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Hazmat incident sends 4 people to the hospital in Chester, Pennsylvania
CHESTER, Pa. (WPVI) -- A hazmat incident sends four people to the hospital on Wednesday night.

It happened around 7:30 p.m. at Wallingford Estates Apartments in Chester, Pennsylvania.

Authorities tell Action News four residents complaining of an ammonia odor were taken to the hospital as a precaution.

Delaware County officials are continuing their investigation.
us_PA  public  release  injury  ammonia 
1 hour ago
Calm turns to alarm after thermometer bursts in school lab
MELAKA (Bernama): Pupils at Sekolah Rendah Islam Ar-Rahmah Solok Gaung experienced nausea and dizziness soon after the thermometer they were using during a science experiment on Wednesday (June 26) burst, causing the mercury inside the glass tube to leak.

Nevertheless, the school was quick in seeking treatment at the Ayer Molek Clinic for the 14 pupils aged between eight and eleven.

It also called the Malacca Fire and Rescue Department, which immediately dispatched six personnel and a fire engine to the school laboratory.

"Upon arriving at the location at 12.28 pm, the team found that the mercury had spilled from the thermometer and used special equipment to clean up the area," said a department spokesman.

The pupils were later sent home after receiving outpatient treatment. - Bernama
Malaysia  laboratory  release  response  mercury 
1 hour ago
Philadelphia refinery that suffered huge explosion will shut down
The largest refinery on the East Coast is slated to close and be sold after a large explosion and fire almost a week ago devastated the Philadelphia complex.

Philadelphia Energy Solutions CEO Mark Smith said Wednesday that the company "made the difficult decision" to begin shutting down the facility, which is located directly within the city and near residential neighborhoods.

"While our teams include some of the most talented people in the industry, the recent fire at the refinery complex has made it impossible for us to continue operations," Smith added.
us_PA  industrial  follow-up  environmental 
1 hour ago
USF science building evacuated by Tampa Fire Rescue
TAMPA, Fla. — Tampa Fire Rescue crews evacuated the University of South Florida's interdisciplinary science building after three people reported being dizzy and ill.

The building was temporarily evacuated as a precaution. Students were let back in the building after 2 p.m. Wednesday.

Tampa Fire said the three people reported feeling ill within a 30-minute time frame, so it sent crews out to check the meters. It also sent a hazmat crew to the Tampa campus.

Crews said neither USF nor Tampa Fire meters showed any chemical leaks. Eight people were evaluated but refused transport to a hospital except for one.

Tampa Fire said it's possible the illness was heat-related.
us_FL  laboratory  release  injury  unknown_chemical 
1 hour ago
Chemical spill causes road closures in Miami Beach – WSVN 7News
MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) - A muriatic acid spill from a truck has caused several road closures in Miami Beach.

Miami Beach Fire Rescue crews responded to the scene of the chemical spill around 3 p.m., Wednesday.

Northbound and southbound lanes of Pine Tree Drive and 42nd Street have since been closed.

Motorists and residents are advised to avoid the area for the next hour while crews clean up the spill.
us_FL  transportation  release  response  hydrochloric_acid 
1 hour ago
Man taken to hospital after chemical incident at Elyria business
A worker for an Elyria manufacturing plant was taken to the hospital following an accidental chemical mixture, June 26.

The Elyria Fire Department responded at 10 a.m. to the scene at 170 Keep Court, Addipel, for a chemical reaction that caused a lot of smoke in the building but no fire, according to Elyria fire Assistant Chief Joe Pronesti.

Pronesti said an employee did receive second-degree burns on his arms and was transported to UH Elyria.
us_OH  industrial  release  injury  unknown_chemical 
1 hour ago
3M admits to unlawful release of PFAS in Alabama
3M has voluntarily acknowledged to regulators that its Decatur, Alabama, plant illegally released a perfluorinated chemical to the Tennessee River, which supplies drinking water to hundreds of thousands of people.

The chemical is perfluorobutane sulfonamide (FBSA), which the company began to manufacture and use at the Decatur facility in 2009. As a condition of allowing manufacture of the substance under the US Toxic Substances Control Act, the Environmental Protection Agency prohibited 3M from releasing FBSA into US waterways.

3M says its Decatur plant may also have released a related chemical, a polyfluorinated sulfonamide alcohol, to the river as well. That substance, which 3M calls FBSEE, is a derivative of FBSA. It is also covered by the 2009 EPA order prohibiting release to water.

“We shut down the identified manufacturing operations and are completing internal changes to fully address the issue,” 3M says in a statement.


FBSA and FBSEE are intermediates used to make fluorochemical products, according to 3M, including water- and stain-resistant coatings. Data on the toxicity of FBSA and FBSEE wasn’t immediately available. The chemicals are in a class of environmentally persistent pollutants known as per- and polyfluorinated substances (PFAS).
us_AL  industrial  follow-up  environmental  other_chemical  illegal 
1 hour ago
Batteries catch fire inside trailer, prompting hazmat response in Vandalia
UPDATE: Firefighters and a hazmat team were called to a scene in Vandalia Tuesday morning that was reported as a semi trailer truck on fire.

What it turned out to be was a large skid of batteries that shorted, caught fire, melted down and began smoking.

Chad Follick, fire chief for the Vandalia Fire Department said at first crews weren't sure what was causing the smoke from the trailer and that's why hazmat was called in.

A passerby noticed the smoke coming from the trailer and alerted authorities.

Follick said once it was determined what was inside the trailer, crews went in and extinguished the smoke. They then worked to find a safe way to dispose of the mess.
us_OH  transportation  fire  response  batteries 
yesterday
Beacon High chemistry teacher deflects blame for setting student on fire, but admits foggy memory
A Manhattan chemistry teacher who authorities say accidentally set her student on fire testified Tuesday that she wasn’t to blame.

Embattled educator Anna Poole struggled to explain why her testimony about the Jan. 2014 accident contradicted the recollection of Alonzo Yanes, the student disfigured in her Beacon High School classroom, as well as that of his classmates, experts, police officers and firefighters.

Trembling and stuttering, Poole insisted she’d properly conducted the “rainbow experiment” involving mineral salts, methanol and fire, just as she’d done for previous students. She said Yanes could not have been sitting a mere two and a half feet away from the demonstration, as he had testified.

“In your opinion did you perform the demonstration appropriately?” city attorney Mark Mixson asked.

“Yes,” Poole, 36, replied.

But attorney Ben Rubinowitz confronted her with sworn testimony she gave in the case in 2017. During a deposition, Poole had said she had no memory of the moments prior to the near-deadly chemical reaction, or any recollection of other times she performed the demonstration.

“We were trying to find out what in the world happened on Jan. 2, 2014,” Rubinowitz said.

“I’d like to know that, too,” Poole replied.
us_NY  laboratory  follow-up  environmental  methanol 
yesterday
Evacuations Ordered as Chemical Fire Erupts in Industrial Building in Simi Valley, CA
Simi Valley, CA – The Ventura County Fire Department (VCFD) responded to a hazardous materials chemical fire in the Simi Valley industrial area, Tuesday, around 6:16 am, located off the 100-block of W Cochran Street.

According to the VCFD, several 75-gallon drums containing nitric acid were burning inside a building.

The fire has been contained and controlled.

Authorities said the majority of the fire was on the outside of the building, but the inside of the business was also impacted, triggering sprinklers. 

Some residents in the surrounding area received a VC Alert to shelter inside their home and close all windows and doors.

Shelter-in-place orders have been subsequently lifted as of 12 pm and roads are expected to be open.
us_CA  industrial  fire  response  nitric_acid 
yesterday
Whoa! Enormous 'Cotton Candy' Explosion in Kids' Chemistry Lab
An instructor and two children pour three cups of powder into a bin of red liquid. Suddenly — poof — a cloud of what looks like cotton candy explodes toward the ceiling.

This popular video on Twitter comes courtesy of the Malay-language account w, which shares science content. But what is going on in the video?

