Tests come back ‘negative’ from Niagara Falls hazmat scene – The Buffalo News
Biological and chemical tests taken at the scene of a Dec. 14 raid at a Niagara Falls residence where 21 police officers and federal agents got sick did not find a cause, authorities said in a joint statement released Thursday morning.

"All collected materials have been tested, both biological and chemical, with negative results," according to the statement from the FBI Buffalo office and Niagara County Sheriff's Office.

Thirty-nine members of local and federal law enforcement conducted a raid at 4 Packard Court. Authorities arrested 28-year-old Jeffrey Richards, after finding cocaine, heroin, marijuana, 10 guns, ammunition and an improvised explosive device, according to authorities.

In the days that followed, 21 people who were at the scene developed a variety of "flu-like" symptoms, officials said. Eighteen others did not get sick.

On Dec. 26, the 914th Air Force Reserve and Niagara County Hazmat went into the residence to take samples for testing.

"Currently, FBI Buffalo and the Niagara County Sheriff's Office are working with the Niagara County Department of Health as it conducts an incident review as to the specific symptoms and illnesses developed after the Dec. 14, 2018, activity at Packard Court," the statement said. "If the incident review results in definitive findings we will release them to the community."
us_NY  public  follow-up  response  illegal  clandestine_lab 
Fire rescue responds to pepper spray incident at G. Holmes Braddock High School – WSVN 7News
SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) - Miami-Dade Fire Rescue crews responded to a pepper spray incident at G. Holmes Braddock High School.

Several Fire Rescue trucks and ambulances could be seen outside the school, located at 3601 SW 147th Ave., in Southwest Miami-Dade, late Thursday morning.

According to school officials, the container was somehow accidentally sprayed during a biology class after a student reached inside her backpack.

“When our first unit arrived, they found there to be multiple patients complaining of symptoms of their eyes being irritated and other similar symptoms,” said MDFR Lt. Kristen Miller.

The teacher and students inside the classroom were all evaluated and nobody needed to be transported to the hospital.
us_FL  education  release  injury  pepper_spray 
BFD responding to bucket of chlorine bubbling outside of SW Bakersfield home
A bucket of chlorine outside of a Southwest Bakersfield home lead to a response from the City of Bakersfield Fire Department and BPD.

According to BPD, officers were called out to the 2800 block of Flint Hills Drive in Southwest Bakersfield around 9:45 a.m. for a possible hazmat situation. BFD says that initial reports were of a container bubbling over.

When firefighters arrived, BFD says they determined it was pool shock reacting to the rain.
us_CA  public  release  response  chlorine 
Experts rally round EDC book aimed at general public
Experts in academia have come out in support of a new book on endocrine disrupting chemicals criticised by industry, praising the research underpinning it.

In Sicker, fatter, poorer: The urgent threat of hormone-disrupting chemicals to our health and future ... and what we can do about it, US scientist Leonardo Trasande, an associate professor at NYU Langone Health, "exposes the chemicals that disrupt our hormonal systems and damage our health in irreparable ways", according to a statement on the publisher’s website.

The American Chemistry Council (ACC), however, was quick to criticise the book. In a statement issued five days before its 8 January release, the industry group attacked the research behind the work for "lacking in scientific quality".

Now, though, a number of leading scientists in the field have leaped to its defence.

"It is an exceptionally well-researched book, that provides both breadth and depth for the reader," said Laura Vandenberg, associate professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. "The citation list is an amazing collection of research that should be read by students, regulators and decision makers."
us_MA  public  discovery  environmental 
Here are the health hazards associated with paper receipts
Thursday, January 17, 2019, 2:11 PM - A new bill in California hopes to phase out  paper receipts due to their environmental impact as well as the little-known health concerns associated with them.

In addition to being non-recyclable, most receipts are coated with Bisphenol-A (BPA) or Bisphenol-S (BPS).

BPA, an industrial chemical used to make plastics and resins, can be found in several products, including those that are used for human consumption -- but several manufacturers have cut back or limited its use following studies that link chemical exposure to adverse health affects.
us_CA  public  discovery  environmental  other_chemical 
Idaho Mother Alarmed By Sippy Cup Explosion
An Idaho mother says a sippy cup designed for children burned her when a battery inside it blew up.

But the company who makes the cup says it's her fault.

Dzevada Becirovic says, "Kids want stuff that lights up and has pretty colors on it and you expect them to be safe. But..."

Dzevada says it was her son's favorite cup.

Dzevada Becirovic says, "It's seriously the scariest thing to think about your child getting hurt and buying something like that. Like, you don't... You just don't expect it."

Apparently, the lithium battery inside of the cup blew up.

"Like it burned a hole all the way through."

Dzevada Becirovic says she had to go to the hospital and was treated for chemical exposure in her lungs and her face.

Dzevada Becirovic says, "If it had been in his hands, I really don't even want to imagine what would have happened. If it choked me up that bad and burned me, it could have taken a limb off of a child that little."
us_ID  public  explosion  injury  batteries 
‘Accidental‘ Explosion And Fire At University Of Lyon
Three people have been injured in a massive explosion at a university building in Lyon, France. According to police, the fire began after a gas bottle exploded on top of the roof.

The university told The Associated Press that construction work was the cause and the explosion was “accidental”. Photos and images from the scene show a fireball erupting into the sky above the building where a large fire could already be seen on the roof. Although it all looks extremely bad, authorities in the city and university insisted there were no risks of chemical leaks.

The major explosion happened at around 9 a.m. and shortly after 10 a.m., the university said the fire was “under control” and that some buildings had been re-opened. However, students were asked to stay 100 meters away from the burnt building.
France  education  explosion  injury  natural_gas 
Grandfather, children taken to hospital after carbon monoxide leak
A grandfather and two children were taken to hospital following a carbon monoxide leak at a home in Vancouver's Killarney neighbourhood.
Nine people had to evacuate a house near Tyne Street and 47th Avenue Tuesday night, and a hazmat team was called in to ventilate the building.
Firefighters told CTV News they were alerted to the danger inside the home by the CO monitors paramedics wear when responding to calls.
Canada  public  release  injury  carbon_monoxide 
2 days ago
Gas leak at Canfield Sheetz following weather-related accident
A section of gas pumps were closed and a hazmat team dispatched following a gas leak at the Sheetz on State Route 224 in Canfield on Wednesday. 

Matt Rarick, deputy chief of the Canfield Fire Department, tells 21 News, the incident began when a vehicle slid into a section of gas pumps at around 4 am because of the icy conditions.

The leak itself didn't start until around 9 am when a valve failed while crews were repairing the pump.

Rarick said the gas flowed to a nearby creek, but crews assisted by a hazmat team were able to stop the flow of the gas approximately 100 yards into the creek.  
us_OH  public  release  response  gasoline 
2 days ago
Bed bug bombs trigger hazmat investigation in Spokane Valley, 3 firefighters hospitalized
SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - Bed bug bombs triggered a hazmat investigation in Spokane Valley Wednesday.

Fire crews reposed to a smoke alarm near the 6100 block of 6th Avenue in Spokane Valley Wednesday afternoon. 

According to the fire department, a resident of a nearby apartment set off three bed bug bombs and didn't notify the fire department or unplug the smoke detectors, which triggered a hazardous materials investigation.

Three Spokane Valley firefighters were hospitalized after being exposed to what was initially called a mysterious odor. 

KHQ's Peter Maxwell spoke to the resident of the apartment who wished the firefighters a speedy recovery, but declined an on-camera interview.
us_WA  public  release  injury  other_chemical 
2 days ago
Michel Camp: Bombs explode at ammunition depot
Huge fireball explosions reached hundreds of metres into the skies over Michel Camp during the wee hours of Wednesday after the weapon cache caught fire.

Residents say the explosions were at the Base Ammunition Depot of the Ghana Armed Forces and multiple blasts could be heard for over an hour.

Most of the residents, who were fast asleep, had to run for their lives moments after the explosions at midnight amidst power outage.

“Residents in the bordering communities have to evacuate to safer grounds. People were heading towards Aflao, Tema, Afienya and Apollonia.

