Midtown intersection open after gas line break
TULSA, Okla. - Tulsa Police have reopened a stretch of South Lewis Avenue under the Broken Arrow Expressway, after a gas line break overnight.

Hazmat crews responded to the area around 2am. They secured the area while Oklahoma Natural Gas workers arrived.

Crews made repairs and had South Lewis between 13th & 15th streets opened by 6am. The on-ramp from Lewis to the Broken Arrow Expressway is also open.

Officials say city crews repairing a water line break accidentally ruptured the gas line.
us_OK  public  release  response  natural_gas 
3 hours ago
Hawaii volcano: Toxic steam cloud 'laze' is the latest threat from Kilauea
First it was lava, then acid rain and vog. Now, residents near Hawaii's erupting Kilauea volcano confronted a new threat Monday: laze, a toxic cloud mashup of lava and haze. 

Laze forms when hot, 2,000-degree lava hits the cooler sea water. It's a hydrochloric acid steam cloud that billows into the air, along with fine particles of glass.

"Lava entering the ocean causes a chemical reaction and can result in small explosions, sending tiny particles of hydrochloric acid and volcanic glass in the air," said Jessica Johnson, a geophysicist at the University of East Anglia in the United Kingdom.

The acid in the plume is about as corrosive as diluted battery acid, scientists say. Laze can cause irritations of the skin, eyes and lungs, and those suffering from asthma or emphysema may be particularly vulnerable.  
us_HI  public  release  response  hydrochloric_acid  sulfuric_acid 
3 hours ago
Chemical Safety Board, OSHA investigate Kuraray explosion
The Chemical Safety Board and the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration are investigating the cause of a chemical explosion that injured 21 workers at the Kuraray America Eval plant in Pasadena.

The explosion occurred Saturday morning when part of the plant’s production system leaked ethylene, a highly flammable gas used to make many types of plastics. The release caused an explosion and a flash fire that sent 21 workers to the hospital with burns and other injuries. Eighteen have since been released.

Two Houston personal injury law firms are representing some of the workers in suits against the company.
us_TX  industrial  follow-up  injury  flammables 
3 hours ago
Fire in home-made distillery
A man, 50, was badly burnt while distilling alcohol in his Caves Beach garage on Monday. Reports from firefighters at the scene suggest the man was decanting alcohol, which he had produced in his home-made distillery,  into a plastic bucket close to an open flame. Fumes from the alcohol ignited, and the man’s clothes caught alight.The fire spread throughout the garage.

Swansea firefighters extinguished the fire and cared for the man until an ambulance crew arrived. Newcastle Hazmat also attended the scene and used gas detectors to ensure that any flammable vapour had been dispersed after the fire was extinguished. Flames from burning pure alcohol are very difficult to see and produce very little smoke, making them extremely dangerous. This is because smoke is the unburnt product of combustion, and with pure alcohol, virtually all the product is consumed by the fire. In contrast, thick, black smoke indicates a fire that contains high levels of unburnt products, such as bush fires.

In another garage fire involving a male occupant, multiple fire crews were called to Warners Bay on Tuesday. Firefighters were met by an extremely hot, high-intensity inferno. They stopped the fire spreading to the house and a neighbouring property. Firefighter Gabriella Smith said it was thought the sparks from welding started the fire. Crews successfully contained the fire and the man was treated at the scene for burns.
Australia  public  fire  injury  flammables 
Emotions run high as three Rarieda gas explosion victims buried :: Kenya
Hundreds of mourners on Saturday attended the burial of three members of one family burnt after a gas cylinder exploded in their Rarieda village home in Siaya County.

The three- Caroline Gwara (40), her 18-year-old daughter and son, John Migael, (three) were part of Calvin Omondi's five-member family that had gathered home at night two weeks ago when a gas cylinder exploded, setting the house on fire. 

Migael died at the scene, while Caroline, her husband and their two daughters were pulled out alive and taken to hospital. Caroline and one of the girls later died, leaving Mr Omondi and the other daughter fighting for their lives in hospital.

On Saturday, Omondi and his daughter did not witness the burial of his wife and two children because they were still admitted to hospital

Omondi’s mother Jenipher Adongo, who says earlier that fateful day she spent a lot of the time with her grandchildren, sat in front of the three coffins, lost in grief. “The boy was nicknamed Gift because he was born 13 years after the third born, a girl. He was beguiling,” she said of her grandson Migael. She eulogised Caroline, her daughter-in-law, as a kind woman.

Wilson Opiyo, a relative, said the village had never seen "something like this". Police had earlier attributed the incident to leakage from the gas cylinder.

Mr Odero Ojwang’, a Chemistry teacher at Usenge High School, said gas cylinders stored under high temperatures can explode. “When there is some leakage, the gas combines with all air molecules and causes fire,” said Mr Ojwang’, adding that when a jiko is used near a gas cylinder, chances of the latter exploding are high.

He said: “Most of the cooking gas involved in explosion always lacks Ethyl Mercaptan, a chemical that gives a smell that enables detection of leakage by users.”
Kenya  public  explosion  death  gas_cylinders  thiols 
Worker files $1 million lawsuit against Pasadena industrial plant after fiery explosion
One day after a fiery explosion at a Pasadena plastics plant injured 21 people, attorneys for a badly burned worker filed a $1 million lawsuit against Kuraray American Eval, accusing the multi-national company of gross negligence, failure to read safety policies and neglecting to create safety guidelines.
Workers doing welding and pipefitting work caused the explosion just after 10 a.m. Saturday, the suit alleges. As a team tinkered on an insulation tower, a safety release valve failed and caused an over-pressurization in the piping, which sparked the explosion and sent a fireball into the sky.
Eduardo Rodriguez was working on top of a scaffold at the time. He ended up badly burned and was forced to jump 25 feet down to the ground, the suit alleges.
Now, Houston attorney Anthony Buzbee is representing Rodriguez in a claim filed over the weekend in Harris County court.
us_TX  public  follow-up  injury 
Flaring at Mossmorran following chemical plant leak
Emergency services rushed to Fife Ethylene Plant shortly after 5.30pm when the alarm was raised.

The incident occurred just a month after ExxonMobil Chemical and Shell UK, operator of Fife NGL Plant, were issued with a final warning by environment watchdog SEPA, as a result of prolonged flaring in June last year.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service sent seven appliances to the scene.

A spokesperson said the incident was dealt with mainly by ExxonMobil Chemical but firefighters remained for more than three hours as a precaution and to advise on ventilation.

What appeared to be flames could be seen a short distance from the base of the flaring stack.

ExxonMobil Chemical issued an apology to residents of surrounding towns and villages.
United_Kingdom  industrial  fire  response  unknown_chemical 
Pasadena Chemical Plant Fire Leaves 21 Injured
At least 21 people were hurt in an explosion followed by roaring fire at a chemical plant in Pasadena near Houston, Texas, on Saturday morning.
The incident took place at the Kuraray America Eval factory, a plastic fabrication company, around 10:43 a.m. EDT when a valve failed due to an over-pressurization of piping in the building. Firefighters rushed to the spot immediately and tackled the fire but 21 workers suffered burn injuries. While all those who suffered minor injuries were taken by ambulance, two people with serious burns were flown by helicopter, reported Gizmodo.
While most of the injured suffered topical burns, some workers sustained knee and back injuries while trying to escape the fire. A spokesman for the La Porte Office of Emergency Management said all the injured are likely to survive. Its Facebook page said there is no danger to the public as a result of the incident.
“Multiple emergency vehicles in route. The City will continue to monitor the situation and advise you if you need to take action,” the post read.
us_TX  industrial  explosion  injury  unknown_chemical 
Middleburg will buy specialized firefighter gear to prevent chemical exposures
A recently awarded grant from the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation will enable Middleburg Heights firefighters to protect themselves beyond just the gear they currently wear.

Mayor Gary Starr credited Fire Chief Briant Galgas for pursuing the grant and announced the award at City Council's May 7 meeting. The money will be used to purchase 34 pairs of structural firefighter gloves as well as barrier protection hoods.

"This $5,800 grant will help reduce the risk of carcinogens at the Middleburg Heights Fire Department and to firefighters who are actually involved with these chemicals, especially when they become lethal and come in contact with the actual skin," Starr said. "The hoods cover the entire face and also drape over the neck. The gloves will prevent touching these harmful chemicals to the body that would affect the skin and also cause cancer."

The idea behind the BWC's safety grants program for Ohio employers is "to minimize exposure to dangerous environmental elements," the BWC website indicates.

