Home 'explosion' injures man in Robina
Police believe there may have been an amphetamines drug lab inside a Gold Coast townhouse where a man was badly injured in an explosion Tuesday morning.

The force of the explosion nearly blew the garage door off the Robina townhouse, leaving a 37-year-old man with severe burns.

The police Illicit Laboratory Investigation Team was called in, after fire crews declared the scene safe about 11am.

"The residence has been closed down pending a thorough examination," Detective Inspector Marc Hogan said.

"At this time indications are that police will be managing a scene which does or has involved the likely production of dangerous drugs."
Australia  laboratory  explosion  injury  drugs  illegal 
10 hours ago
Chemistry lab fire at Strive Prep school sends 4 students to hospital with burn injuries
DENVER - A chemistry teacher is on paid leave after four students were injured when an experiment went wrong at the Strive Prep School on the Lalo Delgado campus.

"We are reviewing all of the safety policies and protocols as they relate to the science lab," said school spokeswoman Lindsay Neil. "We've suspended all science lab activity in our network of schools."

The teacher was identified as first-year teacher Daniel Powell.

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board tells 7NEWS: "The CSB will be sending two investigators over to the scene of the accident -- they should arrive on scene very shortly."

Denver Fire spokesman Mark Watson said the students suffered burn injuries, and although he could not describe their conditions, he said any burn injury to the face or mouth area should be considered serious.

Denver Health said three students were treated and released and the fourth had been transported to University Hospital because of the severity of his burns.

Strive Prep School is a Denver Public Schools charter school located at 3201 West Arizona Avenue.  The Denver Fire Department received the call about the fire at 7:54 a.m.

A 10th grade student, David Mathis, was in the classroom and told 7NEWS that the chemistry teacher was lighting methanol when it exploded. He said the fire extended up to the ceiling and out towards the back wall of the classroom, and all of the students who were hurt were sitting in the back of the room.

"I only saw one of the students, but his skin was peeling off, and it looked like at least second-degree burns all over," said Mathis. "We were all just chaotic. We were trying to figure out what just happened. We just saw fire everywhere in the room, too, and we were just trying to put it out and help the students."
us_CO  laboratory  fire  injury  methanol 
92-year-old Turret man found dead in home with stockpile of explosives, chemicals
TURRET, Colo. - An autopsy is scheduled Monday to determine what killed a 92-year-old Turret man who was found dead in his home, which was stocked with large amount of explosives.

A friend found the body of Edwin Bartheld in Bartheld’s crawlspace on Friday, the Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office said.

It appeared that he had been dead for several days, the sheriff’s office said.  Initially, authorities suspected that he died as a result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. But now investigators believe he was killed when one of his homemade explosive devices accidentally detonated, the sheriff’s office said.

The sheriff’s office said when they were called to the man’s home on Friday afternoon, they discovered a large cache of explosive devices and chemicals commonly used for manufacturing explosives. Detectives had to back out of the house and call for the Colorado Springs Regional Explosives Unit and two nearby HAZMAT teams to secure the scene.

On Saturday, members of the bomb squad and HAZMAT teams  found large quantities of chemicals commonly used for manufacturing explosives, along with several homemade detonators and homemade explosives inside the house. 

The explosives were removed and safely detonated by the bomb specialists while the HAZMAT team identified chemicals and mixtures to assure they were stable before they were removed from the house.
us_CO  public  explosion  death  bomb  explosives 
Blaze destroys Morgan Sindall Nottingham lab project Ι Construction Enquirer
Morgan Sindall’s nearly-finished £16m chemistry lab project in Nottingham has been destroyed after fire engulfed the building on Friday night

Sixty fire fighters and 10 engines battled to bring the fierce blaze under under control but they were unable to save the timber building.

The project was part funded by GlaxoSmithKlein and was billed to be the world’s first zero carbon chemistry laboratory.

Instead it has highlighted how vulnerable timber-frame structures are to fire during the construction phase.
United_Kingdom  laboratory  follow-up  response  unknown_chemical 
Leaky chemical truck prompts emergency alert for nearby residents
A tanker truck leaking a hazardous chemical shut down Interstate 90 near the Washington-Idaho state line for hours today and released fumes that sickened two police officers and prompted officials to advise nearby residents to stay indoors.

The truck was parked at the Washington State Patrol weigh station and Port of Entry just east of Liberty Lake. At 9 p.m. an emergency alert was issued advising anyone within a half mile of there to take shelter indoors with their windows closed and air conditioning off.

The warning was prompted by two police officers south of the interstate who complained of throat irritation and headaches, said Andy Hail, deputy chief of the Spokane Valley Fire Department.

The Florida-based truck is carrying 7,000 gallons of anhydrous trimethylamine, a flammable substance used in making solvents, animal feed supplements and products consumed by the paper, oil and gas industries.

The rare decision to shut down the freeway in both directions was intended to keep drivers away from the truck, parked just along the westbound lanes. Traffic backed up for miles at detours in Liberty Lake and Post Falls.
us_WA  transportation  release  injury  flammables  solvent 
Skinny Chef: How to put out a grease fire (video)
Over the last three weeks, two of my neighbors experienced kitchen fires. As a professional cook, it has happened to me many times, as well. If you're cooking a lot, like many of my foodie friends, it's really a matter of when - not if - you'll experience your first fire.

Because it happens so rarely for most people, they can become scared and startled when a fire occurs. So invest 3 minutes to learn the proper techniques for dealing with kitchen fires!

Because my neighbors didn't know if they were able to handle the fire, they called in the fire fighters - which is always a good idea, if you're not sure you can handle it yourself!
public  fire  response  other_chemical 
Neighbors collect complaints about chemical plant
PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) - An Environmental Protection Agency inspector, during a tour of Mississippi Phosphates in 2009, walked through a puddle so acidic it ate leather off the inspector’s steel-toed boots.

The inspector’s vivid account is one of dozens from an inspection that year that yielded a biting administrative order from the EPA to the company, using the words “imminent and substantial” danger when referring to the possible impact on human health or the environment.

The federal agency ordered the company to fix uncontrolled leaks and spills of sulfuric acid on its grounds, and stop untreated discharges to the adjacent bayou and uncontrolled spills and leaks of phosphoric acid to unlined ditches. The agency found more issues in 2011, and in 2012, reinforced its orders to clean up. Then last year, the state Department of Environmental Quality shut down two plants at the fertilizer manufacturer because they were creating an acid mist that caused neighboring industry to evacuate workers.

All the while, a neighborhood less than a mile away says it was unaware of the reports. Cherokee Forest has 132 homes along heavily industrialized Bayou Casotte in east Pascagoula, where several industries contribute heavily to air emissions.
us_MS  industrial  release  environmental  phosphoric_acid  sulfuric_acid 
2 days ago
Nottingham University's new £15m laboratory caught on fire
Not so carbon neutral now! New eco-friendly £15million university laboratory built out of wood goes up in flames
The Carbon Neutral Laboratory for Sustainable Chemistry at Nottingham University caught fire at 8.30pm Friday 
The £15million wooden structure has been completely destroyed in the blaze which needed 60 firefighters to control 
Nottingham University held an open day for prospective undergraduates today despite the fire continuing to blaze
Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service said they expected the fire would continue for at least another 24 hours
An investigation into the cause of the blaze has not yet started as the building is still too dangerous to examine 
University Registrar Dr Paul Greatrix said the college would be working with its partners to rebuild the structure 
United_Kingdom  laboratory  fire  response  unknown_chemical 
2 days ago
Update: Chemical spill on Pomeroy Road
PARSIPPANY — Parsippany Fire Volunteer District 6 was first on scene at Zimmer Trabecular Metal Technology at approximately 11:00 a.m. on a report of a chemical spill. Zimmer is located at 10 Pomery Road.

Captain Vincent Petito, Capt. 61, established command. Crews from Engine 65 began evacuating workers and assessing the leak.

After detecting a heavy smell of chlorine gas, District 5 HazMat team was called to the scene along with Lake Parsippany Volunteer Fire District 3.

Morris County HazMat,  Picatinny Arsenal HazMat and Whippany HazMat were also called to the scene to assist with removal of leaking chlorine tank.

Also New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection provided assistance.

The tank was secured and removed and building was cleared of any chlorine gas.

