: Preliminary readings say no hazardous materials in Keene High School, officials say
The material of concern had been identified as Cesium-137, which is an instrument used solely for demonstration in science labs, Superintendent Robert H. Malay said in a press release.

Preliminary and secondary readings conducted by police and fire were within appropriate exposure limits. The material was removed as a precaution and to prevent any further recurrence.

Cesium-137 is a radioactive chemical, which can easily move and spread in nature due to it's high rate to dissolve in water. A 1970's experiment with Cesium-137 led to the deaths of the dogs in the experiment.
us_NH  laboratory  discovery  response  radiation 
3 days ago
Refining the refinery: Last year’s ExxonMobil explosion could lead to big changes at Torrance plant
Eighteen months after an explosion hit the oil refinery in Torrance, shockwaves are still being felt.

The blast energized Torrance residents, prompting families to organize into dedicated advocacy groups. Now, with regulators and politicians paying increasingly close attention, critical changes to the refining process at the facility —  ExxonMobil at the time of the blast, now Torrance Refining Co. —  may be on the horizon.

Drawing particular attention is the refinery’s use of modified hydrofluoric acid. While effective in the gasoline production process, hydrofluoric acid is also dangerous, and regulators examining the facility have indicated that the February 2015 incident could have been far worse had the explosion breached the acid storage area, threatening residents all across the South Bay.

On Monday, prior to a meeting of the regional agency tasked with enforcing federal and state air pollution rules, the South Coast Air Management District, residents spoke out regarding the fears that have become a regular part of their lives since the blast.

“Each night as I tuck my two- and three-year-old into bed, and wonder if this will be a bad emissions night,” said Maureen Mauk, a Torrance resident and co-founder of Families Lobbying Against Refinery Exposures (FLARE), one of the activist groups to spring up in the wake of the explosion.

Elected officials and candidates from both parties made clear that they shared residents’ concerns about the use of the chemical.
us_CA  industrial  follow-up  environmental  gasoline 
3 days ago
State cites UH for workplace safety violations stemming from lab
It was back in March that an explosion seriously injured 29-year-old Thea Ekins Coward. The visiting researcher lost her arm.
The blast also caused a million dollars worth of damage.
Inspectors with the state's Occupational Health and Safety office have now cited the university for 15 violations. The fines total $115,500.
The violations classified as "serious" include failing to eliminate or reduce explosion hazards, as well as a failure to provide two exit routes from the lab.
It also noted the university did not conduct periodic in-house inspections and it lacked a written evacuation plan in the event of a chemical release.
The report also found UH failed to regularly review its Chemical Hygiene plan to protect its employees.
us_HI  laboratory  follow-up  injury  other_chemical 
3 days ago
Turner: HFD must fix problems with chemical hazards
Top officials with the city of Houston said the Fire Department needs a major shakeup on addressing hazardous materials.
A Houston Chronicle investigation reported Sunday the city doesn't know where most dangerous chemicals are, hasn't inspected more than three-quarters of the ones it does know about, and is still relying on paper records despite a sophisticated database.
CHEMICAL PROBLEM: Little effort made to find businesses skirting the rules
"To be quite candid, I agree with most of it," Mayor Sylvester Turner said. "It's a good roadmap for me to consider."
While city resources are tight, Turner said there's a number of things that can be done immediately.
He called for more inspections, for the department to put more data in the Digital Sandbox system, for firefighters and inspectors to start coordinating.
us_TX  public  discovery  environmental  other_chemical 
3 days ago
Traces of hazardous chemical PFOS found underground at Eastside fire headquarters
ISSAQUAH, Wash. - While searching for the source of hazardous chemical contamination in the Lower Issaquah Aquifer, researchers discovered traces of the same chemical in soils behind Eastside Fire and Rescue's headquarters at 175 Newport Way Northwest. 
 
Experts say more tests are needed to determine if the site is the possible source of the contamination or if the chemical plume can be traced to another location.
 
Perfluorooctane sulfonate, commonly called PFOS, has not been manufactured in the U.S. since 2000. It was commonly used in heavy-duty firefighting foam since the 1950s, especially at airports and military bases. Laboratory animals tested with PFOS suffered liver, thyroid, developmental and immune system damage.
 
According to a study released by Geosyntec Consultants, hired by the city of Issaquah to investigate the contamination, Eastside Fire and Rescue's headquarters training area "Is a potential source of PFOS to groundwater and should be investigated further."
us_WA  public  discovery  environmental  unknown_chemical 
3 days ago
Smoking leaves chemical traces on DNA
(Reuters Health) - Tobacco smoke leaves its mark on DNA by changing a chemical code on the DNA molecule that can sometimes change gene activity, according to a new study.

Some of these molecular changes revert to their original state when a smoker quits, but others persist in the long term, the researchers found.

Experts have known for some time that smoking causes changes of the DNA molecule, but they are now learning more about how widespread the changes are, and what they may mean, said senior author Dr. Stephanie J. London, chief of the Epidemiology Branch at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina.

“We don’t really know whether it means ‘damage’ to the DNA,” London told Reuters Health. “That requires more study, using data outside what we have here. What we’re saying is that it’s a change to your DNA that can have a downstream effect on what genes are expressed at what levels.”
us_NC  public  discovery  environmental  other_chemical 
3 days ago
School is in session Thursday after 'chemical haze'
LIVERPOOL, N.Y. (WSYR-TV)

Fire crews have been called to Liverpool High School for reports of a “chemical haze.”

Crews responded to the scene around 4:32 p.m., after most students had left for the day.

The haze was found in the science chemical storage room of the building.

No students or staff were in the room at the time the smoke alarm went off.

Moyers Corners Fire Department and the Syracuse City Fire Department, including SCFD HAZMAT team responded to the scene.

Crews were not able to determine what the chemical was. 

LocalSYR.com will have updates as they become available.