It's a rather dangerous version of a classic chemistry demonstration, according to Brian Hostetler, an educator at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. The reaction is typically known as "elephant's toothpaste," due to its foamy appearance, and it's commonly used in chemistry classrooms to explain catalysts, Hostetler told Live Science. [Elementary, My Dear: 8 Little-Known Elements]
Malaysia  laboratory  discovery  environmental 
yesterday
Ammonia vapor at Veolia facility closes portion of Infirmary Road
WEST CARROLLTON — There’s no immediate danger to the public after hazmat crews were called Tuesday night to the Veolia Environmental Services off Infirmary Road.

“There is an ammonia vapor that is coming from the plant,” West Carrollton police public information officer Maureen Flaute said.


Officials confirmed the leak to be “all clear” Wednesday morning just after 1 a.m.

Police and fire crews were in the parking lot of Veolia Environmental Services, 4301 Infirmary Road, investigating the source of fumes first reported shortly after 8:15 p.m. The company transports chemical waste.

In 2009, an explosion at Veolia Environmental Services caused $50 million in damages and four workers were hurt.
us_OH  industrial  release  response  ammonia  waste 
yesterday
Philly refinery fire didn’t impact public health, officials say
Philadelphia, state and federal officials gathered Tuesday to assure city residents that the refinery explosion and fire that occurred Friday at the Philadelphia Energy Solutions complex did not result in any threats to the public health.

The city plans to form a working group that would include officials, residents, environmentalists, workers, and PES management to address issues at the plant. The city’s managing director Brian Abernathy said a public meeting will take place at the end of July.

“This incident sharpened a number of questions around the refinery,” Abernathy said. “Is the refinery safe? Does PES have appropriate measures in place to prevent a catastrophic failure? Was our response and the response of PES adequate and appropriate?”
us_PA  industrial  follow-up  environmental 
yesterday
When does a reduction in injury numbers become statistically significant?
Those who’ve been around safety (and particularly safety differently) long enough, know that LTI (Lost Time Injuries) is a lousy safety measure. LTI, after all, was once instituted as a productivity measure, not a safety measure. But LTI is actually quite a silly measure too. This blog shows just how silly it gets, and how foolish (or statistically meaningless) any claims about LTI reduction really are. 

We were working with a company with 85 employees once that was very proud of their safety record. Over the past four years, their injuries dropped from 19, to 7, to 4, and then to 1. What a marvelous accomplishment! Managers were understandably glowing. Of course, any reduction in actually hurting people is a good thing. Any reduction in honesty around reporting, or not calling injuries for what they are (rather than creatively case-managed instances of ‘light duties’) is of course not a good thing. But that didn’t seem the issue as much here.

The issue was how the managers felt about their own interventions and actions. They’d done a bunch of things (like putting up posters telling everybody else to be more careful out there, and affixing stickers on bathroom mirrors telling that you were looking at the person most responsible for your safety) that they believed were responsible for this amazing reduction. They also did some more training of their people, and reminded them of the appropriate protective equipment to wear with various tasks.
...
There is a 92% probability that the injury reduction is just random noise. In other words, a fat chance (very fat: 92% fat) that the managers had nothing, absolutely nothing to do with the reduction.
Australia  public  discovery  environmental 
yesterday
No one reported injured in Fayetteville commercial gas leak
The first-arriving firefighters in the area of Legend and Skibo roads learned that members of a construction crew struck a gas line.

No one was reported injured late Monday morning when Fayetteville firefighers and the fire department’s hazmat units responded to a commercial gas leak on Legend Avenue.

At approximately 11:30 a.m., the first-arriving firefighters on location in the area of Legend and Skibo Road learned that members of a construction crew had struck a gas line.

Hazmat units and Piedmont Natural Gas responded to the scene.

“One business near the leak was evacuated,” a news release said, referring to the Caliber Collision auto repair and paint shop on Skibo Road. “Hazmat crews were able to stop the leak.”

Employees later returned to the business, the fire department said.
us_NC  public  release  response  natural_gas 
2 days ago
Torrington man exposed to ‘tear gas-like agent’ after hazardous material spill
A Torrington man was treated for exposure to a “tear gas-like agent” after calling in a hazardous material spill Monday afternoon.

Officials later determined the liquid could have been chloropicrin, a chemical commonly used in fumigation and agriculture but also can be harmful to humans in high concentrations and was deployed as a poison gas in World War I.

The man reported the spill just before 3 p.m. Monday at 45 Water Street, where a vial of liquid broke when he was opening a safe in the building, Deputy Fire Chief David Tripp, Jr. said.

Firefighters arrived just a few minutes later and donned full protective hazardous materials gear before they entered the building and found the man experiencing symptoms consistent with a kind of tear gas, Tripp said.
us_CT  public  release  injury  tear_gas 
2 days ago
Massive Crater In German Cornfield Likely Caused By Exploding WWII Bomb
A 33-foot wide, 13-foot deep crater that appeared in the middle of a German cornfield this weekend was likely caused by the detonation of a World War II-era bomb, police say.

Residents in the western town of Ahlbach described the sound of a strong explosion and earthquake-like shaking around 3:50 in the morning on Sunday, apparently when the ordnance finally exploded more than seven decades after it was dropped.
Germany  public  explosion  response  bomb 
2 days ago
Here’s why AQMD committee chose enhanced safety measures over a ban on MHF at refineries in Wilmington and Torrance – Daily Breeze
Improved safety systems at two South Bay refineries are preferable to a phase-out and eventual ban of modified hydrofluoric acid, a subcommittee of the region’s air pollution watchdog has recommended.

The South Coast Air Quality Management District voted 3-2 over the weekend to recommend to the agency’s governing board they should support the option of signing a memorandum of understanding with each refinery in Torrance and Wilmington that will pave the way for more mitigation systems to reduce the risk of an accidental release of the toxic chemical.

A vote on the issue by the full AQMD governing board could come later this year.

That mirrors what the committee said in April 2018 when it rejected a ban of the chemical because of a lack of current alternatives to MHF.

“Everything we do in life has risks and what we try to do is manage that risk the best we can through training, through technology improvements,” committee chairman Larry McCallon, who is also mayor of the San Bernardino County community of Highland, said before the vote at the end of the all-day meeting.
us_CA  industrial  follow-up  environmental  hydrofluoric_acid 
2 days ago
Investigations of Philadelphia refinery fire to include potential release of dangerous chemical
Investigators from the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board who are investigating Friday’s refinery fire in South Philadelphia say their report will include recommendations aimed at preventing future incidents.

Kristen Kulinowski, interim executive of the independent agency, said staff will be interviewing people involved and poring over documents to present a “detailed and fact-based report” of the fire at Philadelphia Energy Solutions.

Kulinowski said those recommendations could be aimed at the company or regulators.

“Wherever we see a gap that could have contributed to the incident or exacerbated the consequences of that incident we try to close that gap with a recommendation,” she said.

The explosion and fire took a day and a half to extinguish and destroyed the alkylation unit that turned crude oil into gasoline. The former Sunoco refinery includes two facilities, Point Breeze and Girard Point, which together had the combined capacity of processing 335,000 barrels of crude oil a day.
us_PA  industrial  explosion  response  petroleum 
2 days ago
US EPA proposes partial bans on four PBTs
The US EPA has proposed to ban most uses of two flame retardants, a fuel and lubricant additive, and a substance used in rubber manufacturing as part of its effort to address persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic (PBT) substances that were subject to fast-tracked action under the 2016 revisions to TSCA.

The 2016 Lautenberg Act directed the EPA to take "expedited" action on certain PBTs by skipping conducting risk evaluations for them, and instead proceeding directly to risk management efforts.

The five substances, which were first identified in October 2016, are:

decabromodiphenyl ether (decaBDE), a flame retardant;
phenol isopropylated phosphate (3:1), also known as PIP (3:1), used as a flame retardant in consumer products and as a lubricant and hydraulic fluid;
2,4,6-tris(tert-butyl) phenol (2,4,6-TTBP), an additive in fuels and lubricants;
pentachlorothiophenol (PCTP), used to make rubber more pliable; and
hexachlorobutadiene (HCBD), used as a solvent and as a hydraulic, heat transfer or transformer fluid.
The law says the agency must address the risk they pose to human health or the environment, and reduce exposure to them "to the extent practicable".
public  discovery  environmental  other_chemical 
2 days ago
Ithaca Fire Department urges safety with rechargeable batteries
A small blaze last week in East Hill has Ithaca Fire Department is urging residents to remember that rechargeable batteries in cell phones, laptops and toys can be dangerous. There are several precautions to keep in mind when using these devices.