Councilman Matt McGregor wondered aloud if the gloves additionally could protect firefighter/EMTs from exposure to fentanyl during emergency runs.
us_OH  public  discovery  environmental  other_chemical 
Employee Received a Corneal Abrasion While Wearing Safety Glasses with Side Shield
An employee entered a grinding tech-shop to inspect an eyewash station. At the time of entry, at the other end of the room, another employee was grinding a piece of metal with a handheld grinder. The employee was wearing safety glasses with side shields as was the posted requirements for the area. Shortly after entering the first employee felt a piece of metal hit his cheek, bounce under his safety glasses and into his eye, resulting in a corneal abrasion. Lessons to be Learned: Recognize that area hazards affect everyone in the area versus task hazards that only affect the operator(s). To ensure adequate protection for all workers in an area, review and include, in the work plan, the area's safety requirements along with those of the tools utilized.
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us_VA  public  release  injury  metals 
Two Researchers Exposed to Airborne Radioactivity During Depleted Uranium Cutting Operations
Two researchers were exposed to radioactive airborne particles during work to cut depleted uranium (DU)-molybdenum bars. It was the first time the researchers had used a newly-purchased cut-off saw outside of mockups. Based on experience with older saws combined with improved features of the new model, those planning the work assumed that any dispersible DU particles would be contained in the unit. Lessons Learned: Depleted uranium presents a unique challenge with respect to the radioactive, toxic, and pyrophoric hazards associated with cutting operations. Question assumptions during planning and operations and use additional monitoring to validate performance.
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us_WA  public  release  response  radiation  uranium 
West End Community Centre reopens after evacuation due to ammonia leak
The West End Community Centre has reopened after the building was evacuated on Friday afternoon because of an ammonia leak.

After the leak was detected around 12:30 p.m., Vancouver Fire and Rescue’s hazmat team was called in and the building was ventilated. 

The West End Community Centre hosts a number of community programs and boasts several facilities, including the Joe Fortes branch of the Vancouver Public Library, racquetball courts, a fitness centre, and an ice rink, which uses ammonia refrigeration, a hot topic in British Columbia since the death of three men during an ammonia leak at Fernie Memorial Arena last year. 

The result has been increasing vigilance of ammonia refrigeration, and calls for alternative refrigeration solutions, especially at older arenas. 

In February of this year, the Matsqui Recreation Centre ice rink in Abbotsford was closed for three weeks due to a reported ammonia leak. Two ice-making components were removed. The city said no ammonia was ever released into the air, and no one was exposed to the leak.
Canada  public  release  response  ammonia 
3 days ago
Sioux Falls fire: After Thursday fire, A-OX reassures clients
A local supplier of welding materials is working with clients to minimize the effect of a Thursday night fire at its Sioux Falls facility.

Smoke billowed from A-OX Welding Supply Co. after propane tanks caught fire and exploded. Emergency crews fought the blaze and evacuated people in a half-mile radius. There were no injuries, Sioux Falls fire officials said.

By Friday morning, an A-OX representative had already stopped by ARC Fabricators, one of the Sioux Falls-based shops that uses the company for supplies.

“Just to assure us that they were still going to be able to supply us and it was just a small hiccup,” ARC General Manager Rick Hewitt said.
us_SD  industrial  explosion  response  propane 
3 days ago
Sulfuric Acid Spill Affects Broken Arrow Businesses
BROKEN ARROW, Oklahoma - An industrial area near 61st and Aspen is open again after a chemical spill forced first responders to close some streets for several hours Friday. 
Broken Arrow firefighters said a beaker of sulfuric acid fell from a hot plate, sending acidic fumes into the air.

Broken Arrow’s assistant fire chief said the nine employees at Element Materials rushed out of the building and they are doing well.

Kathleen Cobleigh was staying at a hotel close to the building. She heard a lot of sirens and came out to see what was going on.

"It was interesting, you know, to say the least when you're here and nothing's really happening but luckily, no one's hurt and that's the best thing," said Cobleigh. 

The area around the building was shut down for a few hours.
us_OK  laboratory  release  injury  sulfuric_acid 
3 days ago
Months after gas leak caused explosion in Willowbrook condo building, residents are still displaced
The Speedway gas station in Westmont where leaking fuel storage tanks caused explosions or flashes in area homes and sewers last year has reopened for business, but some residents of The Knolls condominiums are still waiting to return home.

Repairs are not yet complete on the 6167 Knoll Wood Road building, where gas fumes apparently ignited by a dryer in the laundry room caused an explosion that injured an older woman and damaged the building.

Residents of the 12 condominiums in the two-story building have been living in an apartment complex just to the north of the Knolls, said Alice Jara, property manager for the Knolls Homeowners Association.

Speedway is paying the rent for the residents, said Lesley Simeral, president of the association.
us_IL  public  follow-up  environmental  other_chemical 
3 days ago
Potent Acid Prompts HAZMAT And Idaho National Guard Response In Emmett
A man and woman in Emmett were taken to the hospital yesterday after exposure to an extremely acidic substance. The incident was serious enough to get a response from the Idaho National Guard.

The Emmet Fire Department got the call around 5:40 in the evening on Thursday, May 17. Two patients had inhaled an unknown substance and were displaying concerning symptoms.

Emmett Fire Department Chief Curt Christensen says the pair “had some redness on their extremities from when they had touched the substance, and then one of them that had smelled it had vomited and had some throat irritation.”

According to Christensen, the drastic symptoms were worrying. The Idaho National Guard’s Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Team also responded. The group specializes in situations involving chemicals.

So, what was the substance?

“It’s such a strong acid that we are about 85 percent certain we do know what that compound is,” the fire chief says. “It could be a cleaning solution; it’d be a very strong cleaning solution, but it wouldn’t be stuff you’d normally find laying around a home. This would be something—I don’t know when you would need something this strong.”
us_ID  public  release  injury  unknown_chemical 
3 days ago
Maryland College Evacuated Because Of Hazmat Situation
BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The Montgomery College Rockville Campus was evacuated Thursday morning after a nearby propane tank began to leak.

Authorities say a 1000-gallon propane tank at Suburban Propane leaked after a valve was sheared off.

Nearby train and subway rail traffic were temporarily stopped, but have since reopened.
us_MD  education  release  response  propane 
4 days ago
Lithium battery dangers and how you can help prevent them
SAN FRANCISCO (KTVU) - The City of San Francisco and Recology, its recycling partner, are stepping up their outreach to every resident about the dangers of lithium batteries. On Friday, Recology showed what everybody should do with the powerful batteries that still pack a punch long after you dump them. 

Recycling employees and the plants they work in are being put in serious danger by their own customers. Increasingly, they’re seeing more and more recycle center fires across the nation, some destroying the entire facility. 

"In the last three years, there have been fires at recycling facilities in several cities," said Robert Reed of Recology.

When lithium batteries come in contact with other batteries or metal, they can spark, overheat, smoke, burst into flame or explode, even ones damaged or spent. Recology has had several bouts with fires on trucks or recycling plants. 
us_CA  public  discovery  environmental  batteries 
4 days ago
Chemicals found dumped off railroad tracks in Worcester
WORCESTER — Fire and police investigators are looking for the source of about two dozen containers of chemicals found Thursday next to the railroad tracks near West Boylston and Brooks streets.

The chemicals were found near the railroad tracks near Weasel Brook and the parking lot for Preferred Laboratory, 2 Brooks St.

Deputy Fire Chief Martin Dyer said police called firefighters to the area at 11:40 a.m. after the chemicals were found. With unknown chemicals in the containers, the state hazardous materials team and bomb squad were called in.

Deputy Chief Dyer said the source is most likely an amateur chemist who decided to dump the materials instead of properly disposing of them. He said efforts will be made to identify the chemicals and ensure they safe and stable. A chemical disposal professional will then be contacted to remove them.
us_MA  transportation  discovery  response  unknown_chemical 
4 days ago
Chemical odor forces evacuation of Richmond Elementary
A strong chemical odor forced the evacuation Thursday of about 150 students from a school in the Fleetwood School District.

Superintendent Greg M. Miller said officials evacuated Richmond Elementary School around 9 a.m. when the smell of chlorine was detected in one part of the building. He said students and faculty were transported by bus to Fleetwood Middle School when it became clear the smell was not going away.

Miller said the smell was traced to the water treatment tank. Chemical specialists were called in to fix the problem, and fire crews remained on the scene as a precaution while they worked.
us_PA  education  release  response  chlorine  water_treatment 
4 days ago
EPA moves to undo Obama-era chemical disaster rules
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency took steps on Thursday to roll back and delay Obama-era rules aimed at improving safety at chemical plants, which had come in response to a 2013 explosion at a fertilizer plant in Texas that killed 15 people.

FILE PHOTO: EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt testifies before a Senate Appropriations Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Subcommittee hearing on the proposed budget estimates and justification for FY2019 for the Environmental Protection Agency on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., May 16, 2018. REUTERS/Al Drago
EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt introduced a proposal to rescind the measures, saying it would save the industry tens of millions of dollars a year and “better address potential security risks.”

“The rule proposes to reduce unnecessary regulatory burdens, address the concerns of stakeholders and emergency responders on the ground, and save Americans roughly $88 million a year,” Pruitt said in a statement.