“The explosion occurred at a laboratory where small arms are kept and the Fire Service managed to prevent it from spreading to where the highly explosive weapons are kept,” a journalist, Moses Dautey, told Starrfmonline.com.
Ghana  laboratory  explosion  response  other_chemical 
2 days ago
Blast Destroys Building At Russian Chemical Plant; Four Hospitalized
Four people were hospitalized with cuts and other injuries after a powerful explosion ripped through a chemical factory in the northwestern Russian city of Kingisepp.

The blast destroyed a two-story building at the Polyplast plant in the city, 140 kilometers southwest of St. Petersburg, Leningrad Oblast Governor Aleksandr Drozdenko said.

Drozdenko said the explosion was most likely set off by sparks flying from a grinder operating near a barrel containing the flammable chemical compound saltpeter.

Rescue teams, police, local authorities, and environmental hazard teams rushed to the site, and the explosion was under investigation.
Russia  industrial  explosion  injury  flammables 
2 days ago
Echa pins down causes of poorly functioning eSDSs
Ambiguous requirements for exposure scenarios in safety data sheets and lack of harmonised methods to adjust them to the needs of all users, are to blame for poor safety communication along chemical supply chains, Echa has said.

Exposure scenarios circulated through extended safety data sheets (eSDS) under REACH aim to ensure safe handling and adequate control of risks through the whole lifecycle of substances, not just those related to direct customers of the supplier.

But addressing the needs of all recipients in the supply chain and securing efficient information flow through a complex market has been challenging, Echa said in a report submitted to the meeting of the Competent Authorities for REACH and CLP (Caracal) in November.
Europe  public  discovery  environmental 
2 days ago
After carbon monoxide incident, LaSalle school to reopen Wednesday
Schools in Quebec — regardless of how they are heated — are not required to install carbon monoxide detectors, a spokesperson for the Régie du Bâtiment du Québec said Tuesday, because they are not considered “places to sleep.”

This, despite the risk to children who are more vulnerable to poisoning by the “silent killer.”

The question arose in the wake of Monday’s evacuation of the École des Découvreurs school in LaSalle, after dozens of staff and students fell ill.

A total of 35 children and eight adults were rushed to emergency rooms when the corridors of the elementary school filled with more than five times the acceptable level of carbon monoxide. Nine children had fainted, while others felt dizzy or nauseous.

Another seven children were taken to the Montreal Children’s Hospital overnight.
Canada  education  release  injury  carbon_monoxide 
3 days ago
Evacuations After 8 Suffer Carbon Monoxide Poisoning At Bell Gardens Home – CBS Los Angeles
BELL GARDENS (CBSLA) – Eight people, including three children, suffered carbon monoxide poisoning at a home in Bell Gardens Tuesday morning, prompting a hazmat callout which forced surrounding homes to be evacuated.

At around 9:15 a.m., Bell Gardens police and Los Angeles County Fire crews were called to the 5500 block of Clara Street, where they found several people suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning.

The eight patients were rushed to local hospitals. Two children were in critical but stable condition, the fire department said. The other seven were in fair condition.
us_CA  public  release  injury  carbon_monoxide 
3 days ago
Lab Fire follow up at Oregon State
The College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Science is still reeling from the damage caused by a fire in Burt Hall that took place at the end of fall term, and subsequent efforts to evaluate and repair the damaged portion of the building reach far and wide across the university.

The fire started in a scientific microwave, in a laboratory on the second floor of Burt 2, on Friday, Nov. 30. The “2” indicates the specific section of Burt Hall, of which there are four.

According to Jim Patton, fire prevention officer at Oregon State University, Burt Hall,as well as a number of other older buildings around campus, are not equipped with fire sprinklers, which could have helped mitigate the damage done by the fire. Fire codes and other safety regulations in place at the time of these buildings’ construction did not mandate the inclusion of fire sprinklers and they have not since been updated. Current regulations allow these buildings to be grandfathered in because of these differences, making the buildings technically in compliance with the current rules.
us_OR  laboratory  follow-up  response  unknown_chemical 
3 days ago
"We dodged a bullet"
ADAIR — The village of Adair narrowly missed being the scene of a hazardous material spill of explosive gas late Sunday afternoon.
On Sunday, a freight train carrying three low-pressure tankers of isobutylene, a colorless and explosive flammable gas that goes under placard ID# 1055, derailed next to US 136 between Table Grove in Fulton County and Adair in McDonough County.
According to Edgar Rodriguez, Director of the McDonough County Emergency Services and Disaster Agency (ESDA), ESDA got a call through dispatch emergency services at 4:57 p.m. that a train derailment had taken place near the village of Adair. Nine cars were affected by the derailment, including the three tankers containing isobutylene.
As of Monday morning, one of the tankers remained on the tracks.
“Two actually overturned: one was on its side, one was on (its) top. So overturned, totally,” he said. “Fortunately, none of them spilled. I think the snow helped us out.“
us_IL  transportation  discovery  response  flammables 
3 days ago
Public safety bulletin: Chemical tanks being resold as water storage containers
BUCKHANNON – The Buckhannon Police Department is advising the public to beware of stolen chemical storage tanks that are reportedly being advertised and resold as water storage tanks.

The BPD released a public health bulletin Tuesday afternoon advising that on Monday, Jan. 14, the department took a complaint of stolen chemical storage tanks “that are being sold and advertised as water storage tanks.”

“These tanks contained very harsh chemicals,” the release states. “They should not be used to store water for human or animal consumption. If you are using one of these tanks for water storage, please discontinue use immediately.”
us_WV  public  discovery  environmental  unknown_chemical 
3 days ago
US lawmakers’ bill would trigger cleanup of PFAS
new US congressional bill that would deem all per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) as hazardous substances will pave the way for federal cleanup of PFAS-polluted sites, proponents say. But makers and formulators of these chemicals say lumping them together for regulation isn’t scientifically valid.
“Our bipartisan legislation will list all PFAS as the hazardous chemicals we know they are and give the [Environmental Protection Agency] the tools it needs to clean up contaminated sites,” says Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.), who introduced the bill Jan. 14 with fellow Michigan lawmakers Reps. Dan Kildee (D) and Fred Upton (R). The districts they represent, as well as others in the state, are contending with contamination of drinking water with PFAS leaching from industrial landfills or washed into groundwater from the use of fire-fighting foams that contain the chemicals.
The bill, which has not yet been assigned a number, would require the EPA to designate all PFAS as hazardous substances under the US federal Superfund law, which addresses cleanup of toxic waste sites. This designation, in turn, would require companies or others to report releases of PFAS into the environment and make them liable for cleanup. In addition, it would allow the federal government to clean up PFAS-polluted sites and recoup the costs from polluters.
us_mi  public  discovery  enviromental  other_chemical 
3 days ago
Recent Data on the Association Between Firefighting and the Prevalence of Cancer Provide Little Certainty
While associations have been found between firefighting and the development of some forms of cancer, the epidemiological data are insufficient to prove or disprove an association with other cancers.

This is the conclusion of a review of the epidemiological literature published by the IRSST that follows on from one conducted by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) released in 2010. The IRSST authors combed through over 600 publications produced between 2007—the last year covered by the IARC review—and 2017. They deemed 25 of the 600 to be relevant.

The strongest evidence of association concerns an excess number of cases of mesothelioma attributable to asbestos among firefighters active over 30 years ago. Lung cancer has not been entirely ruled out, but the association is not as strong as for mesothelioma in the papers reviewed. The quality of the evidence of an association between the occupation of firefighter and other forms of cancer was not sufficiently strong, but studies have reported more frequent cases of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and prostate cancer in this occupational group.

All evidence of a link between firefighting and the development of cancers must also take into account the conclusions of other, earlier reviews of the literature.

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Canada  industrial  discovery  environmental  asbestos 
4 days ago
5 Injured In Hydrofluoric Acid Spill In Milford – CBS Boston
MILFORD (CBS) — Five people were injured by a hydrofluoric acid spill in Milford, according to the State Fire Marshal. A hazmat team responded to PEI, a metal etching company, at 500 Fortune Boulevard midday Monday.

First responders and a hazmat team were called to PEI in Milford Monday (WBZ-TV)
“We got a call for an industrial accident that involved a potential acid spill in an employee’s face,” said Milford Police Chief William Touhey Jr.