Keep lithium-ion batteries dry. Any moisture can cause a malfunction.

Remove batteries from toys and electronics when they aren’t in use.

Batteries have an expiration date, just be sure to replace it upon expiration.

And most important of all, don't overheat the batteries or overcharge them. Pull the plug when the charge is done.

Leaving a device in the charger can overheat the battery, leading to chemical reactions that cause a fire, which could lead to a fire. Be sure to use the charges that comes specifically for that battery. Also, don’t place the batteries on beds, sofas, blankets, rugs or anything that could catch fire easily. Newer batteries have sensors, which will detect a problem if they turn off the battery to prevent a bigger problem. Older batteries may not, though.
us_NY  public  follow-up  response  batteries 
3 days ago
Cortland police investigating meth lab explosion on Madison Avenue
CORTLAND — A small, one-pot meth lab exploded Saturday afternoon, blowing an apartment’s bathroom door off its hinges at 143 Madison Avenue, according to city officials.

None of the residents in the apartments of the multi-family home were injured, although some of the residences were occupied at the time, said city police Lt. Michael Strangeway. City firefighters were called to the apartment at 12:25 p.m. for the explosion, said fire department Capt. Lee Price, but the explosion did not result in a fire.

The one-pot meth lab — a drug production process that frequently uses a plastic soda bottle to create methamphetamine — was in the bathroom of the apartment, Strangeway said.

“The vessel failed and the result was a small explosion,” Strangeway said. “It blew the bathroom door off its hinges.”
us_NY  public  explosion  response  clandestine_lab 
3 days ago
Second gas leak in a week leaves Gainesville residents concerned
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) - A gas leak in Gainesville Friday afternoon has left some residents concerned and worrying if it will happen again.


According to Gainesville Fire Rescue, this is the second time a gas line was cut on Northwest 4th Avenue in less than a week.

Both leaks were due to construction in the area.

"They said 'Its no big deal', that everything is completely alright," said Joey Parker, a resident affected by the gas leak. "But they're trying to get the gas back on right now. [In our house] right now, we can't cook any dinner or anything like that. But that's okay."

Friday's incident happened around 2:30pm when equipment came into contact with the pipes.
us_FL  public  release  response  natural_gas 
4 days ago
APG Chemical Exposure Sends 1 To Hospital: Officials
HARFORD COUNTY, MD — Someone exposed to a chemical at Aberdeen Proving Ground was taken to Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air Saturday for evaluation, officials said. The hazmat team and Bel Air firefighters were at the hospital for about an hour and a half.

The Harford County Hazardous Team and Bel Air Volunteer Fire Company were at Upper Chesapeake before 1:40 p.m. Saturday, June 22, according to Jenn Chenworth, spokeswoman for the Harford County Volunteer Fire and EMS Association.

There was no threat to the community or those at the hospital, Chenworth said.
us_MD  industrial  release  injury  unknown_chemical 
4 days ago
Langkat, fire in an illegal factory leaves 30 dead. Two arrests
Jakarta (AsiaNews) - Two people are under investigation by the authorities for a deadly fire in an illegal lighter factory in the province of North Sumatera (east of Jakarta), which killed 30 people including 24 women and 6 children.  The tragedy took place yesterday in Sambirejo, a village in the regency of Langkat, about 70km west of the provincial capital Medan. 

Gen.  Agus Andrianto, head of the provincial police, reported today that a man and a woman - identified as the owner and director of the illegal laboratory - are currently in a state of detention.

The flames broke out when a worker was checking the operation of a product.  This exploded and the worker, in a panic, threw it on thousands of ready-to-pack lighters, triggering a massive explosion.  The fire spread quickly, because most of the building structure was made of wood.

The victims trapped inside could not escape because the main door was locked.  Binsar Naibaho, head of the local police, says: "Windows and entrances were walled up.  We couldn't even see what had happened inside the factory. "  Four people were saved because they were on their lunch break and they witnessed the drama from outside.
Indonesia  industrial  release  death  unknown_chemical  illegal 
4 days ago
'Damn, This Is Bad': Fire Continues to Burn After South Philly Refinery Blast
A small fire continued to burn Saturday at the East Coast's largest oil refinery a day after explosions and a predawn blaze that shook homes, sent a fireball aloft and caused some minor injuries.

Workers tried to isolate the remaining line feeding the fire at the 150-year-old Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery in South Philly, but access is limited "due to the damage and instability of the remaining structure," a PES spokeswoman said.

Officials haven't decided whether to let fire burn itself out, "but that may occur before we can safely isolate it," the spokeswoman said.

"Managing the small existing fire in this manner is safest for the environment, (company) employees, and the surrounding community to bring the incident to a safe conclusion," the company said in a statement.
us_PA  industrial  fire  injury  petroleum 
4 days ago
Air quality committee rejects ban on toxic acid used in South Bay refineries
Air quality officials on Saturday moved to close the door on a ban of a dangerous acid used at two South Bay oil refineries that community groups have sought since a 2015 explosion raised concerns about the potential for a catastrophic release.

The South Coast Air Quality Management District’s Republican-controlled refinery committee voted 3-2 to support an industry-backed alternative. The plan directs agency staff to develop agreements with refineries in Torrance and Wilmington that would allow them to keep using modified hydrofluoric acid, with enhanced safety measures.

The highly toxic chemical, used to make high-octane gasoline, can form a deadly, ground-hugging cloud that could drift into surrounding communities and cause mass casualties in the event of a major leak.

The decision followed hours of testimony at a packed public hearing in Diamond Bar that pitted South Bay residents and environmentalists urging a ban on the chemical against business groups, building trades representatives and refinery workers who said it would be too costly.
us_CA  industrial  follow-up  environmental  hydrofluoric_acid 
4 days ago
Philly 'narrowly dodged a catastrophe’ as deadly chemical wasn’t released in refinery fire
A series of explosions and a spectacular fire ripped through a South Philadelphia oil refinery early Friday, rattling windows, injuring workers, unnerving the city, and causing gasoline markets to spike on speculation of fuel shortages.

The incident at Philadelphia Energy Solutions (PES), the East Coast’s largest refinery, injured five workers, who were treated at the scene. The fire was still burning Friday night.

Safety advocates said the danger could have been far worse had the blast released a cloud of hydrogen fluoride, a deadly chemical used in the refining process.

The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB), an independent federal agency, announced Friday that it was dispatching a four-person team to Philadelphia to investigate the incident, which was similar to refinery accidents in Torrance, Calif., in 2015 and Superior, Wis., last year that came perilously close to releasing hydrogen fluoride. The Wisconsin accident prompted a temporary evacuation of residents.
us_PA  industrial  explosion  injury  gasoline  hydrofluoric_acid  petroleum 
5 days ago
Philly had just trained for an incident like refinery fire: ‘It worked out exactly how it should have’
There is never a good time for an oil refinery explosion, but Friday morning’s Philadelphia Energy Solutions fire came about as close as you can get.

The city’s Office of Emergency Management and Fire Department were fresh off a discussion at the Navy Yard, where various agencies met Thursday to plan an inter-agency response to a specific hazardous emergency. The officials discussed each agency’s planned response and protocol to make sure everyone was on the same page, said Noëlle Foizen, deputy director for public engagement for the Office of Emergency Management.

While the training wasn’t specifically about responding to a refinery emergency, it’s reflective of the type of training city officials are constantly undertaking to better work with one another in emergency situations.

Less than 24 hours later, Foizen’s office, along with the Fire Department and several other agencies, leaped into action in response to the fire that closed streets and the George C. Platt Memorial Bridge, and had residents sheltering in place for several hours.
us_PA  industrial  follow-up  environmental  petroleum 
5 days ago
Spilled nail products lead to HazMat incident in Henrietta
Henrietta, N.Y. – Firefighters responded to a hazardous materials incident at the UPS Store on Hylan Drive in Henrietta Friday.

According to the Henrietta Fire Department, a package at the location was found to be leaking and emanating fumes which gave an employee a headache.

The package was later determined to be carrying acrylic nail products that leaked.

