dchas + dye   41

Allentown hazmat call sends 17 to hospital, prompts evacuations
A hazardous materials incident Wednesday afternoon at an Allentown business resulted in 12 employees being decontaminated at the scene and taken to the hospital, with another five who went to the hospital on their own, according to the city fire department.

"Typically we don't like when people do that," said fire Capt. John Christopher, the department's spokesman. "We'd rather decontaminate you before you walk into the emergency room."

None of the employees were showing symptoms of illness but were taken or transported themselves to Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township, for further evaluation, Christopher said.

The call came in about 1:30 p.m. for a chemical release at Spartan Brands, 1210 Sesqui Street off South 12th Street in Allentown.

Employees had noticed gases coming from a 5-gallon container of a dry powder used as a dye, Christopher said. The powder is known to react with water, and authorities believe humidity in the air may have gotten into the container.
us_PA  industrial  release  injury  dye 
4 weeks ago by dchas
Western firms must rethink sourcing after Chinese explosion, report urges
deadly explosion at a chemical plant in China has created shortages of certain key chemicals purchased by Western firms. It has also prompted a call for those firms to reconsider sourcing policies that allowed them to purchase from a company that was clearly out of compliance with local safety and environmental laws.

The March 21 explosion at Jiangsu Tianjiayi Chemical, in the city of Yancheng in China’s Jiangsu Province, killed 78 people and injured more than 600. After the explosion, local officials closed all operations in the industrial park where the plant was located to assess safety conditions.

Customers started to feel the effects of the explosion soon thereafter. In its April 18 earnings report, the Swiss chemical maker Lonza said the explosion and other Chinese supply-chain disruptions were creating raw material sourcing challenges for its specialty ingredient business.

And the British Coatings Federation recently warned members that the closure of factories in the industrial park has caused “severe shortages” of ingredients such as preservatives for waterborne paints, photoinitiators for ultraviolet light–cured inks, and certain red and yellow pigments.

After the accident, China’s State Council said local authorities were lax in enforcing safety regulations at the facility. But in a new report, the Institute of Public & Environmental Affairs (IPE), a Beijing-based environmental research group, charges that Western companies also perpetuate dangerous conditions at Tianjiayi and other Chinese chemical companies by purchasing from them in spite of documented safety and environmental shortcomings.
China  industrial  follow-up  environmental  dye  paints 
12 weeks ago by dchas
Huge blast at Narayanganj chemical warehouse
Locals said the explosion took place at Bombay Dyeing at Bou Bazar damaging the four-storey factory building and several buildings nearby

A huge explosion ripped through a chemical warehouse of a dyeing factory at Fatullah in Narayanganj early Tuesday.

Locals said the explosion took place at Bombay Dyeing at Bou Bazar damaging the four-storey factory building and several buildings nearby as a fire broke out following the blast.

A large hole was created on the ceiling of third floor while walls were blown off and an air-conditioner skidded off the floor.

However, no casualty was reported in the incident.

Narayanganj Fire Service and Civil Defence Deputy Assistant Director Al Arefin said the explosion originated at the chemical warehouse on the second floor.
Bangladesh  industrial  explosion  response  dye 
march 2019 by dchas
Chemical analysis supports EU’s toxic tattoo ink ban
An analysis of tattoo and permanent makeup inks has found aromatic hydrocarbons, amines and heavy metals – all potentially hazardous compounds the EU wants controlled more tightly. The report, commissioned by the European Chemicals Agency (Echa), proposes concentration limits on ingredients such as azo pigments, which might release carcinogenic aromatic amines once in the body.

12% of Europeans – over 60 million people, most of them under the age of 35 – and 24% of US citizens have tattoos or permanent makeup. Apart from the general law requiring manufacturers not provide unsafe products, there aren’t any EU-wide regulations on what components can go into these inks. In 2016, the European commission asked Echa to investigate ink components and their safety.

