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Chemical fire resolved at Rothschild paper mill
ROTHSCHILD, Wis. (WAOW) -
Black smoke billowed out of an empty building Monday at Domtar Paper in Rothschild after an overheated chemical began to smolder, according to David Faucett the Domtar plant manager.

The building's alarm system triggered around 9 a.m. but no one was in the building at the time, Faucett said. The sprinkler system put out the smoldering pipe before fire officials arrived on scene.

“We've got very good teams, very good training on how to handle this,” Faucett said. “We knew exactly what the chemicals were. There were no exposures.”

The fire is still under investigation. Faucett said they believe the fire was due to a mechanical failure.
us_WI  industrial  fire  response  unknown_chemical 
2 hours ago
Stanford team creates battery w/ built-in fire extinguisher to avoid future Note 7-like disasters
Since the official recall of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, phone manufacturers have been assuring customers that their devices are safe to use. Some, like LG, are even testing their batteries in extreme conditions to make sure that they don’t overheat or catch on fire. Thanks to a research team at Stanford University, we may have less to worry about when batteries explode…


The Stanford team has built their own lithium-ion battery which includes a capsule of triphenyl phosphate (TPP) residing within the battery’s electrolyte fluid. If the battery’s internal temperature reaches 150 °C (302 °F), the capsule will melt and release the TPP chemical.

TPP is a type of chemical fire retardant that — as tested by the team — is capable of extinguishing a battery fire in 0.4 seconds.

This is a much-needed safeguard as lithium-ion batteries tend to be temperamental, with a simple manufacturing or charging defect capable of igniting the battery.

Although Samsung has yet to officially release a statement on their Note 7 explosion findings, it is believed that the battery had a defect that led to the handsets catching on fire.

Hopefully, technology like this will help prevent accidents in the future especially as we become more dependent on lithium-ion batteries to power both our mobile handsets and items like electric vehicles. You can read more about this new “fire extinguisher” battery technology in a peer-review journal published by Science Advances.
us_CA  laboratory  discovery  environmental  batteries  fire_extinguisher 
2 hours ago
NC siblings burned trying to roast marshmallows inside
GOLDSBORO, N.C. - A North Carolina brother and sister are being treated for serious burns after they trying to roast marshmallows indoors in Goldsboro, authorities said.

The 8- and 12-year-olds were using rubbing alcohol to light a flame, but the chemical caused the fire to spread quickly.

Their mother used a water bottle to douse her daughter.

Her son had already run outside, where neighbors stepped in to help.

Another sibling said they have all learned a lesson.

“I made a promise to myself that I was never going to mess with lighters or fire again because I learned my lesson,” the sibling said.

Family members said the children suffered burns to their faces and bodies.
us_NC  public  fire  response  propanol 
2 hours ago
Hazmat clears fuel from storm sewer
MUNCIE, Ind. — The Indiana Department of Environmental Management is investigating after fuel was allegedly dumped from the Phillips 66 gas station into the storm water sewer collection lines leading from the station at the corner of Wheeling and Centennial avenues Monday morning.

Emergency services, including Muncie police, fire and Delaware County EMS were on the scene starting at 7:30 a.m. Monday after a call about a strong gasoline odor in the area. Responding units from Hazmat were still at the gas station as of 5:30 p.m. due to the cleanup needed.

Jason Rogers, Director of Emergency Management said that residents living down the storm lines flow would potentially have noticed an odor because of the fuel concentrations.

A resident that lived in Cardinal Vista, located at 1200 W. Bethel Ave., noted that a fuel like odor was noticeable in their apartment when they awoke Monday morning.
us_IN  public  release  response  gasoline 
2 hours ago
Hazmat callout after liquid nitrogen leaks on freight train in South Auckland
A large canister of liquid nitrogen spilled, sending plumes of condensation into the air, from a train in South Auckland on Monday night. 

Three fire trucks and a Hazmat unit were sent to the leak, coming from a freight train which had stopped at the Pukekohe Station at 10.15pm.

A fire service spokesman said all trains were halted going both ways, due to the incident.

"It seems to be leaking from a gas cylinder of liquid nitrogen in the train.

"We're on standby until we can get someone there to assess it."

He said the train hadn't been evacuated, to his knowledge. It was not clear how many people were on board.

Liquid nitrogen, the gas in its cooled form, is used in a myriad of ways as a type of coolant.

It creates clouds of vapour - similar to dry ice - when exposed to air.

In medicine, it's used freeze off warts and pre-cancerous cells, while restaurants use it to instantly freeze food and beverages.

However, liquid nitrogen is dangerous and potentially deadly. It can cause frostbite or cryogenic burns if handled improperly, and can lead to asphyxiation in confined spaces.
New_Zealand  transportation  release  response  liquid_nitrogen 
2 hours ago
3 road workers dead after collapsing underground in Key Largo – WSVN 7News
KEY LARGO, FLA. (WSVN) - Police are investigating after three construction workers in Key Largo died while working underground, Monday morning.

According to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, at around 8:30 a.m., three workers went inside a drainage manhole on Long Key Road to investigate a newly paved road when they collapsed.

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office released the identity of the victims as 34-year-old Elway Gray of Fort Lauderdale, 49-year-old Louis O’Keefe of Little Torch Key and 24-year-old Robert Wilson of Summerland Key.

Two of the three workers were pulled from the trench and confirmed dead at the scene, near Mile Marker 106, by authorities. The third employee has yet to be found and is presumably dead, police said.

“Unfortunately, all three individuals have passed away,” said Monroe County Sheriff Rick Ramsay. “We are right now just trying to decontaminate the firefighters who went inside the hole and decontaminate the area.”

Several of the construction workers were overcome by fumes.

“The smell is just a really strong, strong rotten egg smell, and I’m assuming it’s the smell that comes from below the earth,” said area resident Barbara Guerra. “It was very strong this morning.”

A Key Largo volunteer firefighter attempting to save these men collapsed underground, as well, and was pulled from the hole. The firefighter was airlifted to Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital.

“The firefighter was unresponsive, not breathing. A couple of sheriff’s deputies were able to revive him with CPR measures,” Ramsay said. “Last I heard, he was in a coma state, so I think his condition is pretty critical.”

Two deputies who were on the scene were also affected and were taken to Mariner’s Hospital for evaluation.
us_FL  industrial  release  death  unknown_chemical 
2 hours ago
Chemical spill in Marlborough contained by firefighters
Blenheim Volunteer Fire Brigade was called to a chemical spill at Toll Freight in Spring Creek about 5.15pm on Monday.

Crews from Picton and Nelson with specialised equipment also went to the spill at the shipping container after a report of a concentrated weed killer leaking.

Chief fire officer Nigel Botham said his crew, wearing hazmat suits for protection, worked for almost four hours to contain the spill.

"It was a slow and painful job but we did it, and did it well," he said.

The 20 litre container of chemicals had been cut open by a nail on a palette, Botham said.

"The crews operated with a high level of professionalism and care. The situation could have been a lot worse," he said.
New_Zealand  transportation  release  response  pesticides 
2 hours ago
Actionable level for PFOA in drinking water lowered
DuPont and its spin-off Chemours must further limit the perfluorinated chemical exposure of residents near a chemical manufacturing plant in Parkersburg, W.Va., under a revised deal with EPA. The facility formerly used perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) for decades. Through a recent update to a 2009 consent order with EPA, the companies must supply an alternate source of drinking water for residents when PFOA is measured at 70 parts per trillion in their piped-in drinking water. This lowers a threshold for such action that was set in 2009 of 400 ppt PFOA in drinking water and follows the agency’s 2016 lifetime health advisory limit for the chemical. The updated drinking water order comes amid ongoing litigation between the companies and residents of Parkersburg. The plaintiffs, with claims that tainted water has harmed their health, have brought 3,500 lawsuits against the chemical manufacturers. PFOA was once used in the manufacture of nonstick materials. Though U.S. manufacture of PFOA has stopped, the perfluorinated chemical is environmentally persistent and has been linked to disease in people.
us_WV  industrial  follow-up  environmental  other_chemical 
yesterday
China jails managers for pollution
A court in China has fined the dye producer DyStar $3 million for environmental crimes and sent some of the company’s managers to jail. The case helps explain why China’s rivers still suffer from severe pollution despite the country’s strict regulations. According to the Ministry of Environmental Protection, 28% of rivers and lakes in China were “unfit for human contact” in 2015.
In May 2014, public security officials from the city of Yangzhou boarded a ship owned by a local merchant, Weidong Ding, as part of an inquiry into illegal industrial waste dumping in the area’s rivers. Once aboard, according to an account posted on a city court website, investigators became suspicious of the ship’s smell. They took the captain into custody after discovering tons of hazardous industrial waste on-board.
The captain led investigators to Jun Wang, a manager at Dystar’s plant in Nanjing. From 2010 to 2014, Wang had conspired with a local truck fleet owner, Zhanrong Wang, to dispose of DyStar’s waste sulfuric acid at a price of $84 per metric ton. Their scheme also involved one of the company’s floor managers, Jinjun Huang, and the plant manager, surnamed Li.
Whenever DyStar’s tanks of spent sulfuric acid became full, Wang’s trucks would come to transport the material to Ding’s ships. After dark, the ships would then dump the waste in the Taidong River and the New Tongyang Canal. Over four years, DyStar disposed of nearly 3,000 metric tons of its hazardous waste in this manner.
China  industrial  follow-up  environmental  dye  illegal  sulfuric_acid  waste 
yesterday
In Iraq’s Mosul, university became den of chemical weapons, IS command centre
Some buildings at the University of Mosul are charred by fires, others rigged with explosives, and bullets still periodically fly past a campus scarred by the battle for the city.