The employee was evaluated at the scene but declined further treatment.
us_NY  public  release  response  unknown_chemical 
5 days ago
Advance Disposal in Hesperia evacuated Friday morning after explosion
HESPERIA, Calif. (VVNG.com) — Employees at Advance Disposal in Hesperia were evacuated following a small explosion within their facility Friday morning.

It happened just after 8:30 am, on June 21, 2019, in the 17100 block of Mesa Street in Hesperia.

San Bernardino County Firefighters arrived on scene and located the employees who had already evacuated the facility prior to their arrival.

County Fire spokesperson Eric Sherwin said the explosion took place in some kind of sorting machinery and it was possibly a compressed vessel or container like a fire extinguisher that went through the machine and failed and exploded.

“Out of an abundance of caution, they sealed it off. We do have hazmat personnel onsite. They made entry into the facility to test the air and check for any hazardous conditions,” stated Sherwin.
us_CA  industrial  explosion  response  waste 
5 days ago
Fire damages Amherst College science lab
Amherst firefighters knocked down a stove fire in an Amherst College science lab Friday night, aided by a sprinkler system that contained the fire to one room.

WGGB-TV reported the 7:20 p.m. alarm indicated fire in a third-floor laboratory. Amherst Fire Chief Tim Nelson reported the fire apparently started in a newly installed stove in the lab area.

The lab area sustained extensive smoke and water damage, and areas in the floors below also suffered water damage from the sprinkler system.
us_MA  laboratory  fire  response  unknown_chemical 
5 days ago
1 taken to hospital, 7 treated after foaming acid spill at Fairfield business
FAIRFIELD, Ohio — One person was transported to an area hospital, according to Fairfield Fire Chief Don Bennett, following a reported chemical spill. Seven others showing signs of respiratory distress were treated at the scene.

Part of the Koch Foods building on Port Union Road in Fairfield was evacuated at about 8 a.m. Friday.

A chemical company employee was filling a tank with a foaming acid when there was a spill, creating a fume or respiratory irritant, the Journal-News reports.

“There is one dock area that contains all their cleaning solutions and so forth and he was filling off the dock,” Bennett said.

He added the company was very responsible.

“Simply a human error, it happens all the time,” he said.

The situation has been neutralized and production was not interrupted, Bennett said.
us_OH  industrial  release  injury  cleaners 
5 days ago
OSHA cites Canton manufacturer for respiratory, chemical hazards
The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited a Canton company for respiratory and chemical hazards.

Ohio Gratings Inc. faces penalties of $183,748 and has been cited for 17 serious and five other-than-serious safety and health violations, a news release stated.

Ohio Gratings, which makes aluminum, stainless steel and carbon products, has contested the citations and penalties, the release stated. The case will now go before the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

The release said the inspection began in December 2018 after a complaint "alleging poor ventilation and lack of training on chemicals used at the facility." The citations ranged from inadequate machine guarding to struck-by hazards. The release also stated that OSHA found the company was using a "dip tank containing flammable liquid without using proper drainage, overflow piping, adequate ventilation and fire protection," which led to a number of citations.
us_OH  industrial  discovery  environmental  flammables 
5 days ago
Chemical spill at Clark Atlanta University sends multiple people to the hospital
ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS46) -- At least ten people have been injured in a chemical spill at a science building on the Clark Atlanta University campus.

Hazmat crews have been on campus all Friday afternoon. The Clark Atlanta Science Building was evacuated and remains empty as crews are cleaning up.

“I left everything, I only took my bag and my belongings and ran toward the stairs,” Abdu Dwead, a Biology PhD Student, told CBS46 reporter Melissa Stern.

Students from a summer program were working in the lab at the Clark Atlanta Science Building.

“Earlier this morning, we had a 911 call for a possible chemical spill here it was unidentified what the chemical was upon arrival on the scene, and the person who possibly spilled the chemical didn’t know what it was either,” said Sgt. Cortez Stafford, with the Atlanta Fire Department. “When the individual spilled the chemical and it happened to fall off the cart, he immediately evacuated the building and told everyone to get out of the building as well, so he made a good call with that.”
us_GA  laboratory  release  injury  unknown_chemical 
5 days ago
Philadelphia refinery blast puts new spotlight on toxic chemical
(Reuters) - Massive explosions that engulfed a Philadelphia refinery in flames on Friday have renewed concerns about the oil industry’s use of a highly toxic chemical to make high-octane gasoline at plants in densely populated areas.


Aerial video of the scene at Philadelphia Energy Solutions Inc’s refinery, the largest in the northeast, on local television showed significant damage and the massive complex nearly engulfed in flames.

One of the explosions took place in a hydrofluoric acid alkylation unit - a chemical processing unit that has been involved in three near-misses of releases into cities in California, Texas and Wisconsin, according to safety officials.

Hydrofluoric acid (HF) can form a toxic cloud at room temperature while exposure can lead to severe health problems and even death.

Around the Philadelphia refinery, air quality had not yet been cited as a problem. There are about 300,000 people who live within three miles (5 km) of the facility.
us_PA  industrial  follow-up  response  hydrofluoric_acid 
5 days ago
U.S. Chemical Safety Board to investigate Philly refinery fire
Mayor Jim Kenney has convened a working group to examine safety and air quality protocols at the South Philadelphia refinery rocked by a massive explosion on Friday. It was the second refinery fire in two weeks.

Kenney said in a release sent Friday that the working group would explore longtime concerns from people who live near the Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery at 3100 W. Passyunk Ave.

“I believe that there is room for improvement, both in the operation of the refinery in light of two fires in as many weeks, and in the communication to residents,” Kenney said.

He said that the working group will involve Managing Director Brian Abernathy, Fire Commissioner Adam Thiel, the leadership of PES, and unnamed members of the company’s Community Advisory Panel.
us_PA  industrial  discovery  environmental  unknown_chemical 
5 days ago
Lake County ethylene oxide results released as Pritzker signs law cracking down on emissions
LAKE COUNTY, Ill. (WLS) -- Lake County officials have received preliminary results from tests measuring the levels of cancer-causing chemical ethylene oxide present in the air near medical sterilization plants in Waukegan and Gurnee. The results come on the same day that Governor JB Pritzker signed a law imposing the country's strictest limits on the chemical's emissions, which was spurred by community uproar in south suburban Willowbrook about the amount of the chemical detected in the air there.

Willowbrook residents began raising concerns about the chemical almost a year ago after a federal report found that Sterigenics, a medical sterilization company based in the community, was releasing a level of the gas that could be harmful to the public.

The plant shut down in February after several rounds of environmental testing. A study from the Illinois Department of Public Health the following month confirmed that there were higher rates of cancer near the plant.

The situation in Willowbrook raised concerns among residents in Lake County, where Medline and Vantage Specialty Chemicals use ethylene oxide. Environmental testing began earlier this month. The Lake County Health Department announced Friday that preliminary results indicated elevated levels of ethylene oxide at one location in Waukegan and at varying lower levels at all other sites where measurements were taken. Test results were sent to the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, according to Waukegan Mayor Sam Cunningham, and are available to the public online.
us_IL  industrial  follow-up  environmental  ethylene_oxide 
5 days ago
An ‘extraordinarily severe’ emergency: the radioactive leak at Harborview
A small platform crane hoists two men up near the roof gutter of a flat, one-floor building on the Harborview campus on First Hill. Slowly, one of the men moves a thick, round bar roughly six inches along the gutter with his right hand, stops, and then looks at the radiation survey meter in his left. Then he moves the bar another six inches. And another.

If there is any radiation left from the leak of radioactive material that left 13 people exposed during the decommissioning of an irradiator device in the middle of Seattle on May 2nd, these men will find it and wipe it down.

The concrete L-shaped loading dock and parking lot, wedged between the UW Medicine Harborview Medical Center Research and Training Building and a small administrative building near Terry Ave and Terrace, is already polka-dotted with white paint marks, designating areas where potential traces of Cesium-137 were found.