Tattoo inks’ main components are a colourant and water, but they may contain surfactants, polymeric binding agents, fillers like silica or barium sulfate, and alcohol preservatives. A 2017 Joint Research Council report identified 67 azo compounds in tattoo inks, around half of which can produce carcinogenic aromatic amines as they break down in the skin under UV radiation.
Europe  public  discovery  environmental  dye  metals 
march 2019 by dchas
EPA takes closer look at confidentiality of safety studies under TSCA
The US EPA says that it is going to be "much more careful" with how it approaches the protection of confidential business information (CBI), following public outcry over its withholding of health and safety data supporting a TSCA risk evaluation.

Speaking last week at the GlobalChem conference in Washington, DC, Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention Assistant Administrator Alexandra Dunn said that the agency has learned from the controversy over its draft evaluation of pigment violet 29 (PV29).

The draft evaluation, released last November, relied in part on 20 studies submitted to Echa, when the substance was registered under REACH, that were protected as CBI. But several consumer advocacy groups protested that health and safety data cannot be withheld and filed a public records request to gain access to them.

In her public remarks, Ms Dunn acknowledged that the agency has received "a lot of very strong feedback" on its PV29 review.

And the government shutdown, she said, forced a delay to the peer review process and gave the EPA more time to think about those comments and "address the perception – real, or perceived (since perception is reality for many people) – how we can be more transparent in the work we’re doing."
public  discovery  response  dye 
march 2019 by dchas
Pigment violet 29 presents a low risk to human health and the environment, U.S. EPA says
colorant described as dark red-purple or bordeaux, pigment violet 29 is used in inks, paints, coatings, and plastics. It also “does not present an unreasonable risk of injury to human health or the environment under the conditions of use,” according to a draft risk evaluation prepared by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. EPA assessed pigment violet 29 under the updated Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), which was overhauled in 2016. EPA based its risk evaluation on the properties of the pigment, including its “low solubility, low vapor pressure, low bioaccumulation potential, and poor absorption across all routes of exposure,” as well as manufacturing and use information and environmental data, the agency says. However, EPA appears to have discounted some environmental hazards, foreseeable uses, and manufacturing that fall below reporting thresholds for individual companies, says Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. (D-N.J.) in a statement. “We look forward to holding hearings on this draft and EPA’s broad efforts to undermine” the updated TSCA provisions, adds Pallone, who is likely to become chair of the House of Representatives Committee on Energy & Commerce when Democrats take control of the House in January.
public  discovery  environmental  dye 
november 2018 by dchas
American Academy of Pediatrics on Food Additives and Child Health
Our purposes with this policy statement and its accompanying technical report are to review and highlight emerging child health concerns related to the use of colorings, flavorings, and chemicals deliberately added to food during processing (direct food additives) as well as substances in food contact materials, including adhesives, dyes, coatings, paper, paperboard, plastic, and other polymers, which may contaminate food as part of packaging or manufacturing equipment (indirect food additives); to make reasonable recommendations that the pediatrician might be able to adopt into the guidance provided during pediatric visits; and to propose urgently needed reforms to the current regulatory process at the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for food additives.

Concern regarding food additives has increased in the past 2 decades, in part because of studies in which authors document endocrine disruption and other adverse health effects. In some cases, exposure to these chemicals is disproportionate among minority and low-income populations. Regulation and oversight of many food additives is inadequate because of several key problems in the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. Current requirements for a “generally recognized as safe” (GRAS) designation are insufficient to ensure the safety of food additives and do not contain sufficient protections against conflict of interest. Additionally, the FDA does not have adequate authority to acquire data on chemicals on the market or reassess their safety for human health. These are critical weaknesses in the current regulatory system for food additives. Data about health effects of food additives on infants and children are limited or missing; however, in general, infants and children are more vulnerable to chemical exposures.

Substantial improvements to the food additives regulatory system are urgently needed, including greatly strengthening or replacing the “generally recognized as safe” (GRAS) determination process, updating the scientific foundation of the FDA’s safety assessment program, retesting all previously approved chemicals, and labeling direct additives with limited or no toxicity data.
public  discovery  environmental  dye  plastics 
july 2018 by dchas
Small chemical spill cleaned up in residential neighborhood
LUBBOCK, Texas - Lubbock Fire Rescue was called Wednesday afternoon to the 2200 block of Flint Avenue for the report of a small chemical spill.