The proposal would also delay some of the compliance dates of the Obama-era amendments and cancel certain provisions that address accident prevention.

It was the latest in a string of Trump administration proposals aimed at rolling back environmental regulations put in place by former Democratic President Barack Obama, which industry groups have said added to their regulatory burdens.

In January 2017, before Republican President Donald Trump took office, the EPA introduced several changes to companies’ risk management plans they submit to the agency, including requiring more analysis of safety technology, third-party audits and incident investigation analyses and stricter emergency preparedness requirements.

Last February, the EPA received a petition from a coalition of chemical and energy industry groups, including the American Chemistry Council and American Petroleum Institute, to delay and reconsider the Obama-era amendments.
us_WA  industrial  discovery  environmental 
4 days ago
Major fire breaks out in TBRL forest area
A major fire broke out in the forest area of Terminal Ballistic Research Laboratory (TBRL), Ramgarh, near Panchkula.
The fire broke out around 4 pm and it was still on till the filing of the report.
Around eight fire brigade vehicles, including five from the Panchkula fire station, had been sent to the TBRL to douse the flames.
However, no loss of life was reported in the incident.
The Panchkula fire station claimed that they had received a call at 7:10 pm. The TBRL too has its own three fire tenders.
The fire is at distance from the residential area of the TBRL.
“There is no need to panic. Around 4 pm, we had tested a high-calibre warhead. It is of 200 kg. Its splinters spread to a large area. There were dry grass which caught fire. Within 15 minutes, the fire would be completely extinguished,” said TBRL Director Dr Manjit Singh.
He said: “The TBRL is fully capable to extinguish the fire. We have our own fire tenders. The civil administration did send five fire tenders but they were not used.”
The TBRL is a Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO) laboratory near Billa village in Panchkula. It is a testing facility and a high-risk area. Adjacent to the TBRL, there is an ITBP camp also.
India  laboratory  fire  response  bomb 
5 days ago
Hazardous materials spill in Paleo-DNA lab clears university building
THUNDER BAY – A "small spill of a substance" at the Paleo-DNA lab forced the evacuation of a Lakehead University building.

Emergency services responded to the 1294 Balmoral Building just after noon on Wednesday after building staff called in a spill of hazardous materials.

Thunder Bay Fire Rescue’s hazardous materials response unit is at the scene, which is located on the west side of Balmoral Street between Jasper and Lithium drives and is at the southern end of the university's campus..

“We have a robust hazmat response. Hazmat calls take a lot of staff. It’s very labour oriented and actually quite slow,” fire chief John Hay said. “We may be here for a little while until we get prepared to enter and get some intel on what’s going on in there.”

A university communications bulletin advised the incident involved a spill in the Paleo-DNA lab and the building would likely be shut down for the next few hours.

Staff have been evacuated from the building and most have been cleared from the site.

“We’re just doing our research to determine the product, product properties,” Hay said. “Staff here have said it is a hazardous material so we’re going to take an abundance of precaution and start dealing with it in with our policies.”
Canada  laboratory  release  response  unknown_chemical 
5 days ago
Tolleson man suffers accidental carbon monoxide poisoning
A man suffered accidental carbon-monoxide poisoning in his Tolleson home after a car was left running in the garage, Phoenix fire officials said.

The man was found unconscious in a home near 91st Avenue and Lower Buckeye Road after a family member called the Fire Department, Phoenix Fire Department Capt. Larry Subervi said.

The family member came home to find the man unresponsive inside the house, Subervi said.

A Tolleson fire crew called for a hazardous-materials team after rescuing the man, Subervi said.

"Phoenix, Glendale, and Goodyear hazmat teams determined that there were high levels of carbon monoxide from a vehicle that had been left running in the garage," Subervi said.
us_AZ  public  release  injury  carbon_monoxide 
5 days ago
Dangerous train car fire in San Luis Obispo
Multiple rail cars caught fire on train tracks in San Luis Obispo early Wednesday morning, causing a blaze that burned for several hours and possibly released hazardous chemicals into the air. San Luis Obispo fire officials say they are not ruling out arson as the cause of the fire. [Cal Coast Times]
The train cars that caught fire were full of used railroad ties, according to the San Luis Obispo Fire Department. Railroad ties tend to be soaked in creosote, a toxic chemical.
At about 3 a.m., the fire broke out on train tracks near Orcutt Road and Laurel Lane. The blaze continued to burn after sunrise despite efforts by firefighters to extinguish it.
Fire officials said they did not expect the blaze to be extinguished until mid-morning. Witnesses said the fire created a strong stench in the area.
us_CA  transportation  fire  response  toxics 
5 days ago
First E Cigarette US Fatality Reported
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Tragic news was released from Florida this week that a man who died on May 5, 2018, suffered a fatal injury from an e-cigarette explosion. The man died from a “projectile wound to the head,” and also suffered thermal burns on 80% of his body. Tallmadge D’Elia, who reportedly worked as a technical supervisor at CNBC in New Jersey, was only thirty-eight (38) years old.

This is the first reported U.S. death from a malfunctioning e-cigarette – and it is not surprising news. A U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) report, released in 2017 and covering the periods 2009-2016, attributed catastrophic injuries from e-cigarette explosions to a product design problem, i.e., using cylindrical lithium-ion batteries in cylindrical tubes. Sixty-eight percent (68%) of reported incidents resulted in acute injuries. The USFA found that battery failures generate increased pressure that “shoots” batteries out of the tubes like “rockets.” Per the autopsy report, it appears this is exactly what happened to Tallmadge D’Elia.

A few days after D’Elia’s tragic death, an eighteen (18) year old in Michigan suffered severe burns when e-cigarette batteries he was carrying in his pocket exploded. Spencer Boeske was quoted on NBC affiliate, WCNC, as saying, “”I want everybody to know to just be cautious. Understand that it can happen to you too. I didn’t think it could happen to me.”
us_FL  public  follow-up  death  batteries 
5 days ago
CSB escapes chopping block in House appropriations bill
Washington — The House Appropriations Committee is proposing a $1 million increase to the Chemical Safety Board’s fiscal year 2019 budget despite the Trump administration’s repeated attempts to eliminate the federal agency.
The committee’s Interior, Environment and Related Agencies appropriations bill allocates $12 million to CSB, which has been on the chopping block in each of the current administration’s first two budget proposals.
“The Interior Subcommittee has made every effort to balance a host of competing needs and provided the Interior Department, EPA and other agencies under our jurisdiction with the resources necessary to carry out their mission,” subcommittee chairman Rep. Ken Calvert (R-CA) said in a May 14 press release.
CSB, celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, issued its inaugural Safety Spotlight publication Feb. 21 to highlight its recommendations to state governments after the Trump administration released its latest proposed budget on Feb. 12.
public  discovery  environmental 
5 days ago
OSHA fines Cranston company involved in Jan. 29 chemical fire
CRANSTON, R.I. (WPRI) — The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, has handed down a fine to a Cranston company after an inspection showed the company violated several safety standards.

The inspection took place a day after a chemical fire broke out at the company. 20 firefighters ended up falling ill, and several went to the hospital.

Emergency crews responded to ProSys Finishing Technologies on Elmwood Avenue on Jan. 29, after an alarm went off.

When firefighters entered the building, the chemical fire started to melt their protective gear and boots. 

The city later said it was working with state and federal organizations to identify all the chemicals stored in the building.
us_RI  public  follow-up  environmental  unknown_chemical 
5 days ago
Steele County Times, Dodge County Independent and News Enterprise
Triton’s third graders traded their usual classrooms last Friday for the Dodge County Fairgrounds in Kasson and Daley Dairy in rural Milton Township as part of Triton’s Rural Agriculture Safety Day. Totaling about 80 students, the group was split into two with one half touring the dairy farm while the other rotated between educational stations at the fairgrounds, switching places after a lunch together at the park in Mantorville.
The day’s events were organized by Triton’s agricultural educational instructor and FFA, Robert Ickler, and sponsored by CHS Rochester, Dodge County Farm Bureau, McMartin Electric, Dodge County Fair, and FFA officers from Region 8.
Originally organized by the Dodge County Farm Bureau, Ickler said he took over planning the event even while the Farm Bureau maintains a strong sponsor of the program.
Held at an area farm his first year, Ickler said they moved to the Dodge County Fairgrounds because it affords protection from the elements on cool and rainy days like last Friday.
Triton High School and FFA students helped at the fairgrounds, showing the younger students how to safely interact with animals, including a horse, cows, rabbits, goats, and sheep; tractor PTO safety and large implement safety; ATV, UTV, and construction equipment safety; household poison and chemical safety; and electrical safety.
Third graders learned about household chemical and poison safety from Jen Teske of CHS while Scott McMartin of McMartin Electric, based in Claremont, showed them how to interact with electricity.
us_MN  education  discovery  environmental  ag_chems 
5 days ago
Police: Methuen man injured while trying to blow up an old bus
METHUEN, Mass. (AP) — A man has been injured by what police call a “fireball” while trying to blow up an old vehicle in Massachusetts.