One worker who was closest to the leaking tank was immediately taken to Morristown Memorial Hospital by a coworker.
us_NJ  industrial  fire  injury  chlorine 
2 days ago
Green Bay crews respond to hazmat call, possible fire
Firefighters from the Green Bay Metro Fire Department were called to hazardous materials situation and possible fire Friday night on the near west side of Green Bay just before 9 p.m.

Crews were sent to a building near the intersection of Alexander and McDonald streets, just west of the Fox River, for a report of an ammonia smell. While investigating the smell, crews reported a possible fire in a nearby building, according to radio traffic.

Hazardous material crews were called to the scene. Workers at nearby businesses were being told to leave the immediate area shortly before 10 p.m.

Around 10:15 p.m., Green Bay police said they anticipated shutting off power to part of the area surrounding the incident site to protect firefighters on scene. It wasn't known how big an area would be affected or for how long.
us_WI  industrial  release  response  ammonia 
3 days ago
David Snyder pled no contest to all charges in UC Davis explosives case
Former University of California, Davis postdoctoral chemist David Snyder was headed to trial next month on 17 explosives, hazardous waste, and firearms charges stemming from a 2013 explosion in his campus apartment. At a hearing today that was supposed to deal with legal motions prior to an Oct. 20 trial start, Snyder pled no contest to all of the charges, according to an update from the Yolo County District Attorney’s office:
us_CA  laboratory  follow-up  injury  explosives  waste 
3 days ago
Homes evacuated after Ville Platte chemical leak
Residents of one Ville Platte home remain out of their homes this morning following a chemical leak Thursday night at a neighboring business.

HazMat crews responded to the 100 block of East Main Street around 7 p.m.

State police say a valve on a liquified ammonium container broke, causing a blowout. 500 gallons of the chemical leaked, forcing authorities to evacuate several homes in the area.

Most of the residents have been allowed to return to their homes. One home located directly behind the business remains evacuated.
us_LA  public  release  response  ammonia 
3 days ago
Red Chemical Foam on CT Shores After “Fire Balls” Explode in Bridgeport
Two firefighters are recovering Friday morning after being injured in a massive fire at Rowayton Trading Company that started Thursday, Sept. 11.

At the 10:30 a.m. press conference, officials said about 1500 people are still without power. They also said it’s a miracle more houses nearby didn’t catch fire because they are close together in the area.

More than 80 firefighters battled the five alarm fire. About 50 people were employed by the two companies in the building.

55,000 gallons of chemical compound used to create perfume were stored in the building, Bridgeport Fire Officials said in a press conference Friday morning. Dozens of firefighters still remain on the scene.

After a fire broke out, the compound ignited and created “fire ball” explosions that sounds like “bombs” exploding, Mayor Bill Finch told FOX CT.

Now there is a red foam on the surface of nearby water, a Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) official said. Investigators are working with the Centers for Disease control to determine the toxicity of the red foam.
us_CT  industrial  explosion  injury  other_chemical 
3 days ago
North Pole refinery settles HazMat storage allegations
A petroleum refinery in North Pole, Alaska, has reached a settlement with US officials following allegations of mishandling hazardous waste during groundwater a cleanup at the refinery.

On June 19, 2013, Flint Hills Resources conducted groundwater cleanup activities at its refinery that generated spent groundwater pre-filters containing iron sulfide. The spent groundwater pre-filters were disposed of in an exposed, uncovered “roll off” dumpster where they soon ignited, causing two container fires. The fires required local fire department assistance to extinguish.

The settlement includes a civil penalty of $80,000.

According to Scott Downey, manager of EPA’s Air & Hazardous Waste Compliance Unit in Seattle, under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), waste generators are required to determine whether or not their waste is hazardous at the time of generation, then label it clearly and store it properly.
us_AK  industrial  discovery  response  petroleum  waste 
4 days ago
Nitrogen leak led to evacuation at UC
A leaking tank of liquid nitrogen at the University of Cincinnati prompted UC police to call in a hazardous materials unit Thursday.

The leak occurred in a mechanical engineering research lab in Rhodes Hall around 4:40 p.m., according to emergency communications.

Officials evacuated the building for about 20 minutes until the tank was removed.

The culprit of the leak was a faulty catch valve on the nitrogen tank, said Mark Schulz, a mechanical engineering professor.

Schulz said no one was put in danger because of the leak.
us_OH  laboratory  release  response  liquid_nitrogen 
4 days ago
Smoldering towels in drier prompt evacuations
SAN ANTONIO - Between 30 to 40 people were evacuated from a food service warehouse Thursday morning on the city's Northeast Side.

SAFD spokesman Christian Bove said a chemical emergency was initially declared at the warehouse at 11:30 a.m. in the 5300 block of Rittiman Road.

Bove said a noxious smell from a janatorial closet prompted the evacuations.

It turns out that some towels that were placed in a drier emitted a smoldering stench, which made some people nauseous.
us_TX  industrial  release  response  unknown_chemical 
4 days ago
Chemical safety for teachers webinar next week
Just a quick post to spread the word that the American Association of Chemistry Teachers is holding a webinar on Tuesday, Sept. 16, from 7-8 pm Eastern on “Chemical Safety for Teachers”:
Join professor and chemical safety expert Sammye Sigmann as she discusses laboratory standards, stockroom management, and answers your questions about safety in the chemistry classroom.
laboratory  discovery  response 
4 days ago
3 Million Gallons of Dangerous Chemicals Cleared From Samoa Pulp Mill Says Congressman Huffman
Congressman Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael) announced today that the final shipment of some three million gallons of dangerous chemicals has left the former Samoa Pulp Mill site, in Humboldt County, Calif., drastically reducing a potentially catastrophic environmental threat to Humboldt Bay.

Huffman praised the Humboldt Bay Harbor, Recreation and Conservation District, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Coast Guard and Coast Seafoods for their rapid response to what was a potential disaster. Last summer, EPA was approached by the Harbor District about millions of gallons of highly caustic pulping liquors abandoned by previous owners in tanks that were inappropriate for storage and actively leaking. Due to the volume of the liquors on site and their proximity to Humboldt Bay, all parties worked diligently to secure the site and began working on a plan to remove the chemicals. 

“I’m very pleased that the final truckloads of caustic chemicals have left the Samoa pulp mill site, ensuring that Humboldt Bay is protected from a toxic legacy irresponsibly abandoned by previous owners,” Huffman said. “I thank the Harbor District, the EPA, the Coast Guard, Coast Seafoods and the community for their response to such a grave threat to one of my district’s most precious resources.”
us_CA  transportation  discovery  environmental  other_chemical 
5 days ago
East Brandywine man hurt mixing pool chemicals
East Brandywine >> A homeowner was rushed to the hospital by helicopter on Wednesday after suffering burns while mixing pool chemicals at this home in the first block of Blakely Road.

According to East Brandywine Fire Company Assistant Chief Joe Edwards, firefighters and EMS crews were called to the home for reports of a chemical burn around 11:30 a.m. Edwards said the homeowner, who was not identified, was mixing chemicals when a reaction caused harmful materials to enter his face, eyes, mouth, and airways.

Medics from the Downingtown Fire Department’s Minquas Ambulance rushed to the home and quickly requested a helicopter transport for the victim, who was flown to Christiana Hospital in Delaware.
us_PA  public  release  injury  pool_chemicals 
5 days ago
Center for Chemical Process Safety Joins Effort to Improve Safety in West Virginia
The American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) and its Center for Chemical Process Safety (CCPS) teamed with the West Virginia Manufacturers Association, the American Chemistry Council, and the National Association of Chemical Distributors on September 8, 2014, for a day-long meeting designed to enhance chemical safety and security in the state, particularly among smaller businesses.

Louisa Nara, technical director of CCPS and a Charleston native and chemical engineering graduate of West Virginia University, led attendees in a featured workshop, “Recognizing Incident Warning Signs.” According to Nara, “You can’t always predict exactly when an incident will occur, but you can make yourself more aware of warning signs so you can act to avoid potential incidents.” The workshop offered guidance, drawn from real-world experiences, on recognizing indicators of potential accidents and near-misses. “Identifying the subtleties and weaknesses in existing processes and safety programs are ways to drive continued improvement in your process safety program,” Nara said.

Other speakers at the event described lessons learned from recent incidents, how communities have been impacted and responded, and how the industry’s “Responsible Care” and “Responsible Distribution” programs are making a difference in chemical safety
us_WV  industrial  follow-up  response  other_chemical 
5 days ago
NBC29 WVIR Charlottesville, VA News, Sports and Weather
Hazmat crews are responding to an incident at the Days Inn located along Rosser Ave. in Waynesboro.