A photojournalist at the scene reported that someone spilled a green-colored herbicide in the street.  It splashed on someone’s car.  The green dye wasn’t washing off, so the fire department responded to remove the chemical from the street.

EverythingLubbock confirmed with LFR that there were no injuries. 
us_TX  public  release  response  dye  pesticides 
june 2018 by dchas
Hazardous chemicals found in airport business park well
CLARENDON — Tenants in the Rutland Airport Business Park are under a “do not drink” water order after elevated levels of PFAS were found in a well that serves the park.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, PFAS are a group of man-made chemicals that include PFOA and PFOS. The chemicals have often been used to treat non-stick items like ski wax and stain-resistant carpets. They have been linked to health risks like increased cholesterol, and PFOA has been linked to certain cancers.

Peter Walke, deputy secretary of the Department of Environmental Conservation, said as part of the statewide sampling survey looking for PFAS, scientists looked for places where products that might use PFAS were used. One use was firefighting foam used at airports.
us_VT  public  discovery  environmental  dye 
april 2018 by dchas
Chemical left on playing field leaves childs skin blue
NORTH AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) --
A regular Thursday night on the soccer field lead to some colorful feet.

"The kids were off playing the ones who weren't playing in the game came back to me and they were all shocked like 'oh mom, look-look' and their elbows were blue, their hands were blue, their feet, their knees, and everything that had touched the grass had turned blueish green."

Emily Martin says she was concerned after seeing the dye on her kids.
"Chemicals are readily absorbed into our skin whatever lotion or shampoo or anything we put onto our bodies, it's absorbed into our body very quickly so I wanted to know what it was because it's being absorbed into my kids skin,” Martin said.

The Parks and Rec Director for North Augusta says the chemical is Dithopyr, It's used for weed control on sports turf. The greenish blue color is from a tracker dye called green alert.
Tracker dye allows the person applying the chemical on the ground to see where it's been sprayed.

…"Originally I was told it was applied by the grounds crew, and then I was told ‘oh no’ it was applied by a contractor and the contractor said it was safe," said Martin.
us_GA  public  release  response  dye 
november 2017 by dchas
Hudson River chemical dredging project moves forward
The first step toward a $41 million project to dredge PCBs and other toxins from the Hudson River near a former Rensselaer dye factory is expected to start this fall.
BASF Corp. will begin by installing more than 500 feet of new steel bulkhead to toughen a seawall along the Hudson on Riverside Avenue, according to the state Department of Environmental Conservation.
The seawall must be stabilized before the company can begin the river dredging, which is scheduled to start next year, according to DEC. BASF will be performing and paying for the cleanup under the state Superfund program.
PCBs found in that part of the river did not come from BASF, which did not use the chemical during its production, but the other hazardous compounds did. "PCBs were also found in upstream sediment samples at comparable levels" to the area that BASF studied, according to DEC.
DEC wants dredging in the river to remove PCBs, volatile organics, and toxic heavy metals like lead, cadmium, copper, mercury, zinc and arsenic, that got into the river from several production sewer and storm water discharge pipes. The former factory was knocked down in 2010.
us_NY  industrial  discovery  response  dye  toxics 
october 2017 by dchas
Tattoo inks go more than skin deep
Hard evidence has emerged that nano-sized particles from tattoo inks travel from the skin where they’re embedded to a person’s lymph nodes, where they get stuck.
Tattoo inks contain a wide range of chemicals and heavy metals, including some that are potentially toxic. Because of concerns about this potential toxicity, last year, the Joint Research Centre, which provides advice to the European Commission, issued a report highlighting the need for funding into research on tattoo ink toxicity and how tattoo inks break down in the body.
Plenty of circumstantial evidence exists to show that tattoo pigments travel around the body, says Ines Schreiver, a researcher at the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment in Berlin. “Physicians had seen that lymph tissue of tattooed people was colored,” she explains, but details about the pigments in the lymph nodes, which act as filters for the human body and are an important part of the immune system, are scarce.
With skin and lymph tissue samples from four deceased tattooed individuals, as well as two nontattooed individuals, in hand, Schreiver and her colleagues set out to investigate. Using matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI/TOFMS), the team found the same organic pigments, including pthalocyanines and azo compounds, in the skin and lymph samples from the tattooed individuals (Sci. Rep. 2017, DOI: 10.1038/s41598-017-11721-z). “This is hard proof that what you find in the lymph is from the tattoos,” Schreiver says.
Using inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS), the researchers detected higher levels of certain inorganic elements in both the skin and lymph nodes of the tattooed subjects compared with those without tattoos. Those elements included titanium, aluminum, chromium, nickel, and other metals. Some of these elements, which tattoo inks contain as preservatives or contaminants, are known to be toxic.
Germany  public  discovery  environmental  dye  metals  titanium 
september 2017 by dchas
Primark recalls men's flip-flops after carcinogenic chemical discovery
Primark has recalled thousands of pairs of flip-flops after discovering they contain a chemical that can cause cancer.

