Authorities: Disgruntled former employee confesses to causing Murfreesboro oil spill
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WKRN) - A disgruntled former employee of an oil refinery in Murfreesboro has confessed to intentionally discharging tens of thousands of gallons of oil.   

A good portion leaked into nearby Lytle Creek.   

The good news is, the creek was virtually dry, but there are still concerns if the Stones River could be affected.   

This apparently happened around 2:00 Tuesday morning, and about an hour after the spill, police received a call from the former disgruntled employee, pretending to be an anonymous caller.   
us_TN  industrial  release  response  petroleum  illegal 
5 hours ago
Hunters Warned About PFAS Chemicals Found In Michigan Deer
(WWJ) Just before firearms deer hunting season in Michigan comes a warning from health officials. 

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is urging hunters not to eat deer found around Clark's Marsh in Iosco County's Oscoda Township, on the northern side of the Au Sable River. 

This comes after the state took samples from 128 deer across Michigan to test for perfluoroalkyl substances -- industiral chemicals known as PFAS. One of those deer, taken near Clark’s Marsh, came back with elevated levels of perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS) which is a type of PFAS.

Angela Minicucci of the MDHHS said these chemicals have been found to have contaminated many sources around the state.

"In water, and we are also finding them in other animals," Minicucci told WWJ's Dr. Deanna Lites. "We found them in fish, and now we've began teasting (for) them in deer. 
us_MI  public  discovery  environmental  other_chemical 
5 hours ago
Consumer 3D Printers Release Alarming Amount of Toxic Particles, New Study Reveals
With all the discussions surrounding single-use plastics and their impact on the environment (and eventually our health), some popular gadgets escaped scrutiny, even though they can produce quite a lot of toxic, potentially harmful substances.

New studies conducted by UL Chemical Safety and Georgia Institute of Technology concluded with some alarming reports: desktop 3D printers release hundreds of different compounds during the printing process, with plenty of toxic ones in the mix.

A puff of formaldehyde, folks?

When printing, the extruder that layers thermoplastic or nylon-based material to create a 3D print emits extremely small particles (UFP or ultrafine particles) carrying various toxic compounds.
us_GA  public  discovery  environmental  plastics 
5 hours ago
Safety shortcomings found in 68% of inspected Finnish small workplaces
Inspections in nearly 400 small industrial workplaces, car and motorcycle repair shops and laundries across Finland have found "significant shortcomings" in chemical safety measures aimed at protecting workers.
Some 68% of the 396 workplaces inspected did not have an appropriate chemical risk assessment in place, according to a recent report from the country's Occupational Safety and Health Authority. Risk assessment was "totally missing" in 33% of workplaces and "inadequate" in 35%, it added.
Almost half of those inspected, 47%, had difficulty in providing a list of chemicals to workers while 30% had problems with material safety data sheets. In 29% of the inspections, a workplace survey concerning chemical safety was not available to employees.
Finland  industrial  discovery  environmental 
5 hours ago
Student and staff at University of Canterbury hospitalised as precaution after gas leak
A student and staff members have been taken to hospital as a precaution after a gas leak at the University of Canterbury this evening.

Emergency services were called to the university's biology department about 6.30pm after reports of a large chemical spill.

A university spokesperson said the incident occurred in a laboratory in the School of Biological Sciences building at the Ilam campus.

"The Biological Sciences building was evacuated," the spokesperson said.

"The student and staff members were assessed at Christchurch Hospital as a precautionary measure and are expected to return home this evening.

"Fire and Emergency services assessed the building as safe and have reopened it for use."

Earlier, a St John spokesman said two staff members were taken to Christchurch Hospital in a moderate condition.

Fire and Emergency said they initially sent three engines, but later upgraded their response.

They isolated the area and Hazmat was attempting to identify the chemical.
New_Zealand  laboratory  release  injury  unknown_chemical 
Several children, adults transported after exposure to paint thinner at Decker Elementary
AUSTIN, Texas — Authorities say at least 19 students and staff reported feeling sick from apparent chemical-related fumes during maintenance at a Central Texas school.
The Austin Fire Department initially blamed paint thinner fumes for Monday morning's incident at Decker Elementary School in Austin. Officials with the Manor Independent School District later said the fumes were from floor sealant.
No serious injuries were reported and all students hospitalized have been released.
Emergency medical personnel say 15 children and four adults were transported to several Austin hospitals, as a precaution, for treatment of minor medical complaints.
us_TX  education  release  injury  solvent 
Tanker truck carrying acid catches fire near Ganado
A tractor-tanker truck carrying acid caught fire Monday morning near Ganado, prompting a highway closure.

The rear tires of a southbound tanker ignited for an unknown reason on U.S. 59, said Chief Deputy Rick Boone, of the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office. Southbound traffic was detoured.

Deputies were notified of the fire about 7:50 a.m. As of 9:30 a.m., the blaze had been extinguished. Firefighters from Ganado and Edna also were dispatched.

The truck’s tank, which was carrying inorganic N.O.S., a corrosive chemical, was not breached, and no one was reported injured.

Boone added that although nearby residents were not thought to be at risk, county officials were prepared to initiate an evacuation through reverse 911 services.
us_TX  transportation  fire  response  corrosives 
Fire reported at chemical plant in Axis
AXIS, Ala. (WALA) - A fire broke out at a chemical plant in Mobile County on Monday, November 12.

The incident was reported at Akzo Nobel Chemical Company on Highway 43 in Axis. According to company spokesperson Kay Higby, the fire involved a piece of equipment on property and was contained by their in-house fire department.
us_AL  industrial  fire  response  unknown_chemical 
Fire Rescue NSW Hunter Report
On Monday the Hazmat crew contained, cleaned up and neutralised a spill of sodium hydroxide at Beresfield. A vehicle crashed into a container at a transport facility, releasing more than 600 litres of the chemical.

Fire crews had to wear fully-encapsulated suits and breathing apparatus to stop exposure to the dangerous substance during the clean-up. They used a specialised air-operated pump to decant the liquid into Hazmat recovery bins.

“Once we had cleaned up the majority of the spill, we then had to neutralise the area using citric acid”, Station Officer McIvor said. “Using pH strips, we confirmed that the site was safe to release back to the owners.”
Australia  industrial  release  response  sodium_hydroxide 
2 days ago
Unhealthy air conditions persist due to Camp fire smoke
LAKE COUNTY, Calif. – Health and air quality officials in Lake and neighboring counties have issued new warnings about hazardous air conditions due to the deadly Camp fire burning in Butte County.

The Camp fire began early Thursday, and has since resulted in nine confirmed fatalities, the destruction of 6,453 residences and 260 commercial structures, and the burning of 90,000 acres in and around the towns of Paradise and Magalia.

Lake County Air Pollution Control Officer Doug Gearhart said that smoke from the Camp fire had caused conditions ranging from unhealthy to very unhealthy.

Conditions had cleared in some areas, resulting in the Lake County Quality Management District’s most recent forecast putting air quality conditions in the “unhealthy” range for most of the north county and “moderate” to “unhealthy for sensitive individuals” in the south county.
us_CA  public  fire  environmental  other_chemical 
2 days ago
Authorities said chemical leak in Quangang a production safety accident, vow thorough probe amid public panic, outrage
Authorities said the chemical leak in Quangang, East China's Fujian Province, which sickened 52 residents, was a "production safety accident," vowing a thorough investigation amid public anxiety over possible damage to the environment and their health after some 7 tons of C9 aromatics spilled last weekend.

The leak took place at 1:13 am on Sunday when the tube connecting a vessel and the wharf in Quangang broke, leaking 6.97 tons of C9 aromatics in the water.

Preliminary investigation shows that the leak was a safety production accident. Local authorities are looking into the cause and will seriously hold those responsible for the accident accountable, said a statement released by the Public Security Bureau of Quangang on Friday.

The statement said constant monitoring of water, air and aquatic products will be conducted, as well as the condition of local residents' health. Local authorities also vowed to release information on time.
China  industrial  follow-up  injury  unknown_chemical 
2 days ago
Fire breks out at chemical unit in Dera Bassi, no casualty
A fire broke out on the premises of Punjab Chemicals and Crop Protection Limited (PCCPL) on the Mubarikpur Road at Dera Bassi on Friday evening. However, no loss of life and property was reported from the incident, said sources.