Milford’s fire chief says it happened around noontime when a worker on a hand truck lost control of a 55-gallon drum of hydrofluoric acid.

“Upon arrival we found out that we potentially had upwards of four victims, ended up with five victims, one self-presented at the hospital,” said Touhey.

The victim with injuries to their face was taken UMass Medical Center in Worcester. Four others were treated for inhalation at a local hospital.

Authorities say this type of accident is rare and say employee training helped avoid serious injury. “The employees were fast to react to neutralizing agents and all of the patients were decontaminated prior to being put in ambulances,” Touhey said.
us_MA  industrial  release  injury  hydrofluoric_acid 
4 days ago
Chemistry Lab Incident Sends 6 Peabody High School Students To Hospital – CBS Boston
PEABODY (CBS) — Six students in Peabody were transported to local hospitals after an incident that can be traced back to a chemistry lab at Veterans Memorial High School, the Peabody fire chief confirmed.

The students reported feeling ill to the school nurse shortly after 8 a.m. Monday.

A hazmat team from the State Fire Marshal’s office responded to the school.

The State Fire Marshal believes a chemical was left in the hood of the chemistry lab over the weekend. The hood failed and students smelled an odor as they arrived at school.

Six students were transported to local hospitals after they reported feeling ill at Peabody Veterans Memorial High School (WBZ-TV)
The students were transported as a precaution and none of them showed any symptoms, the State Fire Marshall said.

According to the fire chief, there were no hazardous materials or readings found.

The area of the high school involved was isolated and ventilated. The school did not need to be evacuated.
us_MA  laboratory  release  injury  unknown_chemical 
4 days ago
3 hospitalized after high levels of carbon monoxide found in Logan Square factory
Three people were hospitalized early Monday after high levels of carbon monoxide were found at a factory in the city’s Logan Square neighborhood, according to the Chicago Fire Department.

About 8:30 a.m., firefighters responded to 3935 W. Shakespeare Ave. for a report of high levels of the gas, said Larry Merritt, a spokesman for the department. Three people were transported to hospitals, but information about their conditions was not immediately available.

Emergency responders had the hazmat call under control within an hour, he said.

The factory where the incident occurred specializes in die casting, according to the company’s website.
us_IL  industrial  release  injury  carbon_monoxide 
4 days ago
Tanker Truck Carrying Jet Fuel Crashes Off I-80 Near Dutch Flat, Driver Killed – CBS Sacramento
DUTCH FLAT (CBS13) – Authorities are investigating a deadly tanker truck crash off Interstate 80 in the high country Monday morning.

The crash was first reported just before 6 a.m. A tanker truck, for an unknown reason, went over the curve along eastbound I-80 near Dutch Flat Road and 300 feet down a cliff.

Scene of the crash near Dutch Flat Monday morning.
California Highway Patrol confirms the tanker driver was killed in the crash.

The tanker, which authorities said was carrying 7,000 gallons of aviation jet fuel, has spilled its contents and a Hazmat crew is now at the scene. Crews are concerned about a creek down below from the crash; California Department of Fish and Wildlife has been notified.
us_CA  transportation  release  death  jet  fuel 
4 days ago
ATF: Government Shutdown Could Hamper Investigation Into Explosion on Dodds Lane
Wynnewood, Lower Merion Township, PA — The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) reported that the investigation into the multimillion-dollar destruction of a Gladwyne, PA mansion may be impeded by the partial shutdown of the Federal Government.

“There are plans to have items sent to the lab in Maryland for some testing but probably not until March or April depending on what happens with the government shutdown,” stated Special Agent Charlene Hennessy, PIO for the Philadelphia Field Division of ATF.

Authorities close to the investigation have reported that the plan is to reconstruct the mansion in a mock-up as it was before the gas explosion leveled it turning the multi-million dollar stately home into dumpsters full of shredded debris.

According to authorities, ATF is looking to discover “the how” and “the why” of the explosion.  

"I confirmed with the case agent the materials were immediately sent to the lab," added Hennessy, "but due to the lab's schedule, the government shutdown and additional testing that needed to be completed prior to the engineers recreating the scene, the March/April timeframe is when the evidence is slated for analysis. "
us_PA  public  follow-up  environmental  explosives 
5 days ago
Ammonia leak prompts evacuation of Surrey poultry processing facility
A portion of King George Boulevard was closed for several hours overnight, as crews investigated an ammonia leak.

The incident happened at Sunrise Poultry on 73rd Avenue, just before 1 a.m.

Three Surrey Fire Service hazmat units were dispatched to the facility, where battalion chief Reo Jerome said about 20 workers had assembled outside.

He said staff initially believed two workers were unaccounted for, but crews were able to locate them safely.
Canada  public  release  response  ammonia 
6 days ago
Brean beach re-opens after fire crews and Coastguards investigate 'hazardous' chemical drum
An area of Brean beach was cordoned off by fire crews on Saturday afternoon (January 12th) after a potentially hazardous chemical drum was washed up on the tide line. 

Specialist fire appliances from across the region, along with a team of Coastguards from Burnham-On-Sea, were called to Brean beach after a beach walker raised the alarm.

A fire spokesman told Burnham-On-Sea.com at the scene: “A sealed plastic chemical drum that was believed to be about three quarters full of an unknown substance was washed up on the high tide.”

“This was treated as a potentially hazardous material and the drum was placed into a secure environmental ‘over-drum’ before being safely taken away for safe storage and disposal.”
United_Kingdom  public  discovery  response  unknown_chemical 
6 days ago
Marijuana oil lab explodes in South Lake Tahoe
One man has been arrested in connection with a marijuana butane honey oil lab explosion that occurred Friday in South Lake Tahoe.

Joe Johnson of South Lake Tahoe was taken into custody after investigators discovered that a honey oil lab explosion was the cause of a fire that engulfed a home on Kyburz Avenue and threatened other nearby residences before firefighters controlled the blaze, city spokesman Chris Fiore said in a statement.

“More arrests are expected as the investigation continues,” Fiore said.
us_CA  public  explosion  response  butane  clandestine_lab 
6 days ago
Update: Dog Spray Sickens 17 at Pocahontas Post Office
POCAHONTAS, AR (KAIT) - Dog spray was the cause of the hazmat situation Friday morning at a local post office that sent 17 people to the hospital, the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management (ADEM) says.

ADEM says it's the same dog spray that mail carriers carry, but it's still unsure how it went off inside the building. 

That's according to KAIT Region 8 News in Jonesboro. 
us_AR  public  release  injury  unknown_chemical 
7 days ago
6 hospitalized after hazmat situation at Lauderdale Lakes Walmart – WSVN 7News
LAUDERDALE LAKES, FLA. (WSVN) - Rescue crews took six people to the hospital with respiratory issues after they became sick inside a Walmart in Lauderdale Lakes.

Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue crews responded to the scene along Northwest 30th Street and State Road 7, Friday afternoon.

Officials said the victims complained of itchy and watery eyes, along with sore throats.

The store was temporarily evacuated while hazmat crews investigated the area.

Officials believe cleaning chemicals may be to blame.
us_FL  public  release  injury  cleaners 
7 days ago
Pipe fragments may contain clues to refinery explosion
Investigators have recovered fragments of pipes that could reveal where and how an explosion at the Irving Oil refinery explosion started.

The refinery explosion shook east Saint John on Thanksgiving weekend last year. Almost 3,000  people were working on site as a massive maintenance project was underway.

Eric Brideau, assistant director of investigations for WorkSafeNB, said inspectors are studying pipes inside the refinery - specifically inside a diesel-treating unit where the explosion started.

"It's certainly one of those pipes that failed," he told Information Morning Saint John. "So the theory, or what we're trying to get at is, which one of those [caused the explosion]?
Canada  industrial  follow-up  response  petroleum 
7 days ago
McPherson business fire caused over $2M in damage
MCPHERSON COUNTY —  Authorities are working to determine the cause of an explosion and fire at a McPherson County chemical plant.

Just before 4p.m. Thursday, fire crews responded to Chemstar, 503 West Hayes Street in McPherson, according to Fire Chief Keith Wyssmann.