While being checked for radioactive residue, the R&T building is still on lockdown. State Patrol troopers guard the fenced-off entrances to make sure no one can go in and out. From behind the chain-link, there is not much to see — no Chernobyl-like scenes here — except for a sidewalk-wide stripe of white paint near the loading dock doors and a white plastic box covering the ventilation system. The parking lot exudes a ghostly calm.
us_WA  industrial  release  injury  radiation 
6 days ago
How an accident led to a start-up’s ‘simple and classy’ clothing line for women in labs
PHILADELPHIA — Beau Wangtrakuldee’s physical scarring from the chemical burn is long gone. But her memories of the terrifying and painful accident 11 years ago in a laboratory at Northern Illinois University in Chicago remain vivid.

She was in the fourth year of a doctoral program in chemistry. It was around 8 on a Friday night and Wangtrakuldee was alone, conducting an organic synthesis — combining chemicals such as ketones, aldehydes, and isocyanide with a carboxylic acid — for an anticancer drug. As she poured the mixture into another container, Wangtrakuldee spilled a large amount onto her lab coat, which soaked through to her jeans and onto her legs, the methanol in the concoction causing it to absorb into her skin quickly.

With no one else around, she quickly stripped off her clothing, but not before she sustained what felt like a bad sunburn for a week.


“I was really lucky because it could have been so much worse,” Wangtrakuldee said in a recent interview.

That realization is why the now resident of Philadelphia and consultant to biotech companies is pivoting from chemist to clothing entrepreneur to do two primary things for women working in STEM: Protect them from injury and enable them to wear something more fashionable than a lab coat.
us_PA  laboratory  follow-up  injury  methanol 
6 days ago
Chemical Smell Sickens Workers In Monsey
Workers at a Monsey business were treated for dizziness and other ailments after being exposed to a chemical smell that turned out not to be a hazardous material.

Spring Valley police responded to the area of 6 Melnick Drive, in Monsey, around 12:40 p.m., on Wednesday, June 19, for a possible hazardous materials situation, said Spring Valley Officer Matthew Galli.

A preliminary investigation found that workers in the building were experiencing itchy throats, and dizziness from an unknown liquid coming from the suite above theirs, Galli said.

The building was evacuated and the Spring Hill EMS responded to treat the parties feeling ill, as did the Spring Valley Fire Department, and the Rockland County Hazmat Team.

Due to the Hazmat team’s investigation, the liquid ultimately was found not to be a hazardous material.

The building as well as the roadway re-opened a short time after.
us_NY  public  release  injury  unknown_chemical 
6 days ago
Chemistry professor testifies near-deadly fireball at Manhattan high school was result of poor safety protocols
A chemistry professor testified that a near-deadly classroom fireball at a prestigious Manhattan high school was the result of shoddy safety measures and egregious violations of best practices.

“It should not have been done,” said expert witness Samuella Sigmann during a civil trial in Manhattan Supreme Court over the botched “rainbow experiment” demonstration that permanently disfigured student Alonzo Yanes.

The Beacon High teacher conducting the demonstration, Anna Poole, failed to brief students on what was about to happen and what to do if there was an accident, said Sigmann, a chemistry professor at Appalachian State University in North Carolina.

Poole also did not know where the fire extinguisher was located or how to use it, according to testimony. The classroom only had one exit and lacked a “fume hood” to help with ventilation.

“They did not have the proper equipment to do it,” Sigmann said of the demonstration that creates multi-colored flames.
us_NY  laboratory  follow-up  environmental 
6 days ago
3 sickened employees prompt evacuation of Monsey office building
NSEY -
A large office building in Rockland County was temporarily evacuated Wednesday after employees complained they felt sick.

Dozens of people who work inside the building at 6 Melnick Drive in Monsey were forced to leave after three employees said they felt lightheaded and had itchy throats after being exposed to a chemical spill.

The owner of the store where the spill originated - an essential oils shop called Aroma King - told News 12 the chemical was a food-based alcohol. A hazmat team investigated, and determined the liquid not to be a hazardous material. The building and the roadway reopened a short time after the investigation.

All three employees were treated by paramedics on scene and released.

The building also houses a medical clinic, commercial restaurant equipment store and other businesses.
us_NY  industrial  release  response  oils 
7 days ago
Fire shuts down paint recycling shop in Eddy
Hazmat crews are cleaning up after a fire ignited at a paint recycling shop in Eddy Wednesday afternoon.

Firefighters were called out to Southern Enterprises of Envirocare around 4:30pm.  After arriving, they evacuated the area and shut down roads leading to the shop.

After putting the fire out and the smoke cleared, firefighters allowed people to return home.

So far there is no word of injuries.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.
us_TX  industrial  fire  response 
7 days ago
Houston Skies May Darken Again as Disaster-Site Teardown Begins
The company behind the four-day chemical blaze that cast a black plume over Houston earlier this year is preparing to destroy one of the tanks at the facility, raising the risk that the site could see “flash” fires.

Intercontinental Terminals Co. will deconstruct a xylene tank on Wednesday, according to an alert from a community hotline. That could result in “small, short duration flash fires and increased emissions” at the terminal, the alert said. The company said it has a firefighting team on site and has deployed air monitors.

ITC said in March tanks that escaped the flames might have to be demolished anyway because they were compromised by searing temperatures.“With the amount of heat that was exposed to those tanks, we’ll have to take all of those most likely out of service, might have to inspect them, potentially have to demolish them and probably start over,” David Wascome, ITC’s senior vice president of operations, told reporters at the time.
us_TX  industrial  follow-up  environmental  xylene 
7 days ago
Train Carrying Explosives, Military Weapons Derails Near Nevada Interstate
A cargo train carrying military weapons and hazardous material derailed in northeast Nevada on Wednesday morning, prompting a highway closure as emergency workers rushed to contain the site, authorities said.

The 22-car train flew off the rails around 11:20 a.m. Pacific Time, leaving several cars in a crumpled heap along the tracks near the city of Wells. Nearby Interstate 80 shut down in both directions for nearly an hour.

“There were some small arms munitions and explosives on the train,” Lt. Kevin McKinney with the Elko County Sheriff’s Office told HuffPost.

An earlier broadcast by Elko County Public Safety specified some of the cargo as sodium nitrate, hand grenades, bombs and fuel.

All of the potentially lethal cargo was stored in the back of the train and not impacted by the derailment, “so we’re fortunate there,” McKinney said.
us_NV  transportation  release  response  explosives  sodium_nitrate 
7 days ago
Former student burned in class experiment recounts horror
NEW YORK — A former high school student severely burned when a chemistry class experiment went horrifically wrong testified at a civil trial that he remembered feeling the fire eat away at his skin.

Alonzo Yanes, now 21, took the stand Tuesday in his family’s civil case against New York City and his former teacher regarding the January 2014 experiment at Beacon High School, the New York Post reports .

The lawsuit says the experiment, which involved mineral salts being set on fire and used methanol, was performed despite warnings sent to the city’s education department from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board that it was dangerous. The suit says the students were not adequately protected.

A lawyer for the defense told jurors in opening statements that the fire was an accident.

Yanes testified that when a giant fireball flared, he put his arms out in an instinctive attempt to protect himself from the flames coming in his direction.
us_NY  education  follow-up  response  methanol 
7 days ago
Here’s everything we know about the chemical that has leaked into the Farmington River and its potential health risks
This month’s spill of potentially hazardous firefighting foam into the Farmington River has left Connecticut residents wondering about a hazardous chemical contained in the substance.

Firefighting foam spill in Farmington River has Connecticut residents concerned, worried about future contamination »
But what exactly are PFAS, or polyfluoroalkyl substances? What potential risks do they pose? Here’s everything you need to know.

What are PFAS?
PFAS are several man-made chemicals. They don’t break down in the human body and can accumulate over time, leading to health issues. PFAS have been nicknamed “forever chemicals” because they persist in the environment and are very difficult to remove.
us_CT  public  release  environmental  unknown_chemical  other_chemical 
7 days ago
56 people treated after rail car spills sulfur dioxide in Salt Lake City
SALT LAKE CITY — Two people were transported to a hospital, and more than 50 others were treated for symptoms after a rail car spilled at least 300 gallons of sulfur dioxide in Salt Lake City Wednesday morning, authorities report.

Fire officials responded to Thatcher Chemicals at 1905 Fortune Road around 8:40 a.m. after receiving calls from "multiple people" in the area who were complaining of an odd smell and beginning to feel "symptoms," Salt Lake City Fire Division Chief Ryan Mellor said.