The sound of a jet, the whoosh of a descending missile and the explosion as it hits home mark an air strike nearby that sends a stream of black smoke rising toward the grey clouds blanketing the sky over Mosul.

The university -- like others located in or near cities that were seized by the Islamic State group in 2014 -- has become a casualty of the war to push the jihadists back.

Iraq’s elite Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS) has retaken the university from IS, officers said, but the danger posed by the jihadists here is far from over.

There are “booby-trapped buildings in addition to chemical materials inside the university,” Captain Saif Ali told AFP on the eastern side of the campus.

The chemicals may have been part of IS’s rudimentary chemical weapons programme, which it has used to attack Iraqi forces, but which ultimately poses far less danger than the jihadists’ bombs or bullets.
Iraq  laboratory  discovery  environmental  bomb  explosives 
yesterday
Ocean State Power’s Oil Burning Boosts Rhode Island's Chemical Emissions — ecoRI News
Rhode Island was the only state in southern New England to see its emissions increase in 2015. Pollution went up primarily because the Ocean State Power facility in Burrilliville used oil fuel that year, according to state and federal records.

The fossil-fuel power plant mainly burns natural gas, but for a portion of 2015 the 560-megawatt power plant switched to oil. As soon as an energy facility burns oil, it must report all of its emissions for the year. Thus, ammonia, a main component in pollution-reduction systems, shot to the top of the list of pollutants for the year.

However, most of Rhode Island’s ammonia emissions go unreported because power plants such as the 450-megawatt Manchester Street Power Station in Providence and the 583-megawatt State Energy Center in Johnston only burned natural gas. Those facilities also use ammonia in their air-pollution cleaning systems, but since they didn’t burn oil in 2015 the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) didn’t require them to report ammonia emissions.
us_RI  public  discovery  environmental  methane  natural_gas 
yesterday
Data show huge drop in chemical releases in New Hampshire
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - The Environmental Protection Agency says its most recent data show reported chemical releases dropped 91 percent in New Hampshire from 2005 to 2015.
Reporting facilities in the state reduced their releases from nearly 5.3 million pounds to under a half-million pounds during the 10-year span, according to data from the federal agency
Among the top chemicals released into the environment in New Hampshire in 2014 were sulfuric and hydrochloric acids, and zinc and barium compounds, the EPA said. The top facilities that reported the largest quantity of environmental releases in the state for 2015 were the Merrimack Station in Bow; the Schiller Station in Portsmouth; and Hutchinson Sealing Systems Inc., in Newfields.
“The trends that show steady declines of chemicals being released into New England’s air, water and land show without any doubt that we can have a strong and growing economy while enjoying a clean, healthy and protected environment,” said Curt Spalding, regional administrator of EPA’s New England office.
us_NH  public  discovery  environmental  acids  hydrochloric_acid  zinc 
yesterday
First Responders in Hospital After Oregon Suicide Attempt Causes Hazmat Response – SAT Press Releases
A man and two emergency responders were admitted to a hospital Tuesday after the man tried to commit suicide by creating a dangerous gas in a Longview apartment, an official said. Officials evacuated the apartment building and shut down its electricity, fearing the potential of combustion, Longview Fire Chief Phil Jurmu said in a news release.
A police officer and a firefighter were admitted to the hospital after a hazmat response to a suicide attempt in which a man mixed chemicals in an attempt to create carbon dioxide.
us_OR  public  release  injury  carbon_dioxide  suicide 
yesterday
Lebanon Fire District, HazMat crews respond to fuel spill
LEBANON, OR (KPTV) -
Crews from the Lebanon Fire District responded to a fuel spill involving a gasoline tanker at the Park Street Chevron station Sunday morning.

According to the fire district, the tanker was filling holding tanks around 8 a.m. when the incident occurred. The cause is believed to have stemmed from a malfunctioning valve or vapor return mechanism.

Firefighters discovered around 30 gallons of gasoline had been spilled, and crews began using booms and absorbent to contain the spill and prevent it from entering the sewer system.

The regional HazMat team from the State Fire Marshal’s Office was activated and responded along with crews from the Albany Fire Department to assist in the cleanup. Crews clear the scene around 10:20 a.m.
us_OR  transportation  release  response  gasoline 
yesterday
U.K. University Student Dies After Exposure To Unknown Chemical Substances
A student at Bournemouth University died after a "chemical incident" in residence halls. There were also concerns of a risk of explosion in the area.

Huffington Post U.K. reported that Dorset Police responded to a report of the death of a woman who looked to be in her 30s. Officials went to an address in the Bournemouth University Student Village in Poole. Residents were evacuated from the area after it was said that the home contained "unknown chemical substances." Police were said to have issued a warning about the potential for an explosion.

Bournemouth University student, Josh Wilde, 18, told The Daily Star that a policewoman warned them that there may be a chemical explosion. Another official also reportedly said that something flammable was leaking.

The school has confirmed the death of one of its students. Bournemouth University announced that the next of kin has been informed and that it is providing support for affected students. It also clarified that the incident has been isolated and that it will pose no risk to staff and students on campus.
United_Kingdom  education  discovery  death  unknown_chemical  flammables 
2 days ago
(VIDEO, PHOTOS) Home Burns to the Ground in Manila Following Afternoon Explosion; At Least Two People Injured
A home erupted in flames this evening on Manila’s Young Lane, near Ma-le’l Dunes, after explosions were heard inside the structure.

According to the Outpost’s John Ferrara, who is at the scene, the house has burned down to its foundation. Firefighters seem to be mopping up at the moment.

The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office responded to the incident, along with trucks from the Arcata Fire District, CalFire and Blue Lake Fire, and possibly others.

According to scanner traffic, two burn victims transported themselves to Mad River Community Hospital. Investigators are en route to interview them, if they are able.

One first responder on the scene reported to dispatchers that butane cannisters at the scene of the fire, the usual sign of an illicit hash oil extraction laboratory. 

A fire chief should be speaking to media at the scene of the fire shortly. We’ll update when we know more.
us_CA  public  explosion  injury  butane  clandestine_lab 
2 days ago
EPA makes slew of decisions on pesticides
With just a few days remaining of the Obama Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency’s office that oversees pesticides has gone into overdrive. The office is churning out rules and policies that have long been in the works, including three on Jan. 12.
In one of those actions, EPA moved to expand the use of Dow AgroScience’s herbicide Enlist Duo, a combination of glyphosate and 2,4-D. The controversial mixture can now be sprayed on cotton that has been genetically modified to tolerate the chemicals, as well as on corn and soybeans in 34 U.S. states.
In a separate move, the agency released draft assessments of four neonicotinoid pesticides, finding potential risks to bees and other pollinators for a few spray applications. The agency also released voluntary guidelines for labeling pesticides to protect pollinators, easing restrictions for some applications at the request of pesticide makers.
Environmental groups are infuriated by EPA’s decision to expand the use of Enlist Duo, as well as by the agency’s move to ease restrictions on some uses of neonicotinoids.
EPA first approved Enlist Duo for use on corn and soybeans in a handful of states in 2014, but the agency then discovered information in a patent application that suggested synergistic effects between the two ingredients. EPA subsequently asked a federal court to overturn the approval.
In November 2016, after receiving additional data from Dow, EPA said that it agrees with the company that the two chemicals do not amplify each other’s toxicity.
Earlier this month, the Center for Biological Diversity, an environmental group, submitted a Freedom of Information Act request seeking data from four unpublished studies by Dow that EPA relied on in making its decision.
public  discovery  environmental  ag_chems  pesticides 
3 days ago
Agencies investigating Western Refining incidents
EL PASO, Texas (KFOX14) — Several incidents reported at Western Refining, including this week’s fire and chemical leak are being investigated by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
People in the area of the refinery in Lower Valley reported large plumes of yellow smoke coming from Western Refining on Wednesday. KFOX14 has learned that the yellow smoke and a strange smell coming from Western Refining was an estimated 2,057 pounds of sulfur dioxide that had leaked into the air, according to a report filed by the TCEQ.
A valve malfunction caused a leak from one of the structures at the refinery, the report stated. TCEQ released the following statement to KFOX14
us_TX  industrial  release  response  sulfur_dioxide 
3 days ago
Tanker Operator Five killed in Gadani Beach LPG carrier fire
Five shipbreaking workers were killed and one injured in another fire that occurred in a Gadani Beach recycling yard this week.
This fire broke out on board of the beached LPG carrier ‘Gaz Fountain’.
The vessel’s last beneficial owner was the Greek shipping company Naftomar. Her name was changed to ‘Rain’ and the Panama flag swapped for the Comoros flag just before her last voyage – a clear indicator of the use of a cash buyer, the NGO Shipbreaking Platform claimed.
Shipping newspaper TradeWinds asked cash buyer Wirana for a comment in December, when a first fire had occurred on the same ship. Wirana, one of the world’s largest firms specialised in end-of-life deals, lists Naftomar as a client, the Platform said.

The accident occurred at yard No 60, owned by Rizwan Diwan Farooq, the former president of the Pakistan Ship Breakers’ Association. According to local newspaper The Dawn, Farooq was detained after having fled the yard. The newspaper reported that the fire broke out due to a “chemical foam” present in the ship.
Pakistan  transportation  fire  death  butane  propane  waste 
3 days ago
Mexico state oil company: Worker killed in refinery accident
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's state oil company says a worker has been killed in a chemical accident at a diesel refinery in the northern part of the country.
Petroleos Mexicanos says in a statement that the employee came in contact with a release of toxic hydrogen sulfide while doing maintenance work.
Two others were injured and were in stable condition Thursday.
The plant is located in Ciudad Madero, in the Gulf coast state of Tamaulipas.
Mexico  industrial  release  death  diesel  hydrogen_sulfide 
3 days ago
What's Happening When A Lithium-Ion Battery Explodes?
A lithium-ion battery can start to break down if it gets too warm, if it's handled roughly or even if it's charged up too often. Gas can collect in the battery, which can make it swell. When the gas vents, the electrodes inside the battery can deform and short-circuit.