Fire crews found heavy smoke and fire showing from the facilities. The explosion badly damaged the structure and process machinery.  Crews had the fire under control just after 5p.m.

There were no injuries.

Damage is estimated at over $2 million dollars, according to Wyssmann. The plant was still without electrical power late Friday.
us_KS  industrial  explosion  response  unknown_chemical 
7 days ago
Study finds dangerous chemical in popular dental floss
A habit meant to keep you from getting gum disease could be making you sick in other ways.

A new study says a popular brand of dental floss has toxic chemicals in it. Researchers found women who used the Oral-B Glide floss ended up with high levels of per- and polyfluoroalkyl (PFAs).

PFAs are used in non-stick pans, carpet and firefighting foam. They are linked to cancer, thyroid problems, liver damage and immune system problems.

USA Today reports Oral-B says it did not find any of the substances in the study in its floss , and the floss always undergoes safety testing.

Other things that contain high PFAs, according to the study, are stain-resistant household goods such as carpet and furniture. And if a city's water is contaminated, PFAs are usually in it.
public  discovery  response  toxics 
7 days ago
Firefighters clean up small chemical spill at Brigham and Women’s Hospital lab
Employees at a Brigham and Women’s Hospital building on Longwood Avenue have returned to work after a chemical spill forced a precautionary evacuation Thursday morning, a Boston Fire Department spokesman said.

Shortly before 9 a.m., a worker spilled about 2 liters of hydrochloric acid on the floor of the lab, located on the fourth floor of the hospital building at 221 Longwood Ave., said Firefighter Brian Alkins, a department spokesman.

That person called 911, and firefighters responded to the scene, Alkins said. The incident was reported at 8:46 a.m. and declared a level 2 hazmat situation.

The building houses research labs and patient areas, but the spill “was nowhere near the patient department,” Alkins said.
us_MA  laboratory  release  response  hydrochloric_acid 
8 days ago
Hearing planned on barrel ruptures at E. Idaho nuclear site
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A government board that makes recommendations on U.S. Department of Energy facilities plans to hold a public hearing concerning the rupture of four barrels containing radioactive sludge at an eastern Idaho nuclear site.
The Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board will meet in May in Washington, D.C., to discuss the ruptures at the Energy Department's 890-square-mile (2,300-square-kilometer) site in eastern Idaho that includes the Idaho National Laboratory.
The board in a closed meeting last month opted for the public hearing involving the April barrel ruptures at the Radioactive Waste Management Complex.
Three of the four board members voted in favor of holding the meeting, while Bruce Hamilton abstained, citing his concerns about the location of the meeting. "The recent event at Idaho National Laboratory is worthy of further information gathering which could be facilitated by a hearing. Whether that hearing is best accomplished in Washington, D.C., instead of in Idaho is questionable," he wrote.
Officials say there were no injuries and no threat to the public because of the barrel ruptures. Work later resumed at the facility.
U.S. Department of Energy contractor Fluor Idaho in a statement Thursday said it appreciated the board's interest in the problems with the barrels and said it "will lend our technical assistance as needed. We have worked with the board over the past several years on technical issues associated with the cleanup mission in Idaho and have always welcomed their input."
us_ID  industrial  follow-up  response  radiation  waste 
8 days ago
Firefighters respond to small explosion in basement lab at MIT – Boston News, Weather, Sports
CAMBRIDGE, MASS. (WHDH) - A small explosion in a basement lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology prompted a large emergency response Thursday morning, officials said.

The explosion went off at 25 Ames St. around 10:30 a.m., prompting the sprinklers to turn on, according to the Cambridge Fire Department.

No injuries have been reported.

Officials say the situation is stable.

No additional information was immediately available.
us_MA  laboratory  explosion  response  unknown_chemical 
8 days ago
Two Placer County men arrested after marijuana oil lab explosion
Two Foresthill men were arrested in connection with a Placer County marijuana butane honey oil lab explosion in December, sheriff’s officials said.

Kenneth Dodson and James Jacques, both 57, were arrested this week on suspicion of running a butane honey oil lab on the 5100 block of Finning Mill Road in Foresthill, according to a news release from the Placer County Sheriff’s Department.

Butane honey oil is a concentrated form of marijuana that is commonly known as wax, honey or BHO. This form is produced through a chemical process using butane, a highly flammable substance.

The lab exploded and destroyed the building that housed the operation in December, the release said.
us_CA  public  follow-up  response  butane  clandestine_lab 
8 days ago
Fire out at Chemstar Products Company in McPherson
A fire at Chemstar Products Company in McPherson is now out.

Firefighters will remain on the scene throughout the evening to monitor hotspots and any flare-ups. They say no one was hurt in the fire.

Chemstar is a green space, meaning it is environmentally friendly. The plan makes drilling mud out of corn products.


Multiple fire agencies have responded to a structure fire in McPherson at the site of a chemical plant.

Units were called to the 500 block of W. Hayes around 3:55 p.m. on Thursday.

Emergency dispatchers say McPherson Fire, McPherson EMS, McPherson Police, Galva Fire and Inman Fire were all called to the scene.

Several viewers have reached out to us and say they've heard explosions coming from the Chem Star plant.
us_KS  industrial  explosion  response  unknown_chemical 
8 days ago
Grand Haven Tribune: Biosolids a potential source of PFAS
Biosolid applications are among the potential culprits that contaminated the drinking water at Robinson Elementary School and a total of 34 wells tested in the area.

According to the DEQ, firefighting foam, undocumented dump sites and materials from the M-231 highway construction project are other possible sources.

Biosolids are treated sewage sludge containing organic and inorganic material. Produced as a byproduct at sewage treatment plants, they are commonly used as fertilizer on crop-producing farms, and have been around since the early 1990s.

While biosolids have not been linked to any of the 36 sites of PFAS contamination currently under investigation by the DEQ in Michigan, the applications could contain the “forever chemicals” linked to numerous health hazards and found throughout the environment.
us_MI  public  discovery  environmental  other_chemical 
9 days ago
Verso paper machine employees evacuate Jay mill after chemical released
JAY — Four contractors at Androscoggin Mill were taken to a hospital and employees working on paper machines were evacuated Wednesday morning after a valve was left open and chlorine dioxide gas was detected, according to Verso Corp. spokeswoman Kathi Rowzie.

The gas was detected by sensors in the mill.  Evacuating the employees and sending the contractors to the hospital were both precautionary measures, she wrote in an email.

“No one was injured,” according to Rowzie.

Employees were evacuated at about 9:30 a.m.

The release of the chlorine dioxide gas occurred as the result of a valve that was left open as the mill was making a normal transition from unbleached to bleached paper grades on the paper machines, Rowzie wrote.
us_ME  public  release  response  chlorine_dioxide 
9 days ago
Crews battle fire near trailer full of potentially toxic, explosive compound – St George News
ST. GEORGE — A semitractor pulling double trailers caught fire on Interstate 15 in Millard County Wednesday morning, and an aggressive attack by fire crews prevented the flames from burning through the second tanker full of bisulfite, a compound that becomes dangerously unstable when heated.

The incident was reported at 7:45 a.m. on I-15 southbound near mile marker 137 where firefighters found the truck fully engulfed in flames that were spreading quickly across the front trailer.

The driver escaped without injury, Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Nick Street said.

Fire crews aggressively attacked the blaze and had it extinguished before it reached the second trailer containing the bisulfite, which averted a potential disaster, Street said.
us_UT  transportation  fire  response  other_chemical 
9 days ago
Hazmat unit called to chlorine scare at Parkridge Centre
Saskatoon fire crews, a hazmat team and a decontamination unit responded to a hazardous materials call Tuesday morning at Parkridge Centre, a long-term care home located in the city’s west end.

Crews discovered chlorine gas, a toxic and corrosive material, shortly after they arrived around 10 a.m.

In a media release, Saskatoon fire said it was caused by an error while mixing chlorine powder with water.

Two Parkridge employees were treated at the scene but declined to be taken to hospital.
Canada  public  release  injury  chlorine 
11 days ago
Gas leak closes Pleasant Hill Road, Lawrenceville Highway in Lilburn
City officials said parts of two busy streets — Lawrenceville Highway and Pleasant Hill Road — have been shut down where the two roads intersect because of a gas leak in the area. The city warned that it could be hours before the roads reopen and drivers are being urged to use alternate routes.