It was timely act of the company unit staff that they able to douse the flames before the fire tender could reach the spot. The cause of the fire is yet to be known.
It has been learnt that the fire broke out due to flash in a reactor around 5.30 pm and the empty bags that were lying near it caught fire. Initially, the factory staff with the fire safety equipment’s was able to douse the flames and controlled the fire from spreading to other unit. The fire department from Dera Bassi also reached the spot after getting the information. It took them less than 20 minutes to complete the rescue operation.
India  industrial  fire  response  unknown_chemical 
4 days ago
Chemical Leak in Southeast Chinese Port Incurs Local Rage
Nearly seven tons of toxic chemicals were spilled a port in southern China’s Fujian Province on Nov. 4. Due to censorship of the news by communist authorities and neglect of the spill, local fishermen have sustained considerable financial losses and health problems due to the pollution.

News published by Chinese Communist Party (CCP)-controlled outlets, however, painted a quite different picture from villagers’ accounts as described in interviews with the Chinese-language Epoch Times.

Official news media initially claimed that an undetermined amount of petroleum products had been leaked in the early morning of Nov. 4 due to a damaged hose between the dock and a tanker in the port district of Quangang, located in the municipality of Quanzhou in Fujian Province.
China  transportation  release  response  petroleum  toxics 
4 days ago
4 Workers injured during explosion in Boksburg factory
The City of Ekurhuleni said on Friday that it was investigating the cause of a fire after four workers were injured in a what is thought to be a chemical explosion at a factory in Boksburg, Ekurhuleni

The factory is situated along Main Reef Road, adjacent to Dunswart train station.

William Ntladi, the spokesperson for Ekurhuleni disaster and emergency management services, said that the explosion was heard from a distance. Flames could be seen from far. Some of the 210-litre containers were ejected through the roof of the workshop.

Firefighters from Boksburg Leon Ferreira, Boksburg Central and Rynfield fire stations used five fire engines to contain and douse the flames.

“Four employees were hurt prior to arrival of paramedics and firefighters. One male patient was in a critical state of health due to facial, neck and inhalation burns, and was transported to Glenwood hospital, the other three were in serious but stable conditions due to inhalation and superficial burns around their bodies,” Ntladi said.
South_Africa  industrial  explosion  injury  unknown_chemical 
4 days ago
6 Killed, 11 Hurt in Chinese Fertilizer Plant Explosion
6 people were killed and 11 others received injuries after an explosion Wednesday at the Hebei Chemical Fertilizer LLC plant in Xinle City, China province of Hebei, English-language Chinese state media reports said. 

The explosion took place at about 3 p.m. in a tail gas furnace, China Dailyreported. Coverage by other international news organizations identified the plant’s location as Shijiazhuang City and its owner as the Hebei Jinwantai Chemical Fertilizer Company.

An investigation into the cause of the blast has been opened. 
China  industrial  explosion  death  ag_chems 
4 days ago
Two Vietnamese workers killed in South Korea chemical plant explosion
A chemical plant explosion in South Korea’s Wonju City Saturday killed two and injured two other Vietnamese workers.  
The explosion took place at around  9:45 a.m. as plumes of black smoke billowed from the plant run by the Foosung Precision Industry Co. in Wonju City, around 130 kilometers (80 miles) to the east of Seoul, the Yonhap News Agency reported.

Two Vietnamese workers, whose names have not been revealed, have been confirmed dead and their bodies transferred to the Wonju Medical Center, the report quoted a firefighter as saying.

Two other Vietnamese workers suffered extensive burns and were rushed to a local hospital for treatment, it said.
Republic_of_Korea  industrial  explosion  death  unknown_chemical 
4 days ago
Up to 40 kids exposed to unknown substance on school bus
Overheated brakes on a school bus are being blamed for noxious fumes that sent 15 elementary school children to hospital for assessment Thursday morning. “Overheated brakes … are the probable cause of the nausea and respiratory problems suffered by the 15 children from Lamoureux school,” the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est said in a tweet. Paramedics reported that up to 40 children were aboard the bus as it arrived at the school on Kaladar Avenue in the Heron Park neighbourhood on Thursday morning. A total of 15 children aged six to 12 were taken to hospital with symptoms including a cough, shortness of breath, nausea and vomiting.
Canada  transportation  release  injury  unknown_chemical 
5 days ago
Sulphur dioxide leak forces evacuation at northwest OKC building
According to the Oklahoma City Fire Department, a Sulfur Dioxide alarm went off at about 5 p.m. at Baker Hughes company near North Santa Fe and Northwest 122nd Street.

The building was evacuated as a precautionary measure, Officials said.

An “all clear” was given just after 7:30 p.m. and people were allowed to go back inside.
us_OK  industrial  release  response  sulfur_dioxide 
5 days ago
5 Karnal kids seriously injured in blast while making 'desi cracker'
The festival of lights on Wednesday turned into a nightmare for five children who were seriously injured while they were making a 'desi' cracker by using potassium nitrate and other chemical. 

One of the five children, all in 11 to 15 year group, lost his hands, another had his legs badly mutilated while three others received serious burn injuries at local Shiv Colony.

As per residents, an explosion occurred when the kids were beating the chemical in mortar and pestle for using it in a cracker.
The children were all alone at the roof of a house as family members were busy in Diwali preparations. They came to know about the incident when they heard a loud explosion.
India  public  explosion  injury  other_chemical  potassium_nitrate 
5 days ago
Four injured in ‘chemical reaction’ fire at Boksburg factory
JOHANNESBURG - Ekurhuleni Emergency Services say they’re investigating the cause of an explosion at a chemical factory in Boksburg.

Four people were seriously injured in the blast that was allegedly caused by a chemical reaction.

Emergency management services spokesperson William Ntladi says all four victims were rushed to a hospital.

Ntladi says there are many substances in that area that could have caused the accident.

“The 210-litre drum containers, which were inside the workshop where the ones which physically ripped off the roof of the workshop. We managed to contain and sustain everything, and the fire was extinguished,” Ntladi said.
South_Africa  industrial  explosion  injury  unknown_chemical 
5 days ago
Multiple agencies for fire safety?
The investigation into the fire that ravaged a plastic manufacturing unit at Manvila recently has thrown up confusion regarding the jurisdiction of the Factories and Boilers Department and the Kerala Fire and Rescue Services over enforcing fire safety regulations.

Besides recording the inadequacies in fire-fighting capabilities, the Kerala Fire and Rescue Services has found that the company had failed to obtain the requisite fire safety clearance.

A. Hemachandran, Director General, Kerala Fire and Rescue Services, said the company that had begun functioning in 1998 was yet to apply for a no-objection certificate (NOC).

“With fire safety provisions of the National Building Code being incorporated in the Kerala Municipal Building Rules and Kerala Panchayat Building Rules, it is mandatory for industrial buildings to obtain NOCs from the fire force. The Factories and Boilers Department should take the initiative in insisting on the fire safety clearance whenever industrial units sought their annual clearance,” he said.
India  industrial  discovery  environmental  plastics 
5 days ago
Hazardous chemical spill reported at Rock Island Arsenal
Officials on the Rock Island Arsenal are confirming a hazardous material spill occurred Wednesday, but they offered few details, including the identity of the chemical involved.

The incident occurred before noon at the Joint Manufacturing and Technology Center, or JMTC.

A news release indicates no one was injured or exposed, adding, “nor was there any threat to property or the environment.”

Conversations on fire and police scanners during the incident indicated that other departments were called to assist, and the Arsenal Fire Department specifically requested hazmat vehicles and equipment. At one point, someone at the scene indicated a headcount had been taken after at least one building was evacuated.

“It is believed a valve broke, releasing the material,” according to the news release by a spokeswoman for the JMTC. “The spill was immediately noticed by the wastewater treatment plant operator and reported. The Hazardous Materials team was activated and the release was stopped by them. The release occurred in a containment area specifically designed for these incidents.”
us_IL  industrial  release  environmental  water_treatment 
6 days ago
Oil Tank Catches on Fire at Cargill Plant in Ohio
Firefighters were called to a Cargill corn milling plant in Dayton, OH on Wednesday morning after a 210-gal oil tank caught on fire, several local news organizations reported. 