These short-circuits are what caused the battery fires on Boeing's Dreamliner planes in 2013. And Samsung says that's what caused its Note 7 batteries to overheat. Short-circuits can concentrate a lot of a battery's energy in one spot, increasing its temperature to more than 1,900 degrees Fahrenheit. 

So what do we do to make these batteries safer? Lithium is nasty stuff when it catches fire. Firefighters soaked the burning Dreamliner batteries in chemical fire suppressant, and they still didn't go all the way out.

Solid-state batteries would eliminate flammable liquids — but first, we have to figure out how to charge them quickly enough to be useful. In the meantime, some chemical engineers call for designing power cells with better reinforcement so they don't collapse or melt as easily.
us_TN  public  discovery  response  batteries  flammables 
3 days ago
Supermarket in Warkworth evacuated and one injured after chemical leak
One person has been injured in a chemical fire, which caused staff to be evacuated from a Countdown supermarket at Warkworth north of Auckland this morning.

A Fire Service spokesman said a rubbish bin was on fire outside the supermarket, which is believed to have been caused by tubs of a chlorine product splitting open at about 5.30am.

He said St John are at the scene after a staff member complained about "sore eyes and a burning face".

Fire crews have managed to put the fire out.
New_Zealand  public  fire  injury  chlorine 
3 days ago
Gonzales Fire Department extinguishes laboratory fire — TheCreole.com
Gonzales, LA – On Thursday, January 11, at 4:42am, City of Gonzales Fire Department firefighters along with the Geismar Volunteer Fire Department were dispatched to a building fire at Airgas fill plant facility, 35114 Hwy 30 in Geismar, LA.

Upon arriving on scene, firefighters found flames and heavy smoke coming from a metal structure on the complex. Upon speaking with on-site employees, it was learned that the fire building was a laboratory that performed quality testing on the various gasses handled at the facility.

Initially, firefighters were unable to get close enough to the facility due to cylinders rupturing as a result of the fire. The fire contained to the small laboratory building and was extinguished at approximately 6:30 am.

Fortunately, all employees were able to escape the fire, with only one employee suffering a minor injury. He was treated and released by a local hospital.

Initial findings lead to a malfunction of equipment in the building as the cause of the fire, but the exact cause is still under investigation at this time. There was no off-site impact resulting from the fire.
us_LA  laboratory  fire  injury  gas_cylinders 
4 days ago
Momentive chemical faces state environmental violations, seeks striker limits
Concerned with chemical spills and hazardous waste handling at the Momentive chemical plant in Waterford, state environmental officials expect to cite violations against the company, a day after it was stymied in a legal bid to get most striking workers away from the plant.
On Thursday, Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos warned Momentive Performance Materials CEO Jack Boss the state is "concerned with recent violations at the facility and (the company's) reluctance to address them."
Since 700 unionized workers walked out of the plant Nov. 2, company managers and newly hired replacement workers have been operating the facility where industrial adhesives and sealants are made. During that time, there have been three wastewater spills and 35 other spills, including 12 attributed to contractors, according to DEC. Seggos wrote that the company also faces violations under the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act.
Seggos said his office will pursue an unspecified "enforcement action" against the company, adding that despite the strike, Momentive must have "a sufficient amount of trained workers to ensure all of its environmental and safety obligations are met, especially if the company is planning to continue production ... A chemical plant operated without regard for safety presents an inherent danger to the public and the environment."
us_NY  industrial  release  response  adhesives  waste 
4 days ago
Pool Chemical Spill on 880 Highway at Mission Boulevard in Fremont
A driver was arrested early Thursday morning on suspicion of DUI after his truck crashed into pool truck carrying chemicals on northbound Interstate Highway in Fremont.
As a result of the chemicals spilling on the highway, the California Highway Patrol closed the Mission Boulevard offramp in Fremont so that Caltrans crews could clean up the hazardous materials.
The accident was reported about 1 a.m. Caltrans expected the cleanup to last until 8 a.m.
us_CA  transportation  release  response  pool_chemicals 
4 days ago
There's less hydrochloric acid, mercury and other chemicals in the air, EPA says
Industrial facilities nationwide covered by an Environmental Protection Agency program reported "a substantial decrease" in toxic chemical releases between 2005 and 2015, according to the EPA Thursday afternoon (Jan. 12).

The government agency's Toxic Release Inventory program tracks the waste management of certain toxic chemicals that pose a threat to human health and the environment. The self-reported data does not include data for every pollutant released, just the toxins required by law to be reported. Facilities also only need to report chemical release data if the facility meets the agency's criteria.

The EPA said air releases of toxic chemicals dropped 56 percent, or 851 million pounds, since 2005. That amount includes a 63 million pound decrease in chemicals released from 2014 to 2015.

Chemicals with "significant decreases in air releases" include hydrochloric acid, sulfuric acid, toluene, and mercury. The government credits coal and oil-fired electric utilities with more than 90 percent of the reduced air releases in the last decade.

The EPA added that 87 percent of chemical waste managed was not released due to practices such as recycling, energy recovery, and treatment in 2015. A total of 27.2 billion pounds was managed overall.
industrial  discovery  environmental  other_chemical 
4 days ago
VIDEO: Deicing fluid triggers hazmat response at San Jose Airport
SAN JOSE (KRON) — A substance on an Alaska Airlines flight triggered a hazmat response Thursday night at Mineta San Jose International Airport.

The substance, on board Flight 322 inbound from Seattle to San Jose, triggered a hazmat response Thursday night, according to airport spokeswoman Rosemary Barnes.

The incident happened at around 6:30 p.m.

Upon descent, a flight attendant seated in the front galley noticed a light powdery substance coming out of the galley ceiling vent intermittently, an Alaska Airlines spokeswoman said. En-route to SJC, three flight attendants stated they did not feel well.

The crew requested medical attention when they landed. One flight attendant was sent to a local hospital for further treatment.

The plane landed safely about 15 minutes later and is currently at Gate 26.

San Jose police and firefighters responded to the scene.

The substance ended up being residue left over from deicing the plane, the airline spokeswoman said. The deicing fluid the plane uses is non-toxic and it is called glycol.

Out of an abundance of caution, passengers were being held on board as the situation was being accessed.
us_CA  transportation  release  injury  dust  ethylene_glycol 
4 days ago
EPA bans 72 inert ingredients
EPA has removed 72 chemicals from the list of inert ingredients that can be added to pesticides. Such chemicals perform functions other than controlling pests. They include emulsifiers, solvents, aerosols, fragrances, dyes, and other substances that are not necessarily benign. The agency’s action comes in response to petitions dating back to 2006 from environmental groups that claim many inert ingredients in pesticides are hazardous. The groups urged EPA to require disclosure of 371 inert ingredients. But pesticide makers pushed back, claiming such information is proprietary. After floating the idea of requiring public disclosure of all pesticide ingredients, EPA reversed course and decided not to require disclosure of inert substances. Instead, the agency says that it will “evaluate potential risks of inert ingredients and reduce risks, as appropriate.” Some of the 72 chemicals subject to EPA’s rule are among the 371 substances mentioned in the petitions. None of them, however, are currently used in pesticides in the U.S. Environmental activists are urging EPA to quickly assess the other hundreds of inert ingredients that are added to pesticide formulations.
public  discovery  environmental  pesticides 
5 days ago
Toxic chemical spill in Welshpool
Fire and emergency services have responded to a toxic chemical spill in Welshpool.

It's understood the chemical spill, which is believed to be a pesticide known as mono isopropylamine, occurred around Sheffield Road near the intersection of Dampier Road just after 5pm.

Fire and Emergency Service crews are heading to a chemical spill in Welshpool. 
The Department of Fire and Emergency has warned people bounded by Sheffield Road, McDowell Street and Kurnall Road could be impacted by smoke and fumes.
Australia  public  release  response  pesticides 
5 days ago
Chemical leak hits Shell’s Pulau Bukom facility
SINGAPORE — A chemical leak occurred at Shell's Pulau Bukom oil and petrochemical facility on Monday (Jan 9), prompting the oil giant to undertake "mitigating measures” and repair work to stop the leak.

In a separate incident early on Sunday, ExxonMobil said that a fire broke out at its Singapore chemical plant. No one was hurt in both incidents.

Responding to TODAY’s queries, a Shell spokesperson said that Monday’s chemical leak occurred at a unit already closed for maintenance at its Pulau Bukom manufacturing site. It was unclear what chemical was involved in the incident.

“For reasons of commercial confidentiality, we do not provide details about the operational status of individual units or information on supply,” the Shell spokesperson added. 

The firm completed repairs on the unit on Tuesday to stop the leak, and is working closely with the relevant authorities to investigate the cause of the incident, the spokesperson said.
Singapore  industrial  fire  response  petroleum 
5 days ago
'Chemicals under pressure' divide UN GHS committee
The UN sub-committee of experts for GHS has recognised the need to address the issue of “chemicals under pressure” within the Globally Harmonised System, but has deferred the final decision on how to do this until a later date.

The European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic) and the European Industrial Gases Association (Eiga) proposed creating a new chapter to address these substances at a previous meeting. A counter proposal – to change chapter 2.3 (flammable aerosols) to cover chemicals under pressure – was put forward by others.