Pleasant Hill Road is closed from Burns Road to the entrance of the Walmart Supercenter on Lester Road. Lawrenceville Highway is closed from the Walmart entrance to Valley Road near the Brunswick Zone Lilburn Lanes bowling alley.

Gwinnett County Fire Department officials said a gas line at the intersection was hit during drilling work at the intersection and Atlanta Gas Light was called in for assistance.
us_GA  public  release  response  natural_gas 
11 days ago
Officials: 7 injured in Oxford chemical, ammunition plant explosion
OXFORD, MS (WMC) - Investigators are trying to determine what caused an explosion at a chemical and ammunition plant in Oxford Tuesday.
The Lafayette County Sheriff’s Office confirms the explosion happened at about 1:30 p.m. at the Olin Winchester plant on County Road 101. Officials say it was an internal explosion that resulted in smoke filling the building, and Hazmat was not called to the scene.
The sheriff’s department also confirmed that neighbors and drivers in the area are not affected.
The Missouri-based company makes rifle and pistol ammunition as well as military ammunition packaging. A company spokesperson released a statement Tuesday afternoon, saying seven employees are being treated for minor injuries.
The statement says the explosion happened in the production area of Winchester’s Rimfire operations.
“We appreciate the efforts of the first responders and our own staff who handled the situation,” reads the statement. "Winchester is reviewing the situation to determine the cause of the incident.
us_MS  industrial  explosion  injury  unknown_chemical 
11 days ago
Crews identify chemical as Fentanyl in Brentwood hazmat situation, suspect in custody
BRENTWOOD, Mo. (KMOV.com) -- Hazmat crews identified a chemical officers came into contact with Tuesday morning in Brentwood as Fentanyl.

The Brentwood Fire Chief said the silver car was spotted driving erratically by other officers and St Louis County Metro Officers made a traffic stop in the parking lot outside of Best Buy off of Eager Road.

Fire Chief Terry Kurten said an officer made contact with the chemical, which was later identified by the Hazmat investigators as Fentanyl, and began to show symptoms. Kurten said a pill broke which caused the exposure.

Kurten said the officer felt numb and light-headed with tingling fingers.

The officer's partner called for backup, and both officers were transported to the hospital as a precaution, but are now doing fine.
us_MO  public  release  injury  illegal  clandestine_lab 
11 days ago
Picatinny Arsenal chlorine leak under control
ROCKAWAY TWP. -- A chlorine leak Tuesday afternoon at Picatinny Arsenal was brought under control with minimal spread into the air.

A caller reported smelling an odor of chlorine in the area shortly after 1:30 p.m., according to Public Affairs Specialist Eric Kowal.

Picatinny Arsenal Fire & Emergency Services quickly responded. Members of the Morris County HAZMAT team also were called to the scene as a precaution after initial reports suggested the possibility of a chemical spill.

However, authorities determined that there was only a small leak and no actual spill, Kowal said.

"There was a small leak in a supply unit for one of our two water treatment facilities, but the amount was negligible," he said. "No one had to be evacuated or treated, and at no time did the leak pose a threat."
us_NJ  public  release  response  chlorine  water_treatment 
11 days ago
EPA moves to ban toxic paint-stripper chemical for some — but not all — uses
In the past year, major retailers such as Lowe’s and Home Depot have pulled a toxic chemical used in paint strippers, methylene chloride, from their shelves. The families of those who have died after exposure to the substance have begged leaders of the Environmental Protection Agency to finalize a ban that the agency proposed on Jan. 19, 2017 — a day before President Barack Obama left office. And in May, then-EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt pledged to do just that.

But late last month, the EPA sent proposals to the Office of Management and Budget that would allow commercial operators to continue using the product as long as they underwent training, while banning its use by consumers. The two draft final rules, which are not yet public but are mentioned in the database of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, have sparked an outcry from congressional Democrats and public health advocates who had sought an outright ban on the chemical.

“Despite explicit assurances provided to my office that EPA would finalize a ban that protected both consumer and commercial users from this dangerous chemical, the Trump EPA appears to have failed to live up to those assurances,” said Sen. Thomas R. Carper (Del.), the top Democrat on the Senate Environment Committee. “I will do everything in my power to ensure that the final rule takes all needed steps to ban a chemical so dangerous that it has killed dozens of Americans, including trained professionals who were taking precautions on the job.”
us_DC  public  discovery  environmental  methylene_chloride  toxics 
11 days ago
Lawmakers call on Gov. Baker to sign bill banning several flame retardant chemicals
BOSTON (WWLP) - Firefighters joined state lawmakers on Monday to share a powerful message about items in your home that contain poisonous flame retardant chemicals. 

According to the American Chemical Council, many of the flame retardants in household products and children's toys are ineffective. 

"They don't work, they cause greater harm. You have that right?" asked Representative Marjorie Decker, one of the bill's sponsors. "When these retardants that don't work are applied, what we do see is that we don't see a difference in flames, what we do see is an increase in smoke, poisonous smoke."

Sixteen states including Massachusetts are working on legislation that would restrict certain fire retardant chemicals in toys, car seats, strollers, and other household products.
us_MA  public  discovery  environmental  other_chemical 
11 days ago
Train derailment in Jefferson County
JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ga. (WJBF) - First responders, the Georgia Department of Transportation and many others on the scene of a train derailment in Bartow, Ga.
"Finally got a GSP helicopter in here and they flew over the scene and there's crews down there now. It appears that they have 6 train cars that have left the track," said Mayor Robert Morris.
The calls came in close to 8:30 p.m. on January 6th. The derailment caused Hydrogen Peroxide to be released into the air. Those who live in Bartow were told to evacuate immediately.
Mayor Morris said, "Stay out until we tell you to come back. This is going to be an on-going event and no telling how long it's going to last."
At 2:00 a.m. on January 7th, Jefferson County EMA Director Jim Anderson confirmed the evacuation radius of Bartow shrunk from seven miles to three.
us_GA  transportation  release  response  hydrogen_peroxide 
12 days ago
Edu dept asks directorates to submit safety certificates
The school education department has taken note of the non-submission of requisite certificates related to lab chemical safety, building safety, fire and emergency along with a no objection certificate (NoC) from the traffic department by the Directorates of School Education of Kashmir and Jammu while recommending cases of recognition and extension of private institutes.
The department grants recognition and extension to private educational institutes of J&K on the basis of affiliation by the J&K Board of School Education viz-a-viz recommendations of the Director, School Education, Kashmir/Jammu. There are more than 5,000 private educational institutions in the state. The strength of private schools in Jammu division is around 2,726.

Sources said it was observed that the head of departments, while recommending the cases of private schools, were not submitting the requisite certificates, which caused a delay in the disposal of such cases. They said even an NOC from the traffic department was not being submitted while recommending the cases.
The sources said the main reason behind the non-submission of requisite certificates by the directorate was incomplete information provided by the management of private schools.
India  laboratory  discovery  response 
12 days ago
ACS President on The human element
Importance of safety
We must also communicate the importance of safety—the newest ACS core value—in academia, industry, and government laboratories and in chemical demonstrations and outreach activities. In 2018, ACS president Peter K. Dorhout emphasized laboratory safety, and I fully support that continuing effort. My 2019 focus is on safety writ large: safety in the environment, including recovery after disasters such as fires, hurricanes, and floods. Chemistry can help in the cleanup. And anywhere there’s a natural disaster there are always safety issues. I am happy to be working with the ACS Division of Chemical Health and Safety and other sponsoring divisions on national meeting programming on the following topics:
▸ Bridging the (safety) gap between academia and industry
▸ Chemical safety issues in disaster recovery
▸ Safety and the environment: Chemistry’s impact on water
public  discovery  environmental 
12 days ago
Oswestry chemical spill: Substance that closed waste plant came from Brazil
On December 6, Oswestry Waste Paper, which is run by Recycling UK, was shut down for 24 hours with five staff members kept at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital overnight.

It was happened after a chemical that was inside a bail of paper became airborne.