Hazmat teams and fire crews were sent to the scene at about 7:10 a.m., but did not observe smoke or fire when they arrived, according to coverage by the Dayton Daily News. The newspaper said the tank involved in the fire was close to empty when the fire occurred.

Crews put out the fire inside of the facility, officials told television news station WDTN, and no injuries were logged during the incident. News broadcaster WHIO said firefighters deployed foam to extinguish the blaze. 
us_OH  industrial  fire  response  petroleum 
6 days ago
Leaking package at Post Office prompts hazmat response
One person was treated for minor skin irritation after a package containing caustic soda broke open at the United States Post Office in Maricopa Wednesday morning.
The substance, also known as lye or sodium hydroxide, apparently spilled onto the arm of a postal employee, causing what the Kern County Fire Department described as a minor skin irritation.
The woman was treated by washing the affected area with large amounts of water and didn’t require further treatment, firefighters said at the scene.
Two other people, a carrier in Maricopa and an employee at the Taft Post Office who may have been exposed to the substance, were also checked but were found to be unaffected, firefighters said.
us_CA  public  release  injury  sodium_hydroxide 
6 days ago
Explosive, radioactive chemicals found in Oregon schools
Decades-old, disintegrating and dangerous chemicals lurk in the back of cupboards and shelves in high schools throughout Oregon.

A state program aims to get them out. For a decade, the Department of Environmental Quality has hired an environmental consultant to examine every bottle and can in science and art classrooms, and paid a hazardous waste disposal company to remove those deemed dangerous.  

Last week alone, a visit to Sweet Home High School resulted in the removal of fully half the containers in the science lab storeroom, the consultant, Dave Waddell, said.

And a visit to North Marion High School ended in an Oregon State Police bomb squad being called to safely remove and destroy two dangerous chemicals.
us_OR  laboratory  discovery  environmental  other_chemical  waste 
6 days ago
Fuel tanker at Cleveland airport spills 5,500 gallons of jet fuel
Representatives for the Cleveland Hopkins International Airport say no one was injured – and no schedules were impacted – after a fuel tanker spilled what was reported to be thousands of gallons of fuel near an airport hangar on Tuesday morning.

The Cleveland Fire Department responded to calls of a fuel spill shortly after 5:30 a.m., Fox 8 Cleveland reported. The leak had been stopped by shortly after 6 a.m., the department confirmed on Twitter.

Cleveland Fire had initially reported that 10,000 gallons of fuel were spilled on the tarmac, but later clarified that only about 5,500 gallons were lost.
us_oh  industral  release  response  jet_fuel 
7 days ago
Students and staff at Centennial Public School safe after reported chlorine leak
Ottawa Fire says hazmat teams are managing the scene of a reported chlorine leak at Centennial Public School on Gloucester St..

The school says chlorine fumes were detected shortly after 9:00 a.m. Tuesday and students and staff evacuated to the nearby Bronson centre.
School officials say they will not be able to return to classes Tuesday. Students are being sent home. Parents can pick up their kids at the Bronson Centre.
canada  education  release  response  chlorine 
7 days ago
Man arrested in connection with downtown Bremerton explosion
Police have arrested a 33-year-old man in connection with an "explosive device" that went off in downtown Bremerton on Oct. 31.

Bremerton police arrested the man on suspicion of "malicious explosion of a substance" and reckless endangerment, according to a Kitsap County courthouse notice. He is being held on $50,000 bail.

At about 1:45 p.m. Oct. 31, Bremerton police were called to an alleyway between Fifth and Sixth streets after reports of an explosion. No one was injured.

Washington State Patrol's Bomb Squad and the FBI were assisting BPD with the investigation. Police said last week that the final determination of the type of explosive would be determined by a laboratory, but reported evidence was consistent with "low explosive powder."

Part of the device dented an unoccupied vehicle nearby; other parts of the device traveled more than 100 feet and landed on a sidewalk on Sixth Street. The explosion set off car alarms and appeared to leave a mark on the pavement. Police reported it also caused a two-inch by two-inch chip in a nearby wall.
us_wa  public  explosion  follow-up  unknown_chemical 
7 days ago
Sioux Falls acid spill on purpose
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO.com) -- Dangerous hydrocholric acid was spilled - on purpose - on the floor of the Harvester Building on East Sixth in Sioux Falls.

Police Spokesman Sam Clemens says it was definitely intentional.

Firefighters in Hazmat suits had to clean it up.

No one was hurt. 

Police are trying to find out who did it.
us_SD  public  release  response  hcl 
7 days ago
UF student injured with minor chemical burns after spill in science building
A UF student got minor chemical burns after a chemical spill in a UF science building Monday afternoon.

The student was handling chemicals under a fume hood, a ventilation device that limits exposure to toxic gas, at the Biomedical Sciences Building, at 1275 Center Drive, when some of the chemicals spilled, said Gainesville Fire Rescue District Chief Joseph Shawn Hillhouse.

The student was taken to a hospital, and he is being treated for chemical burns, Hillhouse said. There were no other injuries.

University Police does not have any further information on the student’s condition other than his minor injuries, said Sgt. Tim Peck.
us_FL  laboratory  release  injury  unknown_chemical 
7 days ago
Employee suffers burns after explosion at Panda Express
KAILUA-KONA — A Panda Express employee was taken to the hospital for burn injuries after a suspected gas explosion around lunchtime Monday at Kona Commons.

Several businesses in the Kona Commons area were evacuated because of the explosion. Employees and business patrons were waiting in the parking lot as they watched personnel from the Hawaii Fire and Hawaii Police departments respond to the scene.

Police arrived on scene at 11:38 a.m. Fire crews were already on scene. Officer Travis Bumgardner said an employee told responders she smelled gas after a rice cooker dropped on the floor in the restaurant’s kitchen area. When she bent down to pick it up, the explosion occurred, burning her hands and arms.

She was taken to Kona Community Hospital for treatment. Hawaii Fire Department Battalion Chief John Whitman said a second person was also injured and treated.
us_HI  public  explosion  injury  natural_gas 
7 days ago
Bird e-scooter explodes in Mesa apartment as it was being charged
MESA, Ariz. (KSAZ) -- A woman who was charging a Bird e-scooter said the scooter exploded in a Mesa apartment over the weekend.

People may have seen the popular rental scooters around the Valley, and Brittany Harb said she charges the scooters to make extra money to pay for college, and to pay for her upcoming wedding. Harb said she never thought her side job would end up like this.  

Harb said the incident happened at around 7:00 a.m., and Mesa Fire officials said it happened on November 4th. The e-scooter can be seen, still smoldering, after he was brought outside of the apartment.

"There was a big bang," said Harb. "I thought something had just fallen over, so I didn't get up immediately. I did walk out about 10 minutes later, and walked out to a smoke-filled apartment."
us_AZ  public  explosion  response  batteries 
7 days ago
Chemical blast at Thane factory spurs panic
A chemical blast occured in an Ambernath factory in Morivali, MIDC area, on November 5 at around 2pm. There were 13 workers in the factory who were rescued and there were no injuries. As per the Thane district disaster management cell, the fire took place at around 2pm. "There was a blast in the reactor of Persia chemical company," says the official on conditions of anonymity. "Eight fire brigade vehicles from Ambernath municipal council, Ulhasnagar and Kalyan Dombivli reached the spot and the fire has been brought under control," he added.

There were 13 workers inside the company who quickly rushed out and were saved. As the chemical company is near the railway track, train services were delayed in the afternoon. "There were many boilers and solvents inside the company so it took us time to bring the fire under control," says an official from KDMC (Kalyan Dombivli municipal corporation) fire brigade. "The cooling work is on and it will take us two to three hours more," he said.
India  industrial  explosion  response  solvent 
7 days ago
HAZMAT on scene of chemical spill, Beresfield warehouse evacuated
HAZMAT crews have shutdown an area in Beresfield after a chemical spill.