Despite the reports, school will still be in session, the district tells us. 
 
us_NY  laboratory  release  response  unknown_chemical 
3 days ago
A look at the explosives used in the New York bombing
Initial reports about a device used in Saturday’s bombing in New York City suggested the explosive could have been a commercially available material called Tannerite. Stories from the Associated Press and New York Times reported the claim, citing anonymous officials involved in the investigation of the attack that injured 29.
But, on the basis of the material’s properties, explosives experts and the makers of Tannerite doubt it alone could have caused the explosion. A subsequent report from the New York Times seemed to confirm these doubts, indicating that officials had detected the explosive hexamethylene triperoxide diamine (HMTD) in devices related to the attack.
The suspected bomber, Ahmad Khan Rahami, was arrested after a shootout in New Jersey on Monday. He allegedly set off bombs in New Jersey and in New York on Saturday. According to news reports, anonymous officials identified Tannerite at the New York bomb site, and a second report linked HMTD to both bombings.
Tannerite, made and sold by Tannerite Sports, is used to produce exploding targets for long-range shooting practice. The targets explode when hit by a bullet, allowing shooters to hear and see that they’ve successfully made the shot. Occasionally, “tannerite” is used to describe similar products.
An exploding Tannerite target consists of an 8:1 ratio of oxidizer to catalyst, which come in separate containers and are mixed and shaken together prior to use. The Tannerite patent says that, in the optimal composition, the oxidizer contains 85% ammonium nitrate powder by weight, and 15% ammonium perchlorate. The catalyst is 90% explosive grade aluminum powder, 5% titanium sponge, and 5% zirconium hydride.
us_NY  industrial  follow-up  environmental  bomb 
4 days ago
Hazmat crews called to anhydrous ammonia leak at Fargo hotel
FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) - UPDATE:
After speaking with Fargo Police and Fargo Fire Department officials, the tanker truck with the anhydrous leak has been dealt with and the truck sent to Grand Forks for a repair to a cracked valve.

Officials say the leak was generally small in size and did not pose significant risk to the public, and there were no evacuations.

Crews were called out just before midnight.

Police were blocking off streets and the Fire Department called in their HAZMAT team to deal with the leak.
us_ND  transportation  release  response  ammonia 
4 days ago
Homeowner in Port Richey butane hash oil explosion turns himself in
A Port Richey man, wanted for blowing up his house on Sept. 3 while attempting to cook butane hash oil, turned himself in to Pasco County authorities Monday.

Steven Brown, 24, faces more than 10 charges, including first-degree arson, several drug charges and two felony counts of aggravated cruelty to animals. He is being held at the Pasco County Jail with bail set at $795,100.

In what authorities called the first explosion due to cooking butane hash oil in Pasco County, Brown grabbed his drugs and ran out of the burning house at 6210 Westport Drive, leaving behind a 1-year-old baby and two caged dogs, deputies said. The baby was uninjured, deputies said, but the dogs died.

An arrest warrant for Brown was issued Sept. 9, but authorities were unable to locate him, deputies said. That same day, Brown evaded arrest by fleeing from a traffic stop in a white Kia Optima.
us_FL  public  follow-up  response  butane  drugs  illegal 
4 days ago
Small Explosion Occurred At Union Beach Perfume Maker
UNION BEACH, NJ-- A small explosion happened at the International Flavors and Fragrances location in Union Beach at 11:53 AM, fire officials said.

The explosion took place at the rear of the building, Union Beach Police Department said. Two employees had burns and respiratory issues, but no one was killed or seriously injured.

Officials do not believe the explosion was suspicious, and a preliminary investigation shows that it was an accident.

A spokesperson for International Flavors & Fragrances told the Asbury Park Press the explosion "didn't sound like anything major. It sounds like what might have happened was the result of a chemical failure. The first concern is the safety of everybody."
us_NJ  industrial  explosion  response  unknown_chemical 
4 days ago
Hazmat Incident Sparks Hillside Fire In Tracy
TRACY (CBS SF) — A hazmat incident at a corporate test facility in an isolated part of Tracy sparked a hillside fire on Tuesday evening, according to fire officials.

Alameda County fire officials said they received a call at 7:18 p.m. for a hazardous materials incident at a site run by SRI International.

SRI International’s website says they run experiments and evaluate hazards at Corral Hollow Experiment Site in Tracy.

A spokesman from SRI International said a storage tank of Divinylbenzene was “off-gassing” as it was supposed to be doing inside of a temporary wood structure.

The spokesman said this process includes a controlled flame, and that the controlled flame may have caught the wood structure on fire and then spread to the hillside.

The chemical was likely a contributing factor to the fire, according to the SRI International spokesman.

Fire officials are warning residents of inhalation risks due to the chemical and haven’t said how far the fire spread.
us_CA  laboratory  fire  response  other_chemical 
4 days ago
Chemical fumes makes employees nauseous
JEROME, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) - A chemical caused the Jerome transfer station to be shut down after fumes made employees nauseous Tuesday afternoon.


At about 3:35 p.m. Tuesday, the Jerome Fire Department responded to a report of a liquid that had been dumped at the Gap Transfer Station in Jerome about an hour before that was changing consistency and caused employees to become nauseous.

Authorities were unsure of what the substance was as of about 3:50 p.m. but classified it as an "unacceptable waste dump."

As of 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Battalion Chief Brooks of Twin Falls Fire Department said the chemical had characteristics of ammonia.

Fire Chief Donald Utt of the First Segregation Fire District of Eden and Hazelton told Idaho's First News that the contaminated dump apparently came from American Disposal.

Fire Chief Utt also said that the contamination came from a dairyman.

According to Fire Chief Utt, American Disposal allegedly could smell that the load was contaminated, but that they dumped it anyways.
us_ID  industrial  release  response  unknown_chemical  waste 
4 days ago
China chemical accidents cause 199 deaths from Jan-Aug: Greenpeace
China had 232 chemical-related accidents from January to August this year, causing 199 deaths and 400 injuries, according to research from the environmental group Greenpeace published on Wednesday.

Greenpeace said China needs to "radically overhaul" the way it manages its chemical industry, which is now "appallingly under-regulated".

"The government must take urgent action to manage chemicals in a sound manner, provide a safety net for workers and citizens, and protect ecologically important areas across the country," said Cheng Qian, a campaigner with the group.

According to publicly available data from 2010-11, the majority of China's 33,625 chemical facilities are located in densely populated eastern coastal regions, Greenpeace said, adding that more transparency was needed to provide a more accurate picture of the industry.

China has struggled to enforce its rules on acquiring, producing, storing and disposing of dangerous chemicals, and experts have complained that rules published at the end of 2011 are inadequate and need to be tightened significantly.

Last year, 165 people were killed following a series of explosions in a chemical warehouse in the northern city of Tianjin. The government said hazardous materials had been stored illegally at the site.
China  industrial  follow-up  death  other_chemical 
4 days ago
Scare at school after chemical spill in science lab
KUALA LUMPUR: A chemical spill in a secondary school caused a scare and prompted the deployment of Fire and Rescue Department personnel.