The high street chain is recalling three colours – black, blue and khaki – from its men’s Cedar Wood State flip-flop range and offering customers a full refund.

A statement on the company’s website said: “It has come to our attention that the footwear product detailed above does not meet the Primark usual high standards for chemical compliance.

“We have found levels of a restricted substance in the product in excess of the 1.0 mg/kg requirement.”

A Primark spokesman told the Guardian the chemical in question was chrysene, which is a regulated chemical commonly used in dark coloured dyes.

Chrysene has been found to have a carcinogenic risk to humans and can cause cancer, reports Science Direct.

However, a Primark spokesman said: “At the levels found in the flip-flop, we believe the health and safety risk to customers is minimal.”

The shoes were taken off the shelves on 2 June after being on sale since January.

The problem was discovered by Primark when it followed up an inquiry by a third party, it has been reported. The company has suspended any outstanding orders from the factory which makes the flip-flops and an investigation has been launched.
United_Kingdom  public  discovery  response  dye 
july 2017 by dchas
No injuries, but Paterson firefighters leave looking colorful
PATERSON – Firefighters extinguished a blaze at a chemical facility, which left them wearing a vibrant color but with no injuries Sunday afternoon, a fire official said.

The fire happened at the Passaic Color and Chemical Company on Paterson Street near Harrison Street just before 3 p.m., Paterson Deputy Fire Chief Mike Fleming said. The facility, which processes hair dye, left several firefighters with dye on them. The blaze happened in a room and did not blemish the entire structure.

"We have to decon all the guys," Fleming said, referring to decontamination. "The guys are coming out with yellow dye on their skin and gear."
us_NJ  industrial  fire  response  dye 
june 2017 by dchas
Leaked fertilizer dye turns Melbourne road blue
MELBOURNE, Fla. - Brevard County Fire Rescue officials said they found the cause of a spill that turned a Melbourne road blue. 

Melbourne police on Monday tweeted an image of blue lanes on West Eau Gallie Boulevard and Holland Street.

Officials said said fertilizer dye spilled in the road. Fire rescue crews were called to the scene to help clean it up. 

The blue-streaked highway could be seen from Skywitness 9. 
us_FL  public  release  response  ag_chems  dye 
april 2017 by dchas
China jails managers for pollution
A court in China has fined the dye producer DyStar $3 million for environmental crimes and sent some of the company’s managers to jail. The case helps explain why China’s rivers still suffer from severe pollution despite the country’s strict regulations. According to the Ministry of Environmental Protection, 28% of rivers and lakes in China were “unfit for human contact” in 2015.
In May 2014, public security officials from the city of Yangzhou boarded a ship owned by a local merchant, Weidong Ding, as part of an inquiry into illegal industrial waste dumping in the area’s rivers. Once aboard, according to an account posted on a city court website, investigators became suspicious of the ship’s smell. They took the captain into custody after discovering tons of hazardous industrial waste on-board.
The captain led investigators to Jun Wang, a manager at Dystar’s plant in Nanjing. From 2010 to 2014, Wang had conspired with a local truck fleet owner, Zhanrong Wang, to dispose of DyStar’s waste sulfuric acid at a price of $84 per metric ton. Their scheme also involved one of the company’s floor managers, Jinjun Huang, and the plant manager, surnamed Li.
Whenever DyStar’s tanks of spent sulfuric acid became full, Wang’s trucks would come to transport the material to Ding’s ships. After dark, the ships would then dump the waste in the Taidong River and the New Tongyang Canal. Over four years, DyStar disposed of nearly 3,000 metric tons of its hazardous waste in this manner.
China  industrial  follow-up  environmental  dye  illegal  sulfuric_acid  waste 
january 2017 by dchas
Nontoxic chemical dye leak cleaned near Niantic
NIANTIC -- A chemical dye from the Buckeye Natural Gas terminal spilled into Long Point Slough near the intersection of Meridian and Bruce roads, just north of Niantic, about 10 a.m. Saturday.