End-of-the-season pool maintenance crews knocked over chlorine tablets into standing water in the pool house, causing fumes.

The Days Inn and the Wendy's next door were evacuated as a precaution. No one was hurt.
us_VA  public  release  response  chlorine 
5 days ago
Munitions maker will pay $1.2 million for storing hazmat illegally: Land Line Magazine
A Pennsylvania-based explosives maker has agreed to replace its president and chief executive officer and pay a $1.2 million fine after it was caught storing and transporting military grade explosives illegally.

According to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office representing Eastern Pennsylvania, Action Manufacturing Co. builds timing and arms devices for munitions and explosives. To make its products, the company mixes explosive powders and fills boosters, detonators and other items with explosive materials. The process creates solid waste that is explosive, and is required to be disposed with in accordance with laws under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act.

In November 2011, inspectors from the Environmental Protection Agency’s Land and Chemicals Division and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection inspected Action Manufacturing’s Atglen, Pa., facility. Inspectors found the illegally stored waste “including scrap parts and components that were years or even decades overdue” for disposal, the news release states.

The company admitted that instead of sending the hazardous waste to an approved treatment, storage and disposal facility, it stockpiled the waste at its Atglen facility without a permit. Action Manufacturing also admitted violating federal Department of Transportation regulations that require recordkeeping for transporting explosives on public roads.
us_PA  industrial  follow-up  environmental  dust  explosives  waste 
5 days ago
Hazmat Concern Reported at Several Winchester Businesses
WINCHESTER, Va. - Winchester Fire & Rescue officials responded to a Hazmat concern Tuesday morning involving several local businesses. 

Officials said they were called to 2235-2239 Valor Drive in Winchester for a strong chemical smell reported inside numerous stores. Upon arrival, crews were able to determine that the smell originated from renovation work at DK Hair Studio. 

They said the concern was quickly isolated and the building was ventilated. Four people complaining of dizziness and eye and throat irritation were evaluated by EMS. No one was taken to the hospital for further treatment. 

Fire officials said the toxic smell was caused by a mop bucket containing highly-flammable floor stripping chemicals that was left uncovered overnight inside DK Hair Studio. The vapors were transported through the ductwork to three other businesses in the building, causing a high toxicity level in the air. 
us_VA  public  release  response  flammables 
6 days ago
Massive explosion rocks German chemical plant (PHOTOS, VIDEO) — RT News
A powerful explosion heard from kilometers away has rocked a chemical plant near Bremen, in northern Germany. At least one person has reportedly been injured while the plant buildings sustained “serious damage,” first responders say.

More than 300 firefighters have been called in to battle the explosion and massive fire at the Bergolin company plant in Ritterhude, a city north of Bremen with a population of 15,000. The plant reportedly produces primarily industrial coatings.
Germany  industrial  explosion  injury  paints 
6 days ago
Chemical plume released at Haviland Enterprises in G.R.
GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Emergency crews are wrapping up on the scene of a hazardous materials situation at Haviland Enterprises in northwest Grand Rapids.

Grand Rapids Fire Department battalion chief Dan Stoddard told WZZM 13 pool chemicals, known as oxiders, got wet, creating a chlorine plume at the chemical plant located at Ann Street and Turner Avenue NW.

Firefighters evacuated businesses along Turner where the plume was strongest. Residents living north of the area were advised to stay inside because the gas release could create breathing discomfort.

Crews closed several roads in the area including: Ann Street between Alpine and Monroe; the U.S. 131 exits to Ann Street; and Turner Avenue. The chemical leak also forced a CSX train to idle north of Ann. Authorities say traffic has returned to normal.
us_MI  industrial  release  response  pool_chemicals 
6 days ago
Chemical Spill Leaks From Store, Onto Little Italy Road
A chemical spill at a cleaning supply company sent Hazmat crews rushing to Little Italy and one dog owner rushing to a veterinarian.
San Diego Fire officials say various chemicals spilled and mixed inside the store near India and Grape streets around 5:45 p.m. The company sells cleaning supplies to restaurants.
The chemicals leaked out of the building, into the roadway, so Hazmat crews were called to monitor the cleanup and make sure the problem did not pose an environmental hazard.
Three people and a dog wandered through the chemicals. The people were deemed fine, but the dog’s owners are taking it to the vet to be checked out.
A few cars parked along the road may need to be towed since the chemical splashed all over them, fire officials say.
us_CA  public  release  response  various_chemicals 
6 days ago
Employee put on leave after Reno museum flash fire
RENO, Nev. — An employee at a Reno science museum has been placed on leave after firefighters concluded her error during a demonstration led to a flash fire that injured 13 people, including at least eight children.

Officials at the Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum said Thursday the unidentified employee will be off the job until a full investigation is completed.

Reno fire officials said a three- to five-second blaze erupted Wednesday after the employee poured alcohol on a cotton ball that had been dusted with boric acid and partially ignited.

Officials say the alcohol is supposed to be applied before the boric acid and the flame.

The demonstration is designed to create a small green fire tornado.
us_NV  public  follow-up  injury 
7 days ago
University emphasizes safety during biosafety month
September is National Biosafety Stewardship Month, according to the National Institutes of Health, and Texas Tech is taking part in the month by conducting various safety-learning activities.
Alice Young, associate vice president of research, said Tech and other colleges around the country are participating in this Stewardship Month and are funded by the National Institutes of Health.
Over the summer, NIH laboratories found small, undisturbed vials of dangerous organisms in one of the cold rooms, according to a news release from the NIH.
As a result of this, NIH is now asking all universities and NIH scientists to look at biological inventories and check what is in the cold storage, Young said.
“NIH went through their freezers and found some dangerous compounds that weren’t being used and weren’t being stored properly,” she said. “There was no suggestion that anything was going to be used poorly, it just could’ve been forgotten.”
us_TX  laboratory  discovery  response  biosafety 
7 days ago
Police, PRP Fire assist level two hazmat leak at LG&E's Mill Cre
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Police and PRP Fire are responding to a level two hazmat situation at LG&E's Mill Creek Plant, according to MetroSafe.
The incident was reported to Louisville Metro officials just before 4:30 p.m. Monday.

MetroSafe says there is about 100 gallons of Potassium Hydroxide leaking from 3 drums in the facility.

There have been no evacuations and they say the situation is contained.
us_KY  industrial  release  response  corrosives 
7 days ago
Leak from truck at Love's draws HAZMAT
A barrel inside a truck at the Love’s Truck Stop near the Highway 95 and I-40 interchange Sunday afternoon leaked about 10 gallons of a hazardous substance, sending two people to the hospital.
The Desert Hills Fire District responded to the truck stop shortly before 2 p.m., securing the site and beginning to treat patients. Lake Havasu City fire responded with its special hazardous materials unit and vehicle.
The HAZMAT team discovered a truck inside of a tire repair garage with barrels containing Acetophenone, a material used in fuels and cosmetics that can be flammable and dangerous if breathed.
One of the barrels was leaking out of the truck onto the garage floor, Havasu Fire Battalion Chief James Whitt said.
The Desert Hills team treated eight patients total, sending two to Havasu Regional Medical Center, Chief Bill Weber said. Their crews were on scene for nearly seven hours.
us_AZ  transportation  fire  injury  flammables 
7 days ago
Hazmat Situation Produces Vapor Cloud on Cape Cod
No one was injured in a hazmat situation after a container burst open, creating a vapor cloud on Cape Cod.
Falmouth Fire confirms that a recycling truck was near the fire station at 419 Woods Hole Road when the incident occurred.
The container was carrying muriatric acid.
The hazmat team is working to unload the contents of the truck at the town's landfill, which is in a secured area.
us_MA  transportation  release  response  waste 
7 days ago
Chemical spill at Kelowna General Hospital
Two Kelowna General Hospital staff members were sent for observation after being exposed to gas from a potentially harmful combination of chemicals.
The Kelowna Fire Department hazmat team was called to the hospital Monday morning after chemicals were accidentally spilled. Combined, the chemicals produce a hazardous gas.
KFD Deputy Chief Larry Hollier said fire crews were initially called to the hospital at 8:30 a.m. to deal with small smoldering fire in an ashtray, but they were then alerted to the chemical threat.
Hollier said chlorine and muriatic acid (also known as hydrochloric acid) were spilled in the rehab area – which has a small pool - creating a noxious gas. Muriatic acid has a number of uses, including a cleaning agent.
Canada  public  release  injury  cleaners 
7 days ago
September is Biosafety Stewardship Month at ASU
In the wake of widely publicized news over the threat of infectious diseases, the National Institutes of Health is among those urging all U.S. laboratories working with biohazardous materials to assess and strengthen their biosafety standards and practices this September, as part of National Biosafety Stewardship Month.