Hazmat personnel and firelighters were rushed to the school in Jalan Perwira at about 1.10pm Tuesday.

The spill, which occurred in a science laboratory, occurred after a rack holding a variety of chemical substances broke.

It is estimated that the rack held about four litres of a mix of chemical substances, including phosphorous and lithium.

A spokesman for the department said hazmat personnel had to separate and neutralise the substances.

One of the more dangerous substances that was spilled, lithium, is known to combust upon contact with water.
Malaysia  laboratory  release  response  other_chemical 
4 days ago
Fire safety chemicals ‘threaten’ public health, alliance warns – EurActiv.com
The use of chemical flame retardants in furniture to improve fire safety can also have severe implications for public health, a number of associations have warned.

An alliance of stakeholders representing equipment makers, environmental NGOs, cancer organisations, firefighters, and labour unions have expressed concern about the safety of using flame retardants in furniture.

Flame retardants are chemicals which are used in materials, such as plastics and textiles, aiming to prevent or delay the spread of fire.

In the case of furniture products, these chemical substances can be found in foam and textiles (couches, chairs, etc.). While they contribute to fire safety standards, some of them can end up being quite harmful for public health, experts say.

Health impact

The alliance presented their views at a conference in Brussels on 8 September.

Dr. Lisette van Vliet, Senior Policy Officer at the Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL), a public health NGO, told EurActiv.com that chemical flame retardants were linked to fertility problems, issues in children’s development (birth weight, attention, IQ, coordination), cancers, and other effects on the immune system and metabolism.
Belgium  public  discovery  environmental  other_chemical 
5 days ago
Membrane coating could help remove endocrine disruptors from wastewater
Water-stressed communities from California to Singapore have begun reclaiming wastewater for drinking and other uses, but they face a challenge: It’s hard for the treatment process to remove trace organic pollutants, such as endocrine disruptors. Now researchers have developed a potential solution, coating a commonly used filtration membrane with a material that rejects endocrine-disrupting molecules (Environ. Sci. Technol. Lett. 2016, DOI: 10.1021/acs.estlett.6b00263).
Many of the commercially available nanofiltration and reverse osmosis membranes currently used to clean wastewater were optimized for desalination. They’re made with a relatively hydrophobic polyamide composite that rejects salt and other ions. Since many endocrine disruptors, such as bisphenol A (BPA) and parabens, are also hydrophobic, these compounds tend to stick to the membrane and can eventually diffuse through to the other side (Environ. Sci. Technol. 2004, DOI: 10.1021/es034952r).
Chuyang Y. Tang of the University of Hong Kong and his colleagues thought that adding a hydrophilic coating to the membranes might prevent this problem. They tested their hunch with polydopamine, a thin hydrophilic coating researchers are exploring as a way to prevent membrane fouling in wastewater treatment. The researchers coated a commercial polyamide-based nanofiltration membrane, NF90, by shaking it with a solution of dopamine hydrochloride for up to four hours; the dopamine self-polymerizes on the membrane surface. Then they tested the system’s performance in filtering water containing four endocrine disruptors: ethylparaben, propylparaben, benzylparaben, and BPA, at 200 μg/L, which is comparable to or higher than their average concentration in wastewater.
Hong_Kong  laboratory  discovery  environmental  water_treatment 
5 days ago
High Levels of ‘Erin Brokovich’ Chemical in Many NJ Water Systems, Study Says
Drinking water in more than 150 New Jersey water systems contained the carcinogenic chemical chromium 6 at levels that exceeded a health limit recommended by California scientists when the local systems were tested by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, according to a national analysis published on Tuesday.

The study by the Environmental Working Group, a research and advocacy nonprofit, concluded that 218 million Americans in all 50 states, or some two-thirds of the population, are drinking water that contains the chemical at levels that are above the proposed California health limit but below current limits adopted by both that state and the federal government.

The chemical, best known for having been exposed as a threat to public health by the environmental campaigner Erin Brockovich, a battle depicted in the movie starring Julia Roberts, was found in different concentrations around New Jersey when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency tested water systems in 1,370 counties across the country from 2013 to 2015.
us_NJ  public  discovery  environmental  other_chemical 
5 days ago
Suspect blasts SFPD officer in face with fire extinguisher
A rampaging man blasted a San Francisco police officer in the face with a fire extinguisher over the weekend, prompting his immediate arrest, officials said.
Several people called police about the 24-year-old San Francisco man, who had been acting erratically Sunday at a building on the 300 block of Leavenworth Street in the city’s Tenderloin, police said.
When police went to check on the situation around 5:30 p.m., the suspect sprayed the caustic fire retardant chemical into an officer’s face, said Officer Giselle Talkoff, a San Francisco police spokeswoman.
Three additional officers responded to the scene that was obscured in a chemical cloud and helped take the suspect into custody.
us_CA  public  release  response  fire_extinguisher 
5 days ago
CFD investigates chemical spill at Saint Xavier science lab
CHICAGO (WLS) -- Emergency crews were called to Saint Xavier University Monday afternoon for a chemical spill in a science lab, according to the Chicago Fire Department.

Saint Xavier said the incident happened in a biology class and that there were no injuries.

In a CFD tweet at about 5:30 p.m., officials said there was a "minor spill under investigation" and there is "1 possible injury."

A half gallon of hydrochloric acid was accidentally spilled, fire officials said.

Chopper 7HD spotted emergency vehicles outside the Warde Academic Center at the school, located in the 3700-block of 103rd Street on Chicago's Far South Side.
us_IL  laboratory  release  response  hydrochloric_acid 
5 days ago
Verdigris company’s employees evacuated after chemical spill
A hydrochloric acid spill at a galvanizing plant east of the Tulsa Port of Catoosa, which caused some of the plant’s employees to be evacuated, has been contained, according to the Verdigris Fire Department.

VFD Chief Mike Shaffer said no injuries were reported after a tank breach occurred at the Valmont Coatings-Oklahoma Galvanizing plant located in the Riverview Industrial Park in Verdigris Monday afternoon.

Shaffer said some of the plant’s employees were evacuated to a nearby plant as a precautionary measure while trained Valmont employees and a private mitigation company worked to make the area safe.

The chemical was contained thanks to a system in place at the plant.

Shaffer said a truck service was performing a “pump transfer from one tank to another” when a vacuum on one of the tanks caused the tank to implode, tearing welded seams and leaking the chemical onto the floor.
us_OK  transportation  release  response  hydrochloric_acid 
5 days ago
No students endangered in small chemical spill at Rundlett Middle School
No students were endangered when two chemicals spilled and mixed at Rundlett Middle School on Monday morning, the superintendent said.