NBC 10 Boston reports the explosion happened shortly after 5 p.m. when an unidentified man tried to blow up an old bus on his property in Methuen.

Police say a “fireball” erupted from the vehicle. A bomb squad and hazmat team searched the area for the man, and found him with burns to his face and head. He was transported to an area hospital. The severity of his injuries is unknown.

State police are investigating why the man tried to blow up the bus.
us_MA  public  explosion  injury  unknown_chemical 
6 days ago
Chlorine leak confined to building
North Bay Fire personnel responded to a report of a chlorine leak at the sewage treatment plant on Memorial Drive at just after 9 am Monday.

Upon arrival, firefighters learned that internal sensors in the plant revealed that a small amount of chlorine was present and confined within the structure.

External monitoring revealed that there was no chlorine in the external atmosphere.

Fire personnel donned Level A protection HazMat suits, entered the structure and successfully isolated the chlorine to stop the leak.
Canada  industrial  release  response  chlorine 
6 days ago
Carbon monoxide leak evacuates senior housing complex
A wing in a senior living complex in Monsey had to be evacuated Tuesday night after a carbon monoxide leak.

Fire officials say it happened just before 8 p.m. at the Fountainview Nursing Home on College Road.

Multiple fire departments and the Rockland County hazmat team arrived on the scene to inspect the damage and residents. No one had dangerous levels of carbon monoxide in their system.

Fire officials believe they have tracked the source of the leak to a super heater for the dish washing system and were working to restart the unit to make sure the problem is solved.
us_NY  public  release  response  carbon_monoxide 
6 days ago
Report: Welding torch caused 2017 Eglin fire
EGLIN AFB — An explosion and fire at the McKinley Climatic Laboratory on July 5, 2017, that released toxic methylene chloride started when an oxy-acetylene torch was used near coils containing the refrigerant chemical, according to a recently released Air Force report.

A Friday news release from the Air Force Materiel Command’s public affairs office announcing the availability of the report said a private subcontractor’s welder was using the torch to remove a corroded steel beam near the coils containing the chemical, commonly known as R-30.

“Although stable at room temperature and pressure, R-30 can rupture or explode when exposed to heat,” the Materiel Command noted in its news release on the Air Force Ground Accident Investigation Board report.

Methylene chloride is a carcinogen.

According to a one-page executive summary of the report, the corroded beam was within 3 inches of the methylene chloride coils in an air-mixing facility at the laboratory. The summary notes that a number of other flammable materials, including insulation adhesives, sealants and coatings, were located within 5 to 10 feet of the oxy-acetylene torch worksite.
us_FL  laboratory  follow-up  environmental  acetylene  methylene_chloride 
6 days ago
Investigators call chemical fire at school an accident
HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) - The chemical fire at Merrol Hyde Magnet School was an accident, according to the Hendersonville Fire Department. 

Fire Chief Scotty Bush released the findings from the city fire marshal, saying what caused the fire was  not the result of any criminal act. 

Six days ago, a chemistry lab experiment went awry when someone mixed boric acid and alcohol. Something was used to ignite the mixture, causing a flash fire lasting 3 - 5 seconds. 

The fire injured 17 students and a teacher, and forced the evacuation of the entire school. 

More: Chemical reaction leads to second degree burns 
In a news release Chief Bush declared the official cause of ignition unintentional:

As we all know, anytime we deal with chemicals in any setting, accidents occur whether at home, school, business, factory or any other setting. Our department will be meeting with [School Director] Dr. Del Phillips and his staff to review current policies and procedures.

Related: Chemistry safety experts warn schools to stop unsafe science demonstrations
What happened at Merrol Hyde Magnet School was not a surprise to chemical safety experts across the country. They have been warning schools about unsafe lab demonstrations for years. 

There have been 32 similar incidents at school labs across the country over the last 20 years.

The American Chemical Society and the National Science Teachers Association are among several agencies telling schools that teachers need more training before they do chemical demonstrations in class, and they  should use alternatives to alcohol- based flame tests or at least use safety equipment like fume hoods to safeguard students and teachers.  
us_TN  laboratory  follow-up  injury  other_chemical 
6 days ago
2 injured in chemical fire at Monroe lab
MONROE, Conn. (WTNH) - Two workers were injured after a chemical fire broke out at a Monroe laboratory on Monday afternoon.

According to fire crews, around 2:20 p.m., officials were called to Axel Plastics Research Laboratories, Inc. at 50 Cambridge Drive following a report of a fire in the building.

Officials say a chemical fire broke out but was extinguished before the fire department arrived.

Crews say two employees suffered injuries and were transported to a local hospital.

There has been no word on their condition.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
us_CT  laboratory  fire  injury  plastics 
7 days ago
All clear given after pipeline leak creates chemical fog in St. Mary Parish
A tractor collision Monday morning resulted in a chemical pipeline leak that produced a dangerous vapor cloud over the Baldwin-Franklin area.

The collision occurred in a field in the vicinity of Yokley Road. About 45 residents in the area were evacuated, according to the St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office and State Police.

Emergency crews closed a valve in the pipeline and an all clear was given shortly before noon, allowing evacuees to return to their homes.

The plume, which contained a mixture of propane and butane, was gone when the all clear was given, and there was no remaining risk to public health, said Traci Landry, spokeswoman for the Sheriff's Office. 

"We got everybody out pretty quickly. (We) started going door to door immediately," Landry said. 

The leak did not result in any injuries or hospitalizations, she said.
us_LA  transportation  release  response  butane  propane 
7 days ago
EPA, DOD tried to curb foam chemical concerns, emails show
Newly released emails appear to show EPA, DOD, and White House officials putting the clamps on PFAS safety limits lower than what the EPA has set forth.

In May 2016, the Environmental Protection Agency dropped a bombshell, setting new recommended limits for perfluorinated chemicals, also known as PFAS, in drinking water. The new safety level was as much as eight times lower than the amount considered safe just the day before.

The change meant millions of Americans were then drinking water with unsafe amounts of the chemicals, including tens of thousands of Bucks and Montgomery County residents. Local water authorities immediately closed public drinking water supply wells impacted by the chemicals, adding to those already closed two years prior based on the old limits.

But new emails obtained by the nonprofit Union of Concerned Scientists, along with reporting from specialty news publication InsideEPA, show the concern about how much of the chemicals can be safely consumed didn’t stop there. Instead, they show the EPA took part in an apparent effort earlier this year, along with the White House and Department of Defense, to stop another federal agency from releasing health limits far lower than what the EPA used in May 2016. The agency in question is the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, or ATSDR.

“The public, media, and Congressional reaction to these new numbers is going to be huge,” one email stated. “We (DoD and EPA) cannot get ATSDR to realize the potential public relations nightmare this is going to be.”
us_PA  public  discovery  environmental  other_chemical 
7 days ago
Federal plan outlines Eastman's worst case scenarios
KINGSPORT, TN (WJHL) - A Risk Management Plan filed with the Environmental Protection Agency outlines Eastman Chemical Company's worst-case scenarios for the community. While those scenarios could impact the health of people who live or work near Eastman, the company's top safety experts say the worst case does not mean there would be fatalities.

"There would be people who would (feel the) effects offsite. Illness. Odor," Eastman Chemical Company Process Safety Expert and Risk Management Plan author Pete Lodal said. "People could get sick."
Eastman, like every other company that uses extremely hazardous chemicals, is required to file a Risk Management Plan with the EPA every five years. The plan's goal is to keep the community safe. Of the thousands of similar companies that have filed Risk Management Plans, Eastman's safety experts said not a single one has experienced anything close to a worst-case scenario.

Eastman's toxic worst case scenario involves the release of anhydrous ammonia, according to the plan. The chemical can irritate the eyes and throat and can be fatal in large concentrations, according to federal records. The worst-case scenario assumes all of the company's multiple safety layers fail, the largest containers disintegrate, chemicals fully release into the air within 10 minutes and the wind blows 360 degrees.
us_TN  industrial  discovery  environmental  ammonia 
7 days ago
Woman forced to change operating rooms during C-section after chemical spill at Northern Hospital
A woman undergoing an emergency caesarean section in a major hospital in Melbourne's north had to be evacuated from an operating theatre after a hazardous chemical spill.
Twenty firefighters were called to Northern Hospital in Epping after 200ml of a powerful disinfectant was spilled in a room adjoining the operating theatre around 12.50am Sunday.