The Health and Safety Executive and the Environment Agency are still investigating, but it has been revealed the chemical originated in the recycling system in Brazil.

Neil Clarke, managing director of Recycling UK Ltd said: “The incident was caused by a package of chemicals which was accidentally sent to us in recycled material by one of our suppliers.

“The chemicals were tracked back to Brazil.

“The issue is in the hands of the HSE and the Environmental Agency now, so they will now be looking at how the package was able to get into the country and on to our premises.
United_Kingdom  industrial  follow-up  injury  waste 
14 days ago
Man convicted in Madison apartment chemical scare
MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) -- An Illinois man who was charged with storing and experimenting with chemicals inside his apartment in Madison was convicted Friday afternoon.

Brian Campbell, 31, was convicted with second-degree recklessly endangering safety, felony possession of improvised explosives and misdemeanor bail jumping.

Campbell forced an evacuation at an apartment building at Timber Lake Village due to a strong chemical odor coming from one of the rooms on Feb. 20, 2018. HazMat crews discovered evidence of experimentation and explosive materials inside.

Campbell will be sentenced on Friday, Feb. 22. The prosecution plans to ask for three years or less in prison for Campbell.
us_WI  public  followup  response  bomb  illegal 
14 days ago
Police: Winchester man started fireworks store blaze with stolen gun
An affidavit filed in Cheshire County Superior Court provides additional details in the case of a Winchester man accused of discharging a shotgun that police say ignited a fire at the Stateline Fireworks store in town in September.

Joseph E. Champagne, 75, was arrested month on several charges in connection with the incident. Among other information included in the affidavit by Winchester police Detective Michael Carrier is Champagne’s contention that the gun fired when he tripped over the edge of a carpet.

Winchester firefighters were called to Stateline Fireworks at 151 Keene Road (Route 10) at about 3:30 p.m. on Sept. 24 in response to a fire alarm. The two-alarm fire engulfed the inside of the store with flames, smoke and exploding fireworks within 48 seconds, according to fire officials.

The joint investigation of the state fire marshal’s office, the Winchester Fire Department and the Winchester Police Department determined a round from a 12-gauge shotgun had ignited the fireworks inside, according to a news release from the state agency on Dec. 14.
us_NH  public  follow-up  environmental  fireworks 
15 days ago
Elks Point Road in Round Hill reopening after chlorine gas leak
Elks Point Road in Round Hill will be reopening shortly following a nearly four-hour closure due to a chlorine gas leak.

The leak occurred in a research and development building at the corner of Elks Point Road and U.S. 50, Eric Guevin, fire marshal with the Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District, told the Tribune.

The gas, which is toxic, was confined to a safety cabinet in the building.

While nobody was exposed to the gas, the leak did warrant a response from a four-county HAZMAT team. The necessary response prolonged the road closure, which is on the portion of Elks Point Road adjacent to the Round Hill Shopping Center.
us_CA  industrial  release  response  chlorine 
15 days ago
Officials respond to hydrochloric acid leak in Camanche
CAMANCHE — The Camanche Fire Department responded Thursday to a chemical spill at a local business.

The Camanche Fire Department was dispatched to Hawkins Chemical Company, 2619 Industrial Park Drive, Camanche, for a hydrochloric acid leak. Fire crews found that a railcar of hydrochloric acid, which was being unloaded, had a connection break that allowed product to leak onto the ground. Davenport Haz-Mat was notified prior to the Camanche Fire Department's arrival.

Fire crews, along with the Camanche Police Department, secured the scene, and nearby businesses were notified of the situation. Responders from Hawkins Chemical Company were able to stop the leak and contain the spill.
us_IA  transportation  release  response  hydrochloric_acid 
15 days ago
On-ramp reopens after second chemical spill in a week
A busy on-ramp is back open after a chemical spill forced it to close for the second time in a week. The on-ramp leading from Lower Silver Road to southbound U.S. 75 Highway in Topeka was closed for more than two hours Thursday morning. 

It was closed while the Topeka fire department was investigating a chemical spill. Fire officials said the materials were not a health threat. The on-ramp reopened after Kansas Department of Transportation crews cleaned up the spill.

Last Friday, another spill happened on northwest Lower Silver Lake Road just west of U.S. 75 Highway. Those chemicals were deemed hazardous and killed several animals. 
us_KS  transportation  release  response  unknown_chemical 
15 days ago
Major fire at house-cum-factory
A major fire broke out in a house-cum-herbal products manufacturing unit at Upkar Nagar this evening. More than 12 fire engines were pressed into service. The firemen were on their toes when the reports last came in.

The factory, Herbal House HTI Experts, is owned by Dr Rajesh Thaper.
Srishti Nath, station fire officer, said the fire started around 4 pm. After the fire brigade was informed, fire engines immediately reached the spot.

He said chemicals were reportedly stored in the house-cum-factory due to which the fire could not be controlled easily. Since there were no fire-fighting arrangements at the unit, the employees failed to control the fire at the initial stage.
He said seven firemen had a close shave when there was a blast in the burning house. He had asked the factory owner if there was any cylinder or inflammable chemical lying inside the unit. Had the firemen stood close to the point where the blast took place, they would have suffered serious injuries. “The exact cause of fire is still unknown,” he added.
India  industrial  explosion  injury  flammables  gas_cylinders 
15 days ago
No injuries in fire at University of Delaware building
Authorities say no one was injured when a fire broke out inside a University of Delaware biomedical engineering building.

University spokesman Peter Bothum tells The News Journal that the only student inside the building Wednesday night was mixing hydrochloric and nitric acids when the fire started. Bothum says damage was largely contained to a water bath and a fume hood. It's still unclear what caused the fire.

Aenta Hose Hook and Ladder Deputy Chief Jeff Sands says the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control Hazmat teams were called in as a precaution.

Hazmat crews were previously called to the campus in September, when two graduate students were injured in a chemical lab explosion.
us_DE  laboratory  fire  response  acids 
15 days ago
UPDATE: Explosion at Holston Ammunition Plant
UPDATE: A building that caught fire early Thursday morning is being allowed to burn to the ground and caused an afternoon explosion felt as far away as Abingdon. 

Justine Barati, BAE spokesman and Director of Public and Congressional Affairs Joint Munitions Command said there were no injuries and there is no danger to the community. 


CHURCH HILL, Tenn. – A fire broke out at Holston Army Ammunition Plant Thursday morning but has since been contained.

At approximately 8 a.m., an alarm sounded near a building at the plant, which supplies explosive materials to the U.S. Department of Defense. The onsite safety, health and environment teams responded to the scene and secured the building, according to a company spokesman.

“No workers were in the building at the time of the incident,” said Justine Barati, BAE spokesman and Director of Public and Congressional Affairs Joint Munitions Command. “Smoke was observed at the building and one worker in proximity to the building was transported to a local emergency room for observation.”
us_TN  industrial  explosion  response  explosives 
15 days ago
Despite the recent warning by the Nigeria Liquefied Petroleum Gas Association (NLPGA) on the need for stringent enforcement of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) standards in the country, the harvest of death continues as more and more Nigerians fall victims to gas explosions. In October of the year just ended, no fewer than 11 persons in Abuja suffered various degrees of burns from a gas explosion. A month earlier in Lafia, Nasarawa State, dozens were left dead with hundreds injured when a gas tanker exploded and started a blaze.

Three years ago there was a gas explosion when a chlorine cylinder exploded at the Plateau State Water Board treatment plant at Lamingo, Dogon Karfe, Jos South Local Government Area, leaving eight people dead, among them a pregnant woman and children. Dozens of others sustained varying degrees of injuries. Dr. Philemon Golwa, the Chief Medical Director of Plateau State Specialist Hospital, said that a leakage at the plant was responsible for the deaths as residents around the area inhaled the poisonous gas which enveloped the entire neighbourhood.
Nigeria  industrial  follow-up  environmental  gas_cylinders 
15 days ago
Traffic flowing again after small chemical spill on 17 Bypass in Myrtle Beach
MYRTLE BEACH (WBTW) - Traffic is flowing on the Highway 17 Bypass again after it was briefly shutdown Wednesday morning because of a small chemical spill. 