Hydrochloric acid and sulfuric acid spilled after a shelf collapsed inside a secure cabinet within a closet, prompting the classroom to be evacuated out of caution and the fire department to respond to the 144 South St. middle school.

“There was no need to evacuate the school. The fire department responded to support our team in their assessment that it simply needed to be cleaned up,” Superintendent Terri Forsten said in a statement sent by email from her assistant. “Everyone was safe. No concerns.”

The Concord Fire Department didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
us_NH  laboratory  release  response  hydrochloric_acid  sulfuric_acid 
5 days ago
Chemical Plant Blast Kills 6 in Northwest China
At least six people were killed in a blast at a chemical plant in China’s northwest Qinghai province, local media reported.

BEIJING (Sputnik) – According to the Xinhua news agency, the incident took place on Sunday at a cement production line belonging to Qinghai Salt Lake Haina Chemical Company. As many as 26 people were present at the site during the explosion.
Two workers were killed immediately while 12 were injured, the media outlet reported. Four of those died later in the hospital, while eight are being treated for their injuries.
China  industrial  explosion  death  chlorine 
6 days ago
Milk silo collapse, chemical spill lead to investigation
A 15m-high milk silo collapsed at the Southland plant last Friday, rupturing pipes and shutting down part of the factory.

A month earlier, 5000 litres of nitric acid and caustic soda, which were used there as cleaning chemicals, spilled from storage tanks.

The government's health and safety regulator said its staff had visited the Edendale site about the spill, and were in contact with the company again now about the silo collapse.

WorkSafe said Fonterra was fully cooperating with its investigations.

Southland District Council, which holds the building consents for the Fonterra factory, said it had no reason to question the plant's maintenance record.
New_Zealand  industrial  release  response  nitric_acid  sodium_hydroxide 
6 days ago
Plant employee still in ICU
IPOH: A worker of a chemical plant in Menglembu where a gas leak occurred remains at the intensive care unit (ICU) of the Raja Permai­suri Bainun Hospital here.

State Health director Datuk Dr Juita Ghazalie said the worker suffer­ed from lung inflammation as a result of chlorine gas inhalation on Saturday.

“He is on ventilator support. We have given him muscle relaxants to help him sleep.

“His other vital signs such as his blood pressure level and pulse rate are normal,” she said, adding that the worker was getting the best of care at the ICU.

Another patient, a Fire and Rescue Department personnel who was deployed to the scene, was being treated at the general ward, she said.
Malaysia  industrial  release  injury  chlorine 
6 days ago
Six firemen, two factory workers sick after inhaling toxic fumes at Menglembu leak site
IPOH: Six firemen and two factory workers were rushed to the hospital and private clinic here after they inhaled the toxic fumes from a leaked ferric acid tank in Kampung Bukit Merah, Menglembu here today.

The hazardous material (Hazmat) team members were being treated at Hospital Raja Permaisuri Bainun (HRPB) after they showed symptoms related to toxic gas inhalation such as breathing difficulty, red eyes and stomach ache.

State Health Committee chairman Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon said the affected factory workers also sought treatment at a nearby clinic after they showed similar symptoms.

He said the firemen involved were also experiencing fatigue as they had to carry about five tonnes of soda ash on their back to help neutralised the spilled acid.

"They can't wait for the forklift as they had to stop the acid and its vapour from spreading further," he said after visiting the firemen at HRPB today.

State Fire and Rescue Department operations commander Mohd Khairul Jamil said 24 firemen, including 12 from the Hazmat team, were involved in the operation which ended at 3pm.
Malaysia  industrial  release  injury  acids 
7 days ago
A dangerous job made more dangerous
A black plume big enough to show up on weather radar touched the sky that Thursday morning in May. Explosions echoed through Spring Branch. Students fled a nearby school. A substance like tar coated cars in the neighborhood. Blood-red fluids spilled into a creek, choking fish and turtles.

More than 400 firefighters responded over two days, and when they were done, piles of torched barrels and melted plastic tanks lay in a snow-white blanket of fire-fighting foam.

Days later, they still didn't know what they'd been fighting. No city inspector had been inside the place for years, and the owner's records burned up in the blaze. The firefighters didn't even know there was a chemical facility in the neighborhood, one surrounded by houses and apartments, a nursing home and a gun shop full of ammunition.

The problems encountered at Spring Branch weren't unique.

The fire department in the nation's fourth-largest city has no idea where most hazardous chemicals are, forgetting lessons learned in a near-disaster 21 years ago, a Houston Chronicle investigation has found.

Less than a quarter of hazardous materials facilities with permits have been inspected.

Little effort is made to find the ones skirting the rules or to help businesses that don't know what the rules are.
us_TX  industrial  follow-up  environmental  unknown_chemical 
7 days ago
Parts of the Town of Calumet evacuated due to chemical reaction from grain bin
Parts of the Town of Calumet is being evacuated due to a chemical reaction of pesticides Saturday evening.

A freight elevator was sprayed for pesticides, Canadian County Emergency Management Director Timothy J. Smith said.

The elevator got wet causing a chemical reaction. Parts of the Town of the Calumet were evacuated, Smith said.

Initial reports of a grain bin fire proved to be untrue, Smith said.

Currently there are no reported injuries.
us_OK  public  release  response  pesticides 
7 days ago
Woman drops off chemicals at West Valley fire station prompting hazmat situation
PHOENIX - A West Valley fire station halted operations on Friday morning after a community member dropped off chemicals in attempts of disposing of the liquids. 

According to a Phoenix Fire Department spokesperson, a woman had dropped off a large amount of chemicals at the fire station near 71st Avenue and McDowell Road around 9 a.m. 

Officials said the woman's husband had just passed away and she was trying to get rid of some of the man's belongings. 

Fire officials said the chemicals posed no hazards to the environment, no evacuations were needed and there were the nearby community was not in any danger.

Hazardous material trucks were brought in to research what some of the chemicals were. Officials said some of the chemicals have been identified and they are working on properly disposing of them. 

Phoenix fire officials strongly recommend people search how to properly dispose of chemicals and suggest not just dropping them off at a fire station. 
us_AZ  public  release  environmental  unknown_chemical 
8 days ago
Man manufacturing butane hash starts house fire
PASCO COUNTY, Fla. -- Pasco Sheriff's deputies are searching for a Port Richey man that started a large fire in his own house. After making butane hash oil (BHO), the flammable chemical reaction exploded.