Emergency responders eventually traced the smell to a rail car with a hose that had collided with another rail car, knocking the hose off and spilling 300 to 400 pounds of the chemical. Officials first believed it to be about 1,000 gallons.

A total of 56 people were treated for symptoms caused by the spill, but officials did not know their condition. Two people were transported to a hospital "due to exposure."
us_UT  transportation  release  injury  sulfur_dioxide 
7 days ago
Injured Tyson Workers Improving After Chemical Spill; OSHA Investigation Opened
SPRINGDALE, Ark. (KFSM) -- Tyson officials still haven't said what chemical injured five employees Tuesday (June 19) at its Berry Street plant, but a hospital spokeswoman said the workers' conditions have improved.

Springdale firefighters were called about 8:30 a.m. to the plant at 600 Berry St., where employees were complaining of breathing problems and skin burns after a cleaning agent spilled.

One person has been discharged Wednesday (June 19) and three others were listed in good condition, according to Beth Wright, spokeswoman for Northwest Medical Center-Springdale.

Another worker was listed in serious condition, but due to privacy laws, Wright couldn't confirm if this was the same person listed Tuesday in critical condition.
us_AR  industrial  follow-up  injury  cleaners 
7 days ago
One in critical condition after hazmat release at Tyson plant
SPRINGDALE, Ark. —
Five people were sent to the hospital after a chemical release at the Tyson Plant on Berry Street in Springdale, according to Matt Bagley with the Springdale Fire Department and Derek Burleson with Tyson Foods.

As of 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, one patient was in critical condition, another in serious condition and three in fair condition, according to a statement from Northwest Medical Center in Springdale.

The fire department wasn't yet sure what the chemical was as of 9 a.m., Bagley said. It was some type of cleaning agent. The chemical was not ammonia.

The runoff had been contained by 9 a.m.
us_ar  industrial  release  injury  cleaners 
8 days ago
DuBois firefighters respond to hazmat incident at local business
All five fire companies of the DuBois Volunteer Fire Department responded to a hazmat incident at 11:51 a.m. Monday at Gasbarre Products Inc., at 590 Division St., DuBois, according to fire Chief Joe Mitchell.

A byproduct of Gasbarre’s manufacturing process was discharging gas, said Mitchell.

“We just evacuated and ventilated the immediate area until it was deemed best,” said Mitchell.

Traffic on surrounding streets was detoured for a short time. DuSAN Ambulance also responded to the scene.

No injuries were reported. Firefighters were at the scene for approximately an hour.
us_pa  industrial  release  response  unknown_chemical 
8 days ago
Gas spill in Forest leads to 25 gallons of gasoline leaked into street
FOREST, Va. (WSET) -- A gas delivery truck's valve became compromised and pumped 25 gallons of gasoline into the street at the Kroger gas station in Forest today around 7:20 PM.

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A gas delivery truck was delivering gas to a gas station when the valve became compromised leading gasoline into the street.

During the offloading process, the gas became pressurized pumping out 25 gallons of gasoline.

Due to the rain, the gasoline washed into a storm drain that then collected in a retention pond behind the shopping center.
us_va  public  release  response  gasoline 
8 days ago
Chemistry building at University of Utah evacuated after chemical spill
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 News)- The Henry Eyring Building on the University of Utah campus was evacuated Tuesday night after reports of a chemical spill.

The building is home to the school’s chemistry department.

Captain Tony Allred of the Salt Lake City Fire Department said a technician dropped a glass container filled with Boron trifluoride diethyl etherate.

Exposures of the chemical can lead to burns, severe irritation of the eyes and eyelids and inflammation and congestion of the lungs, according to the Toxicology Data Network.

Capt. Allred said the building was evacuated as a precaution. He said the tech was sent to the University medical center for evaluation.
us_ut  laboratory  release  response  other_chemical 
8 days ago
More than 60 farm workers exposed to a chemical being sprayed in Tulare County
FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- Several Hazmat vehicles and first responders lined a tiny Tulare County road in rural Dinuba Tuesday after getting the call of some sort of chemical exposure just before 11 a.m.

"They arrived on scene and realized they had been exposed to an unknown pesticide at that point," said Tulare County fire chief Charlie Norman.

According to witnesses a farmer was spraying the pesticide Hexythiazox at a nearby field when the chemicals drifted into the vineyard where 63 people were working.
us_ca  industrial  release  injury  ag_chems 
8 days ago
Even a water bottle can cause a fire inside a car on a hot Texas day
(KWTX) You can find all kinds of items stored in the backseats, on dashboards, or on top of consoles in vehicles, but experts say some of those items could pose a fire hazard when the sun blazes and the temperature soars, including those ubiquitous bottles of water.

"If everything comes together right, if you have water inside a clear water bottle and you have dark fabric inside your vehicle, it can actually penetrate through the clear water bottle onto that fabric or any dark combustibles that are around and actually start a fire,” Waco Fire Department Lt. Keith Guillory said.

The Midwest City Fire Department in Oklahoma posted a video on its Facebook page not only to warn about, but also to show what can happen if a bottle of water is left in direct sunlight.

The sun magnified through the full 8-ounce bottle of water burns a hole in a sheet of black paper in less than 20 seconds.

David Richardson, the firefighter who appears in the video, says it took 450 degrees to burn the hole in the paper.

"A mirror can also be used as of magnifier-like object or a can reflect the sun onto a combustible inside your vehicle. That can also cause a fire,” Guillory said.
us_tx  public  discovery  environmental  plastics 
8 days ago
Paul Tilcock's fumes death 'shouldn't have happened'
A WOMAN whose husband died from breathing in a lethal chemical at work said employers must take more care with health and safety to prevent future deaths.

Stacey Tilcock’s husband, Paul, was found dead in a house where he was laying the floor for work.

At the time of his death, the 30-year-old appeared to be wearing a mask that was completely ineffective at protecting him against the chemicals he was working with.

His employer and the supplier have been fined £750,000 between them for the careless management and the supply of dangerous chemicals.
uk  industrial  death  followup  other_chemical 
8 days ago
Maine bill on PFASs, phthalates in food packaging becomes law
Maine Governor Janet Mills has signed into law a bill to prohibit the use of phthalates and PFASs in food packaging materials.

Approved by the state legislature earlier this month, the measure (LD 1433) addresses food and beverage packaging and their components, as well as disposable plastic food service gloves.

The law imposes a ban from 2020 on the sale of any such products to which a phthalate has been intentionally added above trace amounts. And with respect to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs), it directs the state to develop a rule to prohibit the sale of packaging containing them, provided a safer alternative is identified.

The measure also authorises Maine’s environment department to put in place a scheme for designating chemicals of concern and priority chemicals, for which disclosure requirements or restrictions could apply.
us_me  public  discovery  other_chemical  env 
8 days ago
2 Injured in Reported Explosion at Home in Union City: FD
Two people were injured late Monday at the scene of a reported explosion in Union City, according to the Alameda County Fire Department.

No fire was burning when crews responded to the scene in the 32000 block of Elizabeth Way, but two people were taken to hospitals with burn injuries, fire officials said.

One of the injured persons was transported to Kaiser Fremont, and the second was taken to a Santa Clara burn unit, accompanied by two firefighters, officials said.

The Santa Clara hospital did not initially accept the patient due to hazardous materials exposure, fire officials said. The Santa Clara County Hazmat team responded to the hospital to meet the ambulance and patient.
us_CA  public  explosion  injury  unknown_chemical 
9 days ago
Hazmat crew clears spilled pool chemicals, intersection reopens – SFBay
Pool chemicals that spilled onto a Vacaville intersection Monday morning were cleaned up and all streets were reopened around noon, according to police.

Vacaville police tweeted about the spill at 9:19 a.m. Monday, writing that the intersection in the area of Peabody Road and Alamo Drive was closed.

Four one-gallon containers of muriatic acid, commonly used in pools, had spilled onto the streets in the intersection, Officer Chris Lechuga said.

Hazardous materials crews worked at the scene until it was safe, then the intersection reopened, Lechuga said.
us_CA  public  release  response  pool_chemicals 
9 days ago
Hazmat crews called after fish oil ingredient spills, creates...
HOUSTON - Hazmat crews were called out to the scene of a chemical spill in northwest Harris County.