Fire and Rescue crews were called after reports that 1000 litres of liquid form sodium hydroxide had escaped a storage container at a warehouse in Balbu Close, about 8.45am Monday.

On arrival at the scene crews discovered a container had ruptured after it was damaged by a vehicle, it what is suspected to be a workplace accident.

At least 600 litres of the substance had escaped the container, HAZMAT crews have since cordoned off the area.

More than 60 people were evacuated from the building and surrounding sites.
Australia  industrial  release  response  sodium_hydroxide 
9 days ago
Chemical spill in FAMU’s science lab
A chemical spill occurred Tuesday, Oct. 23 in a science lab on Florida A&M University’s campus. No injuries were reported and no hazardous threats were posed. The building had to be evacuated and cleared as a safety precaution.
The threat was quickly neutralized and students are back working in the lab.
The Environmental Safety Team, Tallahassee Police Department and Fire Department were called to make sure the building would be safe to enter again.
The spill occurred around noon in the Humphries Science Research Building while Bereket Mochona, an associate professor of organic chemistry, was conducting a chemical inventory check in one of his labs. Mochona noticed water was leaking in the refrigerator specifically catered to holding the chemicals.
“Usually I prepare the chemicals for students before they do their experiments,” Mochona said. “I noticed the refrigerator was having a malfunction and when I opened the refrigerator, water was leaking. One of my graduate students was in the lab and I told her to go to the library until I was finished cleaning it up.”
When Mochona began to take the chemicals out of the refrigerator to clean the spill, one of the containers spilled along the sink when he placed it on the counter.
The containers were filled with benzyl chloride, a colorless, reactive liquid and organochlorine compound commonly used as a chemical building block.
“At the time I tried to neutralize it with a chemical spill kit. But the fumes became stronger and that’s when I had to call Environmental Safety,” Mochona said.  
The fire alarm was pulled and people were told to leave through the emergency exit doors inside classrooms and labs.
us_FL  laboratory  release  response  other_chemical 
10 days ago
Flare shoots into the sky after a hydrocarbon pipe leak at Torrance refinery – Daily Breeze
A large column of fire shot up into the sky in Torrance on Saturday evening, after a crack in a hydrocarbon pipe caused a leak at the Torrance Refining Co. and the refinery burned gas with a flare.

A power outage at the refinery caused a rupture in the pipe, leading to the leak of hydrocarbon gas, said Steve Treskes, assistant chief at the Torrance Fire Department.

To avoid any further leak, Treskes said the refinery sent the gas through the flare, which shot up flames into the air for about 10 minutes.

“When you have a malfunction or break in the line, it’s safety procedure to send the product through a flare,” Treskes said.
us_CA  industrial  fire  response  petroleum 
10 days ago
Halloween experiment ignites into fireball in Georgia classroom Video
A teacher was using fire and a pumpkin when the blaze engulfed her, setting her hair on fire. She suffered minor injuries.
us_GA  education  fire  injury  unknown_chemical 
11 days ago
Endocrine Society Experts Question FDA's Statement on BPA
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) "jumped the gun" when it recently announced that the "authorized use" of the food packaging compound bisphenol A (BPA) continues to be safe for consumers despite study findings to the contrary, scientists with the Endocrine Society say.
What's more, the regulatory agency dismissed results from its own research findings in the Consortium Linking Academic and Regulatory Insights on BPA Toxicity (CLARITY-BPA) study, according to Laura N. Vandenberg, PhD, associate professor and graduate program director, School of Public Health and Health Sciences, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
us_MA  public  discovery  environmental  other_chemical 
11 days ago
Major Danish study identifies nine new EDCs
The Danish environment ministry has published a major study that identifies nine new substances as endocrine disruptors based on "solid scientific evidence".

The study, commissioned by the Danish EPA and carried out by researchers from the DTU Food Institute and the University of Southern Denmark, screened thousands of chemicals for endocrine-disrupting properties.

Bisphenol AF (BPAF), considered an alternative to bisphenol A (BPA), is amongst them. Earlier this year an NGO called on EU regulators to "phase out" the use of groups of similar chemicals to prevent substitution of one hazardous substance with a related one that has similar properties.

The nine chemicals identified as EDCs and their effects are:

bisphenol AF – humans and environment;
di-n-pentylphthalate – humans;
fenitrothion – humans;
isobutyl paraben – humans;
octamethylcyclotetrasiloxane (D4) – humans;
prochloraz – humans and environment;
triclocarban – humans;
tris(methylphenyl) phosphate – humans; and
salicylic acid – humans.
Denmark  public  discovery  environmental  other_chemical 
11 days ago
Bremerton alley explosion was 'some sort of firework'
BREMERTON -- Police are waiting on results from a laboratory to determine the type of explosive device that detonated Wednesday near downtown, but reported Thursday it was some sort of firework.

Though early reports from investigators at the scene said the device may have been a "sparkler bomb," Bremerton Police Lt. Aaron Elton told the Kitsap Sun that investigators determined it was not a "sparkler bomb."

More:'Explosive device' detonates in downtown Bremerton

"Sparkler bombs" are explosives made from combining legal fireworks.

The boom, reported at about 1:45 p.m., was heard blocks away, setting off car alarms and leaving a small amount of damage to a car and wall in the alley where it detonated. No injuries were reported, but parts of the explosive flew across Sixth Street and landed on a sidewalk.
us_WA  public  explosion  response  fireworks 
11 days ago
Wyoming High School to stay closed Friday after chemicals spark small explosion
A small chemical fire prompted an early dismissal at Wyoming High School, fire officials said.

According to Fire Chief Dennis Brown, a chemical fire broke in a chemical closet between two of the school's chemistry classrooms Thursday morning.

"Due to water damage from the use of the sprinkler system this morning, Wyoming High School will be closed tomorrow, Nov. 2." Suzy Henke, school district spokeswoman, said.

Henke said the chemical reaction occurred when a chemical was being disposed of in the chemical receptacle in a small room outside the classroom. Chemicals were not being mixed at the time and did not spill, according to Henke.
us_oh  laboratory  fire  response  unknown_chemical 
11 days ago
2 Arrested After Quincy College Hazmat Incident
QUINCY (WBZ-AM) -- Two people were arrested after they allegedly opened a pepper spray can in Quincy College's student lounge, leaving six people sick and causing the building to be evacuated on Halloween night.

Quincy Police said on their Facebook page that Hannah Craig, 18, of Medford, and Samani Freeman, 19, of Mattapan, were seen on security cameras on the lounge's third floor using a can of pepper spray. They now face several charges, including two counts of assault and battery with a deadly weapon and disorderly conduct.

Fire officials responded to the building on Hancock Street around 5:30 p.m. for reports of a woman who had trouble breathing and pain in her side. In total, six people complained of similar symptoms, including trouble breathing, dizziness, coughing, and itchy skin. The building was evacuated, and determined safe around 9 p.m.
us_MA  education  release  injury  pepper_spray 
12 days ago
Smoke-filled room delays classes at Monadnock Thursday morning
SWANZEY CENTER — School was delayed slightly this morning at Monadnock Regional Middle/High School when smoke filled a storage space in one of the school's science rooms.

The Swanzey Fire Department was called to the school at about 6:30 a.m., after an unidentified science teacher doused a small fire that ignited while he was preparing a science experiment for today's classes, Fire Chief Norman W. Skantze said. Some paper ignited as candles were being melted for the experiment, and the teacher extinguished the fire, Skantze said.

The fire alarm sounded and arriving teachers and students who were already in the building evacuated. Firefighters cleared out the smoke, and students and staff were allowed to return at about 7:45 a.m.
us_nh  laboratory  fire  response  paper 
12 days ago
LA investigates after container explodes
A bomb squad investigation has taken place at the Port of Los Angeles after a shipping container exploded on Tuesday 30 October.

The Los Angeles Fire Department said the container carrying scrap metal exploded due to an “unknown cause” and that no injuries were reported.

“No vehicle involvement or active flame” was the conclusion of the LA Fire Department, which stated that “LAFD HazMat specialists responded and had no significant findings.”