Pasco County Sheriff's Office reported that Steven Brown, 24, and "other accomplices" were manufacturing BHO, also called marijuana wax, at his residence at 6912 Alta Vista Street on September 3. Following the explosion, the house caught fire, forcing Brown to save himself and the drugs on the property.


Steven Brown tried to make butane hash oil but started a fire that nearly destroyed his home and killed two dogs. He remains at large. Pasco Sheriff's Office photos   

Harold Cope watched his neighbors home burn.

“The whole sky was lit up,” says Cope.

BHO is a potent concentrated form of marijuana that is used for the purpose of "dabbing," according to Complex. Making BHO requires marijuana to be combined with highly flammable butane to extract THC from the plant material. What is left behind is a substance that resembles ear wax.
us_FL  public  explosion  response  butane  drugs 
8 days ago
Hazmat team responding to chemical spill at Dexter business
DEXTER, MI – The Washtenaw County Hazardous Materials Response Team is cleaning 30 gallons of a hazardous chemical that spilled at a Dexter business.

At approximately 10:15 a.m. Friday, Sept. 16, the team and Dexter Area Fire responded to the Alpha Metal Finishing Co. at 8155 Huron Street, Dexter Area Fire confirmed.

A truck carrying a 55-gallon drum carrying dimethyl carbonate pierced the container and spilled about 30 gallons of the colorless, flammable liquid, said Benjamin Pinette, Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office emergency planning coordinator.

The spill is contained and crews are cleaning the area, he said.

The chemical is hazardous, Pinette said, and the building was evacuated. The spill does not pose a threat to nearby residents or businesses, and no one reported injuries.
us_MI  transportation  release  injury  flammables 
8 days ago
$90 Billion Whistleblower Suit Filed Against Four of the Nation's Largest Chemical Companies
Kasowitz brought this action on behalf of itself and the federal government to recover more than $90 billion in damages and penalties under the FCA, which imposes penalties for concealing obligations to the government.

According to a copy of the lawsuit seen by EcoWatch, "Each of these companies is separately liable to the United States Government for billions of dollars in civil reporting penalties, which continue to accumulate by tens of thousands of dollars daily, and for billions of dollars in similarly increasing breach of contract damages."

In the suit, the law firm said that the defendants manufacture and sell isocyanate chemicals such as methylene diphenyl diisocyanate (MDI), polymeric MDI (PMDI) and toluene diisocyanate (TDI). These raw materials make up polyurethane products such as liquid coatings, paints and adhesives; flexible foam used in mattresses and cushions; rigid foam used as insulation; and elastomers used to make automotive interiors.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) states that exposure to isocyanate can irritate the skin and mucous membranes, cause chest tightness and difficult breathing. Isocyanates also include compounds classified as potential human carcinogens and is known to cause cancer in animals.

As alleged in the complaint, the defendants, the isocyanate industry and the EPA have long known that inhalation of isocyanates, including MDI, PMDI and TDI, can cause harm to human health.
us_CA  public  discovery  response  isocyanates 
8 days ago
How Samsung’s Lithium Battery Woes Differ From Other Cases
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — One million Samsung phones have been recalled after reports of them catching fire while charging.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission told consumers to stop using the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones, and to power them down immediately.

There have been reports of the phones’ batteries overheating, resulting in burns and property damage fires.

“It doesn’t explode in the sense of a big fireball kaboom. It’s more of a chemical explosion,” said Brad Cimaglio, owner of Skyway Techs in downtown Minneapolis.

Cimaglio specializes in technology repairs. If there is a hazard to his job, it is what he finds inside many smartphones.

“The problem with lithium ion batteries is that they are like pressure cookers. It’s like a powder keg of chemicals,” Cimaglio said.
public  explosion  response  batteries 
9 days ago
Fire Suppressant Forces LCC Evacuation
EUGENE, Ore. – A routine inspection turned into an evacuation, forcing dozens out of a Lane Community College building.

It happened around 9:40 a.m. on Thursday.

A spokesperson said a fire suppression system at the Center building was triggered in the inspection process, causing a gel material to be released.

The chemical spilled on to two people’s clothing. They received immediate medical attention and are okay.

The college cleaned up the area. The building was closed for the remainder of the day.
us_OR  education  release  injury  unknown_chemical 
9 days ago
Mountain View Fire extinguishes fire that consumed 180 hay bales in Longmont
Mountain View Fire Rescue extinguished about 180 flaming hay bales that likely ignited in a spontaneous-combustion fire in east Longmont on Wednesday.

Mountain View announced in a Facebook post shortly after 5 p.m. that it was fighting a hay fire off County Line Road, north of 17th Avenue, and that smoke might be seen in the area through the evening.

Fire spokeswoman Emma Douglas said that wet hay is most likely what started the fire.

"It's a common chemical reaction that happens when hay bales become wet and the microbial growth changes the temperature inside the hay bale," she said. "They often catch fire,"


Firefighters battle a hay fire in east Longmont on Wednesday night. (Courtesy Mountain View Fire Rescue)
She said fire crews responded about 2 p.m. and left the scene around 10 p.m.

"Just when there's that much fuel, it takes quite a bit of time to put out," Douglas said.
us_CO  public  fire  response  other_chemical 
9 days ago
Meth lab remnants found in Lyn-Way grease bin
ASHLAND - Someone dumped a trash bag of methamphetamine lab chemicals into a grease bin behind the Lyn-Way Restaurant, according to Mansfield police Sgt. Steven Brane, working with the METRICH task force.

About noon Thursday, Ashland Fire Department and emergency responders in hazmat suits were in the parking lot behind the restaurant, 1320 Cleveland Avenue.

Rob Stoops, the owner of the restaurant, said an employee found the bag and the restaurant called authorities.

Brane said it looked as though someone cleaned out a meth lab and dumped the chemicals in the restaurant's grease bin. The chemicals for a one-pot meth lab were removed and will be disposed of properly.

The restaurant was not affected or evacuated, Stoops said.
us_OH  public  discovery  response  grease  meth_lab 
9 days ago
Hazmat crews secure site of incident on train near Martin State Airport
MIDDLE RIVER, Md. (WBFF) – Baltimore County Fire Department units have secured the site of a scene with a potential hazmat situation on a commercial train in Middle River after finding the spilled material mirrored the contents of baby formula.