Demonstrating a commitment to the responsible and safe conduct of research at Arizona State University, Environmental Health and Safety and the Institutional Biosafety Committee are working together to raise awareness this month about issues related to biosafety, and increase resources available to the research community.
us_AZ  laboratory  follow-up  environmental  biosafety 
7 days ago
Landfill taking radioactive waste has history of violations, leaks, fires
Despite assurances that a Belleville landfill and its partner facility in Van Buren Township that accept radioactive fracking waste are safe, they have been cited for at least 15 violations in the last decade and fined more than $471,000, a Free Press review of state and federal records shows.
Wayne Disposal’s owner, USEcology, which also owns neighboring Michigan Disposal, on just under 600 acres between Willow Run Airport and I-94, cited its record of “safe, secure and compliant disposal” as a reason why it’s an appropriate site for out-of-state, radioactive fracking waste.
But violations cited by regulators from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, revealed incidents including a leak in the hazardous waste landfill’s primary protective liner; toxic leachate spills into surface water; improper venting and monitoring of stored underground hazardous waste; disposing of hazardous waste in nonhazardous landfill locations, and failing to control chemical reactions during processing that caused fires on-site. DEQ records show at least nine fires have started in Michigan Disposal’s processing facility in the past nine years as a result of toxic chemicals reacting with each other during treatment.
us_MI  industrial  discovery  environmental  radiation  toxics  waste 
8 days ago
33 fall sick in ammonia gas leak at China chemical plant
BEIJING: At least 33 people fell sick after an ammonia gas leak at a chemical plant in northwest China.

The accident took place on Saturday in the Jiemeifengyou Chemical Plant in Ningdong Energy and Chemical production base located in Yichuan provincial capital of northwest China's Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

Most of the victims showed minor poisoning symptoms. Four people who were seriously poisoned are out of danger after overnight emergency medical treatment.

Witnesses say ammonia gas and highly concentrated ammonia liquids spurted out from a flare piping in the southeast corner of the plant.

The company kept spraying water in the polluted areas to dilute the gas in the air.

Currently, the air quality around the periphery of the plant has met the safety standards, the report said.
China  industrial  release  injury  ammonia 
8 days ago
Safety Stand-Down Requested By White House
After three safety breaches involving pathogens in federal government laboratories, the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy (OSTP) has requested a “safety stand-down,” and NIH has designated September as National Biosafety Stewardship Month.
Both efforts encourage government labs and nongovernment labs that receive federal funding to review practices and improve inventories of infectious agents and toxins.
Earlier this year, a sample of low-pathogenic avian influenza virus was unintentionally contaminated with a far more pathogenic H5N1 strain in a Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) lab then shipped to a Department of Agriculture facility.
Later, CDC scientists failed to properly inactivate anthrax bacteria samples before moving the material to labs operating with fewer safety precautions.
laboratory  discovery  response  toxics  biohazards 
8 days ago
Reno museum fire: Chemicals added incorrectly
RENO — A flash fire that injured 13 people at a Nevada science museum happened when an employee applied the chemicals in the wrong order during a tabletop demonstration about the mechanics of tornadoes, officials said Thursday.

Reno firefighters said a three- to five-second blaze erupted Wednesday at the Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum after the presenter poured alcohol on a cotton ball that had been dusted with boric acid and partially ignited. The alcohol is supposed to be applied before the boric acid and the flame.

“It was a simple oversight by the presenter,” Reno Fire Chief Michael Hernandez said in a statement. “Our prevention staff will be meeting with museum staff to review demonstration and safety procedures and make appropriate recommendations as necessary.”
us_NV  public  follow-up  injury  other_chemical 
8 days ago
Lab Owner Says NW OKC Chemical Spill Not His Company's Fault
OKLAHOMA CITY - New information has come to light on a weekend chemical spill in northwest Oklahoma City.
Fire officials say the spill originated from the loading dock or nearby company on Saturday, but the owner of that company says that's not the case, and he thinks the chemical was dumped on his property.

Ra-Nav Laboratories, Inc. assembles radio and navigation equipment and is contracted by the Department of Defense (DoD) and several federal agencies and aviation companies. The company's owner says they don't use harmful chemicals inside their building and could not have caused a chemical spill.

"There just wasn't anything here,” said Don Perry, president of Ra-Nav Laboratories. "The fire department dug up dirt from our neighbors and made them a little dam, to contain a chemical spill, but there was no chemical spill. There was nothing to contain."

It was a different scene from the day before, when several firefighters and Hazmat crews had NW 39th St. and Drexel surrounded, with nearby residents complaining of a chemical leak.
us_OK  laboratory  follow-up  environmental  other_chemical 
8 days ago
Judge Finds BP ‘Grossly Negligent’ In 2010 Gulf Disaster
BP acted with “gross negligence” in precipitating the nation’s worst offshore oil spill, a federal judge in New Orleans ruled on Thursday. The decision could expose the oil and gas giant to as much as $18 billion in civil penalties for polluting the Gulf of Mexico during the 2010 disaster.
U.S. District Court Judge Carl J. Barbier presided over a trial without a jury to apportion blame for the accident that killed 11 drilling rig workers and spewed oil for 87 days. The case also included drilling rig owner Transocean and cement contractor Halliburton Energy Services.
The judge ruled that BP bears 67% of the blame, Transocean is responsible for 30%, and Halliburton takes 3%.
In his decision, Barbier said BP made “profit-driven decisions” during the drilling of the well that led to the deadly blowout. “These instances of negligence, taken together, evince an extreme deviation from the standard of care and a conscious disregard of known risks,” he wrote.
BP strongly disputes the court’s claim of gross negligence and says it will appeal. The finding “is not supported by the evidence at trial. The law is clear that proving gross negligence is a very high bar that was not met in this case,” the company states.
public  follow-up  environmental 
9 days ago
Lawsuit: 77 affected by chemical exposure
POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. -- A lawsuit filed on behalf of 77 people against American Electric Power and related companies claims they were exposed to dangerous chemicals in coal waste from the Gavin Landfill in North Chesire in Gallia County, Ohio.

The suit alleges employees were told the coal waste was "safe enough to eat" and were never offered any protective equipment during their time at the landfill.

Six employees had died by the time the suit was filed in August, and two more have died since, according to the law firms of Bordas & Bordas and Duffield, Lovejoy, Stemple & Boggs.

The firms filed the complaint in Mason County Circuit Court on Aug. 8, claiming the 77 clients were exposed to dangerous chemicals that caused numerous illness and several deaths.
us_WV  industrial  follow-up  death  waste 
9 days ago
Region sends emergency backups as explosion's cost counted
9.05AM SAT: EIGHT people have been injured after a truck, carrying 50 tonnes of fertiliser, crashed and exploded 30km south of Charleville overnight.

The Cunnamulla Road between Charleville and Wyandra was closed to all traffic after the truck roll-over at about 9.50pm on Friday night.

Police say the roll-over occurred near a bridge heading towards Wyandra.

Police said on Saturday that Facebook reports that two people had died were not correct.

They said four firefighters, one police officer and three civilians sustained non life threatening injuries.

They were all taken to the Charleville Hospital.

According to police the male truck driver sustained serious but non-life threatening injuries and was air-lifted to Brisbane for treatment.

Two male witness who stopped to assist the truck driver received minor injuries. One male police officer and four male emergency services workers also sustained minor injuries  They were taken to the Charleville Hospital for treatment.

The truck was carrying aproximately 50 tonnes of the chemical.

Even this morning, the situation is still considered volatile with a two kilometre exclusion zone in place.
Australia  transportation  explosion  injury  ag_chems 
9 days ago
Simeon H.S. chemical spill sends 2 teachers to hospital
CHICAGO (WLS) -- Two teachers were injured in a chemical spill at Chicago's Simeon Career Academy, officials said.

Emergency crews arrived at the school, located in the 8100-block of S. Vincennes Avenue, after a chemical reaction occurred while the teachers were preparing for a chemistry lab around 12:30 p.m. Friday, officials said. The school's fire alarm went off, and students were evacuated outside or to designated parts of the building.