According to authorities, the spill happened around 3:15 a.m. at the Aker BioMarine Manufacturing facility on Campbell Road near Clay Road.

Officials said the facility was using krill to make fish oil when a pump failed, causing a spill. The spill created a vapor cloud in the area.

Hazmat crews are doing air quality tests, but they do not believe it poses a threat to the public, officials said.
us_TX  industrial  release  response  other_chemical 
9 days ago
Lost load leads to hazardous materials incident in Solano County – Times-Herald
A member of the Solano County Inter-Agency Hazardous Materials Team spreads baking soda to neutralize a muriatic acid spill when a truck carrying the corrosive chemical lost its load Monday while turning onto to eastbound Alamo Drive from northbound Peabody Road in Vacaville. (Joel Rosenbaum — The Reporter)
us_CA  transportation  release  response  hydrochloric_acid 
9 days ago
Officials: Man who accidentally started Nibley fire won't be charged
NIBLEY, Cache County — Officials say the man who caused a fire at a Nibley storage facility Saturday will not face charges.

The fire, which resulted in an estimated $1.5 million to $1.75 million in damage, was caused by a man working on his car inside one of the storage units, Hyrum Assistant Fire Chief Blake Christensen said. On Monday, Christensen confirmed that the man will not face charges.

The blaze occurred at 4000 South and 100 West and destroyed about 25 units, firefighters said.

The contents of the burned storage units were also destroyed, Christensen said.

The man working on his car, who also called 911, had minor burns on his hands but was treated and released on scene. Investigators said was trying to use ether, a flammable chemical, to jump-start a car.
us_UT  public  follow-up  response  flammables 
9 days ago
Shell to pay $2.8M fine for 2014 plant explosion, Dutch court says
A Dutch court orders Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A -0.8%) to pay a €2.5M fine ($2.8M) for failing to prevent an explosion at its Moerdijk facility in 2014 and for breaching emissions limits at the plant.

The court says Shell did not do enough to prevent the incident which resulted in a series of explosions and a large fire at the chemical plant.

Shell also did not notice a leak which resulted in the emission of ethylene oxide far above legal limits during parts of 2015-16, the court says.
Netherlands  industrial  follow-up  environmental  ethylene_oxide 
9 days ago
Management of Change: Getting it Right
Forty-five years ago this month 28 people died at Flixborough, UK, caused by a disastrously ill-managed change to a process running on site. The change led to the release of ~30 t of boiling cyclohexane, with a subsequent enormous vapour cloud explosion. The site was destroyed and houses were damaged kilometres away.

Since then much has been learned – and written – about how to manage change safely and successfully but the process industries continue to make mistakes, with serious and sometimes fatal consequences. Recognising this continuing problem, this month’s Loss Prevention Bulletin (LPB) has a special issue on management of change.

There are always important lessons to be learned by studying and understanding cases where changes were badly managed.  However, this does not necessarily tell us how to manage changes well, to give the right outcome and avoid the pitfalls which are always possible. Helping to answer this question, LPB includes one article trying to answer the question “What does a 'good' management of change (MoC) system look like?” The article is written by Ken Patterson and Gillian Wigham, two safety, health and environment (SHE) system auditors with experience of reviewing systems across the world. They emphasise that they are not claiming that their’s is either the only or the right answer but they do offer key elements they believe a system should contain.
United_Kingdom  industrial  follow-up  environmental 
9 days ago
Mohrsville Road could be closed for weeks after chemical spill
PERRY TOWNSHIP, Pa. - Officials say a Berks County road could be closed for weeks after a hazmat spill.

The Environmental Protection Agency said Mohrsville Road in Perry Township could be shut down for up to four weeks while officials keep an eye on the site of last week's chemical spill.

On June 9, 2,000 gallons of nitric acid started leaking at Bulk Chemical plant, and the next day a fire broke out.

Officials said they do not think any nearby water was contaminated, but they are doing some tests just to be sure.
us_PA  industrial  release  response  nitric_acid 
10 days ago
Noxious odor on Greyhound bus in Texarkana prompts four oxygen treatments, another bus called to complete trip
A noxious odor on a Greyhound bus arriving at the Texarkana station on Friday afternoon caused four people to receive oxygen treatments and a new bus to be called in to continue the journey, officials said.

Texarkana, Ark., Fire Department received a call about 4:23 p.m. regarding the smell on the bus travelling from Dallas, Texas.

"It was a strong, acrid order inside the bus. The bus company said the septic system had just been emptied before getting on the highway and coming to Texarkana," said Jeff Tanner, Texarkana, Ark., battalion chief.

Tanner said it could be a sewage problem or an unidentified chemical.

Passengers reported detecting the odor about halfway between Dallas and Texarkana with the smell intensifying when the bus reached Texarkana, he said.

Greyhound opted to lock the bus up and check for the source of the odor, Tanner said.

Four passengers received oxygen and were released at the scene. One patient went to the hospital for what is believed to be medical concerns regarding a procedure he had some time before the bus trip, Tanner said.
us_TX  transportation  release  injury  unknown_chemical 
12 days ago
Explosion in a chemical industry claims two lives in Andhra's Bobbili
Two workers were killed in a blast inside a chemical factory in Vizianagaram's Bobbili Industrial Area. According to the police, a broiler inside Balaji Chemical Industries exploded on Friday morning. The two men were inside the broiler room when the explosion happened. Two others were injured in the incident.

District police authorities reached the spot and took precautionary measures to prevent further damage. the two men who were injured have been shifted to a hospital for treatment.

The deceased have been identified as Jagadeesh (35) from Alajangi of Bobbili Mandal, and P Suresh (30) from Golladi of Badangi Mandal. The injured are reportedly from neighboring villages. Speaking to TNM, Bobbili Sub Inspector Sai Krishna said that the two injured men are critical.

Vizianagaram Addl SP Gowtham Shali and Bobbili police have said that further investigations are underway.

SI Sai Krishna said, "The cause of the explosion could have been a technical glitch during a chemical reaction. However we can’t tell the exact reason until further investigations are done.”
India  industrial  explosion  death  unknown_chemical 
12 days ago
Four people taken to hospital after chemicals leak from battery on dolly lift
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Four people were taken to the hospital Thursday after a situation involving leaked chemicals.

The incident happened just before 2 p.m. in the River Market.

HazMat crews responded to the scene.

KCFD Deputy Chief Jimmy Walker said the chemicals were from a leaking battery on dolly lift.

The four people who were taken to the hospital are expected to be okay.
us_MO  industrial  release  injury  batteries 
13 days ago
One dead several others hospitalized in Merced County hazmat incident, deputies say
The Merced County Sheriff’s Office was investigating a hazmat incident which left one person dead and nine others hospitalized Thursday.

Around noon deputies responded to a hazmat call on Monroe Ave and China Camp Road.

They said it was possibly a chemical spray used in agriculture. They were onscene for more than five hours.

“We’re no quite sure what we have yet. We all just got on scene and began our investigation but we believe it has something to do with some kind of agricultural hazmat spill,” Deputy Daryl Allen of the Merced County Sheriff’s Office said in a Facebook post.

Allen said one worker was killed and another hospitalized. Eight first responders were also taken to hospitals due to exposure.
us_CA  industrial  release  death  ag_chems 
13 days ago
Attorney General Jeff Landry signs off on filing lawsuit against Denka plant in LaPlace
State Attorney General Jeff Landry has approved a request from state environmental regulators to file suit against Denka Performance Elastomer, a chemical plant in LaPlace that has come under fire in recent years for the amount of chloroprene that it spews into the air.

Activists and politicians said the decision was a remarkable reversal for state officials who have repeatedly told St. John the Baptist Parish residents not to worry about chloroprene emissions, even though the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency designated the chemical a "likely carcinogen" in 2010. 

Anne Rolfes, executive director of the Louisiana Bucket Brigade, a nonprofit environmental organization, said it's extremely rare for the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality to bring legal action against industrial plants. 

“I don’t remember them doing it, period,” Rolfes said. "That’s our No. 1 compliant, our consistent complaint with the agency — they don’t take decisive action to protect the people.”
us_LA  industrial  follow-up  environmental  other_chemical 
13 days ago
Tank Explodes At Delco Chemical Plant Thursday Morning: Report
ESSGINTON, PA — An oxygen tank at a Delaware County chemical plant exploded Thursday morning, causing a fire in a nearby building, according to a news report.