Chemicals under pressure already have UN numbers (UN3500-UN3505) in the document 'Recommendations on the transport of dangerous goods', also known as the Orange Book. But, according to Cefic and Eiga, the current version of GHS does not properly cover these substances' hazards, raising the risks of confusion and incorrect classification.

At its December meeting in Geneva, the sub-committee reviewed mock-ups of the new chapter and of a revised version of chapter 2.3.

Cefic and Eiga said that this looked “lengthy and complicated”. Furthermore, aerosols and chemicals under pressure were addressed separately in the transport of dangerous goods document. For consistency, and because of “different test procedures” for aerosols, “a complete merge of the requirements is not possible”, they said.

The European Aerosol Federation (FEA) agreed that a new chapter was necessary. “Aerosols are by definition non-refillable, have limited capacity and have a relatively low permitted maximum internal pressure,” it said.
Switzerland  public  discovery  response  other_chemical 
5 days ago
Crews quickly contain hazmat fire in Phoenix
PHOENIX (KPHO/KTVK) -
Crews from the Phoenix Fire Department quickly contained a hazardous materials fire near Cave Creek Road and Deer Valley Drive on Wednesday.

Firefighters responded to the first-alarm fire at Global Electronic Recycling at around 12:15 p.m.

The first firefighters on the scene found black smoke coming from multiple vents of a large warehouse.

With the help of the activated sprinklers, crews were able to confine the fire to the section of the warehouse where it started.

No one was injured.
us_AZ  industrial  fire  response  unknown_chemical 
5 days ago
WPSD Local 6: Your news, weather, and sports authority
PRINCETON, KY -
A portion of US 62 in Princeton was closed due to a chemical leak at the Agri-Chem plant.

Caldwell County Emergency Management Director Joey McCaslin says anhydrous ammonia leaked from the plant creating at large cloud.

That cloud was headed towards the TreeHouse plant and Walmart.

Fire crews used their ladder trucks to spray water onto the cloud to disperse the chemical.

They were then able to send someone in with a hazmat suit to shut off the valve.

No one was hurt in the chemical leak.

The water sprayed did freeze onto US 62 which was closed between Walmart and the city of Princeton.
us_KY  industrial  release  response  ammonia 
6 days ago
Chemical Fire Leads to Evacuations, Interstate Closure – Military Technologies
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Emergency crews have evacuated dozens of homes and shut down part of an interstate in Middle Tennessee after a semi-truck carrying hazardous pool chemicals crashed and caught fire.

Rutherford County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Lisa Marchesoni said in a statement that the crash happened about 3 a.m. Wednesday on Interstate 24 near the 89 mile marker, which is about 30 miles southeast of Nashville.

Rutherford County Emergency Management Agency Assistant Director Tim Hooker told news organizations that the crash involved two trucks and at least one driver was taken to a hospital. No injuries have been reported from the chemicals.
us_TN  transportation  fire  response  pool_chemicals 
6 days ago
Rags soaked in linseed oil spontaneously combust in Sparks fire
Sparks firefighters blamed rags drenched in linseed oil and spontaneous combustion for a fire that sparked at an apartment complex over the weekend.

The fire was reported at about 10 p.m. Sunday at the Ironhorse Village Condominiums on the corner of Sullivan Lane and G Street, according to Sparks Fire Department.

No injuries were reported, and no one was displaced.

Firefighters ruled the blaze as an “accident,” Fire Marshal Bob King said Monday.

“It’s a chemical reaction from linseed oil,” King said. “If the rags are bunched up, and they have the oil on them, they can retain heat. And after a while, they can combust if they’re not laid out properly.”
us_NV  public  fire  response  other_chemical 
6 days ago
NBC-2.com WBBH News for Fort Myers, Cape Coral & Naples, Florida
A Southwest Florida plant worker is fighting for his life after a violent explosion.

Fire crews from LaBelle, Felda and Immokalee rushed to Paramount Chemicals & Plastics, Inc. just after 7 a.m.

The blast at Paramount Chemical and Plastic was felt several blocks away and sent debris flying across the street.
...
Officials from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection quickly responded but soon left after determining no chemicals were released.

Our cameras later spotted investigators from OSHA closely examining several storage containers, which are used to house hazardous materials, like acid and fertilizer.

As OSHA continues to investigate the explosion, some neighbors are concerned it could happen again.

Paramount declined our requests for an interview but say they're cooperating with investigators.

According to its website, the business specializes "in the treatment of water via irrigation and injection systems for all types of businesses including farms, golf courses, groves, industrial, landscapers, marinas, nurseries, packing houses (food processing and sanitation), and water and waste water treatment."
us_FL  industrial  explosion  injury  water_treatment 
6 days ago
Firefighter at hospital overcome by unknown chemical gas
Authorities are investigating what might have caused a Haltom City firefighter to be overcome and taken to a local hospital.

The fire was called in about 7:05 p.m. Tuesday at State Fair Foods in the 3900 block of Meacham Boulevard. Units from the Fort Worth Fire Department were also called out.

The firefighter was taken to the hospital as a precaution, said Fred Napp, Haltom City fire marshal. The firefighter was still being observed at the hospital at 9 p.m. but seemed to be doing alright, Napp said.

Authorities are not identifying the firefighter. Napp said he believes the firefighter will be released from the hospital later Tuesday night.

“We are still trying to identify the substance,” Napp said.

Napp speculated that an unknown gas was released by the fire and was causing the firefighters some distress. The fire seemed to originate around a belt attached to some machinery, Napp said.
us_TX  public  fire  injury  unknown_chemical 
6 days ago
Chemical weapons destruction testing resumes in Pueblo after November spill discovery – The Denver Post
Testing operations resumed Monday at the Pueblo Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant, which has been shut down since problems at the high-cost, hazardous materials site, including a 450-gallon spill and subsequent rainwater leakage, were discovered in November.

Officials say they relaunched their work by destroying 155mm projectiles as part of the first of three campaigns to address hundreds of thousands of mustard agent-filled munitions in the U.S. Army Pueblo Chemical Depot stockpile.

“As we return to pilot testing, we do so also knowing that monitoring systems inside the plant are working as designed to protect our workforce,” site project manager Gregory B. Mohrman said in a statement. “This was shown last Thursday when mustard agent vapor was detected during baseline reconfiguration operations. The workforce responded to alarms and the event was handled effectively by our trained personnel.”

The plant shut down after Nov. 20 when about 450 gallons of hydrolysate spilled because of a seal failure in a storage tank. Plant operations were halted until the leak was stopped and the wastewater cleaned up.
us_CO  industrial  follow-up  response  other_chemical 
6 days ago
Chemical safety for workers targeted by next EU enforcement project
Enforcement authorities in the EU will inspect how safety information on hazardous chemicals is compiled, communicated in the supply chain and followed at workplaces.

Helsinki, 10 January 2017 – The safety of workers will be inspected by 28 EU and EEA Member States. The key element of the project will be to investigate the quality of the safety data sheets that contain guidelines on the safe use of hazardous substances.

Inspectors will check if the extended safety data sheets match the information established by the chemical safety reports (CSRs) that substance manufacturers prepare. They will also go through the exposure scenarios attached to the safety data sheets. An exposure scenario describes the amount and character of exposure to its hazards when a substance is manufactured or used for its destined purposes. It also advises how the exposure of humans and release to the environment can be controlled.

One of the objectives of this enforcement project is to ensure that workers handling hazardous chemicals, especially those dealing with substances of very high concern, receive sufficient and correct safety information. The project will also map how effectively extended safety data sheets are passed on and communicated all the way through the supply chain, i.e. from manufacturers of chemicals to the users.

Inspectors will furthermore check whether workers actually respect the safety information at their workplaces. Inspectors from national enforcement authorities will collaborate with labour inspectors to assess if the recommended operational conditions and risk management measures are fulfilled. 

The REF-5 project was adopted by ECHA’s Forum for Exchange of Information on Enforcement at the end of 2015. The first inspections will take place in January 2017, and the activity will continue throughout the year. A report on the results of the inspections will be available in the fourth quarter of 2018.

The project will be the first joint EU enforcement project that aims to improve communication, through safety data sheets, throughout the supply chain.
Denmark  industrial  discovery  environmental 
6 days ago
Hazmat crew cleans anti-freeze spill at IX Center
CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -
Hazardous material and aircraft rescue and firefighting crews are conducting a cleanup after a deicing truck flipped at the IX Center.

A glycol aircraft deicing truck lost control and flipped on its side Monday, officials said, spilling glycol on a perimeter road.

No injuries have been reported.

Ethylene glycol is commonly used as an antifreeze. It is poisonous to humans if consumed.
us_OH  transportation  release  response  ethylene_glycol 
6 days ago
Hazmat unit called to Invista Plant
A situation unfolded at a Kingston plant this afternoon. Several fire crews were called to the Invista plant on front road.

A chemical spill was reported just before three o’clock.

More than a half dozen Kingston fire rescue trucks were said to be on site – as well as the fire department’s hazmat unit, which has only been used twice in the last 8 years.

A security worker tells CKWS there was no danger to the public – and the bulk of the cleanup took roughly thirty minutes to complete.

There is no word on what caused the spill.
Canada  industrial  release  response  unknown_chemical 
6 days ago
Meyersdale PA FD Loses 14 Sets of Turnout Gear After HazMat Incident
Jan. 09--After Meyersdale Volunteer Fire Department assisted with a blaze in a Salisbury commercial building last month, it soon became clear there were consequences from battling the toxic flames.

Fourteen sets of the protective jackets and pants Meyersdale's firefighters wore were damaged in the blaze, fire Chief Tim Miller said.