Both teachers were hospitalized with minor injuries, officials said. No students were in the classroom at the time of the reaction.
us_IL  laboratory  release  injury  unknown_chemical 
9 days ago
Crews respond to HAZMAT incident in Pawtucket
PAWTUCKET, R.I. (WPRI) -Fire officials say a HAZMAT scare Saturday morning in Pawtucket appears to have been a case of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Police and firefighters responded to Saratoga Avenue at about 8:30 a.m. after the driver of a Waste Haulers garbage truck called 911 reporting that he’d been overcome by some kind of chemical smell. A witness said he found the driver laying on the sidewalk unconscious just before firefighters arrived.

The driver was taken to Memorial Hospital and according to witnesses appeared to be awake and alert when transported.

Emergency responders blocked off Saratoga Avenue and evacuated residents from nearby homes on the assumption that the truck had picked up some kind of chemical along its route; crews checked the vehicle and the last few stops it had made but found no unusual chemicals.

Pawtucket’s Fire Chief told Eyewitness News that he suspects that carbon monoxide from the truck itself was the cause of the driver’s illness.
us_RI  transportation  release  injury  carbon_monoxide 
9 days ago
Lavender farmers rebel against EU chemical rules
PARIS — The sweet smell of lavender is tinged with bitterness this year in the south of France, as farmers who harvest the flower protest European regulations linking the plant to chemical toxins.

Billboards proclaiming “Lavender is not a chemical” dot fields that yield what in Provence is known as blue gold — lavender oil, worth over 100 euros a kilogram ($60 a pound). The plant is cultivated by around 1,500 producers, representing 30,000 full-time jobs that include catering to the millions of tourists in the south of France who come for the panoramic views of purple fields.

For many, Provence is synonymous with lavender, both fine lavender — used for perfumes, cosmetics and aromatherapy — and hybrid lavender, called lavandin. Lavandin is cheapest and used to scent soaps, detergents and air fresheners.

And they fear European Union rules adopted last year and due to come in force by 2018 will threaten that. According to regulators, lavender oil’s potential to produce allergies places it firmly within regulations on chemical toxins. That means lavender products will have to bear labels involving bold black and red warning labels with messages such as “CAN BE FATAL IF SWALLOWED OR INHALED.”
France  public  discovery  response  other_chemical 
9 days ago
Man arrested after police find meth equipment at Lantana...
LANTANA — 9:45 p.m. update: A 34-year-old man was arrested Saturday morning after police found chemicals used for making methamphetamine inside a Lantana apartment, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said.
Noble Simms is facing charges of possession of property to manufacture methamphetamine. He had not been booked into the Palm Beach County Jail as of 9:30 p.m. Saturday.
Lantana police were called to an apartment in the 600 block of South Broadway on an unrelated charge when someone reported that methamphetamine was being made inside the residence.
The Lantana officers discovered several plastic bottles containing white residue and began experiencing symptoms derived from being exposed to chemicals.
The officers were treated at a hospital, said Eric Davis, sheriff’s spokesman.
The sheriff’s Clandestine Lab Enforcement Team members responded to the scene and evacuated the building.
While wearing protective gear, team members entered the apartment and confirmed that the apartment was in fact being used to manufacture methamphetamine.
us_FL  public  release  injury  meth_lab 
9 days ago
Crews Contain Chemical Spill In Oklahoma City
OKLAHOMA CITY - A chemical spill from a lab in Northwest Oklahoma City has neighbors complaining of burning eyes.
Firefighters received several calls from residents saying there was a noticeable, disturbing smell in the area.

So that's when crews showed up to a nearby laboratory and found the leak.

Crews surrounded the Ra-Nav Laboratories building on Northwest 39th and Drexel. They tested water and took samples after residents complained of chemical exposure.

"A caustic burning to their eyes, and acrid smell, and it's noticeable but it's dissipated a lot since then," said Oklahoma City Fire Maj. Pat King.

Not sure how long the substance had been leaking, Oklahoma City Hazmat crews checked drainage ditches to see if the chemicals had entered the water.

"Especially knowing that the rain was potentially washing this down the street and through the neighborhood, and you know there are a lot of kids in the neighborhood," said five-year resident Justin Connelly.

Fire officials weren't sure what the chemical was, saying it may have been some type of paint thinner, aviation fuel or alcohol-based substance, which was alarming for residents.

"If your news crew hadn't been by earlier, I wouldn't have even known there was a chemical spill up there and that my drinking water potentially could have been compromised," Connelly said.
us_OK  laboratory  release  response  unknown_chemical 
9 days ago
5 die of asphyxiation after chemical-laden van hits lorry in Andhra
Five persons died of asphyxiation after inhaling poisonous smoke when the chemical-laden van they were travelling in hit a lorry near Andhra Pradesh's Machilipatnam, police said on Saturday.

The accident took place during wee hours today when the van, which was delivering tins of chemical phenyl fluoro chloride from Hyderabad to a factory in West Godavari district, on board with 13 people, hit a parked lorry on the highway in Veeravalli village in Krishna district, inspector YV Raman of Hanuman junction circle police station said.

Lid of the chemical tins broke when the van rammed into the lorry, causing emanation of poisonous smoke. Four persons died on the spot, while the boy succumbed during treatment at the government hospital in Eluru, he said.

Condition of the three other injured is stated to be critical and have been shifted to a government hospital in Vijayawada, he said.

All the deceased and victims belonged to Peddipalem and Vemulapalem towns of East Godavari district but their identity is yet to be ascertained, Raman added.

Meanwhile, senior police officials visited the spot on Saturday and a case was registered in this regard at the Veeravalli police station, the officer said.
India  transportation  release  death  other_chemical 
9 days ago
PICTURES: Chemical experts deal with acid leak in Purfleet (From Echo)
Essex Fire Service has released images of chemical experts dealing with an acid leak in Purfleet.

A total of 24 firefighters were scrambed to Storehouse Lane on Friday night after reports of a lorry leaking ortho-phosphoric acid and hydrocholic acid from its drums.

A decontamination unit was set up to deal with the spillage while chemical experts helped fire crews in mopping up the leak and inspecting the lorry.

No-one was injured in the incident, which happened at about 8pm on Friday night.
United_Kingdom  transportation  release  response  phosphoric_acid 
9 days ago
Chemical Spill Sends Four To Hospital
Four people are in hospital as a precaution following a chemical spill at a south London industrial park.

Fire officials say two chemicals mixed when a worker punctured drums in the back of a trailer. A total of four employees were exposed to the chemicals, decontaminated at the scene, and then transported to hospital just after 9am this morning.

The Ministry of the Environment and the Ministry of Labour are both on site on Max Brose Dr. An outside clean-up crew has been called in by the company.
Canada  industrial  release  injury  unknown_chemical 
11 days ago
Massive Fire Destroys Fertilizer Plant In Sterling
STERLING, Colo. (CBS4) – Investigators have determined that a massive fire at a fertilizer plant in Sterling was started by a welding accident.
The Sterling Fire Department got a call from workers inside the Kugler Company fertilizer plant located at 20313 Riverside about the fire at approximately 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday.
Ten workers inside the plant at the time of the fire all were able to get out safely. They were able to get liquid fertilizer chemical tanks shut off before they could burn so it wasn’t as much a chemical fire.
During the fire a small amount of anhydrous ammonia leaked out of pipes, prompting a reverse 911 call to about 200 households on the northeast side of town. The chemical has a strong odor and could be a harmful for people with respiratory problems. So far there haven’t been any reports of anyone getting sick.
us_CO  industrial  fire  response  ammonia 
11 days ago
Brisbane business evacuated after chemical leak
Firefighters have declared an office block in Brisbane's Technology Park safe following a chemical leak on Thursday morning.

A business on Brandl Street, Eight Mile Plains, was evacuated after several 20-litre plastic drums containing chemical solvents began releasing a strong odour about 9.15am.

More than 100 workers were ordered to leave the building.

Eight workers were treated by ambulance crews at the scene for shortness of breath and dizziness, but none required hospital treatment.
Australia  public  release  injury  solvent 
11 days ago
Chemical Leak at John Deere Sends One to Hospital
OTTUMWA – Numerous emergency vehicles were parked inside the John Deere Ottumwa Works Plant gates, Thursday afternoon. At approximately 4:23 p.m., the Ottumwa Fire Department responded to a report of a possible chemical spill inside the plant.