A fire department spokesperson said the incident involved an unknown substance on a train car near Eastern Boulevard and White Marsh Boulevard, in close proximity to the Martin State Airport train station.

The spokesperson said units arrived at the scene at 3:20 p.m. and that they do not know if anyone was on the train when the substance was discovered.

After testing the substance, crews determined it was similar to the ingredients used in baby formula, though it was still sent for lab testing.
us_MD  transportation  release  response  other_chemical 
9 days ago
Martinez: One hospitalized, hazardous materials spilled, in crash – The Mercury News
MARTINEZ — A two-car crash involving a pickup truck hospitalized a woman and spilled boxes of a hazardous material early Wednesday, the California Highway Patrol said.

The woman suffered only minor injuries after the sedan she was driving and the truck collided on Pacheco Boulevard at Veale Avenue around 8:20 a.m., CHP Lt. Steve Perea said. The pickup truck driver was not injured.

The CHP shut down Pacheco Boulevard between Palm Avenue and Howe Road until 12:22 p.m. There was also a shelter-in-place for homes in the area and for the Shell Refinery for about 90 minutes, Laing said. It went into effect just after 12:30.

The truck had boxes containing hydrochloric acid that fell from the truck, Perea said. A hazardous materials team from Contra Costa County cleaned up the spill.

Bleach also spilled and mixed with the hydrochloric acid to form chlorine gas, “an extremely hazardous substance,” Fire Prevention Capt. George Laing of the Contra Costa Fire Prevention District said. According to Laing, approximately 3 1/2 gallons of the toxic substances spilled onto the street.
us_CA  transportation  release  response  bleach  chlorine  hydrochloric_acid 
9 days ago
Hazmat crews called for mercury spill in Falmouth
FALMOUTH – Hazardous Materials technicians were called to Falmouth after a small mercury spill. The incident happened around noon at the Howlingbird Studio at 91 Palmer Avenue. One person was evaluated for possible exposure. Further details were not immediately available.
us_MA  public  release  response  mercury 
9 days ago
OSHA cites Connecticut diagnostic laboratory for inadequately protecting its employees against chemical hazards
OSHA cites Connecticut diagnostic laboratory for inadequately protecting
its employees against chemical hazards
Quest Diagnostics Corp.'s Ameripath faces $152K in fines for 17 violations

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. - Concerned because they were experiencing sore throats, headaches and difficulty with breathing, employees of Quest Diagnostic Corp.'s Ameripath diagnostic laboratory in Shelton filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The agency's Bridgeport Area Office began an inspection on March 6, 2016.

The inspection identified violations of OSHA's laboratory safety standard, which requires employers to protect their employees against the effects of hazardous chemicals used in laboratories. Safeguards include a complete and effective chemical hygiene plan stating the employer's policies, procedures and responsibilities for protecting employees.

OSHA found that the Shelton laboratory did not:

Provide each laboratory employee who displayed signs and symptoms of exposure to hazardous chemicals the opportunity for an appropriate medical examination.
Inform each laboratory employee of the signs and symptoms of exposure to acetic acid, alcohols, formaldehyde, xylene and other chemicals used in the laboratory.
Train laboratory employees on how to detect the presence or release of hazardous chemicals.
Conduct a hazard assessment to determine what type of personal protective equipment laboratory employees would need and use.
Inform employees of the location and availability of the laboratory's chemical hygiene plan and provide them training about the plan.
Implement each section of the chemical hygiene plan for laboratory employees exposed to health hazards associated with xylene, acetic acids, alcohols and formaldehyde.
Ensure that the plan contained procedures for the safe separation and removal of incompatible chemical waste and included procedures to ensure proper and adequate performance of protective equipment.
Provide laboratory employees with, or post, the results of chemical exposure monitoring and sampling.
us_CT  laboratory  discovery  response  acids  formaldehyde  waste 
10 days ago
EST research article: Consumer Product Chemicals in Indoor Dust: A Quantitative Meta-analysis of U.S. Studies
Indoor dust is a reservoir for commercial consumer product chemicals, including many compounds with known or suspected health effects. However, most dust exposure studies measure few chemicals in small samples. We systematically searched the U.S. indoor dust literature on phthalates, replacement flame retardants (RFRs), perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs), synthetic fragrances, and environmental phenols and estimated pooled geometric means (GMs) and 95% confidence intervals for 45 chemicals measured in ≥3 data sets. In order to rank and contextualize these results, we used the pooled GMs to calculate residential intake from dust ingestion, inhalation, and dermal uptake from air, and then identified hazard traits from the Safer Consumer Products Candidate Chemical List. Our results indicate that U.S. indoor dust consistently contains chemicals from multiple classes. Phthalates occurred in the highest concentrations, followed by phenols, RFRs, fragrance, and PFASs. Several phthalates and RFRs had the highest residential intakes. We also found that many chemicals in dust share hazard traits such as reproductive and endocrine toxicity. We offer recommendations to maximize comparability of studies and advance indoor exposure science. This information is critical in shaping future exposure and health studies, especially related to cumulative exposures, and in providing evidence for intervention development and public policy.
public  discovery  environmental  dust 
11 days ago
Hazmat investigates possible chlorine leak in NT
NORTH TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WKBW) - Hazmat teams were called to a waste water treatment facility in North Tonawanda Tuesday night to investigate a possible chlorine leak.

North Tonwanda Police said officials from the water treatment plant on River Road called in the possible leak around 10 p.m. Tuesday night.
us_NY  industrial  release  response  chlorine  water_treatment 
11 days ago
Southington Seeks Reimbursement For Response To Chemical Leak
Now that the chemical cleanup at a Spring Street factory is done, the town is seeking compensation for its work at the site.

"I'm confident we will be fully reimbursed," Town Manager Garry Brumback said Tuesday.

Town fire, police and public works personnel were among those who responded to the Aug. 24 plumbing leak of 300 gallons of water tainted with hexavalent chromium at the Light Metals Coloring factory.

The first reimbursement check – $29,000 to the fire department – has been received, fire Chief Harold Clark told the town council on Monday. It's not clear how much compensation other town agencies will seek from Light Metals.

Brumback said the company is self-insured and has been cooperative and helpful with town and other officials since the leak. The chemical was forced up onto the factory roof by a plumbing malfunction. It spilled off the roof on the grounds and flowed onto Graham Place and into a catch basin.