Fortunately, a Cambria County department that dealt with a similar issue in the early 1990s was well-equipped -- and willing -- to offer help.

Richland Township Fire Department has provided Meyersdale's firefighters with enough used sets of protective clothing to enable the southern Somerset County department to continue handling calls until new gear arrives.

"It's a huge relief on our part because a lot of the firefighters affected are my top guys, who are very active when it comes to calls," Miller said.

His department received a double dose of bad news in the past month.

Crews were already battling the fire when they learned that hydrochloric acid was being stored inside the Salisbury structure, which is home to a salon and a garage.

"Over time, it breaks down the gear ... degrading it and making it unsafe," Miller said, noting that the heavy-duty attire will continue to slowly erode for months.

They've approached professional cleaning companies for help, but the only one that responded indicated the gear cannot be cleaned.
us_PA  industrial  follow-up  environmental  hydrochloric_acid 
6 days ago
Omni Hotel lower floors evacuated due to carbon monoxide leak
CORPUS CHRISTI -
Just before noon on Tuesday, hazmat and Corpus Christi Fire Department teams responded to a carbon monoxide threat at the Omni Hotel in downtown Corpus Christi. Six employees were taken to a hospital as some areas of the hotel's lower floors were evacuated when high carbon monoxide levels were detected in the basement, laundry room, kitchen area and some offices.

Several hotel staff began complaining of feeling lightheaded and nauseous just before noon prompting calls to the Fire Department. Hazmat teams joined CCFD on site where high levels of carbon monoxide were found on the hotel's lower floors. Those floors were promptly evacuated and at least six employees were evacuated to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The hotel was promptly searched by response teams, who went to every floor to take readings for the gas. Smaller levels of gas were detected on some of the hotel's higher floors, following the path of the elevator shafts.

"The gases tend to migrate with the elevators," said Battalion Chief, David Saenz, "the elevator acts like a plunger, a suction, it will draw it from the lower floors and deposit it in the higher floors so we are getting some small readings, seven parts per million, which is very, very minor, it's within normal limits in some of the floors but we weren't compelled to evacuate the entire structure, we didn't want to create any problems if we didn't have to."
us_TX  public  release  response  carbon_monoxide 
6 days ago
White House attempts to clarify, but not change, genetic engineering regulations
The Obama Administration’s update of a decades-old policy for reviewing U.S. biotechnology products, including genetically modified foods, is perhaps most notable for what it leaves out: a call for new regulations or mention of new gene-editing technologies such as CRISPR.
Released last week, the revision for the first time sets down in a single document the roles and responsibilities of the three agencies involved in regulating products of biotechnology, says Robbie Barbero, assistant director for biological innovation at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP).
The Environmental Protection Agency regulates crop plants engineered to produce their own pesticides. The Agriculture Department has jurisdiction over crops produced with genetic parts of plant pests—a formerly common but now aging method of genetic engineering. And the Food & Drug Administration regulates animals that contain recombinant DNA as if the animals were drugs.
The agencies’ division of labor was first spelled out in 1986, when the Reagan Administration addressed the stream of new genetically manipulated products through the Coordinated Framework for the Regulation of Biotechnology. Instead of creating new laws explicitly regulating genetically modified products, the framework specifies which laws authorize the agencies to review such products. It was last updated in 1992.
public  discovery  environmental  ag_chems  drugs  pesticides 
7 days ago
1 injured in Hendry County chemical explosion
ELDA, Fla. — One person was hospitalized following a chemical explosion Monday morning at Paramount Chemicals and Plastics, according to a Hendry County official.

The chemical explosion happened around 7:12 a.m. and injured an employee of the plant, who was flown to Lee Memorial Hospital and is believed to be in critical condition. The Hendry County Sheriff’s Office and Immokalee Fire Control District responded.

Hazmat cleared the scene. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration was notified and will be taking over the investigation, according to a Hendry County official.

The explosion happened inside the facility and had no impact on the surrounding environment, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection said.
us_FL  industrial  explosion  injury  unknown_chemical  plastics 
7 days ago
For chemicals, mega is out and bio is in: Engineers weigh in on 'smaller is better' chemical production -- ScienceDaily
Ramon Gonzalez sees flares burning methane from the stacks above Houston's refineries and thinks, "What a waste." He believes that methane represents an opportunity for biomanufacturing that should not be missed.

The Rice University professor and director of its new Advanced Biomanufacturing Initiative, aka iBIO, already knows what an entire sector of the chemical manufacturing industry is beginning to realize: Waste methane can and should be turned into profit.

Given the steady advance of biomanufacturing -- the use of wild-type or genetically modified bacteria to turn carbon-rich methane and other substances into valuable chemicals -- it should be possible to produce chemicals on a smaller, more environmentally friendly scale, he said. But it would require a shift from current thinking that economic viability can come only from the economies of unit scale afforded by large facilities.

Biomanufacturing's promise is the subject of a perspective paper in Science this week by Gonzalez and his Rice colleagues, senior research scientist James Clomburg and graduate student Anna Crumbley.
public  discovery  environmental  methane  waste 
7 days ago
Northwestern, local schools safely remove chemical products
Northwestern University in a recently-formed partnership with local school districts used the recent holiday break, while students were away, to remove excess chemical products created during regular science instruction from local schools.

The Office for Research Safety (ORS) at Northwestern and its chemical products disposal partner, Clean Harbors, coordinated with Evanston/Skokie School District 65 and the Evanston Fire Department on Dec. 28-29, 2016, to safely dispose of chemical products from Evanston’s three public middle schools, two K-8 magnet schools and Evanston Township High School (ETHS).

The two-day removal project was part of the District 65/Northwestern STEM partnership, launched in fall 2016 to strengthen STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education in local schools.

“The care taken to remove chemical products swiftly and efficiently was extremely helpful, especially for District 65 science teachers,” said Jennifer Lewin, District 65 STEM coordinator in Northwestern’s Science in Society education research center. Lewin is the primary liaison between District 65 and the University.

“ORS was 100 percent dedicated to this project, and its work was a huge asset to the school district,” she said. “Excess chemical products are created while completing labs in the classroom, and teachers are often faced with finding the resources to dispose of them in an environmentally friendly way. The office was helpful throughout the inventory and removal process, keeping safety at the schools its highest priority.”
us_IL  education  discovery  response  waste 
7 days ago
Authorities Pinpoint Source of Indiana Chemical Smell
Authorities say they've pinpointed the likely source of a smelly chemical that prompted reports of a natural gas-like odor in central Indiana.
The Hamilton County Emergency Management Agency says authorities on Sunday got dozens of calls about the smell of natural gas in Carmel-area homes and businesses. Gas monitors were used and no natural gas readings were found.
Northwestern Basketball Player Found Dead in Dorm Room
Officials say the smell in southern and central Hamilton County likely came from a came from an Indianapolis industrial business.
The odor has since dissipated.
us_IN  industrial  release  response  unknown_chemical 
7 days ago
As Chinese manufacturing booms, residents choke
Bucking a general slowdown in economic growth, China posted its best manufacturing performance in four years last month. However, worsening air pollution in many Chinese cities could cause authorities to clamp down on the chemical plants and other factories that are contributing to this strong performance.
...“Production expanded at the fastest pace in nearly six years, supported by a solid increase in total new work,” Caixin said.
Caixin was unable to decide if the Chinese economy, slowing for the past three years, is accelerating again. Whereas the economy grew at annual rates exceeding 10% for most of the past 20 years, the Asian Development Bank estimates that China expanded at 6.6% in 2016, a rate lower than India’s.
The manufacturing resurgence could be threatened by dangerously high levels of air pollution in northern China. The U.S. Embassy in Beijing, which is equipped to measure outdoor air quality, reports that its Air Quality Index repeatedly exceeded 400 last week, a level it considers “hazardous.” Northern China has been shrouded in dangerous smog for most of this winter.
China  industrial  discovery  environmental  unknown_chemical 
8 days ago
Big Ox employee rushed to hospital after sustaining minor chemical burns
SOUTH SIOUX CITY — Emergency responders were called to the Big Ox Energy plant in South Sioux City shortly before 2 p.m. after two employees were exposed to unidentified chemicals.

One employee sustained minor chemical burns and was rushed to a local medical center where the person is still being treated, according to Kevin Bradley, a spokesman for Big Ox. The second employee also was taken to the hospital as a precaution, but has since been released.

"Like any kind of industrial accident or incident — as the case may be — we certainly will be working with OSHA on this and we'll report as we are required as so on and we'll work cooperatively with them," Bradley said.

Big Ox is in the midst of an Occupational Safety and Health Administration investigation that began in October after someone on site was hospitalized due to an exposure to hydrogen sulfide. 

Additionally, another employee was injured in December after being exposed to hydrogen sulfide, which can cause death after prolonged exposure, according to OSHA.


Hydrogen sulfide is a colorless gas produced by bacterial breakdown of organic material. It's typically associated with a rotten egg smell and can occur at plants like Big Ox, which converts organic waste into methane gas.
us_IA  industrial  release  injury  unknown_chemical 
8 days ago
UPDATE: Interstate 90 reopens after fatal crash shuts down highway between Janesville and Beloit
BELOIT—Chief Tim Huffman and the other members of the Town of Turtle Fire Department confronted an inferno on Interstate 90/39 early Saturday morning.

They didn't know at first that the fire was just part of the story, which included a traffic death and fears that the burning truck's chemical cargo could explode.

Authorities soon decided to shut down the major cross-country route in both directions for more than seven hours as they dealt with it.