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, with assistance from Macon County Emergency Management Agency, determined the substance was nontoxic, said a news release from the Macon County Sheriff’s Office.


The substance is used to assist in locating any potential leaks in the pipeline and for preventative maintenance, the release said. There is no health hazard to human or animal life.
us_IL  industrial  release  response  dye 
september 2016 by dchas
Firefighter suffers heart attack battling blaze in Englishtown
ENGLISHTOWN — Five firefighters were injured, including one who suffered a heart attack, as a result of fighting a blaze in the sweltering heat Monday morning at a hair-dye manufacturing building, officials said.

Firefighters responded to Hair Systems Inc., located at 30 Park Avenue, at around 8 a.m., Deputy Fire Marshal Rick Hogan, of the Monmouth County Fire Marshal's Office, said.

Three firefighters were taken to CentraState Medical Center in Freehold for heat exhaustion, Hogan said. One firefighter was transported to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick after suffering a heart attack. Hogan said he is doing well and is recovering.

Two firefighters and one HAZMAT technician were also treated at the scene for minor heat-related injuries.

Hogan said the fire occurred after a chemical used at the facility, ammonium persulfate, came in contact with water, causing it to heat up. The chemical was kept in a four-wheel hopper so it can travel around the building, Hogan said.
us_NJ  industrial  fire  response  ammonium_persulfate  dye 
july 2016 by dchas
Drivers killed in head-on crash that caused chemical fire on I-40
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – Two people died in a car crash that caused a chemical spill and fire on Interstate 40 East in Knoxville early Wednesday morning.

The Knoxville Police Department received a call just after 1 a.m. about an SUV that had entered the westbound lanes of the interstate going the wrong way from James White Parkway.

Seconds later, another 911 caller said two vehicles had collided near Interstate 275.

The SUV had collided head-on with a tractor trailer, causing it to burst into flames. The truck was carrying several hundred pounds of Benzoquinone, a hazardous chemical used for paints and dyeing. To avoid soil and water contamination, authorities allowed the chemical to burn.
us_TN  transportation  fire  death  dye  paints 
july 2016 by dchas
Airborne Hazmat Leak at Edison Plant Thursday Morning
Edison, NJ - Edison Township firefighters and the Middlesex County Hazardous Materials (HAZMAT) unit helped contain an airborne vapor release early Thursday morning at a 100-acre chemical manufacturing plant on Meadow Road. This is the second hazmat leak this week in Middlesex County: Four chemical storage tanks ruptured in Carteret on Tuesday, causing a leak. Four firefighters required medical treatment in that incident.

An equipment leak at LyondellBasell Industries, 340 Meadow Road, caused the release of a visible cloud on the facility's property at about 4:30 a.m. Thursday. The airborne material contained a whitening pigment commonly used sunscreen, paint, and toothpaste, said Michael Waldron, a spokesman for the company.

Working with LyondellBasell's emergency response team, Edison firefighters and HAZMAT specialists helped ensure the vapor cloud remained contained on-site as it dispersed, said fire Capt. Andy Toth, Edison's emergency management coordinator.
us_NJ  industrial  release  injury  dye 
july 2016 by dchas
Chemical-tainted creek concerns residents after fire in Spring Branch
HOUSTON (KTRK) -- Thursday included the shock and awe of a four-alarm warehouse fire in Spring Branch, which evacuated a nearby elementary school and prompted a shelter-in-place for nearby neighborhoods.