Two HazMat (hazardous material) trucks, a fire engine and an ambulance all responded to the call.

The Post spoke with Assistant Fire Chief Mike Craff to find out more. According to Craff, an isocyanate solution leaked; hurting one employee.

“One person came in contact with the chemical and he was taken to Ottumwa Regional for the treatment of non-life threatening injuries,” said Craff.

The leak was minor and was successfully contained. The fire department left the John Deere plant at approximately 5:46 p.m.
us_IA  transportation  release  injury  other_chemical 
11 days ago
Employee error blamed in Reno museum flash fire
RENO, Nev. (AP) — A flash fire that injured 13 people, mainly children, at a Nevada science museum happened when an employee applied the chemicals in the wrong order during a tabletop demonstration about the mechanics of tornadoes, officials said Thursday.

Reno firefighters said a three- to five-second blaze erupted Wednesday at the Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum after the presenter poured alcohol on a cotton ball that had been dusted with boric acid and partially ignited. The alcohol is supposed to be applied before the boric acid and the flame.

"It was a simple oversight by the presenter," Reno Fire Chief Michael Hernandez said in a statement. "Our prevention staff will be meeting with museum staff to review demonstration and safety procedures and make appropriate recommendations as necessary."

The Nevada Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the incident, spokeswoman Teri Williams said.

Eight children and one adult were transported to a Reno hospital for minor burns or smoke inhalation, Reno spokesman Matthew Brown said. One child was hospitalized overnight, but all patients had been released by Thursday afternoon, according to officials at Renown Regional Medical Center.
us_NV  public  follow-up  injury 
11 days ago
Propane tank flips causing hazardous material spill
MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) – A hazardous material spill caught the attention of Mobile Fire-Rescue on Wednesday.

The spill took place on the west I-65 service road after a propane tank flipped onto its top. The accident took place near Briggs Equipment on the beltline.

According to Steve Huffman of Mobile Fire-Rescue, the brakes failed on the truck transporting the propane.

Because the tanked rolled onto its top, reponders were forced to wait until all the contents vent out of the tank. Air quality checks were performed and no immediate threats or injuries were reported.
us_AL  transportation  release  response  propane 
12 days ago
HazMat Team Responds To Chemical Spill On Max Brose Drive
Four people had to be decontaminated after a chemical spill at a business on Max Brose Drive, Wednesday morning.

Platoon Chief Jim Holmes told reporters at the scene that the Ministry of the Environment contacted them around 9:15 a.m. with information about a spill. An employee from a neighbouring company said the impacted business is called UTi Integrated Logistics. Holmes said it’s a shipping and storage firm.

When crews arrived on scene, Holmes said all of the employees were already out of the building, but four people reported being exposed to the chemicals. They were hosed down by the HazMat team as a part of the decontamination process, treated by Middlesex-London EMS and then transported by them to hospital as a precautionary measure.

Holmes also explained what lead to the spill saying an employee punctured two chemical drums while offloading them from a semi-trailer.

“The chemicals separately weren’t too much of an issue, but when combined we had concerns with that. They did combine so we did what we could to mitigate the situation,” Holmes said.
Canada  transportation  release  injury  unknown_chemical 
12 days ago
Thirteen people hurt in chemical explosion at Nevada museum
(Reuters) - Thirteen people were hurt, including several children, in a chemical explosion on Wednesday at a museum in Reno, Nevada, where presenters demonstrating a so-called smoke tornado caused the blast with a faulty mixture, officials said.

Seven children and two adults with non-life threatening injuries were transported to a local hospital, and another four people were treated and released at the Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum in Reno where the explosion occurred, said Reno police spokesman Tim Broadway.

The people who were hospitalized had suffered burn injuries, said Matthew Brown, a spokesman for the city of Reno.

Presenters at the museum were trying to create a "smoke tornado" in a visual demonstration they had done before when a faulty mixture of alcohol and boric acid caused the blast, Brown said.

The museum is aimed mainly at children and offers interactive exhibits in geology, astronomy, history and other subjects.
us_NV  public  explosion  injury  other_chemical 
12 days ago
Drexel Dorm Evacuated After Chemical Leak
A Drexel University dormitory was evacuated Wednesday morning after authorities detected a chemical leak.

The Philadelphia Fire Department responded to the hazmat situation at Millennium Hall on the 200 block of North 34th Street in the University City section of Philadelphia around 8:30 a.m.

The chemical causing concern was freon, according to school officials. The scene was placed under control by authorities by 9 a.m.
us_PA  education  release  response  freon 
12 days ago
US government labs plan biohazard-safety sweep
The discovery of smallpox in a refrigerator at the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland, on 9 July has apparently sparked some soul searching in the US government. On 27 August, the NIH designated September as National Biosafety Stewardship Month, encouraging researchers to take inventory of their freezers for potentially dangerous agents such as pathogens and toxins, and review their biosafety protocols. The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) did the same in a memo released to the public on 28 August, suggesting “a government-wide ‘safety stand-down,’” and “strongly urging” both federal agencies and independent labs to complete these steps within the month.

Although the OSTP does not have the regulatory power to enforce inspections, documents obtained exclusively by Nature show that some government agencies are already starting strict surveillance of their labs. In July, the NIH began scouring its own facilities for any misplaced hazards. Its rigorous strategy, obtained through public-records request, requires laboratories at all of its campuses — whether they work with infectious diseases or not — to survey their vials and boxes for potentially dangerous pathogens, venoms, toxins and other agents.  The scientific directors of each NIH institute have until 30 September to submit affidavits confirming that this has been completed by the laboratories in their institutes.

The protocols for this comprehensive sweep describe steps that the laboratory directors must take “including, but not limited to: a) randomly choosing several containers in the inventoried repository and confirming that their contents are as expected; b) if feasible, visually inspecting the contents of a substantial number of containers in the repository to be sure they hold vials of the expected type.” Anything unlabelled must be thrown away, and labs are instructed to pay specific attention not only to pathogens, but also to other hazardous materials such as poisons, venoms and explosive materials.
laboratory  follow-up  response 
13 days ago
Leak leads to hazmat response at Sunoco refinery
MARCUS HOOK, Pa. (WPVI) -- Rescuers were called to the Sunoco refinery in Marcus Hook after a leak in one of the tanks.

The leak was reported around 12:15 p.m. Tuesday in the facility at West 8th Street and Green Street.

Firefighters had blocked some roads leading to the refinery while Department of Environmental Protection and the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency were notified.

Sunoco has told the fire department their crews will be taking care of the leak.
us_PA  industrial  release  response  unknown_chemical 
13 days ago
Fire department responds to chemical leak in Bay City
Emergency crews responded overnight to a suspected chemical leak at a local materials plant.
Crews were called to the Mersen building on Harrison Street. 

The Bay City Fire Department confirmed it was because of a chemical leak at the facility.
TV5 has confirmed one employee at the facility was taken to McLaren Bay Region for treatment. 

Officials suspect the chemical was argon gas.
us_MI  public  release  injury  other_chemical 
14 days ago
MCSO: Suspected Glendale hoarder passes out mixing chemicals
Hazardous-material crews responded to a Glendale apartment Monday evening after police say a suspected hoarder was found passed out after mixing bleach and Drano in a toilet, authorities said.

The incident started as a medical call to an apartment complex near 135th and Glendale avenues, said Deputy Joaquin Enriquez, a Maricopa County Sheriff's Office spokesman.

First responders found a man passed out on the ground level of the apartment complex, Enriquez said. The man told them he'd been mixing chemicals, leading authorities to suspect there may have been a meth lab.

The man was taken to the hospital for precautionary reasons, Enriquez said. Meanwhile, authorities evacuated the complex and waited for Hazmat crews.

Hazardous-material technicians with the Sheriff's Office entered the man's apartment and found evidence of hoarding, Enriquez said.

"They were able to find just a bunch of clutter," he said. "They could not move two feet inside the apartment."
us_AZ  public  release  injury  bleach 
14 days ago
Fracking fire points out failings
CLARINGTON, Ohio — Phillip Keevert, the only paid firefighter in Monroe County, was working a diesel spill on the morning of June 28 when a 911 dispatcher called his cellphone about another emergency.

Keevert was out of range of the county’s radio system, so he got in his truck and drove toward town. As he got closer, the radio static gave way to snippets of conversation.