“It was cold. Everything froze to the ground (from the fire hoses' water). The ditch was on fire … everything was on fire,” including the pavement and the median, Huffman recalled.

Flames shot into the air, illuminating the scene almost like daylight, Huffman said.

The semitrailer truck's fuel tank must have ruptured, the fire chief said.

With so much fire and smoke, firefighters at first didn't see the Toyota Camry.

The truck was burning because it had collided, almost head-on, with the car, which was headed north in the southbound lanes, the Rock County Sheriff's Office reported.
us_WI  transportation  fire  response  unknown_chemical 
9 days ago
Joint base: Two private wells in Ocean County tainted by PFOS, PFOA
MANCHESTER — Preliminary information released Friday by Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst indicates that two private wells in this Ocean County town contain levels of an unregulated contaminant found in firefighting foam that's above the federal drinking water health advisory.

The Air Force announced in early December that it authorized the sampling of private wells for perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS), commonly used for decades in firefighting foam on the joint base. Hundreds of residential wells closer to the installation's boundary in New Hanover, Pemberton Township and portions of Manchester, Jackson and Lakehurst in Ocean County were marked for testing.

To date, base officials identified only two private wells in Manchester, which abuts the Lakehurst section of the base, that contain levels above the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's drinking water health advisory of 70 parts per trillion.
us_NJ  public  discovery  environmental  other_chemical 
9 days ago
Miramar Landfill Evacuated While Hazmat Investigates Canister
Miramar Landfill was evacuated Saturday after a potentially hazardous canister was discovered, according to authorities.

A San Diego Fire-Rescue Department (SDFD) hazardous response team responded to the landfill on Convoy Street and Copley Park Place shortly after 11 a.m., according to Capt. Joe Amador.

A high-pressure air cylinder container in deteriorating condition was discovered, prompting first responders to clear the area, Amador said. The San Diego County Hazardous Materials response team and an SDFD Hazmat unit were still on the scene
us_CA  industrial  discovery  response  gas_cylinders 
9 days ago
Chemical weapons destruction well underway at Pueblo depot
Every year around this time, we get together to talk about the progress made at the Pueblo Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant, or PCAPP, located on the grounds of the U.S. Army Pueblo Chemical Depot, about 17 miles east of Pueblo.

This year’s column is a great one to write because 2016 was a historic year for the Pueblo Chemical Depot. It is the year that we completed the first Explosive Destruction System (EDS) campaign, and initiated PCAPP operations on Sept. 7, 2016.

A total of 560 munitions and containers were destroyed during the first EDS campaign. As of right now, 8,474 mustard agent-filled munitions have been destroyed in the plant; currently in a phase called “Pilot Testing.”

Pilot Testing is a period of time in which we operate the plant in accordance with all the procedures, trained workforce, and protocols, before we go fully into the operations phase. It is during Pilot Testing that the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) records data on our munitions processing, including the taking of air samples. They, and other regulatory agencies, are monitoring us to be sure the plant is operating as it was designed.
us_CO  industrial  discovery  environmental  other_chemical 
9 days ago
Small fire causes minor damage in College of Medicine building
A small fire closed the fifth floor of the College of Medicine West building, 1819 W. Polk St., Thursday afternoon.
The fire took place in a laboratory used mostly for storage after a fluorescent light ballast malfunctioned, said Michael Landek, executive associate vice chancellor for administrative services.
The fire was quickly extinguished but caused some minor damage to the laboratory and adjoining labs. No one was injured.
The fifth floor is expected to reopen Friday. All other floors of the building remain open.
Building service workers have already removed water from the space and a fire restoration company is cleaning the area.
“The fire will have no impact on any operations in the College of Medicine,” Landek said. “Everyone pitched in and did a great job.”
us_IL  laboratory  fire  response  other_chemical 
11 days ago
Stubborn chemical fire at business in Biddeford injures one worker
One employee was injured in a stubborn chemical fire that broke out Thursday morning in a building used to store lithium at Soleras Advanced Coatings in Biddeford.

The fire started in a container holding 60 pounds of lithium in the center of the building on Landry Street, said Biddeford Fire Chief Scott Gagne. The cause has not been determined.

The injured employee had been transporting the chemical and was taken to Southern Maine Health Care, Gagne said. The employee’s condition and identity were not available Thursday evening.

The fire, which was reported at 11:25 a.m., burned for several hours and was finally extinguished around 4 p.m., said Lt. Justin Cooper, who helped fight the fire.

Eight firefighters who entered the building were taken to Southern Maine Health Care to have their gear and equipment decontaminated because of exposure to chemicals. They were not injured.
us_ME  industrial  fire  response  lithium 
11 days ago
Jury orders DuPont to pay $10.5 million over leaked chemical
A U.S. jury in Ohio ordered DuPont on Thursday to pay $10.5 million in punitive damages to a man who said he developed testicular cancer from exposure to a toxic chemical leaked from a Dupont plant, the plaintiff's lawyer Robert Bilott said.

The federal jury had awarded Kenneth Vigneron $2 million in compensatory damages in December. Bilott said the jury also awarded attorneys' fees, to be determined at a later date.

This is the third and largest verdict that jurors in the Columbus, Ohio, federal court have issued against DuPont for injuries linked to perfluorooctanoic acid, known as PFOA or C-8, which is used to make Teflon. The $12.5 million in damages is more than double the amount awarded in a case decided in July.

"The jury has sent a strong message that we hope DuPont will listen to," Bilott said in an email to Reuters.

DuPont faces more than 3,400 lawsuits over the leak of the chemical from its Parkersburg, West Virginia, plant.

The leak allegedly contaminated local water supplies and has been linked to six diseases, including testicular and kidney cancer. Vigneron claimed he developed testicular cancer from the chemical exposure.
us_OH  public  follow-up  injury  toxics 
11 days ago
Texas pesticide deaths: Chemical may have sickened, but cleanup was fatal
AMARILLO, Texas (CNN) — The act of watering the ground after applying pesticide may seem innocuous, but it was enough to kill four children in Texas.

One was a high school senior on the brink of graduation. The other three were her little brothers. The youngest was 7 years old.

On Tuesday, Amarillo police explained what went wrong: Some of the family members started feeling sick Monday after the pesticide was applied under their mobile home. So one of the residents tried to dilute it with water.

It was fatal mistake.

How exactly did the children die?
Someone applied a pesticide — aluminum phosphide — under the mobile home. Later, a family member used water in an attempt to wash away the pesticide, said Capt. Larry Davis of the Amarillo Fire Department. It was not immediately clear why.

But aluminum phosphide mixed with water creates toxic phosphine gas, which can cause excess fluid in the lungs and respiratory failure.
us_TX  public  follow-up  death  ag_chems  pesticides  phosphine 
12 days ago
Kolkata factory fire: 3 firemen injured while dousing flames at Madhyamgram chemical factory
Three firemen have reportedly been injured while dousing a massive fire at a chemical factory in Madhyamgram, Kolkata.
The fire, which broke around midnight, is still out of control even as 38 fire engines are present on the spot to douse it.
India  industrial  fire  injury  unknown_chemical 
12 days ago
Chemical Safety Front and Center For Ohio Valley Housing, Fire Departments
Pesticides and other chemicals are commonly used in American households, yards and gardens, but improper use can have deadly consequences for untrained users. Earlier this week, four Amarillo, Texas children lost their lives after a pesticide, aluminum phosphide, was applied to the home and diluted with water, inspiring a national discussion concerning chemical safety.

In the Upper Ohio Valley, numerous public officials are working to keep residents informed and safe.

Karen Cox, agriculture and natural resources agent for the West Virginia University Extension Ohio County office, said reading labels and following directions with diligence is key for chemical safety.

“If you’re not following directions on the label, you’re actually breaking the law. They should be read in their entirety before use,” Cox said. “A lot of people believe something they have around the house all the time is safe. Two examples would be bleach and ammonia that a lot of people use for cleaning. They can both be very toxic if combined.”

Cox added families with children should take extra care with chemicals, while emphasizing the importance of keeping substances in their original containers.

“Anytime you involve children, it’s going to be more dangerous. Children are naturally curious and they don’t necessarily know how to read. A lot of our chemical bottles come with colors and labeling that attract them,” she said. “I do a presentation for kids with a bottle of antifreeze and a bottle of Powerade. You pour them out and you’d never know which one is which. They both smell sweet and they both look tasty, but one is deadly and one isn’t.”
us_WV  public  discovery  environmental 
12 days ago
Fertilizer plant in Buckeye cleared of reported ammonia leak
A reported ammonia leak near a Buckeye fertilizer company that caused evacuations and road closures Wednesday was determined to be the result of an off-site spill of water containing ammonium hydroxide, officials said Wednesday evening.

Authorities said the smell of ammonia was reported at 5:52 a.m. near Fertizona, which is located near Baseline Road and State Route 85 near Buckeye.

The Buckeye Valley Fire District and several other agencies determined that the source of the smell was likely a small, off-site spill of water containing ammonium hydroxide, according to a Wednesday evening statement from Fertizona.
us_AZ  industrial  follow-up  response  ammonium_hydroxide 
12 days ago
Torrance fire officials say ‘rotten egg’ smell near refinery wasn’t dangerous
A sulfur-like odor Wednesday morning near Torrance’s troubled oil refinery prompted concern among residents still shaky from a fire at the complex two months ago, but officials said the emissions were not harmful.

The smell, most pungent on the south side of the Torrance Refining Co. complex along Del Amo Boulevard and Prairie Avenue, was reported on the city and Fire Department’s Facebook pages at about 9:30 a.m.

Jennifer Chiang of Torrance said she noticed the smell just before 9 a.m. as she was returning home from dropping her two children off at Victory Elementary School.