No one was injured in the chemical spill at the hospital.
The woman giving birth and operating staff were not injured by the spill, however, they all had to be evacuated to a secondary operating theatre.
The chemical is believed to be peracetic acid - a powerful disinfectant used to sterilise medical equipment - and firefighters had to wear breathing apparatus and splash suits due to the hazardous nature of the material.
Australia  public  release  response  other_chemical 
8 days ago
Five Employees Sent To Hospital After Hazmat Scare In Medway
MEDWAY (CBS) – Five employees were sent to the hospital as a precaution after a hazardous chemical scare in Medway on Saturday.

Fire officials said those workers might have been exposed when two chemicals were accidentally mixed, creating a vapor release. Weather may have been a factor.

Five employees were sent to the hospital as a precaution after a hazardous chemical scare in Medway. (WBZ-TV)
“The two chemicals were not compatible with each other… so that crisis was averted,” Medway Fire Chief Jeff Lynch said.

Medway fire crews, along with the state hazmat team, responded to chemical spill reported at MicroGroup, a company on Industrial Park Drive, just before 2 p.m. Saturday.

Five employees were sent to the hospital as a precaution after a hazardous chemical scare in Medway. (WBZ-TV)
The company produces stainless steel and other metal products.

Lynch said one of the chemicals, likely used for cleaning metals, was mislabeled, creating a hazardous vapor.

The state hazmat team and firefighters had to deal with 300 gallons of the product.
us_MA  industrial  release  injury  unknown_chemical 
8 days ago
Hazmat teams called to Georgia motel after police officers become sick
DECATUR, Ga. — Several police officers were hospitalized Saturday after responding to reports of a deceased man inside a motel in suburban Atlanta.

DeKalb County police spokeswoman Shiera Campbell says officers responding to the motel room smelled a chemical odor that began to make them sick, and three were sent to an Atlanta-area hospital to be checked out. Campbell said emergency crews evacuated the motel’s third floor.

She said the three hospitalized officers are conscious and alert.

Campbell told the Atlanta Journal Constitution that the death at the extended-stay motel is not being treated as a homicide. Police think the chemical killed the man, but they don’t know yet what chemical it is, or whether the man was exposed accidentally or on purpose.

Fire Capt. Eric Jackson said samples of a substance were recovered by a hazardous materials crew, and an autopsy will be performed by the medical examiner.
us_GA  public  release  death  unknown_chemical 
8 days ago
Two workers injured in chemical unit blazein Vapi GIDC
Surat: Two workers suffered serious burns when a fire broke out in a chemical unit located in phase-2 of Vapi GIDC on Saturday.
Vapi GIDC’s fire department sources said the fire broke out at about 12 noon at Anand Enterprise located in phase-2. Three fire tenders were pressed into service to control the fire in the chemical unit.
The fire, according to fire officials, broke out following an explosion in the solvent barrel in the unit due to a short-circuit. The fire spread rapidly in the entire unit, forcing the workers to rush out. However, two workers were trapped inside the unit and later rescued by firefighters.
Assistant fire officer of Vapi GIDC phase-2 D N Waghela told TOI, “The fire was in the chemical unit and it may be due to a short-circuit and explosion in the solvent barrel. It took more than two hours to cool off the entire unit.”
India  industrial  explosion  injury  solvent 
8 days ago
Crews Clean Fuel Spill
Volunteer firefighters and HAZMAT crews are pictured cleaning a fuel spill on Interstate 86 Friday. A tractor-trailer traveling west on I-86 in North Harmony hit an unknown object in the road, ripping a hole in the truck’s gas tank. All 100 gallons of diesel fuel emptied onto the shoulder of I-86. New York State Police, CVEU and the Chautauqua County Spill Response Team all responded to the scene. One lane of I-86 was closed while the spill was cleaned.
us_NY  transportation  release  response  diesel 
10 days ago
EPA signals it will ban toxic chemical found in paint strippers — National Politics — Bangor Daily News — BDN Maine
The Environmental Protection Agency signaled Thursday it will follow through on an Obama-era proposal to ban paint strippers containing a toxic chemical — leaving lawmakers, environmental groups and the families of victims cautiously optimistic.

Since taking office, Pruitt has been laser-focused on undoing environmental and safety rules proposed by former President Barack Obama’s administration. But the EPA’s announcement that it “intends to finalize” a proposed ban on methylene chloride would be the exception.

“Today’s announcement demonstrates EPA’s commitment to finalize the methylene chloride rule-making,” the EPA said in a statement.

The chemical, used by professional contractors and do-it-yourselfers to remove paint, has been linked to dozens of deaths, including 12 people who specialize in refinishing bathtubs between 2000 and 2011 , according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report.

But advocates of the ban reserved full-throated cheers until the rule’s language is made public and submitted to the White House’s Office of Management and Budget, which the EPA said will happen “shortly.”

Sarah Vogel, vice president for health at The Environmental Defense Fund, said the nonprofit advocacy group was “encouraged” by the EPA’s decision but urged the agency to move quickly to formally block the access to the chemical.
public  discovery  environmental  methylene_chloride 
10 days ago
Cosmetics factory hit with safety violations, proposed fines
NEW WINDSOR – The Occupational Health and Safety Administration walloped a New Windsor cosmetics factory on Friday with 11 safety violations, including 10 deemed serious and two repeat offenses, plus $281,220 in proposed fines.

The December OSHA inspection leading to the announcement was in response to Verla International’s explosive, deadly fire on Nov. 20, which killed 57-year-old employee William Huntington and prompted 125 workers to seek medical treatment.

The fire was caused by a preventable static electric spark from the transfer of the flammable liquid Hexamethyldisiloxane, according to Orange County fire inspectors.

OSHA confirmed that finding on Friday and again cited Verla, which received the same violation for failing to ground flammable liquids, their containers and pouring nozzles in 2016. Among Verla’s other serious offenses were its failure to:

n prevent flammable chemical vapors

n eliminate falling hazards

n reduce the pressure on compressed air-cleaning equipment to prevent potential air embolisms or the risk oxygen would enter employees’ veins

n clearly labeling how to disconnect the factory’s circuit breakers
us_NY  industrial  follow-up  death  flammables 
10 days ago
Chemistry safety experts and government agencies warn schools to stop unsafe science demonstrations
The science experiment that caused a flash fire, injuring 17 children and a teacher at Merrol Hyde Magnet School on Wednesday was not a surprise to chemical safety experts across the country. They have been warning schools about unsafe lab demonstrations for years. 

Word traveled fast to members of the American Chemical Society, Division of Chemical Health and Safety. Samuella B. Sigmann, a lecturer and Chemical Hygiene Officer at Appalachian State University in North Carolina, monitors chemical safety incidents. She has documented 32 similar incidents at school labs across the country, that injured at least 164 children and teachers. 

The experiments used in schools have names like Green Flame, Rainbow Flame, Whoosher Bottle, and Alcohol Cannon, and all involve alcohol-fueled flame tests. 

Sigmann says, "Safety professionals have been watching and trying to figure out how to prevent teachers from using flammable solvents in classroom experiments and demonstrations without proper ventilation and preventative controls in place."  


Exactly how the fire started on Wednesday has not been released by Sumner County Schools. But it involved a chemical reaction caused by mixing boric acid and ethyl alcohol, according to Dr. Berchaun Nicholls, the Emergency Room physician who decontaminated and treated half a dozen children for burns at TriStar Hendersonville Medical Center.

Safety alerts have come from the American Chemical Society, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board, the National Science Teachers Association and the National Fire Protection Agency, among others. For years, they have been warning teachers to use alternatives to alcohol- based flame tests or at least use safety equipment like fume hoods.  

(Photo: U.S. Chemical Safety Board) 
Dr. Ken Roy, Chief Safety Compliance Advisor at the NSTA, says, “schools have a legal responsibility, under duty or standard of care, to make sure teachers are trained in how to work with, store and dispose of chemicals in a safer way before working in school science labs with students.”

He says before any experiment or demonstration, teachers must do a hazard analysis, a risk assessment and a review of safety actions with equipment like safety goggles and gloves on hand. And there should be a dry run first, without students in place. The NSTA provides many resources like its safety portal and safety blog to help teachers.

Roy is also Director of Environmental Health and Chemical Safety for Glastonbury Schools in Connecticut. He warns teachers should never do an experiment involving alcohol and an active flame or sparks out in the open on a demonstration desk.  If they must use alcohol, instead of a safer alternative, do it under a lab fume hood.
us_TN  laboratory  follow-up  injury  ethanol  flammables  solvent 
10 days ago
North Myrtle Beach evacuation after chemical smell
A refinished bathtub left in an residence without ventilation caused an odor and evacuation of Cresent Towers II in North Myrtle Beach on Thursday.

According to city spokesperson Patrick Dowling, the reported odor was found coming from a bathtub in an unoccupied unit that was refinished and sealed in the morning. Steps were not taken to ventilate the unit and the odor spread to other areas of the building.

Once the unit was ventilated, the odor disappeared, according to Dowling.