The explosion at the Evergreen Terminal involved one of ten dockside containers filled with scrap metal from local recycling yards that were being exported, said port spokesperson Phillip Sanford.
us_CA  industrial  explosion  response  metals 
13 days ago
Crews Respond to Lithium Fire at MilliporeSigma Plant
A lithium fire broke out Tuesday night at the MilliporeSigma plant in Wilson, WI, drawing a response from several fire departments in the area and a hazmat team, local news organizations reported. T

Firefighters were called to the scene at about 9:15 p.m. The cause of the fire remains unknown, but no injuries were reported during the incident, coverage by Fox News affiliate WITI said.

Reports said the facility produces chemicals for consumer electronics, lightbulbs, and personal care products. 
us_WI  industrial  fire  response  unknown_chemical 
13 days ago
Teenager to face court on drug charges after drug lab in UC residence explodes
A 19-year-old man will face the ACT Magistrates Court charged with manufacturing a controlled drug, following an explosion which forced a section of a University of Canberra student residence to be evacuated on Tuesday night (30 October).

Around 8 pm, emergency services along with ACT Criminal Investigations, AFP Forensics and AFP Bomb Response responded to reports of an explosion at the University of Canberra’s Cooper Lodge.

The teenager was transported to hospital and a section of the residence was evacuated.

Following an examination of the scene, police determined that the room was being used as a clandestine laboratory. Investigators recovered drug-related paraphernalia from the scene, including quantities of chemicals as well as a notebook with the chemical formula for MDMA.
Australia  public  explosion  injury  illegal  clandestine_lab 
13 days ago
Small chemical spill causes evacuation of Kansas State University's Burt Hall; 2 evaluated for possible exposure
A small chemical spill Wednesday afternoon caused evacuation of Kansas State University’s Burt Hall while Manhattan Fire Department crews checked the building, the fire department said.

The department in a news release said crews were dispatched just before 3 p.m. to Burt Hall, 1220 N. 17th St., on a report of a chemical spill. When they arrived, they found a small chemical container on the second floor had overpressurized.

Burt Hall was evacuated as a precaution while crews identified and neutralized the chemical.

Two people possibly exposed to the chemical were evaluated by Riley County EMS, then released, according to the fire department.

Crews determined the building was safe and cleared the scene about 5 p.m.

Manhattan Fire said its Hazardous Materials Team was assisted by K-State Environmental Health and Safety
us_KS  laboratory  discovery  response  unknown_chemical 
13 days ago
It wasn't an explosion that burned workers at Del. City Refinery, fire marshal now says
Something happened on Tuesday at the Delaware City Refinery that sent three contractors to a special burn unit at Crozer Medical Center, yet neither the facility's owner, PBF Energy, nor the state is releasing many details.

On Wednesday, Chief Deputy State Fire Marshal Robert Fox retracted his initial statement that had described the event as an explosion. 

In an emailed statement, Fox said, "Further investigation revealed that what was originally described as an explosion was actually a release of heated product under pressure."

"The plant suffered no damage and no down time of equipment," he said.

Fox did not respond to questions about where initial information about an explosion came from, what kind of "heated product" caused the burns, or how it was released. 

Four hours before the retraction, PBF Energy President Matt Lucey defiantly called news reports of the event at his company's facility "extraordinary misreporting."
us_DE  industrial  release  injury  unknown_chemical 
13 days ago
It’s time to switch over to green firecrackers
From this ‘Diwali’ people will not get firecrackers bearing pictures of deities, film actors, actresses etc. The popular firecrackers like ‘Laxmi Bomb’, ‘Vishnu Bomb’, ‘Sutali Bomb’, ‘Fulzadi’, ‘Taj Mahal’, ‘Popat’ brands, ‘Anar’ etc. will become history soon.  Efforts are on to introduce non-polluting, less sound creating and scientifically  structured firecrackers like SWAS (Safe Water Releaser), SAFAL (Safe Minimal Aluminium) and STAR (Safe Thermite Crackers). Thanks to the laboratories and scientists working under the umbrella of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) across the country conducting research.

In a good news to the citizens, scientists have developed ‘Green Firecrackers’ which can be used from this Diwali.
India  public  discovery  environmental  fireworks 
13 days ago
Baytown students learn about fire safety from chemical plant volunteers
Chevron Phillips Chemical surprised Crockett Elementary students in Goose Creek CISD with a special campus visit for Fire Prevention Week. More than 350 students in pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, first and second grades received a first-hand lesson in fire safety and emergency response thanks to members of Chevron Phillips Chemical’s Emergency Response Team in Baytown who volunteered to visit the school.

 The students were able to see and touch one of the petrochemical plant’s in-house fire trucks and learn about its safety equipment and hear its emergency horn blow. They were also introduced to a firefighter’s safety clothing while several students were able to try on the jacket and hat. Volunteers also demonstrated the use of a fire extinguisher and talked about the importance of calling 9-1-1, what to do in case of a fire, and how to perform the stop-drop-and-roll technique. Students took home red, plastic firefighter hats and coloring books as souvenirs from the event.
us_TX  public  discovery  environmental  petroleum 
13 days ago
Combustible Dust Fires and Explosions: Recent Data and Lessons Learned
Fires and explosions in facilities that handle combustible dust remain an ongoing focus of process safety efforts across many areas of the chemical process industries (CPI). But how many dust-related safety incidents occur each year? This question is a major driver behind the formation of the Combustible Dust Incident Database (CDID; Halifax, N.S., Canada; www.dustsafetyscience.com). Created in 2016, the CDID features a twice-yearly report on fires and explosions having to do with combustible dusts. The CDID is an online portal with the purpose of reporting, tracking and generating lessons learned from fire and explosion incidents around the world. The database is meant as a tool for technical decision makers to anticipate upcoming difficulties and process safety trends in their industries, and to give the powder-handing community a platform to measure and manage combustible dust hazards.

The information collected and tabulated on combustible-dust incidents in the CDID is now helping to determine trends and tendencies in the materials, industries and equipment involved with these hazards.

This article outlines the findings from the incident reporting completed to date. Comparisons are made between the CDID information and historical combustible-dust explosion data within the U.S. Also, an overview of the personal and financial loss resulting from these types of incidents is provided.
Canada  industrial  discovery  environmental  dust 
13 days ago
Multiple injuries after hazmat incident at Oakwood Beach Wastewater Treatment Plant
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- The FDNY reported multiple minor injuries after a hazmat incident at the Oakwood Beach Wastewater Treatment Plant Tuesday afternoon.

Emergency personnel initially responded to the scene at around 2:10 p.m. for reports of a contamination incident, a spokeswoman for the FDNY said.

Seven people were treated for minor injuries. The incident was placed under control by 2:53 p.m., and personnel were investigating for further exposure, the spokeswoman said.

A spokesman for the New York City Department of Environmental Protection, which operates the facility, said there was a “small chemical reaction in the laboratory,” and that six people were taken to the hospital with no interruption to plant operations.
us_NY  laboratory  release  injury  water_treatment 
14 days ago
Mumbai: Blast at chemical waste dump in Taloja MIDC; 1 hurt
Mumbai: A worker was injured in an explosion at the Taloja Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) area of Navi Mumbai on Monday morning. Police said the incident occurred at 8.15am, when the JCB machine, was digging a hole to dispose of toxic chemical waste. JCB machine’s excavator bucket hit the drum it was going to bury, resulting in a blast. The tremors caused were felt in the nearby villages, as far as Kalyan.

“The explosion was so massive, the JCB machine flew right out of the pit and landed upside down, a few metres from it,” said supervisor Vidyakant Mishra. “Since I was away checking other operations, I escaped unhurt. However, the JCB machine driver , Santosh Patil, 42, sustained serious injuries,” said Mishra.

The industrial waste collected from Mumbai and neighbouring places is dumped on Taloja MIDC land. Police said on Monday, when workers were dumping the chemicals that had been separated from the industrial waste on land owned by the Mumbai Waste Management Ltd, they realised there was an emission from one of the drums.
India  industrial  explosion  injury  toxics  waste 
14 days ago
Police identify chemical found in death investigation
MANISTEE — Police identified the hazardous chemical found during a death investigation at First Street Beach over the weekend.