The odor, she said, was “like rotten eggs, like sulfur.”

When she arrived at her condominium near Anza Avenue and Spencer Street, the smell was especially strong in her garage.

“I called Torrance refinery at around 9 and they said there was no unusual activity going on,” she said. “But then someone called me back to say they were looking into it.”

Refinery officials later pinned the odor on “tank operations” but did not elaborate other than to say “personnel took immediate actions to mitigate the odor.”
us_CA  industrial  release  response  petroleum  sulphur 
12 days ago
Search for source of pesticide heats up in poisoning death investigation
The investigation into the poisoning of a family of 10 by lethal phosphine gas shifted almost completely Wednesday to figuring out the details of how a heavily regulated pesticide was obtained by the family’s father.

Four of Peter Balderas’ children appear to have died from exposure to gas produced by a chemical reaction after he sprayed a rodenticide known as Weevil-Cide with water.

With the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality’s assessment into contamination at the home ongoing, Amarillo police said they haven’t been able to investigate the scene and are providing support to the Texas Department of Agriculture, which is heading the investigation into Balderas’ illegal possession and use of the chemical.

“We’re just trying to follow leads on where it came from and how someone in the general public got it,” said Perry Cervantes, coordinator for pesticide certification for compliance for the Texas Department of Agriculture.

Cervantes said the pesticide is heavily regulated at every level, from licensing to the product dealers to the people who will use it.
us_TX  public  follow-up  death  ag_chems  illegal  pesticides  phosphine 
12 days ago
An Indian chemical plant has figured out how to turn its carbon emissions into baking soda
A chemical plant in India is the first in the world to run a new system for capturing carbon emissions and converting them into baking soda.

The Tuticorin Alkali Chemicals plant, in the industrial port city of Tuticorin, is expecting to convert some 60,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions annually into baking soda and other chemicals – and the scientists behind the process say the technique could be used to ultimately capture and transform up to 10 percent of global emissions from coal.

While carbon capture technology is not a new thing, what's remarkable about the Tuticorin installation is that it's running without subsidies from the government – suggesting the researchers have developed a profitable, practical system that could have the commercial potential to expand to other plants and industries.

"I am a businessman. I never thought about saving the planet," the managing director of the plant, Ramachadran Gopalan, told the BBC.

"I needed a reliable stream of CO2, and this was the best way of getting it."
India  industrial  discovery  response  carbon_dioxide  sodium_bicarbonate 
13 days ago
Spills up at Waterford's Momentive chemical plant as contract negotiations resume
As a strike at a Waterford chemical plant drags into its third month, fuel or chemical spills by new workers there have become more common, according to records from the state Department of Environmental Conservation.
Since the strike began Nov. 2 at Momentive Performance Materials, on routes 4 and 32, there has been a spill reported every 2.6 days on average, a Times Union analysis of DEC records shows. That is more than double the average spill rate between 2011 through October 2016.
Meanwhile, union and company officials are returning to the bargaining table for the first time since the strike started, said Dominick Patrignani, president of IUE/CWA Local 81359, on Tuesday. Meetings are tentatively scheduled for Jan. 11-13, he said.
Momentive spokeswoman Tina Reiber said the meetings were requested last month by the union. "They asked us to return to the table the second week of January and we have agreed to do so," she said.
Unionized workers have been picketing outside the plant after rejecting a contract offer that would cut workers' vacation time, reduce 401(k) benefits, raise health insurance costs and decrease retiree health insurance and other benefits.
Union workers have repeatedly claimed that replacement workers, hired to work with non-union supervisors during the strike, are not adequately trained, and prone to mishandling fuel and other materials at the sprawling, 700-acre plant, where industrial sealants and adhesives are made.
"Our guys outside on the line have seen amazing things going on, things that would get them fired," said Patrignani.
us_NY  industrial  follow-up  environmental  adhesives 
13 days ago
Catas recovering after furniture lab fire
SAN GIOVANNI AL NATISONE, Italy -- In late December, one of the labs of Catas, the Italian research and testing laboratory for the wood and furniture industry in San Giovanni al Natisone, was destroyed in a fire. The structure, proof machinery and all the building contents were completely destroyed, with a loss of more than a million dollars.

Firefighters from Udine and Gorizia were able to control the fire and to restrict it to the building where it broke out. Catas activity is going on in the other labs in Friuli and in the Lissone branch.

“We’re from Friuli and we learned to never stop when we are in front of a catastrophe,” commented Andrea Giavon, managing director of the research center. “We’re choosing a warehouse to rent as soon as possible and ordered some of the machines we need urgently, because we want to open again very soon and continue to give our clients the services everyone expects from us.”

This is one of the six laboratories of Catas and only in this department the activity has been partially interrupted. The other departments: chemistry, surfaces, fire, mechanical and furniture-Brianza, are still active and are regularly working.

To ensure an immediate continuity of testing service on furniture, Catas will use more of the potential of its twin laboratory located in Lissone (Milan). Some technicians from the headquarters of San Giovanni al Natisone will also help the colleagues in the Lissone branch. The headquarters of San Giovanni al Natisone, however, continues to operate with some equipment that were saved by the fire and which have already been immediately enhanced with other simple instrumentation.
Italy  laboratory  follow-up  response  unknown_chemical 
13 days ago
Early morning fire at Elementis Chromium
NEW HANOVER COUNTY -- A small fire inside a kiln was extinguished Tuesday morning at Elementis Chromium.

New Hanover County Fire and Rescue crews responded to the report of a fire around 4:18 a.m. at the chemical company on Holly Shelter Road, said Deputy Fire Chief Frank Meyer. Upon arrival, crews spent 5-10 minutes putting out a fire involving a gear-drive system on a kiln. A pre-installed extinguishing system had experienced difficulty putting out the fire itself, Meyer said.

He added the fire was limited to a lubricant container and no injuries were reported.
us_NC  industrial  fire  response  fire_extinguisher 
13 days ago
A visual update from Ruwel
The fire that raged PCB manufacturer Ruwel on December 27 completely ruined the company’s plant where it produce the innerlayer for masslam boards. And looking at the pictures that the company has provided – it’s clear; there is nothing left.
When you see the pictures it really looks terrible, there is nothing left, but when you look at it closer, the conclusion must be, that the company had some luck in this tragedy – none of the staff was injured.

Ruwel has provided an update from the site – that is now in rubbles – stating that; the firewall between the main building and the chemical storage did its job. It kept the fire away from the chemical storage for more than 12 hours, so there hasn’t been any major environmental damage.

As of right now the order of business is as previously announced: to keep supplying our customers with the help of Unimicron in Kunshan. And to build a new plant as soon as possible on the piece of land just behind the burned down plant two (the plot is owned by Ruwel and the company already have a building permit).
China  industrial  fire  environmental  unknown_chemical 
13 days ago
UPDATED: Hazmat turns out to be medical emergency and spilled detergent
A man who suffered a diabetic emergency prompted a shutdown of U.S. in Dumfries when responding rescue workers discovered a white powder in his home.

U.S. 1 was shut down after fire and rescue was called to a house on Main Street Tuesday morning to check on the welfare of a person who didn’t show up at work. They arrived to find the resident unconscious and an unknown white powder in the house, said Prince William County police spokesman Nathan Probus.

The powder turned out to be laundry detergent and the man had suffered a diabetic emergency, said county police Sgt. Jonathan Perok.
us_VA  public  discovery  response  dust 
13 days ago
East End bridge renews hazardous cargo debate
For decades public safety officials and some politicians said an East End bridge was needed to divert dangerous truck cargo around downtown Louisville.

Now that the new Lewis and Clark Bridge is open, there's no clamor to quickly make that change for explosive, flammable or caustic shipments - though some authorities said they would welcome an investigation of the possibilities. They include fuels, acids and gases, including the deadly asphyxiant anhydrous ammonia.

Officials are saying they need information, including an update to a 2012 study that examined what was being shipped through Louisville on cars and trucks, and identified almost three motor vehicle incidents a month involving the chemicals.