The smell was first believed to be coming from a janitorial closet.
us_SC  public  release  response  unknown_chemical 
11 days ago
Merrol Hyde students, teacher released from hospital
All eight Merrol Hyde students and the teacher injured in Wednesday's science experiment gone wrong have been released from the hospital, the science lab has been cleaned and cleared for use, and school is back in session.

Sumner County Schools spokesmen Jeremy Johnson said Thursday morning that the maintenance department completely cleaned the classroom Wednesday night, and it was back in working order.

Merrol Hyde Principal Darren Frank had previously made arrangements for classes to be routed around that classroom, so it will not be in use today; however, it is ready to be used, and classes are expected to be held there tomorrow, Johnson said.

While officials are still not saying what chemicals caused the explosion, Johnson did say the room “did not require anything but a regular cleaning.”
us_TN  laboratory  follow-up  environmental  unknown_chemical 
11 days ago
Mixed pool chemicals in pickup truck cause parking lot fire at MG Building Materials
Kerrville Fire Department and hazmat crews have MG Building Materials shut down at this hour due to a fire caused by mixed chemicals early this afternoon.

Muriatic acid and chlorine are to blame for setting the back of a pickup truck on fire that was parked in front of MG Building Materials in the parking lot. The man had just picked up the chemicals from a pool shop and they spilled in the back of the truck.

Assistant Manager Misty Ayala told Kerrville Breaking News that the fire was going for about 8-9 minutes in the back of the truck when they took on the blaze with fire extinguishers. Kerrville Fire Department showed up shortly after.

Since the two chemicals create a toxic gas when they are mixed and come into contact with metal, emergency crews shut down MG Building Materials at 2pm until hazmat crews could deem the area safe for human exposure.
us_OK  transportation  fire  response  chlorine  hydrochloric_acid 
11 days ago
Oil spewing in NW OKC closes roads Thursday afternoon
Oklahoma City fire crews responded Thursday afternoon to reports of a “yellow liquid” spewing from the ground near an oil well site in northwest Oklahoma City.

About 4:25 p.m., crews responded to the 16900 block of N Pennsylvania Avenue where the liquid, later identified as by fire officials as raw crude oil, could be seen spewing up into the air.

Authorities closed off part of Pennsylvania Avenue near NW 164 until the leak was contained. Less than an hour later, officials opened the road.
us_OK  industrial  release  response  petroleum 
11 days ago
Four hospitalized after toxic leak in downtown Montreal
Four people were taken to hospital after a toxic material leak in downtown Montreal Thursday afternoon.
As a result of the leak, an urgent water advisory was in effect from 4:40 p.m. until 11:20 p.m.
The City of Montreal said almost everyone in the region bordered by Bleury St., Beaver Hall Hill, René-Lévesque Blvd. and Saint-Antoine St. can use their water safely. 
The leak happened in a condo buidling at the corner of Saint-Alexandre St. and Viger Ave., where magnatrol, a cooling fluid, spilled into an aqueduct.
Montreal fire department operations chief Marwan Shedeed said a janitor in the building at 445 Viger notified authorities when he discovered a valve malfunctioning. He said some of the liquid leaked into the city’s water system, but officials could not determine how much.
In total, seven people became ill, including the four who were taken to Notre-Dame Hospital to be treated. Their symptoms included vomiting and diarrhea, said Shedeed.
Canada  public  release  injury  other_chemical 
11 days ago
Officials See No Threat From Chemical Leak
A small chemical leak late Wednesday morning was quickly handled with no threats to the area.

According to a news release from the city of Warsaw, at 11:06 a.m. Wednesday Plain Township Fire Department and Warsaw-Wayne Fire Territory received a 911 call for a chemical leak at Airworx Construction Equipment on Argonne Road, Warsaw.

Fire departments arrived on scene four minutes later and saw a small chemical leak inside an Expedited Freight Systems semi-trailer.

Warsaw-Wayne Fire Territory Public Information Officer Max Kinsey said it was an acidic substance.

Elkhart Fire Department HazMat was called to assist at 1:20 p.m. Warsaw-Wayne and Plain fire crews contained the leak to the semi-trailer, except for a “minute” portion that spilled on the ground that was quickly contained.
us_IN  transportation  release  response  unknown_chemical 
11 days ago
Hawaii volcano threatens power plant; mass evacuations possible
PAHOA, Hawaii, May 10 (Reuters) - Hawaii authorities scrambled to move tens of thousands of gallons of highly flammable chemicals from the path of lava on Thursday, and the state's governor warned mass evacuations might be needed as the Kilauea volcano's eruption became more violent.

Geologists have warned that Kilauea may be entering a phase of explosive eruptions, the likes of which Hawaii has not seen in nearly a century, that could hurl "ballistic blocks" and dust towns with volcanic ash and smog.

After a new fissure opened on Wednesday a half mile (0.8 km)from a geothermal power plant, Hawaii Governor David Ige set up a task force to remove pentane fluid used in the plant's turbines. If the chemical ignites, the resulting explosion could create a blast radius of up to 1 mile (1.6 km), Ige said.
us_HI  industrial  discovery  environmental  flammables 
11 days ago
Improperly mixing pool chemicals can lead to burns and toxic vapors
CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) - The warmer weather has a lot of people getting ready to open their swimming pools.

State Fire Marshall Peter Ostroskey recommends owners make a pool chemical safety plan before they take that first dip of the season. 

Swimming is one of the most popular ways to cool off on a hot summer day, but there are important steps to take before opening your pool.

Pools and spas require multiple chemicals to keep clean but, improperly mixing those chemicals can cause fires and spread toxic vapors.

West Springfield Fire Lieutenant Micheal Dickson told 22News what can happen if you breathe those vapors, "It can increase your respiratory drive, you can get dizzy or disoriented, depending on the amount of gas in the air."

The owner at 21st Century Pools and Spas in Chicopee, John Whiting, told 22News it's important to use different scoops when putting different chemicals into the water.
us_MA  public  discovery  environmental  pool_chemicals 
11 days ago
EPA takes action on proposed ban on chemical that killed a Lowcountry man
WASHINGTON D.C. (WCBD) – In a press release Thursday, The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced upcoming actions on methylene chloride, a chemical that can be used for paint stripping.

"The Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, which amended the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), requires EPA to perform risk evaluations on the uses of ten specific chemicals including methylene chloride. EPA is nearing the completion of Problem Formulations for the first ten chemicals," the release said.

This announcement comes days after EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt met with the Wynne Family of Charleston.

EPA announced three updates:

EPA intends to finalize the methylene chloride rulemaking;
EPA is not re-evaluating the paint stripping uses of methylene chloride and is relying on its previous risk assessments; and
EPA is working to send the finalized rulemaking to OMB shortly.
"EPA is working diligently to implement the new law get the most modern and safe chemicals to market, and to ensure the safety of existing chemicals," said the release. 

The Environmental Defense Fund, which has worked with the Wynne family pushing for the ban, responded to the ruling adding what the group believes will make the ban stronger:

Ban distribution in commerce and use of methylene chloride for paint and coating removal
Extend to both consumer and commercial uses to ensure that workers are also protected
Not provide exemptions based on training or use of protective equipment
Be finalized and implemented quickly 
Require full compliance within as short as possible a period 
industrial  discovery  environmental  methylene_chloride 
11 days ago
Woman finds radioactive material while cleaning basement
NAPERVILLE, Ill. (AP) — A brown package with a label warning it contained radioactive material has been found in the basement of a suburban Chicago home.

Naperville Fire Division Chief Amy Scheller says hazmat teams tested the item and determined it did contain radioactive material but not at levels considered dangerous. She added the public was not a risk from the package that was discovered early Wednesday.

A neighbor, John Klein, told the Chicago Tribune the owner of the home found the package of uranium while cleaning the basement. He says the material belonged to the woman’s late husband, who was a scientist.

Klein says the package had been in the home for about 30 years, and the resident didn’t know what to do with it.
us_IL  public  discovery  response  radiation  uranium 
12 days ago
Chemical spill in Warsaw contained
WARSAW, Ind. -- Firefighters responded to a chemical spill at a business on Anchorage Road just after 11 a.m. on Wednesday.

Warsaw-Wayne Fire Territory was called to the scene around 11 a.m. for a chemical leak inside the back of a semi trailer at Airworx Construction Equipment, 515 Anchorage Road.

The leak was small and was mostly contained to the semi's trailer.

A small amount leaked onto the ground, but it was quickly contained.

The Elkhart Fire Department HAZMAT was also called to the scene to ensure the leak was contained.

Warsaw-Wayne Fire's spokesman said the leak was fully contained by 2:40 p.m.
us_IN  industrial  release  response  unknown_chemical 
12 days ago
Superior Officials: Refinery Incident Highlights Need To Upgrade Hazmat Response
Superior officials say they’d like the state to upgrade their hazmat team designation in order to access funding and resources to respond to hazardous materials in the wake of explosions and fires at the Husky Energy oil refinery.