Authorities were called to First Street Beach around 9 a.m on Sunday, when a couple found a man lying unresponsive on a cot, near the water’s edge.

Tim Kozal, Manistee director of public safety, said sodium azide was contained in a white bottle inside of the 27-year-old Mancelona man’s vehicle. His vehicle was impounded, and a search led to the discovery of the toxic chemical.

On Sunday, emergency responders were decontaminated and evaluated at Munson Healthcare Manistee Hospital. One officer was kept overnight and released on Monday.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, sodium azide is a rapidly acting chemical that can be deadly when mixed with water or an acid and exists as an odorless, white solid.
us_MI  public  follow-up  death  sodium_azide  toxics 
14 days ago
First Responders Decontaminated After Body Found at Manistee Beach – MI News 26 & MI TV 12
A Hazmat team was called in and first responders decontaminated after a body was found on a Manistee beach.
Sunday, police and rescue crews responded to the First St. Beach for the reports of a body being found.
Once on scene, responders found the body of a 27 year-old Mancelona man at the beach.

During their investigation, hazardous chemicals were found and, as a precaution, officials were decontaminated and evaluated.
One officer was also admitted to Munson Manistee overnight as a precaution, but all others were released Sunday.
A Hazmat team and industrial environmental experts looked into and cleaned the man’s belongings that may have been exposed to chemicals.
There is currently no threat to the public, but those with information are asked to contact the police at 231-723-2533.
us_MI  public  discovery  response  unknown_chemical 
15 days ago
Man Accused of Dumping Mercury Down Drains Appears in Court
A man pleaded not guilty Monday to felony charges of illegally disposing hazardous materials as related hazmat investigations spanned throughout the county.
The Environmental Protection Agency told NBC 7 the man was trying to extract gold from ore and other metals using mercury and illegally disposed the material.
Michael Starr, 49, left a short-term rental house in Pacific Beach in disarray in early October, according to prosecutors.
When clean-up crews came in, they noticed awful smells coming from the oven and called the police.
While bomb and arson investigators found no threat, law enforcement found signs of mercury having been illegally disposed down drains and in trash chutes.
Prosecutors said Starr also contaminated a house on La Jolla Farms Road with mercury.
Starr cooperated and led law enforcement to Golden Triangle Self Storage in Sorrento Valley, where he was storing mercury and other chemicals.
us_CA  public  follow-up  response  illegal  mercury 
15 days ago
Senator criticises TSCA implementation as a 'remarkable disaster'
The implementation of the amended TSCA under the Trump administration has been a "remarkable disaster" according to one of the architects of the 2016 legislation that updated the law.

Speaking at a 19 October forum hosted by Harvard's public health school, Senator Tom Udall (D–Arizona) said passage of the Frank R Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act put in place a law that began the process of fixing "a chemical safety law that was broken".

But despite the new law being strong, the Trump administration had been trying to "roll back what TSCA is trying to do". This, Mr Udall said, undermined its very purpose: to implement a system to protect science and public health.

What is important, he said, "isn't just the law, it's the implementation of the law, and it's the regulations that specifically focus in on the science and the public health – making sure we get all of it right."
public  follow-up  environmental 
15 days ago
Hazmat Situation At Orlando Bakery Forces Dozens To Evacuate
ORLANDO, FL — Dozens of workers were evacuated from a baking company Sunday morning due to a carbon monoxide alarm and at least one person was taken away from the building with chest pains. A Hazardous materials team has been sent to Turano Florida Bun on the 100 block of Martin Brower Road, Orange County Fire Rescue told Patch.

Forty people were forced to leave the address. Further details weren't immediately available.

According to the business's website, the bakery makes artisan breads including ciabatta and focaccia, as well as a variety of rolls. The breads are delivered every day throughout the Chicago area and the country.

Turano did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment. No one at the company answered the phone Sunday afternoon.
us_FL  public  release  response  carbon_monoxide 
16 days ago
60 Minutes: Exploding, faulty Takata airbags put Australians at risk
Almost a million drivers on Australian roads are at a huge safety risk due to dodgy airbags that have been described as “ticking time bombs”.

Even in the most minor of fender benders, these cheap airbags can explode without warning, sending shards of metal at 300km/h into unsuspecting drivers and passengers, resulting in horrific injuries and even death.

The airbags, produced by a major automotive parts company called Takata, contain the volatile and unstable — yet cheap — chemical, ammonium nitrate. It is in no other airbags.
Australia  transportation  discovery  environmental  ammonium_nitrate 
16 days ago
Investigators pinpoint cause of Onondaga inferno
TOWN OF ONONDAGA, N.Y. — Authorities say chemical supplies contributed to a fire and explosion that engulfed a home in the Town of Onondaga earlier this week.
Onondaga County Sheriff's deputies say contractors had chemical supplies on the front porch where the flames and blast started. It broke out around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday morning on Holmes Road near Amber Road.
Deputies say the fire appears to be an accident, sparked by spontaneous combustion. "It happens when a combustible material is heated to its ignition temperature by a chemical reaction involving the oxygen in the air around the material.," Sgt. Jon Seeber told CNYCentral. "This heating process is known as self-heating."
us_NY  industrial  follow-up  response  unknown_chemical 
18 days ago
Man suffers major burns in Weston Ranch honey oil lab explosion
STOCKTON — One man suffered major burns to his body when a honey oil lab caused an explosion at a home in the Weston Ranch neighborhood, authorities reported.

The Stockton Fire Department received multiple calls about a garage fire shortly before 4 p.m. Thursday at a home in the 2300 block of Stern Place.

Firefighters arrived to the home and noticed there was heavy fire coming from the garage and smoke flowing out from the front door, which was wide open, said Stockton Fire Department spokesman Jeff Whitlock.

One man, who was not identified, was taken to UC Davis Medical Center to be treated for burns, according to officials.
us_CA  public  explosion  injury  clandestine_lab 
18 days ago
Firefighters' organizations will fight cancer risk
Studies show that firefighters are more likely than civilians to be diagnosed with cancer, but various local organizations are teaming up in hopes of reducing that risk.

LUMBERTON — Firefighters’ health and safety risks are myriad, and cancer is one that doesn’t go away when the battle with a blaze is won.

After the fire is out, firefighters can take steps to mitigate the potential harm of carcinogens found in soot and smoke — and various local organizations are teaming up to encourage them to follow through.

Studies by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health show that firefighters are 9 percent more likely than civilians to be diagnosed with cancer, and 14 percent more likely to die from the illness, according to a news release by the Burlington County Fire Chiefs’ Association.

“Firefighters are exposed to a variety of potential chemical carcinogens at the scene of a fire and its aftermath,” said pulmonologist Navdeep Brar, of Deborah Heart and Lung Center in Pemberton Township.
us_NJ  industrial  discovery  environmental  other_chemical 
18 days ago
Chemical reaction in Seneca high science lab causes small fire
SENECA, S.C. (FOX CAROLINA) Oconee County school district officials said there was an explosion in a Seneca high science lab Friday.

Officials said a chemical reaction caused a beaker to burst. 

The reaction set off a fire alarm, alerting the fire department. Officials said one student did cut their hand on broken glass and was being treated by a doctor. 

Afterward, a teacher and AP were cleaning up a science lab when a reaction to water caused a small fire to start. The fire was quickly extinguished using a fire extinguisher. 

No students were in the classroom during the event. 

The room will be cleaned over the weekend and ready to use by Monday, said officials. 
us_SC  laboratory  explosion  injury  unknown_chemical 
18 days ago
Two firefighters hospitalized following fire at MARTA battery maintenance facility
ATLANTA - Fire crews responded to a MARTA battery facility Friday morning, after flames broke out, according to officials.

Two firefighters were transported to the hospital as a precaution due to chemical inhalation, Atlanta Fire and Rescue said. 

 The Hazmat Unit, Georgia Power, and MARTA officials also went to the scene. 
us_GA  industrial  fire  injury  batteries 
18 days ago
Chevron reaches $160 million settlement over refinery accidents
Chevron and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Justice, and the Mississippi Department of the Environment announced on Oct. 25 a settlement worth more than $160 million to resolve claims that the company violated provisions of the Clean Air Act.