They'd also want to evaluate the pros and cons of various routing alternatives. Such research would cost money - no immediate price estimate was available - and then any action would require the potentially knotty task of reaching agreement among local and state officials in Kentucky and Indiana, along with the trucking industry.
us_IN  transportation  discovery  environmental  other_chemical 
14 days ago
4 children dead, 6 people hospitalized following 'HAZMAT incident' in Northeast Amarillo
AMARILLO, Texas (KVII) - Several Amarillo authorities were sent to a home where at least four children have died following a "HAZMAT incident" in Northeast Amarillo Monday morning.
...The Amarillo Fire Department said there were 10 people inside the home when the incident occurred. When crews arrived at the scene just after 5 a.m. Monday, one minor was already dead. The other three died after being taken to the hospital. The oldest of those who have died due to this incident was 17 years old. One of the other people who were taken to the hospital is said to be unstable and in ...
Jackson said the mother is still alive, but in serious condition. She has been airlifted to a Lubbock hospital. The father is in intensive care, but is in stable condition. The four other children who were in the home are also in stable condition in ICU.
AFD said someone at the residence had sprayed a pesticide, which is now identified as Weevil-Cide, containing aluminum phosphide underneath the house. At some point, a person living at the home tried to wash away the pesticide with water. This caused a chemical reaction that created phosphine gas, which is extremely dangerous. Phosphine gas causes pulmonary edema and extreme respiratory distress.
us_TX  public  release  death  ag_chems  pesticides  phosphine 
14 days ago
DuPont faces more legal liabilities for cleanups
DuPont’s environmental headaches became a migraine at the end of last year as it lost one contamination lawsuit and confronted a new one.
Late last month, the firm, which is awaiting completion of its merger with Dow Chemical, was ordered by an Ohio jury to pay $2 million to a man who claimed he developed testicular cancer from drinking water contaminated by a DuPont fluorochemical. A second lawsuit, launched by the town of Ctarneys Point, N.J., wants DuPont to pay more than $1 billion to clean up pollution from the Chambers Works manufacturing site, which it operated for more than a century.
The Ohio jury award is the latest in a series of trials DuPont has been defending since late 2015 over its liability for contaminating wells with the Teflon processing aid perfluoroctanoic acid. The PFOA came from the firm’s plant in Parkersburg, W.Va. Overall, DuPont faces 3,500 suits in federal court by residents who claim PFOA-laced water made them ill.
So far, four cases have gone to trial. Three have gone against DuPont for more than $9 million in total. Others were settled out of court for an “immaterial amount,” according to a DuPont financial document. The judge overseeing the PFOA suits has scheduled an additional 39 trials this year.
The Carneys Point suit claims that over the years the Chambers Works released more than 45 million kg of hazardous waste into the soil and groundwater, threatening nearby residential neighborhoods. In its complaint, the municipality alleges that DuPont spun off the complex in 2015 to Chemours to avoid the cost of the cleanup.
us_OH  industrial  discovery  environmental  waste 
15 days ago
Low Levels of Manganese in Welding Fumes Cause Neurological Problems
Welders exposed to airborne manganese at estimated levels below federal occupational safety standards exhibit neurological problems similar to Parkinson's disease, according to new research at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Further, the more they are exposed to manganese-containing welding fumes, the faster the workers' signs and symptoms worsen.

The findings, published Dec. 28 in Neurology, suggest that current safety standards may not adequately protect welders from the dangers of the job.

"We found that chronic exposure to manganese-containing welding fumes is associated with progressive neurological symptoms such as slow movement and difficulty speaking," said Brad A. Racette, MD, a professor of neurology and the study's senior author. "The more exposure you have to welding fumes, the more quickly those symptoms progress over time."

At high levels, manganese - a key component of important industrial processes such as welding and steelmaking - can cause manganism, a severe neurologic disorder with symptoms similar to Parkinson's disease, including slowness, clumsiness, tremors, mood changes, and difficulty walking and speaking. The risk of manganism drove the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) decades ago to set standards limiting the amount of manganese in the air at workplaces. While these safety standards are widely believed to have eliminated manganism as an occupational hazard, researchers who study the effects of manganese exposure have long suspected that there may still be some health effects at levels much lower than what is allowable per OSHA standards.
us_MO  industrial  discovery  environmental  other_chemical 
16 days ago
Chemicals fuel fire at Mantua Twp. firm on Chamberlain Road
Crews from several fire departments battled a chemical blaze Friday afternoon at Karl Industries Inc. on Chamberlain Road in Mantua Township. At least one person, reportedly the owner of the company, was taken to Akron Children's Hospital for treatment of burns suffered in what was described as an explosion and subsequent fire.

Mantua--Shalersviille Fire Chief Matt Roosa said the department had received a call for a fire alarm and a potential fire. He arrived to find the building ablaze.

"The roof was on fire when we pulled up," he said. "That was our main concern, exposure control."

Lt. Brooke Stamm owas first to arrive on the scene. "When we rounded the corner we could see a header, big black smoke over the building and explosions," she said. "There were loud noises. The roof blew off at one point."

Karl Industries is located at 11415 Chamberlain Road in Mantua Township. According to its website, the company works with small amounts of chemicals in high pressure reactions.

"There's all kinds of chemicals and tanks in the building," Stamm said. "That's what was burning when we arrived."

Roosa declared the building "a total loss" except for the front office, which is not attached to the main building. The property value was last appraised in 2012 at $418,000, according to the Portage County Auditor's Office.
us_OH  industrial  fire  injury  unknown_chemical 
16 days ago
Chemical reaction at West Side dealership sends 5 to hospital, fire department says
Five people went to the hospital after mixed chemicals at a West Side car dealership caused a harmful reaction around 11:30 a.m. Saturday, the Madison Fire Department said.

Fire department spokesman Eric Dahl said two people were transported from the Don Miller Subaru West dealership by fire department crews after a chemical reaction in the repair shop area made several people sick. Three other people were driven by others to a local hospital, Dahl said.

When the fire crews arrived at the dealership on Odana Road, Dahl said they tested the air quality and found no indication there was a further threat from the chemical reaction, and the area was deemed safe.

Dahl said he did not believe the reaction caused injuries that would be life threatening.
us_WI  industrial  release  injury  unknown_chemical 
16 days ago
Bountiful street closed after tanker carrying gas rolls over
(KUTV) A street under the freeway in Bountiful is closed after a tanker rolled over Saturday morning.
About 9:50 a.m. 500 South was closed between 550 West and 650 West in Bountiful after a semi tanker carrying ethanol rolled over. Hazmat teams responded to the scene and there were no injuries or evacuations.
At about 1:20 p.m. all the ethanol was transfered into another tanker and crews began working on removing the rolled tanker.
us_UT  transportation  release  response  ethanol 
16 days ago
Deadly explosion at Jurong lab caused by faulty valve, AsiaOne Singapore News
It has been slightly over a year since his wife was killed in a laboratory explosion.

Mr Ooi Peng Fung described this period as painful and challenging, as he had to raise his infant daughter as a single parent.

His wife, Leeden National Oxygen chemist Krysten Lim Siaw Chian, 30, was working at Leeden's Specialty Gas Centre Quality Control Laboratory in Jurong on Oct 12 last year when the blast happened.

Her charred remains were found on six occasions over a two-month period, the coroner's inquiry heard earlier this year.

Yesterday, State Coroner Marvin Bay said in his findings that the regulatory valve attached to the cylinder Madam Lim was using - which contained a mix of methane, nitrogen and oxygen - was faulty and welded unevenly.

This could have caused a leak. Heat, caused by friction, could have ignited the escaping gas mixture.

From there, a flashback, where the flames travelled from the ignition point back into the gas cylinder, could have occurred, and rapid overpressure caused it to explode.

The explosion took place instantaneously as soon as the leak happened, meaning the gas detectors, which were found to be working, had no time to go off, testified Ministry of Manpower (MOM) investigation officer Mohamed Haniffa Ibrahim.

Madam Lim was standing near the epicentre of the explosion, which led to subsequent explosions, testified Singapore Civil Defence Force investigation officer Basir Mohamed Yusof.

The cause of her death was blast injuries, said the state coroner in his findings.
Singapore  laboratory  follow-up  death  gas_cylinders 
17 days ago
Two people taken to local hospitals after chemical exposure at Orange Paper Mill
ORANGE COUNTY - Orange County Emergency Management has confirmed that three people were exposed to a chemical at an Paper Plant located in Orange. 

The incident happened at International Paper on Inland road off of highway 87. 

According to Acadian, only two people have been transported to local hospitals. One was transported to Houston by Medical helicopter. Another person was transported to Baptist in Beaumont. 

International Paper Public Relations Director Ashley Moore released this statement about the incident.

"Our thoughts are with the employees and their families. An internal incident investigation is underway. The safety of employees and contractors is a core value and the top priority at our mill. We continue to focus on making sure all of our team members are working safely."
us_TX  industrial  release  injury  unknown_chemical 
18 days ago
Omaha crew being brought in to clean-up chemical spill near
SOUTH SIOUX CITY, Neb.

A chemical spill Thursday set off a scare at a South Sioux City truck stop.
 
 
It happened in the 4600 block of Dakota Avenue. That's where a tractor-trailer hauling sodium hydroxide was leaking in the parking lot of the Crystal Cafe.
 
The chemical is an acid that can cause severe burns - but fortunately no one suffered any exposure.
 
Authorities brought in a specialized crew out of Omaha to clean up the spill.
us_NE  transportation  release  response  sodium_hydroxide 
18 days ago
Train derailment causes small chemical spill
ROXANA — The derailment of a Norfolk Southern chemical train on tracks serving the Wood River Refinery resulted in a small release of sulfuric acid Thursday morning, but no injuries occurred as a result, a Norfolk Southern spokesman said.
...
About two dozen firefighters from the refinery’s corporate fire department, along with railroad officials, private contractors and refinery security, responded to the scene. The refinery maintains its own specialized firefighting service to deal with industrial incidents. Allen said the refinery’s fire department responded as mutual aid at the request of Norfolk Southern, which owns the tracks inside the facility.

David Pidgeon, a spokesman with Norfolk Southern, said seven cars came off the tracks, and two of those overturned. About a gallon of waste sulfuric acid escaped during the incident, which “Norfolk Southern has contained and is in the process of removing from the site,” Pidgeon said.
us_IL  transportation  release  response  sulfuric_acid 
18 days ago
Vancouver apartment fire damages units, displaces 11
VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — Officials say new Christmas footie pajamas may have sparked inside a dryer, starting a fire that has displaced 11 people.
Crews with the Vancouver Fire Department were called to The Mews at Cascadia Village about 12:30 a.m. Thursday, our news partners at The Columbian reported.
Two apartment units were damaged in the blaze. Seven adults and four children were displaced, according to the American Red Cross, which is providing them with temporary housing, food, clothing and comfort kits.
Officials told KATU News the fire may have sparked due to some kind of chemical on brand new footie pajamas that were in the dryer. Fire educators say you should always know what you're putting in your washer and dryer. A lot of synthetic fabrics and chemicals aren't tested for how they might react to each other.
us_WA  public  fire  environmental  unknown_chemical 
18 days ago
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