He heard the word “well.” More static. Then the word “fire.”

One tanker truck was on fire at a StatOil North America well pad in Clarington. Now, two trucks were on fire. Now, three.

Keevert turned onto Rt. 78 east heading toward Clarington, about a 30-minute drive from the well pad, and saw a thick plume of black smoke cutting into the sky.
us_OH  industrial  follow-up  response  other_chemical 
15 days ago
Hazmat called to Mt. Lebanon senior living community
MT. LEBANON, Pa. — Hazmat crews were called to a senior living community in Mt. Lebanon Saturday afternoon.

Channel 11’s Shelby Zarotney reported that cleaning products spilled and mixed in a storage area near a third floor kitchen of a building at Asbury Heights on Bower Hill Road.

A worker called 911 about 5:30 p.m. after noticing a chemical smell, though it is unclear what chemicals were mixed.

In addition to hazmat, fire crews and Allegheny County Emergency Services responded to the scene. The spill was cleaned up and crews worked to ventilate the building.
us_PA  public  release  response  cleaners 
16 days ago
HFD investigating chemical spill in S. Houston
Firefighters are investigating a puddle containing an unknown chemical substance in south Houston, authorities said.

Callers reported a puddle containing an unknown chemical substance on the ground outside of a white building in 4700 Griggs around 4:38 p.m. Houston Fire Department spokesman Capt. Ruy Lozano said callers reported that the substance was causing eye irritation.

A HFD Hazmat is at the scene. No further information was immediately availabl
us_TX  public  release  response  unknown_chemical 
16 days ago
Chemical mix sickens two from South Greensburg
Two people from South Greensburg were taken to the hospital after mixing chemicals while cleaning Saturday night.

South Greensburg fire Chief Eric Hardy said a mother and her teenage daughter were cleaning in their Elm Street home about 8 p.m. when a mixture of two cleaners caused a reaction to form chlorine gas.

Firefighters were called to the scene along with the Westmoreland County Hazardous Materials Response Team to dispose of the chemicals and ventilate the home, Hardy said.

The pair were taken to Excela Westmoreland Hospital for breathing issues, he said. Another woman in the house was not injured.

Hardy said even household cleaning supplies, which should be used in well-ventilated spaces, can be volatile if mixed.
us_PA  public  release  response  chlorine  cleaners 
16 days ago
Chemical leak in Ashbury near Faringdon leaves man in hospital (From Oxford Mail)
FIREFIGHTERS were called after a hazardous chemical leaked as it was being delivered to a property in Ashbury, near Faringdon earlier today.

Oxfordshire County Council Fire and Rescue Service said they were called to the incident just before 9am by the driver who was delivering the heavy duty acidic de-scaler.

Two fire engines from Faringdon and Wantage were sent to the scene with a specialist hazardous materials unit from Rewley Road Fire Station, Oxford.

It is believed the chemical leaked out through its packaging and gave off fumes which affected the delivery driver.

Fire crews identified the chemicals and then put them in a secure container ready for disposal.

One person who was affected by the chemicals was assessed by fire and rescue service and then taken to hospital by ambulance for a precautionary check.
United_Kingdom  transportation  release  injury  waste 
17 days ago
Manufacturing plant cleared of hazardous material exposure
Hamilton firefighters responded to a call regarding hazardous material exposure this morning at approximately 5:30 a.m. at Hamilton Caster & Manufacturing Co., 1900 Dixie Hwy.
Dep. Fire Chief Jeff Shaw said that responders coded it a hazardous material run as three people were exposed to a volatile organic chemical, but were not injured. Shaw said that responders were not able to determine the cause of exposure.
“We did some checks with hazmat detectors and did get a hit on a volatile organic chemical, but when we did a second check about 10 minutes later, it was already gone,” he said.
The exposed individuals reported irritated throats, and paramedics checked them out and found all vitals to be fine, Shaw said. No one was sent to the hospital. The department’s hazardous materials truck, one engine, Battalion 20 shift commander and the West Chester Twp. hazmat truck responded and remained for approximately two hours.
“We left frustrated, because we don’t like not knowing what’s going on,” Shaw said. Facility workers were advised to contact the fire department in the event of another exposure.
us_OH  industrial  release  response  unknown_chemical 
17 days ago
UCSD Building Evacuated for Hazmat Incident at Chemistry Lab
A hazardous materials incident has prompted fire crews to evacuate the social sciences building at UC San Diego.
San Diego Fire-Rescue officials say two unknown chemicals mixed by staff members in a school chemistry lab, possibly creating explosive material.
An SDFD hazmat team and bomb squad were called in around 5:50 p.m. to deal with the situation. Once on scene, they ordered that the building be evacuated and that those in adjacent buildings shelter in place. 
Roads in the area were closed as a precaution.
However, by 8:30 p.m., the SDFD crews began downgrading the response as the threat no longer posed a problem. 
They have since handed operations over to the UCSD hazmat team, which will dispose of the chemicals. 
us_CA  laboratory  discovery  response  unknown_chemical  bomb 
17 days ago
Mayor Hagen shocked, disappointed at Superior's hazmat response downgrade
Superior, WI (NNCNOW.com) --- Superior Mayor Bruce Hagen says it's shocking that recent hazmat response cuts in the city's budget are happening when Superior needs it most.
This month, Superior joined five other cities in Wisconsin that were downgraded from a top–tiered hazmat response plan to a tier two plan.
That leaves the closest tier one response team in Eau Claire, which is two and a half hours away from Superior.
Democratic State Senator Bob Jauch has referred to the hazmat funding cuts in Superior as unacceptable for a city dealing with 17 percent of the nation's crude oil.
Mayor Bruce Hagen says, with six petroleum based industries in the city, it's shocking that the state's hazmat funding has dramatically shifted away from Superior.
"Preparedness and prevention is everything," said Mayor Hagen, "and it seems to me that this is probably the worst of politics decision–making you could ever see."
Mayor Hagen says the city is working independent from the state with the industries in Superior to provide greater protection, and equipment, in case of an emergency.
us_WI  industrial  discovery  response  petroleum 
17 days ago
Ebola Outbreak: Do Hazmat Suits Protect Workers, or Just Scare Everyone?
For health care workers and researchers, wearing pressurized, full-body suits around Ebola patients may be counterproductive to treating the disease, say three Spanish researchers in a new letter published in the journal The Lancet. But other health experts, wary of wearing less protective gear, disagree.

Health agencies often require that health care workers caring for Ebola patients wear hazardous material (hazmat) suits that protect against airborne diseases. But the Ebola virus rarely spreads through the air, according to the researchers at the University of Valencia and Hospital La Paz-Carlos III, in Madrid.

Ebola is transmitted through contact with infected patients’ secretions (such as blood, vomit or feces), and such contact can be prevented by wearing gloves and masks, the researchers wrote.

Wearing full-body protection gear is "expensive, uncomfortable, and unaffordable for countries that are the most affected," they said. It may also send the message that such protection against the virus is being preferentially given to health care workers and is out of reach to the general public, they wrote in their article. [Ebola Virus: 5 Things You Should Know].
Spain  other  release  environmental 
17 days ago
Minor fire extinguished in UD’s Spencer Lab
A Friday afternoon fire prompted the evacuation and closure of a University of Delaware lab in Newark.

No injuries were reported.

The fire was reported at 2:48 p.m. in the Spencer Laboratory, a mechanical engineering facility of the Department of Engineering at 130 Academy St.
The fire was quickly extinguished and fans were used to help clear smoke from the building.

The fire started in and was confined to a piece of laboratory equipment on the first floor, UD officials posted on the university’s UDaily website.

Smoke spread through the building and, the officials said, the odor may be lingering in some areas.

The lab will reopen at 8 a.m. Saturday, except for Suites 131 and 133, which remain closed until further notice, they said.