The violations center on the act’s risk management plan provisions, which are triggered by accidental releases of hazardous chemicals with serious consequences for human health and the environment.

The accidental releases occurred at Chevron refineries in Richmond, Calif.; Pascagoula, Miss.; and El Segundo, Calif., in 2012 and 2013. Combined, the incidents caused the death of one worker, endangered 19 others, and induced 15,000 residents to seek medical aid.

The agreement calls for Chevron to spend $150 million to replace piping, institute new operating parameters and alarms for safer operations, improve piping inspections, and improve inspection training.

At the Richmond refinery, failure to replace a long-ignored corroded pipe led to a fire and community evacuation in 2012, according to an investigation by the U.S. Chemical Safety Board. The accident and CSB investigation led to an overhaul of California refinery regulations.

Chevron will also conduct a pilot study of safety controls and make safety improvements at all its U.S. refineries. The company will pay a $3 million civil penalty and implement supplemental environmental projects worth more than $10 million for fire and emergency response equipment in communities near Chevron refineries in California, Mississippi, and Utah, as well as a refinery formerly owned by Chevron in Hawaii.
us_CA  industrial  follow-up  environmental  other_chemical 
18 days ago
T&TEC investigates fire at Scarborough Secondary
T&TEC officials, TT Fire Services and electrical technicians from the Division of Infrastructure, Quarries and the Environment (DIQE) on Tuesday visited Scarborough Secondary after a fire broke out in one of the classrooms on Sunday night. According to Tobago TTUTA representative, Orlando Kerr, security at the school extinguished the fire before it got out of control. Students were sent home on Tuesday and school was closed yesterday as there were additional reports of electrical outlets sparking. The DIQE electrician was dispatched to carry out a further inspection of the school plant to ensure its safety before students return to classes.

Kerr said he was pleased so far with the Division of Education’s handling of the situation.

“Yes, because school was dismissed and students removed from the compound. There has been issues with the electrical system in the past because the school is very old and we’ve called for it to be relocated. There weren’t any fires (previously) but there have been issues with low voltage with AC units etcetera,” he said.

Scarborough was not the only school closed yesterday, as Goodwood Secondary’s students were also told to stay home.

Jacqueline Job of the Division of Education, said while they would have preferred to avoid closing the schools, this action was necessary.

Goodwood Secondary’s closure was done for the disposal of unused chemicals in the school’s science lab as well as sanitization of an administrative block which experienced leakage due to a broken water line in the science lab. The Division of Education said officials from CARIRI have been engaged to conduct testing in the labs at Goodwood Secondary.

The Division of Education said the safety of all the island’s students is of paramount importance to them.
Trinidad_and_Tobago  laboratory  fire  response  waste 
19 days ago
Woburn Building Evacuated For HazMat Incident
WOBURN, MA -- A building on 6th Road in Woburn was evcuated just after noon on Thursday as rescue personnel responded to a level three hazardous materials spill. According to scanner reports, one of 24, five-gallon containers of hydrogen chloride being stored on site was leaking.

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Proection was on scene as of 12:55 pm. Boston Solar and Barbour Stockwell are among the companies listed as being located at the address.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, Level 3 is the most serious classification for HazMat incidents. A Level 3 incidents are "beyond the capabilities of a single state or regional response team and requires additional assistance. Level 3 incidents can require resources from state and federal agencies and private industry. These incidents generally pose extreme, immediate, and/or long-term risk to the environment and public health."
us_MA  industrial  release  response  HCl 
19 days ago
Worker dies after being pinned by machine at Alberta chemical plant
RED DEER, ALTA.—An investigation by Occupational Health and Safety is underway after a worker was killed in an accident at an Alberta plant operated by Dow Canada.

The department says the accident happened sometime between Tuesday evening and early Wednesday morning at a polyethylene plant northeast of Red Deer.

Occupational Health and Safety is investigating after a worker was killed in an accident at a Red Deer, Alta. plant operated by Dow Canada.

Trent Bancarz, an OHS spokesman, says the 47-year-old man was pinned by a machine he was using.

The equipment — known as a drum dumper — loads material into a hopper.
Canada  industrial  release  death  other_chemical 
19 days ago
Chemical spill shuts down streets near Rhinegeist
UPDATE 11:16 a.m.: The Cincinnati Fire Department has completed its mitigation at Rhinegeist and all local roads have reopened.

The Cincinnati Fire Department is responding to a chemical spill at Rhinegeist Brewery in Over-the-Rhine, which has shut down nearby roads and impacted bus and streetcar service.

Cincinnati Fire & EMS tweeted Wednesday morning that units are on the scene of a chemical spill near Elm and Henry streets in Over-the-Rhine. They said there are no injuries and no need for evacuation. The fire department tweeted that the scene is stable.

Rhinegeist co-founder Bob Bonder said the brewery suffered a minor spill and evacuated the building as a precaution. He said nobody was hurt and the spill did not impact the brewery's production.

Bonder said the spill happened over the brewery's chemical pad, which is a treated concrete pad where chemicals are stored, along with drainage so any spill situation can be contained. Because the spill happened over the pad, the brewery was evacuated as a precaution. The chemicals are used for cleaning.
us_OH  industrial  release  response  unknown_chemical 
20 days ago
Missouri landfill operator sues for help with EPA cleanup
ST. LOUIS — The operator of a suburban St. Louis landfill where an underground fire smolders near illegally dumped radioactive waste is suing the drugmaker whose predecessor processed the Cold War-era nuclear material.

Bridgeton Landfill LLC seeks help paying for the $205 cleanup of the Superfund site in the lawsuit filed Tuesday against Mallinckrodt LLC, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported . The suit says Mallinckrodt’s predecessor, Mallinckrodt Chemical Works, refined uranium compounds that were used in the U.S. government’s Manhattan Project decades ago at its factory north of downtown St. Louis.

Later, leached barium sulfate from the weapons program was mixed with contaminated soil and used to cover trash at the West Lake Landfill, which is adjacent to the smoldering Bridgeton Landfill. Republic Services, which subsequently acquired both landfills through a merger, has spent millions of dollars to ensure that the fire and the nuclear waste don’t meet.

The Environmental Protection Agency’s remedy calls for excavating about 70 percent of the landfill’s radioactive waste and disposing of it out of state. The agency identified the landfill operator as one of three potentially responsible parties. Mallinckrodt was not among them, although it has been named in more than 140 federal lawsuits filed on behalf of north St. Louis County residents and heirs who claimed exposure to radioactive waste caused cancers and deaths.
us_MO  industrial  follow-up  environmental  radiation  waste 
20 days ago
No charges for UI student in flaming-alcohol accident at frat
URBANA — In order to get insurance to pay for injuries to a University of Illinois student who was burned by a friend during an alcohol-fueled mishap, the state will not file criminal charges against the friend.

University of Illinois police had issued Erik Beitel, 21, a senior in computer science, a notice to appear in court Thursday for possible criminal charges stemming from a Sept. 27 drinking-related accident at his fraternity.

State’s Attorney Julia Rietz said Wednesday she has decided not to file reckless-conduct charges against Beitel because the UI’s disciplinary system is dealing with him and because his parents’ homeowner’s insurance policy will not cover the victim’s injuries if Beitel is criminally charged.

Rietz said she’s been in contact with the injured student’s family and they also prefer that no criminal charges be filed against Beitel so that his family’s insurance can help with the expense of caring for their son, a 19-year-old UI freshman.

About 11 p.m. that Thursday, Champaign firefighters and UI police were called to the Kappa Delta Rho fraternity, 1110 S. Second St., C, where two young men had reportedly been burned.

A Champaign Fire Department investigative report said a group of people were in a second-floor room with Beitel, preparing to drink flaming shots of Everclear and Jagermeister.

The report said Beitel told a fire investigator he poured Jagermeister, a hard liquor, into a shot glass, then poured Everclear, a grain alcohol, on top.
us_IL  education  fire  injury  ethanol  illegal 
20 days ago
AFCEC Releases Water Sampling Results Near Cannon AFB; Clarifies Sampling Area
CANNON AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. (KAMR/KCIT) - The United States Air Force has released its results from an inspection to determine if chemical compounds from firefighting foam used a Cannon Air Force Base is contaminating off-base drinking water supplies.