Both north and southbound lanes of the 17 Bypass were closed south of Farrow Parkway and north of Palmetto Pointe Boulevard. 

The Myrtle Beach Fire Department got the call shortly before 9 a.m. They say a gallon of some sort of acid fell of a truck. Their hazmat united diluted the chemical with 500 gallons of water. 

Traffic was re-opened around 45 minutes later.   
us_SC  transportation  release  response  acids 
16 days ago
Hazmat situation shuts down part of Bee Creek Road
AUSTIN, Texas (FOX 7 Austin) - First responders were on scene of a rollover commercial vehicle that may have contained large amounts of propane. It leaked onto the roadway before it was plugged.

According to the Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services, first responders were called to the 4220 block of Bee Creek Road on Wednesday around 2 p.m. for a hazmat situation. When units arrived on scene they discovered a commercial vehicle that was involved in a rollover accident. 
us_TX  transportation  release  response  propane 
16 days ago
Lab fire at Delaware Technology Park prompts hazmat response
A small lab fire at the Delaware Technology Park drew a large response from area fire departments and hazardous material teams Wednesday night.

The fire broke out just before 8 p.m. in the unit block of Innovation Way, part of the DTP complex off Wyoming Road. The complex is owned by the University of Delaware and houses a number of start-up companies.

The fire was contained to a fume hood, according to officials at Aetna Hose, Hook and Ladder Company.

However, as a precaution, the fire department called in the New Castle County Hazmat Team, as well as UD’s Office of Environmental Health and Safety.
us_DE  laboratory  fire  response  unknown_chemical 
16 days ago
Three injured after explosion, HAZMAT situation at Detroit titanium plant
DETROT (WXYZ) — Detroit fire crews are on scene of a HAZMAT fire at a titanium factory on the city's east side. The fire started just after 2:30 a.m. at Global Titanium on Fier Ave., which is near the intersection of Mt. Elliott and 7 Mile.

We're told there was a fire and explosion in the building and one wall was blown out. Fire officials tell us there were people inside the plant working when the explosion happened.

Officials say three people were injured and taken to the hospital, but the extent of their injuries is not known.

According to the company's website, Global Titanium "offers a variety of titanium metallurgical products including ferrotitanium, titanium scrap, and titanium powder."

The building is being considered a complete loss with all of the walls blown out. It's not clear what caused the fire but they are continuing to investigate.
us_MI  industrial  explosion  injury  titanium 
16 days ago
Gas cylinder explosion in India’s premier government lab kills 1 person, wounds 3 more
A gas cylinder blast in a laboratory at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) on Dec. 5 killed one researcher and left three others grievously wounded.
The researchers were working in the Laboratory for Hypersonic and Shock Wave Research, which was established in the 1970s to study shock waves.
Vikram Jayaram, head of IISc’s internal investigation team, told C&EN on Dec. 31 that the explosion involved cylinders containing hydrogen-oxygen mixtures that are used to generate controlled shock waves in a protected, closed container to study granite fragmentation for purposes such as mining and oil recovery. “At this stage of the inquiry, all indications are that adequate safety precautions were employed,” Jayaram said.
Manoj Kumar, 32, died instantly. Naresh Kumar, Atulya Uday Kumar, and Karthik Shenoy were hospitalized. All were project engineers employed by start-up Super-Wave Technology, an IISc initiative managed by aerospace engineering professors K. P. J. Reddy and G. Jagadeesh. The company researches shock waves and their applications.
Police booked the two professors on Dec. 6 on charges of causing death due to negligence and for causing grievous injuries by acts endangering the lives and personal safety of others.
India  laboratory  follow-up  death  hydrogen  oxygen 
17 days ago
Authorities investigate train derailment; 11 cars derailed, 7 cars overturned, 4 off the tracks
BLOUNTS CREEK, N.C. (WNCT) - An investigation is underway into a train derailment that left 11 cars derailed, seven cars overturned and four cars off the tracks in Blounts Creek.

Blounts Creek Fire Department Chief David Williams said that the call came in from Stilley Station Road off of Highway 33 around 1:36 a.m. 

There was a small fire and some minor leaks, officials said.

All have been contained.

Chief Williams said the cars that leaked were carrying molten sulfur.

According to a Google search, molten sulfur is sulfur transported in a molten state that is used to make a variety of things including sulfuric acid, rubbers, and fertilizers.
us_NC  transportation  release  response  sulphur 
17 days ago
Pouring drugs down the drain in hospitals
A 2017 study titled "Drugs down the drain: When nurses object" begins with an observation: "Many times during a typical workday, American hospital nurses routinely discard unused portions of narcotics and other controlled substances into municipal water supplies." The reason this practice is routine, the authors suggest, stems from inconsistencies in regulations and how they are interpreted by hospitals.
"There are agencies at the federal, state, and local levels that have issued conflicting rules" about pharmaceutical disposal methods for hospitals, the authors wrote.
The Environmental Protection Agency strongly discourages pouring or flushing pharmaceuticals down the drain in any setting, including at health care facilities, because they may enter and pass through water treatment systems and contaminate the water supply. As part of its rule for managing hazardous waste pharmaceuticals, the EPA has banned the "sewering" (or pouring down the drain or toilet) of hazardous waste pharmaceuticals at health care facilities.
public  discovery  environmental  pharmaceutical 
18 days ago
Medical college fire damages samples, fridge
KOLKATA: A fire broke out around 4.45am at a third-floor laboratory in Medical College Hospital Kolkata (MCHK) on Monday. Three fire engines rushed to the spot and doused the flames before it could spread to other rooms. None was hurt. On October 3, fire engulfed the same building and patients had to be evacuated.
On Monsday, a refrigerator was gutted by the fire. Fire officials suspect a fault in the refrigerator might have led to the fire.
The fire, however, created panic among patients and relatives as a portion of the third-floor has wards for patients.

The staff who was sent to store the chemicals in the fridge saw that there wasn't place to store two vessels so he emptied one container into the other and placed in the fridge. Being experienced, he...

“The fire was controlled within minutes. There was no major damage or injury apart from some samples stored in the refrigerator. In fact, there was no need to evacuate patients as their wards are located away from the fire site,” said an official at MCHK.
India  laboratory  fire  response  unknown_chemical 
18 days ago
Oroville residents don’t want Camp Fire debris stored near them
Disaster officials say they need to start removing millions of tons of rubble from Paradise – and soon – so the town can begin recovering from the Camp Fire.

That much is certain. The question is where to put the rubble.

For the second time in two weeks, FEMA and state officials have run into local opposition over plans to open a large but temporary scrapyard to sort and process truckloads of concrete and metal rubble from burned-out Paradise.

First it was Chico, where townspeople and elected officials persuaded the government to abandon a 100-acre site next to a residential neighborhood.
us_CA  public  release  environmental  metals 
18 days ago
Chemical fire breaks out at car wash supply company in Orange County
ORANGE — Highway 62 was closed both north and southbound because of a chemical fire at a car wash supply in Orange County Monday afternoon.

Clark Chemicals is located in the 17000 block of Highway 62 in Orange, near TX 105.

Bridge City Fire Department, Pinehurst Fire Department, Orange County ESD #1, 2, 3 and 4 all responded to the scene.
us_TX  industrial  fire  response  unknown_chemical 
18 days ago
Official, resident discuss early-morning Plumstead Township gas leak
PLUMSTEAD TWP., Pa. - There were some tense moments in an upper Bucks County community Monday when people had to shelter-in-place while emergency crews responded to a gas leak.

Hazmat teams from Bucks and Lehigh counties were called to a Plumstead Township Airgas building around 7 a.m. for a fluorine gas leak.

"Did have a small canister inside the building they put a new valve on it, the new valve actually failed," Plumstead Fire House Chief Brian DuBree said.

Airgas is a supplier of industrial, medical and specialty gases.

Emergency officials said the oxygen tank-sized canister was filled with fluorine, a toxic and corrosive chemical, which leaked inside the building.