In the last decade, Wisconsin conducted a review of the state’s hazardous materials response, which created a tiered system of teams with various levels of capabilities. Previously, the state had eight regional response teams. Now, Wisconsin has 21 hazmat teams that fall under either a Type I, II or III designation for response. Despite the change, Superior officials say they often have to be self-sufficient in terms of resources.

"We're a long way from the next hazmat team, for instance," said Superior Fire Department Chief Steve Panger. "I think the closest ... would be a level one team (that's) in Eau Claire. The deployment for those resources are sometimes several hours away."

Superior has a Type II hazmat team, which means it’s capable of responding to unknown chemical releases. Superior Mayor Jim Paine said the Twin Ports have enough hazardous materials to warrant a Type I designation.

"We deserve to be able to respond to those more effectively than waiting for a team to respond from Eau Claire," said Paine. "We’ve had resources at that level before. I think the state should commit to making sure that we can meet some of the very serious potential risks that exist in this community."
us_WI  industrial  follow-up  response  petroleum 
12 days ago
Savannah Hwy briefly shut down as hazmat crews remove pool cleaner on roadway
West Ashley, S.C. (WCIV) — Charleston Fire Department units were dispatched for a chemical substance on Savannah Hwy, between Radio and Coburg Roads around 9:15 p.m. Wednesday.
North and Southbound lanes on Savannah Highway will be closed for about 30 minutes.
The substance has been identified as pool cleaner, according to the Charleston Fire Department's Twitter page.
us_SC  transportation  release  response  pool_chemicals 
12 days ago
Student: Teacher concerned for class during hazmat situation in Hendersonville school
HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. — A chemical accident in a science lab injured several students and caused moments of chaos at Merrol Hyde Magnet School on Wednesday morning.
Around 9 a.m., senior Sophia Sisler’s last day of high school turned out to be anything but normal.
"Ambulances and firetrucks start pulling up, and we were like, what on earth is going on,” Sisler said.
Hendersonville Fire Chief Scotty Bush said a chemical reaction gone wrong in a science lab was responsible for injuring 17 students and one teacher.
“We do not feel like this, whatsoever, is any kind of attack, or any kind of incident where a student did anything,” Bush said. “Do not panic about that. We feel like it is something that happened with reaction to chemicals, I’m almost 98 percent sure of that.”

Sisler said after this incident happened, she saw injured students walking to the nurse’s office on the first floor of the school.
"There were kids with a lot of red, some crying and shaking," Sisler said. "There was a lot of red. There was some soot on some of the kids, some of the had open blisters on their legs already."
she said even during the chaos, she heard that teacher in the lab got all of his students out first.
“I heard that he was actively burning, his stomach was on fire, and he put the kids all before himself," Sisler said. "And he looked each and every kid, who was scared and burned, in the eye and ushered them out of the room so that they wouldn’t get hurt anymore, and he said 'you’re going to be okay, everything’s going to be okay.'"
us_TN  laboratory  fire  response  unknown_chemical 
12 days ago
Hazardous Materials Teams Respond After Chemical Spill At Gackle-Streeter School
GACKLE, N.D. — No one was hurt when the Gackle-Streeter public school had to be evacuated on Tuesday after a chemical spill.

Hazardous materials teams from Fargo and Jamestown were called to the school after a bottle of magnesium powder broke open in the high school science classroom.

A teacher and student reported hearing a “popping” sound coming from the storage cabinet.

Students were evacuated safely and the chemical was cleaned up.

There was a risk of explosion if the powder would have come in contact with moisture or a heat source.

Classes resumed Wednesday morning.
us_ND  laboratory  release  response  dust  magnesium 
12 days ago
Mystery gas sends 12 people to hospital in Auckland high-rise drama
Fire and ambulance crews were called to Augusta House, near the Countdown building on Victoria St West in Auckland's CBD, about 9.35am for what was thought to be a suspected gas leak.

However, what caused 12 people to come down with nausea, vomiting and shortness of breath remains a mystery. 

The suspected gas leak injured 12 people in Auckland CBD.

Fire and Emergency assistant area commander Dave Woon said fire crews ran gas detectors throughout the building and did not come up with anything. 

The New Zealand Defence Force's Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) – the bomb squad – was then called in to test the scene. 

"We couldn't find anything that triggered our devices . . . and a preliminary search by them hasn't found anything either," Woon said. 
New_Zealand  public  release  injury  unknown_chemical 
12 days ago
Fire Marshal Warns Public About Handling of Pool Chemicals
STOW – Summer weather finally arrived this week and many homeowners are getting their pools ready. State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey wants pool owners to take a moment to make a pool chemical safety plan and share it with family members. State Fire Marshal Ostroskey said, “Pool chemicals may become a hazard when they get damp or wet with a small quantity of water or when they are improperly mixed with each other, other chemicals or reactive materials.” He added, “It is important to keep pool chemicals dry. Store them in separate containers with lids in a locked shed away from the house and pool.”
Ostroskey said, “Local fire departments and hazardous materials teams often respond to emergencies involving swimming pool and hot tub/whirlpool chemicals. The potential costs incurred by the pool owner for emergency measures can be extremely expensive. Take the necessary measures to prevent or address any injury to people or harm to the environment.”
us_MA  public  discovery  environmental  pool_chemicals 
13 days ago
Pasadena Firefighters Call in Full HazMat Response After Unknown Liquid Leaks from Caltech Lab
Pasadena firefighters responding to a report of smoke at a Caltech building shortly after 1 a.m. Monday morning found an unknown liquid leaking from a laboratory. They evacuated the building and called in a full hazardous materials response.

Fire Department officials said the incident occurred on third floor of Caltech’s Noyes Building at 400 S. Wilson Ave.

No fire was visible by the time firefighters arrived.

Hazmat units from the Burbank, Glendale and Vernon Fire Departments responded, with additional mutual aid support from San Marino Fire Battalion 9 and South Pasadena Fire & Air Utility, authorities said.

After a review of the materials that in the lab, the fire department entry team determined safe access was possible and went into the laboratory. They determined that a fire had occurred within a hood system.

The structure’s fire suppression system extinguished the fire, but runoff made its way down to the second floor.

Testing indicated no hazardous materials had contaminated the area and all chemicals stayed within the affected hood system.

The cause of the fire was undetermined and is currently under investigation. No injuries were reported.
us_CA  laboratory  fire  response  unknown_chemical  runoff 
14 days ago
Propane tank explosion causes fire burning through the night
BARRE, Vt. (AP) — A propane tank explosion in a Vermont town caused a massive blaze that took fire officials more than 16 hours to get under control.

The Barre Fire Department says a large propane tank exploded Saturday evening was burning through the night until Sunday. The Vermont State Hazmat Team along with several other fire departments assisted, working to control the flames overnight.

Officials say they prevented a second tank from exploding during the fire as well.

No injuries have been reported, though some residents in the area were evacuated.
us_VT  public  explosion  response  propane 
14 days ago
Muriatic acid spill affects MetroLink between Shrewsbury and Maplewood
MAPLEWOOD, MO - MetroLink riders in St. Louis County experienced delays Monday afternoon following a chemical spill. The Maplewood Fire Department said the spill occurred in the 3700 block of Big Bend Industrial Boulevard, affecting the lines between the Shrewsbury and Maplewood-Manchester stations.
Around 2:30pm, a spill of muriatic acid occurred outside of Bi-State Emulsion, a chemical processing plant. A driver was using a forklift to transport a 300-gallon container of the acid when the palette gave way and overturned, releasing about 150 gallons.

9-1-1 was immediately called.  Emergency crews arrived on scene. The St. Louis County HazMat team was on standby but not used.
us_MO  industrial  release  response  hydrochloric_acid 
14 days ago
Saanich crews clean up chemical spill on Camosun College
A chemical spill forced the evacuation of a provincial building on the Interurban campus of Camosun College Monday.

Saanich Fire Department Cpt. Greg Rangel said the evacuation happened just before noon Monday afternoon, when a technician working in the Forestry Building near the Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence spilled eight litres of battery (sulfuric) acid on the floor of the building. Some 10 staff had to leave the building, he said.

While the incident did not cause any injuries, Rangel said the acid is highly corrosive to human skin. The building also contained Nitric acid. When combined with sulphuric acid, it can cause inhalation damage.
Canada  education  release  injury  sulfuric_acid 
14 days ago
Orange cloud over Billingham following 'loud bang at chemical site'
Families living in Billingham have been reassured after concern was caused by a loud bang followed by a bright orange cloud appearing in the sky.

Dozens of pictures and videos were posted on social media following the incident which happened just before 8pm on Monday.

A man at a chemical site told Mirror online they were dealing with an incident . Cleveland Police said it was simply ‘a flare’ being set off at the former ICI site and there was nothing to worry about.