Action News reports an oxygen tank at Intertek USA in Essington blew up at about 1 a.m. Thursday.

The explosion led to a fire breaking out, which spread to a building nearby.

According to the outlet, no one was hurt and fire crews were able to extinguish the blaze quickly.
us_PA  industrial  explosion  response  oxygen 
13 days ago
Warning: Store pool chemicals safely
Mass.gov) – Summer weather has finally arrived and many homeowners are getting their pools ready. State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey wants pool owners to take a moment to double check that pool chemicals are stored safely. 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.”

Last year, the State Hazardous Materials team responded to a Sharon home. The owner mixed pool chemicals inside. When they got wet, dangerous chlorine vapors were created. Two people went to the hospital after breathing in the chlorine gas.

Every year more than 5,000 people nationwide visit the hospital with pool chemical related injuries, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.
us_MA  public  discovery  environmental  pool_chemicals 
13 days ago
Errors, little oversight led to gas drillers’ deaths in Pryor Trust gas well explosion
A drilling rig blowout and 7 h fire that killed five workers who were trapped in the rig’s small cabin were the result of a string of management and operator failures at an Oklahoma natural gas well last year.

In an investigation report released June 12, the US Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) also found there are few industry standards and no federal safety regulations specific to oil and gas drilling, despite their growing importance to the US economy. Oklahoma’s regulations seem more to encourage production than protect workers, the CSB says.

The direct cause of the accident at the Pryor Trust gas well was insufficient hydrostatic pressure in the form of heavy drilling “mud” needed to block natural gas from working its way to the surface during drilling operations. Also, rig workers failed to detect and respond to the release of mud and gas at the well’s surface and, as the tragedy unfolded, to fully activate a blowout preventer.

Among its recommendations, the CSB urges the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration to develop regulations for the onshore drilling industry; oil and gas operations are specifically exempt from OSHA process safety management standards, the CSB notes.
us_OK  industrial  follow-up  death  natural_gas 
13 days ago
Workplace accidents drop this year
The number of industrial accidents and deaths declined in the first five months of the year, Sun Huashan, vice-minister of the Ministry of Emergency Management, said on Thursday.

Despite that, work safety still faces challenges and the central government plans to finish setting up remote monitoring systems, such as cameras, in these industries by the end of this year.

"There were more than 15,000 safety-related work accidents that killed about 10,000 people across the country from January to May," Sun said at a conference organized by the State Council Information Office.

Those numbers were down 16 percent and 18.1 percent respectively year-on-year.

More than 34,000 people were killed in more than 51,000 industrial accidents last year.

"Compared with last year, work has become safer in industries including coal mining, fireworks manufacturing, construction, agriculture, and road, rail and water transportation in 30 provinces and regions out of 32 that were calculated," he said.
China  industrial  discovery  environmental 
13 days ago
Portland food plant evacuated for chemical leak
No one was injured when a leak of a poisonous refrigeration chemical caused the evacuation Wednesday of the Barber Foods plant on St. John Street.

The Portland Fire Department was working to shut off the leak of freon that sent workers scrambling out of the building, said Fire Capt. David Nichols.

The fire department shut down St. John Street to address the issue.

It was unknown what caused the leak.

Freon is a type of fluorinated hydrocarbon used in refrigeration and as an aerosol propellant. It can cause lung and other organ damage if breathed.
us_ME  industrial  release  response  freon 
14 days ago
Chemical leak reported near New Haven school
NEW HAVEN, CT (WFSB) -- A New Haven school was put in a ‘shelter-in-place’ mode due to a nearby chemical leak.

The leak was reported at a nearby lab at Science Park, not far from Highville Charter School.

Officials said someone was getting evicted in one of the labs at Science Park and was putting chemicals down the drain.

The smell covered a number of blocks, and filtered into the school, leading to a shelter-in-place.

The school has since been dismissed.

“Thinking they were going to be safe by putting them down the sink, there was some mixture with Clorox, but again it caused an odor, caused the school behind us, Highville Charter School to go into shelter in place, we’ve since released them but it was out of an abundance of caution to make sure we didn’t put students into an area we were unsure of," said Rick Fontana, of New Haven Emergency Management.
us_CT  laboratory  release  response  unknown_chemical 
14 days ago
Carry-on bag ignites at Yeager Airport TSA checkpoint
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WCHS/WVAH) — Two lithium batteries in a passenger's carry-on bag ignited Wednesday morning at a TSA checkpoint at Yeager Airport.

Yeager Airport said the two batteries that were attached to a charging devices caused a small explosion and fire around 11 a.m. Wednesday.

Yeager Police were able to quickly extinguish the flames and no one was injured. The fire did not cause any delays and the passenger was able to proceed to their flight, according to the airport.

“We are fortunate to have Yeager Airport Police Officers ready and prepared to respond to all situations, including battery fires,” Airport Director Terry Sayre said. “It is important for all passengers preparing to travel to review TSA regulations regarding prohibited and regulated items.”
us_WV  transportation  explosion  response  batteries 
14 days ago
Mysterious drums of dangerous chemical appear along Healdsburg roads
The discovery last week of two large drums filled with a dangerous acid and illegally dumped along Healdsburg‑area roadways has prompted city fire officials to issue warnings and seek help in learning how they got there.

The first 55‑gallon drum appeared June 4 on the edge of a Kinley Drive vineyard in west Healdsburg. On June 6, two days later, a similar drum appeared in the bike lane along Old Redwood Highway near Eastside Road, also west of Healdsburg.

Fire officials suspect the containers were full of Hexafluorozirconic acid, which is what the drum labels indicated. The acid is used in a variety of manufacturing work including metal cleaning, electro plating and making optical glass.

But it’s very dangerous, even to breathe its fumes, said Linda Collister, Healdsburg fire marshal and a hazmat specialist. She warned anyone finding another drum to call 911.

“Don’t approach it. Don’t open it. Don’t touch it,” said Collister. “It could cause severe skin burns, eye damage and be toxic if inhaled.”
us_CA  industrial  follow-up  response  other_chemical 
14 days ago
U.S. safety board urges new rules after fatal Oklahoma well blast
HOUSTON (Reuters) - An investigation into an explosion at an Oklahoma natural gas drilling rig that killed five workers last year faulted inadequate training and equipment and called for new regulations, the U.S. safety regulator said on Wednesday.

The Pryor Trust gas well in Pittsburgh County, Oklahoma was operated by Red Mountain Energy LLC and workers employed by Houston-based drilling contractor Patterson-UTI Energy Inc.

"The lack of effective safety management at this well resulted in a needless catastrophe," said Kristen Kulinowski, interim executive of the Chemical Safety Board.

The accident was the deadliest oil and gas drilling incident since the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion that killed 11.

Workers were not properly trained to monitor for natural gas leaks and had turned off an alarm that could have warned them, the CSB said. Equipment designed to shut gas or oil flow during an emergency also failed, likely because control hoses burned, the CSB said.

Drilling began "without needed planning, equipment, skills, or procedures," the board said.

Patterson-UTI "does not agree with all of the findings" but is reviewing them for "what additional policies, procedures and training could be implemented," a spokeswoman said. The company has reached settlements with the families of the workers killed at the site.
us_OK  industrial  follow-up  death  natural_gas 
14 days ago
Salt Lake City business evacuated, hazmat crews investigate ammonia leak
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, June 12, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — Hazmat crews responded to an ammonia leak at a Salt Lake City wholesale food distributor just before 12:30 a.m. Wednesday.

The Nicholas and Company building, at 5520 Harold Gatty Drive, has been evacuated, and crews are checking for the source of the leak.

“It appears to be a refrigeration problem,” Salt Lake City Fire Department Capt. Tony Stowe told Gephardt Daily. “It’s mostly contained in the building, and there is no danger to the general public.”

He said no injuries have resulted from the ammonia leak.

Stowe characterized the problem as a “maintenance issue” and said the hazardous materials team and other fire crews may be on site for several hours investigating and resolving the situation.
us_UT  industrial  release  response  ammonia 
15 days ago
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