About 50 employees in the building were evacuated and the person handling the faulty valve was taken to Doylestown Hospital for precautionary reasons after being decontaminated on site.
us_PA  industrial  release  response  fluorine 
18 days ago
Contractor sues Husky refinery over blast injuries
A contractor working at the Husky Energy refinery in Superior said the April 26 explosion sent him 15 feet into the air, resulting in severe injuries when he hit the floor, according to a lawsuit filed against the refinery and its owners.

Contractor Taylor Mayr of Houston, Texas argues in a November complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Madison that Husky Energy, Inc. and Superior Refining Company LLC were negligent in operating the refinery, conducted "extra hazardous and/or ultrahazardous and abnormally dangerous activities" and are responsible for over $75,000 in damages to him because the blast left him with "permanent and severe injuries."

Mayr, employed by Evergreen North America Industrial Services and tasked with chemical cleanup as the refinery shut down for maintenance in late April, was working near the fluid catalytic cracking unit, where the explosion occurred as crews worked to shut it down for planned maintenance, according to the compliant.

When the blast occurred shortly after 10 a.m. on April 26, "The initial shock wave caused by the explosion launched (Mayr) fifteen ... plus feet in the air and hurled him to the floor," the complaint states. "As a result (Mayr) suffered severe injuries."
us_WI  industrial  follow-up  injury  unknown_chemical 
18 days ago
Police, Hazmat crews respond to gas leak in Bucks County
EAST ROCKHILL TWP., Pa. - Police and Hazmat crews responded Saturday night to a gas leak at a Bucks County home.

The Pennridge Police Department said it responded after a the homeowner accidentally drove a vehicle into a valve to a 400-gallon underground propane tank.

Police responded to the call at 7:35 p.m. at the 2300 block of East Rock Road in East Rockhill Township. The area of the gas leak was secured within an hour.

Goodwill provided people who were temporarily displaced with food and water. Nobody was permanently displaced after the incident.
us_PA  public  release  response  propane 
20 days ago
Warehouse catches fire in southwest Miami-Dade County
MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. - A warehouse caught fire Sunday in southwest Miami-Dade County, authorities said.

Lt. Felipe Lay, a spokesman for Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, said the fire started around 7 a.m. at a building near Southwest 130th Street and Southwest 122nd Avenue.

No one was inside the building at the time of the fire.

By 10 a.m., more 20 fire units had brought the blaze under control, but they were monitoring the warehouse to ensure the fire did not flare up again. 

Lay said firefighters contained the blaze to two units within the building, but those units suffered heavy damage.

Firefighters called in hazardous materials crews because a strange smell started emanating from the smoke. Crews believe the odor came from one of the products stored in the warehouse.

“It wasn't your typical smoke odor, per se,” Lay said. “But we did have our HAZMAT units collect some samples to do their investigation.”
us_FL  industrial  fire  response  unknown_chemical 
20 days ago
1 fire at Worli and Lower Parel, 16 firefighters rushed to hospital
Mumbai: There were two new blazes in Mumbai on Saturday which reminded the citizens of the one year anniversary of Kamala Mills blaze. The first fire broke out on the eleventh floor of the Orbit Terrace, an under-construction building at Lower Parel and the second one was reported in Sadhana Industrial Estate building at Worli. Incidentally both these blazes were close to the Kamala Mills com-pound. Initially the news caused a bit of panic with the reports of another fire near Kamala Mills.

The Mumbai Fire Department rushed tankers to Sadhana building to douse the flames. Initially the fire was declared as Level II and subsequently it was escalated to major, level IV. The fire started in a laboratory where medicines and chemical were stored. The primary cause is said to be due to short circuit, thereafter it spread fast due to the chemicals and packaging of the medicines.

In this mishap, 16 fire fighters suffered from suffocation during the fire fighting operations. Of these, some were rushed to Poddar Hospital and some 2 at King Edward’s Memorial (KEM). All have reportedly suffered due to suffocation because they inhaled toxic gas, confirmed RA Choudhary, Deputy Chief Fire Officer (Technical). “I too am being given oxygen as I have suffered due to asphyxiation,” said Choudhary.
India  laboratory  fire  injury  unknown_chemical 
20 days ago
Hazmat crews clean up acid at Chester County tow yard
COATESVILLE, Pa. (WPVI) -- Hazmat crews and first responders were called to an incident at a Chester County tow yard early this morning.

A car had been taken to the Fling's Towing on Hurley Road in Coatesville after it was involved in an earlier accident.

A gallon of muriatic acid had been left in a car and it spilled.

The situation was contained and no one was hurt.
us_PA  public  release  response  hydrochloric_acid 
20 days ago
Noxious gas sickens patrons, building evacuated
WINTER HAVEN — A noxious gas produced by a mixture of cleaning agents caused several people in a downtown Winter Haven building to get sick, prompting evacuations on Saturday and sending two patrons to the hospital, according to Jamie Brown, spokeswoman for the Winter Haven Police Department.

At approximately 11:50 a.m., the Winter Haven Fire Department and Polk County Hazmat Team responded to 27 3rd Street NW in Winter Haven regarding a report of a smoke smell.

Fumes were making patrons ill, so Winter Haven Police closed Central Avenue between 2nd Street NW and 4th Street NW.

Gas monitors were sent into the building, said Brown, but no harmful substance was found.

The building was ventilated as a precautionary measure, and cleared by 1:15 p.m.

One person who was complaining of respiratory issues was taken to Winter Haven Hospital, and a patron who was pregnant drove to the hospital on their own to be checked out.
us_FL  public  release  injury  cleaners 
20 days ago
Young mum created a chlorine gas incident
A young Westcountry mum created a major chemical incident when she tried to unblock her toilet and accidentally filled her house with deadly chlorine gas.

Three fire engines were called and Dominique Heath's house it had to be evacuated for 10 hours after she used two different chemicals hours apart and produced a cloud of toxic gas.

The mum-of-three is now warning others to think twice before they tackle a blocked toilet.

The loo at Dominique’s home in Nailsea near Bristol was blocked the day after Boxing Day - she thinks one of her young children put too much toilet paper or dropped a toy down there.
United_Kingdom  public  release  response  chlorine 
20 days ago
DOH: Firecracker-related injuries now up to 43
Three more cases of firecrackers-related injuries have been reported by the Department of Health (DOH) on Saturday, bringing the total number of such injuries to 43.

The total figure is 51 percent lower compared to the same period last year, and 75 percent lower than the five-year average, the DOH noted in its latest report.

The three new cases were from Ilocos Region, Cagayan Valley, and Bicol Region.

The DOH said that of the 43 cases, 41 injuries were due to exploding firecrackers while the remaining two cases were firecracker ingestion. The cases of firecracker ingestion involved a 3-year-old girl from Valenzuela City on Dec. 21; and a 6-year-old boy from Tondo, Manila on Dec. 25. Both of them were discharged from the hospital.

Majority of the victims were males. The youngest victim was 2-years-old and the oldest is 69-years-old, the DOH said.

Twenty-four individuals sustained blast injuries without amputation, five sustained blast injuries that resulted in the amputation of the affected limbs, while 14 sustained eye injuries.
Philippines  public  follow-up  environmental  fireworks 
20 days ago
No answer on FBI agents’ illnesses after hazmat sweep of Niagara Falls apartment – The Buffalo News
Niagara County investigators have not found anything in a Packard Court apartment to explain why several FBI agents got sick after conducting a raid there, but are still waiting for lab results that could give them some answers, Niagara County Sheriff James R. Voutour said Thursday.

Voutour said the hazmat team that went into the apartment on Pine Avenue on Wednesday found no unusual chemicals other than cleaners and "something to start motors," but those were well-sealed in containers.

He said investigators sent additional samples from the apartment to the Erie County Forensic Laboratory to be tested for biological agents.

Federal agents, along with Niagara Falls police and sheriff's deputies, executed a search warrant at the apartment Dec. 14 and arrested 28-year-old Jeffrey Richards, after finding cocaine, heroin, marijuana, 10 guns and ammunition, and an improvised explosive device, according to authorities. He faces a series of criminal charges.

Over the next few days, several agents got sick with a respiratory ailment and "flu-like" symptoms that sent them to their doctors.

That led the FBI to ask Niagara County to sweep the apartment to determine if there was a connection, Voutour said.
us_NY  public  follow-up  injury  clandestine  lab 
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