According to the Air Force Civil Engineer Center, 25 drinking water sources near the southeast corner of the installation were sampled.

Officials said they found thee locations where found where Perfluorooctane Sulfonate (PFOS) and Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA) concentrations in drinking water exceeded an Environmental Protection Agency lifetime health advisory of 70 parts per trillion. 

The Air Force told us they have provided alternate drinking water at those locations.

Air Force officials told us two private wells had detectable levels of PFOS/PFOA below the EPA's lifetime health advisory, and the AFCEC will continue to monitor those wells to ensure levels remain below that level.

Officials also said 20 wells did not have detectable levels of either contaminant.
us_NM  public  release  response  other_chemical 
20 days ago
Chevron To Improve Safety Following Settlement With Epa
Chevron will spend more than $150 million on safety upgrades throughout its domestic production network as part of a settlement reached with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, EPA officials announced today.

The settlement was reached after an investigation that was prompted initially by a 2012 chemical release at Chevron's refinery in Richmond.

An estimated 15,000 people sought medical attention after a fire at the refinery released high-temperature hydrocarbons on Aug. 6, 2012, according to the EPA.

County officials issued a shelter-in-place warning due to environmental conditions, and 19 employees were endangered as a result of the fire and chemical release.
us_CA  industrial  follow-up  environmental 
20 days ago
Delaware history: Amoco plant explosion kills 6 near New Castle
Almost 40 years ago this week, an explosion caused by a gas leak killed six people at an Amoco chemical plant south of New Castle. 

The explosion on Oct. 21, 1980, injured almost 30 people, blew pollutants into the surrounding marsh, broke windows for miles and ended the 20-year run for the Amoco plant. 

The official cause of the blast was later determined to be a propylene gas leak from an improperly serviced valve. Five employees died that day, and another died in the hospital in December. Twenty-seven others were hurt. 
us_DE  industrial  follow-up  death  other_chemical 
20 days ago
Denmark to clamp down on chemical-containing toys
Minister for the Environment and Food Jakob Ellemann-Jensen and Business Minister Rasmus Jarlov are to beef up legal framework against companies and suppliers who sell dangerous toys.

Rule changes will mean that complaints can be pursued whenever toys containing hazardous substances are sold, regardless of whether the seller was aware of the issue at the time of sale.

Currently, prosecution is only possible when sellers willingly sell unsafe toys.

“In future it will also be possible to punish companies that are slack with safety,” Ellemann-Jensen said via a press statement.

“As such, companies will be increasingly responsible for what they sell,” the minister added.

Jarlov said he expected retailers and importers of toy products to improve practice as tighter rules are introduced.
Denmark  public  discovery  environmental  unknown_chemical 
20 days ago
Chemical Safety Board moves to act on combustible dust
After years of urging the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to act to prevent combustible dust explosions and fires, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board is asking for feedback about the management and control of combustible dust.

Specifically, the call comes as the CSB is investigating a May 2017 explosion at the Didion Milling facility in Wisconsin, which killed five employees.

The CSB announced the “Call to Action: Combustible Dust” Wednesday morning. The call is out to anyone who works around dust, including inspectors and workers.

“With this publication, the CSB aims to spearhead actionable dialogue between industry, regulator, workforce, and others to achieve safety improvements in the management and control of combustible dust beyond regulatory promulgation,” the CSB said in the announcement.

The CSB is an independent, nonregulatory agency tasked with investigating the root cause of chemical incidents. It’s also tasked with proposing ways to prevent future ones.

In the call to action, the CSB asks for feedback about what constitutes an acceptable dust level, as well as challenges in maintaining industry standards, among other things.

There were 281 combustible dust incidents between 1980 and 2005, according to a report released in 2006. According to CSB data, there were 105 combustible dust incidents between 2006 and 2017.
public  follow-up  environmental  dust 
20 days ago
Delhi's landfill burns for 3rd day, turns air quality severe
New Delhi, Oct 23 (IANS): The fire that started at the sprawling Bhalaswa landfill site here on Sunday is continuing for the third day on Tuesday, while a very poor quality air is choking Delhi.

The fire-services said that while four tenders are already trying to douse the fire, two more have been sent to the site. Municipal engineers said they have procured more debris to cover the exposed area to extinguish the fire.

The inferno on Delhi's second largest un-engineered mountain of garbage started due to gaseous fumes. The 40 m tall oversaturated landfill that spreads over 50 acres is located amid one of the most populated regions of Delhi.

"The fire usually starts due to formation of methane gas within the layers of garbage," Sanjay Jain, Engineer, Department of Environment Maintenance Services (DEMS) at North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC), told IANS.
India  public  fire  response  methane 
21 days ago
Canton Fire: Three Workers Taken To Hospital After Haz-Mat Emergency
Three town workers were taken to a hospital Tuesday after they breathed in noxious fumes at the Canton transfer station, fire officials said.

Shortly before 8 a.m., a chemical reaction in a Dumpster at the transfer station at 202 Ramp Road released some sort of vapor that the three workers inhaled, Deputy Fire Chief Ryan Kerr said.

“The haz mat team believed it’s a combination of some kind of acid and motor oil,” he said.

The Connecticut Capitol Region Hazardous Materials Response Team was called in, Kerr said.

Neither Kerr nor Sylvia Cancela, spokeswoman for the Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department, would describe the workers’ injuries, but Cancela said firefighters were told the three workers were taken to the hospital “out of an abundance of caution.”
us_CT  industrial  release  injury  petroleum  waste 
21 days ago
TFD responds to chemical spill at FAMU
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Florida A&M University reported there was a chemical spill at the Science Research Building on Tuesday. 

In an text alert at 1:48 p.m., FAMU officials stated that the Tallahassee Fire Department responded to a chemical spill at their Science Research Building and cleared the building. 

FAMU said there is no hazardous threat at this time and the building is currently being aired out. 

Officials are asking people to not enter the building until further notice. 
us_FL  laboratory  release  response  unknown_chemical 
21 days ago
Sivakasi stares at uncertainty as SC bans Fire crackers
The multi-crore fireworks industry in Sivakasi was hoping for a relief from the Supreme Court, but the judgement delivered on Tuesday with regard to use of fire crackers has left the manufacturers worried about their future.

The court’s ban on use of a chemical known as barium nitrate has come as a bolt from the blue for fireworks manufacturers in Sivakasi, which accounts for 90% of fire crackers produced in the country. If the ban on the chemical is enforced, 75% of the products will have to be stopped since the chemical is a crucial ingredient in fire crackers, manufacturers say.

Tamil Nadu Fireworks and Amorces Manufacturers Association (TANFAMA), the parent body of fireworks manufacturers, is mulling moving a review petition before the court to lift the ban on the use of barium nitrate.

K Mariappan, general secretary of TANFAMA, told DH that the organisation would also seek the help of Petroleum and Explosives Safety Organisation (PESO) in moving the apex court. “We have no other option left before us. We will certainly move the court seeking to lift the ban. In this process, we will involve PESO and Tamil Nadu government. Barium nitrate is indispensable for the industry and we cannot produce a majority of the fire crackers without using the chemical,” Mariappan told DH.
India  public  discovery  environmental  fireworks  barium 
21 days ago
More than 100 people evacuated after medical lab catches fire...
SAN ANTONIO - More than 100 people were evacuated from a KCI building Tuesday afternoon after a fire broke out at the medical lab.

When crews arrived, they had to use extreme caution because they initially did not know what type of chemical with which they were dealing. Hazmat was called to the scene as a precaution.

The chemical was later identified to be Dermisol, and crews were cleared to put out the fire.

“What we found was a small fire that was electrical in nature and went into a fume hood. It caused a little bit of a reaction with this chemical, and that's what caused all the alarms to go off and the evacuation process began,” said Woody Woodward, with the San Antonio Fire Department.
us_TX  laboratory  fire  response  other_chemical 
21 days ago
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