Town, state and federal agencies were at the scene for several days. Workers took soil and water samples as others replaced the company roof, cleaned pipes and gutters, removed topsoil and pavement, and checked drains that empty into the Quinnipiac River for traces of the carcinogenic industrial chemical. All materials removed from the site were sealed securely for shipping for safe disposal.
us_CT  industrial  follow-up  environmental  metals  waste 
11 days ago
Tear gas canisters send 6 Waste Management employees to hospital
Dive Brief:
Leaking tear gas canisters at Waste Management’s Sunset Environmental Transfer Station in Irvine, CA caused six employees to be hospitalized on Friday, as reported by Lake Forest Patch.
Seven workers reported symptoms of coughing, sneezing, runny noses and watery eyes. One did not require transport to a hospital. In total, 20 employees were evacuated from the facility.
Firefighters and a hazmat team from Orange County arrived with specialized equipment to check for hazardous chemicals and eventually cleared the facility for work to resume.
Dive Insight:
By the time hazmat technicians entered the facility, about an hour after the incident, the gas had dissipated and they couldn't locate the containers. The Orange County Health Department discovered the seven offending canisters later in the day.
us_CA  public  release  injury  tear_gas  waste 
12 days ago
Man Injured After Freon Leak in Shaw Apartment Building
A man was injured after a cooling unit leaked Freon inside of an apartment building in Shaw earlier this morning.
D.C. Fire and EMS Hazmat crews rushed to the scene of a Freon leak inside of a six-story apartment complex on the 500 block of N St. NW around 8 a.m., according to spokesman Doug Buchanan. When personnel arrived, they found that a “refrigeration or air conditioning unit” in a utility closet area was leaking the refrigerant.
A worker with the apartment building was taken to the hospital with potentially serious respiratory injuries, Buchanan said.
us_DC  public  release  injury  freon 
12 days ago
Here's why those Samsung phone batteries exploded
Lithium ion batteries show up in all sort of tech these days, from your phone and laptop to airplanes and electric vehicles. But a voluntary recall of some 2.5 million Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones after reports of battery explosions is raising new concerns about their safety.

Last week the Federal Aviation Authority warned passengers not to turn on or charge the devices during flights — or even put them in checked baggage. Some international airlines have placed similar restrictions on traveling with the smartphone. And the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission advised consumers "to stop charging or using the device."

Here's what you need to know about the lithium batteries that probably power a lot of your tech — and why they sometimes catch fire.
us_IL  transportation  discovery  environmental  batteries 
12 days ago
Fire crews called out to chemical leak at Ayrshire school
Emergency services have been called out to an East Ayrshire school after a chemical leak was discovered.

Two fire crews were sent to Loudoun Academy, Galston, at around 5.45pm on Monday after the automatic fire alarm sounded.

Once inside the school, firefighters found a quantity of aluminium chloride which had leaked from a container and called in a special environmental protection team and a scientific adviser.

The aluminium chloride, a neurotoxin which can cause irritation to the eyes, skin and respiratory system, was safely contained and put back into storage.

No pupils were in the school at the time.
United_Kingdom  education  release  response  other_chemical 
12 days ago
Youngstown news, Rutgers agrees to clean probable carcinogens from Nease Chemical site near Salem
Rutgers Organics Corp. has agreed to complete the cleanup of the Nease Chemical Superfund site near Salem, estimated to cost $18.75 million, federal officials announced.

The agreement is in a consent decree filed Friday in federal court in Youngstown.

Under the consent decree, Rutgers, based in State College, Pa., also agrees to restore injured natural resources at the site and nearby areas at a cost of about $500,000.

Further, Rutgers will reimburse federal and state agencies for their past response and assessment costs of about $1 million.

“This agreement will undo the damage done in the past while preserving creeks and the [Little Beaver Creek] watershed for future generations,” said Carole S. Rendon, U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.

In a complaint filed with the consent decree, federal and state agencies allege that between 1961 and 1973, portions of the site were owned and operated by a chemical manufacturing plant known as the Nease Chemical Co.

Nease Chemical produced specialty products, including pesticides such as Mirex, a probable human carcinogen no longer produced in the United States.

Hazardous substances derived from these products were detected in the soil, groundwater, sediments, floodplains and wetlands in the area, as well as in the fish in the nearby Middle Fork of Little Beaver Creek.
us_PA  industrial  release  environmental  ag_chems  pesticides 
12 days ago
Toddlers Are at Highest Risk for Chemical Burns to the Eyes
Accidents involving chemicals splashed in the eyes were long regarded as a workplace risk.

But it turns out that toddlers have the highest risk for this potentially blinding injury at home, according to a study published in JAMA Ophthalmology last month. Before a parent can stop them, curious babies may spray themselves in the face with a household cleaner or squeeze a liquid detergent packet till it explodes.

Most parents know to keep liquid cleaning products out of children’s reach so they do not drink them, but may be unaware that even products like toilet cleaning sprays and alcohol-based hand sanitizers must be kept out of reach.

Chemical eye burns from industrial chemicals and cleaning products are usually considered a problem in industrial settings. That is why the Occupational Safety and Health Administration mandates the use of safety goggles and face shields in certain jobs.

Using a database of 900 emergency departments nationwide, researchers found that 1- and 2-year-olds had the highest rates of eye injuries from chemicals. Roughly 28 out of 100,000 1-year-olds and 23 out of every 100,000 2-year-olds had chemical eye burns while only 13 out of every 100,000 adults ages 18 to 64 did.

“Just about every eye doctor has seen this,” said Dr. Alex Levin, the chief of pediatric ophthalmology at Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia, who did not participate in the new study. “It’s a potentially blinding problem that is a completely preventable tragedy.”
public  discovery  environmental  cleaners 
12 days ago
Air-pollution-derived magnetic nanoparticles found in human brains
Magnetite, a magnetic iron oxide mineral, is showing up in a place it doesn’t belong: the brain.
Researchers at the University of Lancaster found unexpectedly high levels of magnetite nanoparticles in human brain tissue they were examining with electron microscopy (Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 2016, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1605941113). Barbara A. Maher, one of the team leaders, says that’s concerning because magnetite could be toxic to the brain, generating harmful reactive oxygen species that have been linked to Alzheimer’s disease.
Scientists first discovered magnetite particles in human brains more than two decades ago that had structures suggesting a biological origin. In contrast, the vast majority of particles found in the new study resemble magnetite from airborne pollutants.
Common sources of magnetite particles include iron impurities in burning fuel—especially diesel—and indoor sources such as printer toners, and leaky stoves.
laboratory  discovery  environmental  other_chemical 
13 days ago
Family displaced, classes canceled again after school mercury co
AS VEGAS (FOX5) -
Clark County School District said classes at Johnson Junior High School are canceled Monday after officials recovered upwards of a quarter of a cup of mercury. 