Because of the lingering odor, UD said, people are encouraged to avoid entering the building until after the Labor Day holiday weekend to let the building time to air out.
us_DE  laboratory  fire  response  unknown_chemical 
17 days ago
Chemical spill at Inland Lakes school cleaned up
A chemical spill early in the week at Inland Lakes High School resulted in the postponement of a volleyball tournament and students at practices being sent home early.
Superintendent Fred Osborn said the school has a chemical storage area between two of the chemistry labs, which is built specifically for storing chemicals used in the chemistry classes. It has ventilation, a fire suppression system and other safety features which help if there is a problem. This is a room that isn’t used very often, especially during the summer.
“It’s specifically designed to house those chemicals. We went in there Monday and discovered a jar of something had broken and was sitting on the counter with several other jars of something,” said Osborn. “We noticed some deterioration of those other jars and were worried about cross contamination.”
These were some chemicals which had been in the room for around 15 years or more and hadn’t been used by classes in about as long. To err on the side of caution, he called the emergency hotline listed on the container of the chemicals, who recommended he call the fire department.
Osborn said he called Tuscarora Township Fire Chief Dave Carpenter, who responded to the school with Tuscarora Township Police Chief Gordon Temple and Megan Anderson from the Office of Emergency Management.
“They determined the best course of action was to tape it off to try to contain everything,” said Osborn. “And the bad thing was we had students in the building who were at volleyball practice and band practice. So, we sent them home.”
us_MI  education  release  response  unknown_chemical 
17 days ago
DuPont Hit with $1.3 Million Penalty for Multiple West Virginia Chemical Leaks
DuPont will pay a fine of $1.275 million to settle a federal complaint over eight chemical releases from a Kanawha County production facility, one of which killed a worker.

The Department of Justice and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said the settlement resolves several alleged violations of federal law. The releases occurred between May 2006 and January 2010.

DuPont said the releases occurred at the Belle plant between 2006 and 2011. The settlement requires DuPont to make improvements to safety and emergency response to prevent future releases at the plant.

“Producing toxic and hazardous substances can be dangerous, and requires complying with environmental and safety laws,” said Cynthia Giles, head of the EPA’s enforcement office. “Today’s settlement with DuPont will ensure that the proper practices are in place to protect communities and nearby water bodies.”

DuPont estimates it spent more than $6.8 million to comply with an EPA order issued in March 2010 and take corrective actions related to the chemical releases.
us_WV  industrial  follow-up  death  unknown_chemical 
17 days ago
Firefighters battled blaze at hazardous chemical landfill
ROBSTOWN — State officials will probe the cause of a fire that erupted Thursday at a chemical landfill outside Robstown.

Thick black smoke billowed from one of two enclosed treatment facilities at US Ecology Texas around 10:40 a.m., prompting residents on nearby farms to call 911.

Robstown firefighters responded first and calls were made for additional crews, including volunteers from nearby Annaville. The fire was extinguished just after noon.

No one was injured, said Roland Padilla, director of Robstown Emergency Medical Services. An employee was treated on the scene, but declined further medical help, Padilla said.

Located about 4 miles south of Robstown, US Ecology Texas treats and disposes hazardous waste and industrial waste and certain naturally occurring and low activity radioactive materials, according to the Boise, Idaho-based company's website.
us_TX  industrial  fire  response  waste 
18 days ago
Explosion at BP refinery in Whiting, fire extinguished
WHITING, Ind. -- BP officials have notified the state of Indiana that more than 500 pounds of sulfur dioxide were released into the air following an explosion at refinery in northwestern Indiana.

Indiana Department of Environmental Management spokesman Dan Goldblatt says the agency is still preparing a report but the initial indication is that the release didn't cause any air quality problems.

BP spokesman Scott Dean says there's no indication the explosion had any environmental impact.

Dean says the explosion Wednesday night was caused by a compressor in one of the units of the refinery. He says the plant was continuing to operate Thursday. He wouldn't comment on whether it affected the production at the plant.
us_IN  industrial  explosion  environmental  sulfur_dioxide 
18 days ago
Academic lab safety: One chemist’s observations
Contributed by Brenna Arlyce Brown, who received her PhD in chemistry in 2013 and is currently working in business development for a research funding organization. She is working on setting up a safety consulting business.
A few weeks ago, when reading about the deal that prosecutors made with University of California, Los Angeles, chemistry professor Patrick Harran regarding the lab fire that led to researcher Sheharbano Sangji’s death, I commented on Twitter about how the case affected my graduate research group: “My old PhD boss was sure this can’t happen in our lab-then he found out that I used tBuLi-things soon changed .” This of course sparked questions: “What changed?” “Why didn’t he know that you were using the chemical?” Twitter’s 140 characters were just not enough to answer fully.
laboratory  follow-up  response  other_chemical 
18 days ago
Old batteries cause of car fire in Nelson
Discarded batteries were the cause of a vehicle fire in Nelson on Wednesday morning.

At about 10:45 a.m. Nelson Fire Rescue responded to a report of a fire with batteries exploding.

Upon arrival at the Nelson Leafs Recycling Depot, crews noted that the fire had been substantially knocked down by people in the area using two dry chemical extinguishers.

Firefighters encountered a small amount of fire still in the vehicle that was quickly extinguished once they were able to access the interior.

The fire appears to have originated in a bag of lithium watch style batteries that were being transported to be recycled at a different facility. The interior of the vehicle sustained fire damage in the front area and smoke damage throughout.

No injuries were reported as a result of this incident.  Damage is estimated at $5,500.  The cause of the fire was the lithium batteries shorting out.

Nelson Fire Rescue has had a number of instances where batteries have been stored in a drawer and something as simple as a paper clip has shorted it out and caused a fire.  Batteries should be kept in their original packaging until required. Proper battery storage in a dry, cool area with sufficient ventilation can extend the lifespan of most chemical batteries. Old batteries which have lost their charge should be discarded separately from regular household trash, much like other chemical substances such as household cleaners, paint and solvents.
Canada  public  fire  response  batteries  waste 
18 days ago
WAKE FOREST: Hazmat team contains formaldehyde leak in Wake Forest
WAKE FOREST — Firefighters and a hazmat team were called to an old factory building Thursday morning after a liquid began spilling from a severed pipe.

Just before 10:15 a.m., firefighters arrived at the old Burlington Mills factory at 9701 Capital Blvd. after a crew working in the building cut into a one-inch pipe, according to Wake Forest Fire Chief Ron Early.

“A clear liquid came out of the pipe,” Early said. “The workers smelled something unusual and called 911.”

A hazmat team from the Raleigh Fire Department contained the leak, Early said. The team determined the liquid was Formalin, a mixture of methanol and formaldehyde, a toxic substance.

“It’s more of an irritant than anything,” Early said. “It’s not dangerous unless you ingest it or get it on the skin.”

No injuries were reported.
us_NC  industrial  release  response  formaldehyde  methanol 
18 days ago
57 students hurt as science projects explodes at St John’s Roma School
A SCIENCE project gone wrong at a western Queensland school has resulted in 57 students and four teachers requiring treatment.

St John’s School Roma released a statement saying a total of 37 children from Years 1 and 2 were transported to Roma Hospital after being exposed to sodium hydroxide, with the remainder being treated on site.

Most suffered minor eye and skin irritations but a QAS spokesperson confirmed two children had needed treatment for significant injuries.

“One student remains in outpatient observation and all others have been released,” the school’s statement said.

It is believed the project, which formed part of National Science Week celebrations, had involved mixing sodium hydroxide with another chemical.

An explosion occurred at an all-school assembly about midday.

According to the statement, the school’s principal Nicholas Lynch contacted families of the school’s students.

Several parents linked to the school took to Facebook to express their discontent.

Among them was Mel Thornthwaite, who commented: “My daughter got wet and I am not impressed about how long it took to be notified!! Not good enough St John’s!!!”
Australia  education  explosion  injury  sodium_hydroxide 
19 days ago
Crews respond to Sacramento propane tank fire
Sacramento City Fire Department responded to a propane tank fire Wednesday morning in the area of N. 12th Street and N. B Street.

The explosion happened near a recycling center, causing the center to be evacuated according to Sacramento City Fire Department's spokesman Roberto Padilla.

The tank exploded on a bus that was scheduled to be scrapped. The bus itself did not explode, said Padilla.
us_CA  industrial  explosion  response  propane  waste 
19 days ago
Chlorine leak contained on Ganson Street
A chlorine leak caused a brief evacuation of the ADM Milling Co., 250 Ganson St., shortly after 6 a.m. Wednesday, Buffalo Fire officials said.

The elevated level of chlorine gas was detected in a chlorine storage room, and the system automatically shut down, said Jackie Anderson, company spokeswoman.

The leak sparked an alarm which evacuated the plant, said Anderson.

Once the air quality in the storage room was restored to safe levels, workers were allowed to return and operations resumed.

No injuries were reported.
us_NY  industrial  release  response  chlorine 
19 days ago
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