The cloud was seen to rise from Billingham manufacturing plant with people nearby claiming there had been an explosion.
United_Kingdom  industrial  explosion  response  unknown_chemical 
14 days ago
Minn. lawmakers warn of toxic chemical stored in St. Paul Park refinery
Two Minnesota lawmakers want a Twin Cities oil refinery to stop using the toxic chemical, hydrogen fluoride.

In a letter to state regulators, state Rep. Frank Hornstein and state Sen. Scott Dibble, who are both DFLers from Minneapolis, say the April 26 explosion and fire at the Husky Energy refinery in Superior, Wisconsin raises safety concerns about the Andeavor refinery in St. Paul Park.

No hydrogen fluoride leaked in Superior, but if it did, an acidic cloud could have injured people downwind.
us_MN  industrial  follow-up  environmental  hydrofluoric_acid 
14 days ago
High pressure pump leak at Viva refinery
A gasoline leak at the Viva Refinery Has been declared under control this afternoon.

CFA and HAZMAT attended the scene at 12:05pm, with the area under control by 2:28pm.

The leak from a high-pressure SIL pump has been stopped.

Two CFA vehicles remain at the refinery for now, but HAZMAT have since departed.

Emergency services are currently on scene at the Viva Refinery in Corio, dealing with an out of control oil leak.

According to a CFA spokesperson, there appears to be an issue with a SIL pump - which transfers crude oil and liquefied petroleum at high pressure.
Australia  industrial  release  response  gasoline  petroleum 
15 days ago
Industrial fire in Compton includes hazmat response – Press Telegram
COMPTON — County firefighters knocked down an industrial fire Sunday in Compton that leaked about 25 gallons of an unknown substance into storm drains, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

The fire at a business building at 3000 Harcourt St. was reported at 5:45 p.m., said Dispatch Supervisor Michael Pittman.

The blaze was contained to the loading dock area, Pittman said.

As firefighters from the county and Long Beach battled the blaze, about 25 gallons of a hazardous material leaked into storm drains, Pittman continued. A county fire hazmat team was called to the site. As a precaution, the firefighters there were all decontaminated.
us_CA  industrial  fire  response  unknown_chemical 
15 days ago
Employee dead after falling into tank at Salisbury plant
One person died in an industrial accident early Saturday morning in Rowan County at a specialty chemical plant.

Officials at AkzoNobel told WBTV an employee at the Salisbury location fell into an open tank during a loading operation around 4 a.m. Crews responded to the scene and entered the tank before discovering the employee had died.

Salisbury Fire and Rowan EMS responded to the location to conduct an investigation.
us_NC  industrial  release  death  unknown_chemical 
15 days ago
Fewer house fires, but they’re hotter and burn faster
Fires in single-family homes have decreased considerably in the last 30 years or so. In 1980, there were 734,000 house fires in the United States, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), and by 2016, that number had dropped to 352,000.

But because of the techniques and materials used in contemporary construction and home furnishings, the time residents have to escape a burning house has gone from about 17 minutes three decades ago to only three or four minutes today.

Framers with United Construction Group work on a home on Ainsley Way in the Granville subdivision in Prescott Valley, in this Courier file photo. (Les Stukenberg/Courier, file)

Newer homes and the furniture they contain are more flammable than they used to be. They burn much faster.

Homes, themselves, are built differently than they used to be, and Prescott Fire Marshal Don Devendorf said that difference contributes to the more intense heat of home fires.
us_AZ  public  discovery  environmental  flammables 
16 days ago
No injuries after chemical odor at Kansas candy plant
SHAWNEE COUNTY — There were no serious injuries after a chemical odor at a Kansas manufacturing plant.

Mars manufacturing plant -bing image
Just before 1:30 Thursday, the Topeka Fire Department was called to the Mars Manufacturing Plant, 100 SW MARS Boulevard regarding a chemical odor, according to a media release.

Upon investigation, it was determined that a cleaning solution was not being used properly.  Several individuals were assessed on the scene for possible respiratory irritation, but no one was transported to receive medical attention.
us_KS  industrial  release  injury  cleaners 
17 days ago
Waste management exposures
Nine people were taken to the hospital after Denver Fire says they inhaled an “unknown chemical” at a Waste Management facility.

This prompted a full hazardous materials team response at 5395 N. Franklin Street in Denver.

Denver Fire crews were unable to locate source of hazard but reported that there is no further hazard at this time.

Firefighters say they turned off the power to the building and turned it on again to find the source of the chemical.

A second team will conduct another investigation to determine what the chemical was and where it came from, according to Denver Fire.
us_CO  public  fire  injury  unknown_chemical  waste 
17 days ago
Hazmat at Fresno Motel 6, two dead, May 4, 2018
Fresno police are investigating a possible double suicide or a murder-suicide at Motel 6 on Blackstone Avenue north of Ashlan Avenue.

Just before 5 p.m. Friday, two women were found dead in a room when a maintenance worker checked the room after smelling "toxic fumes," said Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer, describing the smell as "sulfuric acid."

The women were found near the bathroom door with respirator masks on and there was some sort of a chemical making process inside the hotel room, Dyer said.

It is unknown how long the women were deceased in the room.

Dyer said the possibility of an accidental death is also being investigated, and homicide investigators are on the scene.
us_CA  public  release  death  suicide  sulfuric_acid 
17 days ago
Trash pickup postponed due to chemical explosion
Due to the explosion at the Chemical Plant in Duson Waste Connections/Progressive Waste will not be able to run routes today due to not being able to access the Waste Connections facility for the following parishes: Vermilion Parish, Iberia Parish, and Acadia Parish.

The company said if it is able to access the facility on Saturday then Fridays routes will be picked up on Saturday, May 5.
us_LA  industrial  follow-up  environmental  waste 
17 days ago
Item for pharmacy display brings in Warren hazmat team
Police and fire crews are on the scene of a possible hazardous materials incident at a pharmacy in Warren. 

Authorities blocked of roads around Sussex SavMor Pharmacy, on Van Dyke, just south of Nine Mile Road. 

Sharell Allen, a pharmacy employee, said the Fire Department was called at 4 p.m. when a person brought a large jar of ammonium nitrate into the pharmacy. 

Allen said the store has a display of old medicine jars and old remedies. The person had planned to donate the jar to the pharmacy for the display. 

"A patient brought in a bottle of ammonium nitrate that was larger than normal," Allen said. "We called the Fire Department once we opened the package, and he didn't realize what would happen ... It was a large quantity ... larger than what we would have accepted." 
us_MI  public  discovery  response  ammonium_nitrate 
18 days ago
Meridian Magnesium explosion felt for miles around
We now know the massive fire and explosion at Meridian Magnesium in Eaton Rapids on Wednesday morning was felt as far as 30 miles away.

Seismology staff at MSU matched movement from a seismology station located in Perry, Michigan with social media reports of an explosion shortly after 2 a.m. and discovered there was a powerful disruption.

Daniel Burk, an engineer with the seismic laboratory at MSU says the explosion was impressive, but relatively small in terms of magnitude. He says the movement was not measured on a Richter scale, but was instead measured as a surface wave magnitude called MS, with a reading of 1.7.

Burk believes the time of day made a difference, in fact, he believes if it happened at 2 in the afternoon, normal daytime noise and traffic would have likely masked the blast.

Despite a very powerful blast, likely caused due to magnesium reacting to heat and fire, chemists at MSU do not believe there will be any hazardous outcomes regarding air, water, or land.
us_MI  industrial  follow-up  environmental  magnesium 
18 days ago
Chemical Fire At La Porte Plant Extinguished, No Injuries Reported – Houston Public Media
A fire broke out late Wednesday at a plastics fabrication plant in La Porte, according to police.
Police said there are no injuries. According to the company, Metton America, the fire was reported around 11:38 p.m. Wednesday in the 2700 block of Miller Cut Off Road. 
The company said the tank contained a potentially irritating chemical used in paints, insecticides, and plastics.
No shelter in place was ordered for residents.
us_TX  industrial  fire  response  paints  pesticides  plastics 
18 days ago
Chemical plant fire breaks out near Lafayette, closing I-10
RAYNE, La. -- A fire has broken out at a Louisiana chemical plant, sending massive smoke plumes in the air and prompting an evacuation for a mile all around.

Louisiana State Police say no injuries have been reported from the fire at FlowChem Technologies in Rayne. There was no immediate report of what caused the fire at the specialty chemical complex, which provides products and services to the oil and gas industry.

Police say Interstate 10 was closed for a stretch between Lafayette and Crowley as a precaution, backing up traffic for miles as drivers sought to detour.

Authorities say those evacuating around the plant were asked to go to a local fire department until further notice.

FlowChem maintains two chemical blending facilities, one in Rayne and one in Texas.
us_LA  industrial  fire  response  unknown_chemical 
18 days ago
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