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, 80 bags were brought in for testing over the weekend. 16 bags were being retested. 60 homes were evaluated and one family was asked to temporarily evacuate. 

"It is unclear where it was actually found because it was so high, so we can't pinpoint that. So, we're going to do another investigation," said Randy Nattis, of the EPA, in reference to the evacuated home. 

The EPA also inspected Kristina Langendorf's home, but she said it was cleared. 

"It was scary because I didn't know what to expect or what they were going to find," said Langendorf. 
us_NV  education  release  response  mercury 
13 days ago
Firefighting foam linked to water contamination, injuries...
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE — A fire suppressant foam linked to the shutdown of two drinking water wells at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base injured a firefighter during a training incident and the Defense Department has launched an investigation to determine how widespread the problem is across the nation.
The firefighter, Michael R. Strouse, was injured when piping inside a fire cab ruptured and shot the chemical at high pressure into his eyes, he said.

“My face was chemically burned and my eyes were really blood shot and they were sore,” Strouse said in an interview with this newspaper. “Then the next day I was actually taken off the job.”

Strouse, 38, a veteran firefighter for more than a decade at Wright-Patterson, was reassigned to administrative duties. But his condition gradually worsened, he said. He’s now been off work for more than three months.

The injury to Strouse comes as concerns over aqueous film forming foam, or AFFF, have soared in recent years.
us_OH  industrial  release  injury  other_chemical 
13 days ago
2 dead in explosion at Chile chemical plant
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — A chemical company says one of its plants has suffered an explosion in northern Chile, killing two workers.

The Australian company Orica confirmed the explosion in a Sunday statement.

The explosion occurred Saturday afternoon at its chemical and explosives plant in Antofagasta about 680 miles (1,100 km) north of Santiago and set off a fire that was controlled hours later by area firefighters.

The cause of the accident is under investigation.
Chile  industrial  explosion  death  explosives 
13 days ago
Staff rescued from Thomastown nitrous acid leak
Firefighters have rescued four workers trapped during a nitrous acid leak in an industrial area in Melbourne's north.

Staff at Electromold in Holt Parade, Thomastown, sheltered inside while more than 20 firefighters including Hazmat crews worked to contain the toxic leak, which began around 10.15am Saturday.

Workers from a Thomastown factory were evacuated by firefighters.  Photo: Facebook/(MFB) Metropolitan Fire Brigade
An orange cloud is escaping the tank and an exclusion zone of 250 metres has been created downwind of the site.

MFB Steve Moore spokesman said firefighters are working to contain and neutralise the spill of about 100 litres of acid, none of which has entered drains.

"The remaining contents of the 1000 litre tank are then to be decanted to a clean container for neutralising."
Australia  industrial  release  response  other_chemical 
14 days ago
Firefighters battle chemical leak in Pasadena
Firefighters are trying to figure out what led to an ammonia leak at a food processing plant in Pasadena.

Fire officials say the plant is on South Richie Street.

Ammonia was leaking from a freezer inside the plant.

The leak was not a threat to nearby communities.

There was, reportedly, just a terrible smell left behind. 
us_TX  industrial  release  response  ammonia 
14 days ago
Germany begins destroying Gaddafi-era chemical weapons from Libya
Germany has begun destroying toxic materials from Libya’s chemical weapons program, the country’s defense ministry revealed on Friday.

Nearly 500 tons of toxic materials dating back to the Gaddafi era were transferred to a special center in northern Germany this week, the ministry said in a statement.

The work of destroying the chemicals will continue for several months.

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said his country’s assistance to the Libyan Government of National Accord would contribute to international security.

“We need to prevent toxic chemicals from falling into the wrong hands. In doing so, our aim is to improve security in Germany, Europe and, of course, Libya,” he said in a statement.
Germany  industrial  discovery  response  toxics 
14 days ago
Explosion in cargo tank of chemical tanker Eiwa Maru 3 off Japan
Explosion in cargo tank of chemical tanker Eiwa Maru 3 killed one and injured two seamen off Japan. The vessel was making en route from Shimotsu to Yokkaichi in Japan under ballast, passing through Kiisuido Strait and making tank cleaning. At the same time the engineers party was performing wielding works on a cargo deck, which inflamed the chemical gasses and caused explosion into the cargo tank. The blast was strong, causing serious injuries and burns of three crew members. The incident was reported to the local authorities and coast guard dispatched a helicopter to medevac the injured people. One of the, the Chief Engineer of Korean nationality, died in the hospital. The another two Indonesian crew are in stable condition, but with heavy burns.

The chemical tanker Eiwa Maru 3 returned to Wakayama port, where was docked for further inspection and investigation. The other crew did not suffered injuries. The local authorities ordered full inspection of the tanker and started investigation for the root cause of the explosion.
Japan  transportation  explosion  death  other_chemical 
14 days ago
20 children consumed poisonous copper sulfate chemical, hospitalised
HOWRA: Twenty primary school children were taken ill after consuming poisonous copper sulfate chemical here today.

However, all the students are out of danger, said authorities of the hospital where they were admitted.

One of the students of state-run Kamargaria primary school in Jaipur area found a packet of unknown substance on the road and brought it to school.

Thinking that it could have been some salt, 20 students of various classes ate it, said Sudip Karar, Superintendent of Uluberia General Hospital.

Shortly afterwards they started complaining of stomachache and nausea. They were first taken to a local hospital and then to Uluberia General Hospital.

The children were given saline and are now out of danger, Karar said.
India  education  release  injury  copper_sulphate 
14 days ago
Hazmat team rushes to secondary school in Sabah after mercury spill
KOTA KINABALU: A hazardous materials (Hazmat) team from the Fire and Rescue Department was rushed to a secondary school in Penampang after a thermometer broke, spilling mercury in a laboratory there.  

Department spokesman Affendy Ramin said a Form Four student, Joshua Vinilis Johny, 16, sustained minor injuries in the 8.40am incident Friday.  

He said Joshua was taken to the hospital by the St Michael secondary school vehicle for treatment.  

Affendy said about 20 students and a teacher who were in the laboratory at that time were evacuated from the area. 
Malaysia  laboratory  release  injury  mercury 
15 days ago
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