Day 2 brought with it dead fish in Spring Branch Creek and turtles struggling in the water.

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"There was so much wildlife out here," said one woman staring at the murky water Friday afternoon. "And it's all dying."

The toxic runoff was identified by the Houston Fire Department as petroleum additive, with a bright red colorant. The more serious one was a pesticide that dissolves in water. Vegetation along the creek already appeared to be dying Thursday.
us_TX  industrial  fire  environmental  dye  petroleum 
may 2016 by dchas
2020 Science With carbon nanotubes in the news again, where's the public interest in possible risks?
Back in 2008, carbon nanotubes – exceptionally fine tubes made up of carbon atoms – were making headlines. A new study from the U.K. had just shown that, under some conditions, these long, slender fiber-like tubes could cause harm in mice in the same way that some asbestos fibers do.

As a collaborator in that study, I was at the time heavily involved in exploring the risks and benefits of novel nanoscale materials. Back then, there was intense interest in understanding how materials like this could be dangerous, and how they might be made safer.

Fast forward to a few weeks ago, when carbon nanotubes were in the news again, but for a very different reason. This time, there was outrage not over potential risks, but because the artist Anish Kapoor had been given exclusive rights to a carbon nanotube-based pigment – claimed to be one of the blackest pigments ever made.

The worries that even nanotech proponents had in the early 2000s about possible health and environmental risks – and their impact on investor and consumer confidence – seem to have evaporated.
public  discovery  environmental  asbestos  dye  nanotech 
march 2016 by dchas
Fire causes chemical leak, environmental concerns
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -
Flames and black smoke lit up the night sky Thursday from the Flowood warehouse fire. A day later, blue dye containing herbicides and pesticides could be seen in ditches and waterways around the charred Flowood structure.

Officials with the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality say several barrels of chemicals owned by herbicide company Red River Specialties Incorporated melted in the fire, causing the leak.

"This dye is going to look bad, it's going to be a color change. We could have a fish kill, said Ernie Shirley with the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality. "There's a possibility from that so we're monitoring the area but it could get a little worse before it gets better."

MDEQ officials estimate 2 thousand gallons of the chemicals leaked out. Contractors were called in to remove the chemicals and dye from a ditch that leads to a slough, that dumps in to the Pearl river. People in the area are being urged not to touch the water.

Fire officials have determined the blaze began in the adjacent Mud Predators ATV building, but they haven't narrowed down how.
us_MS  industrial  fire  response  ag_chems  dye 
january 2016 by dchas
5 workers at chemical plant develop cancer
TOKYO (Jiji Press) — Five male workers at a chemical plant, including one who has already quit, have developed bladder cancer, the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry said Friday.

The five worked at a section handling a type of aromatic amines, which is a suspected carcinogen, the ministry said. The plant has about 40 workers.

The ministry stopped short of disclosing the name and location of the plant, which makes chemical materials for colorants and pigments, saying that it is still investigating the case.

The ministry called on industry groups to take thorough measures to prevent exposure to such substances, such as ensuring ventilation and having workers wear face masks.
Japan  industrial  discovery  response  amines  dye 
december 2015 by dchas
Hazmat team responding to chemical smoke in Arroyo Grande
A strange odor forced residents of an Arroyo Grande neighborhood to stay inside with all windows and doors closed Sunday night, Five Cities Fire Authority officials tell KSBY. 
Around 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Five Cities Fire Authority was dispatched to Calle Carman for a structure fire.
When the fire department arrived, there was no fire and the situation became a hazardous material event. 
According to Five Cities Fire Authority Fire Chief Steve Lieberman, the problem seems to be with a chemical used to dye fabric in the garage of a family's two-story home.

The family told firefighters they noticed the fabric dye was reacting and smoking. There is a lingering scent in the neighborhood of a rotten egg-type smell, however officials say it is beginning to dissipate.   

Cal Fire SLO and the regional hazmat team has been called to help the situation. At this time, the street is closed off, there is no fire, and no one has been injured. 
us_CA  public  release  response  dye 
october 2015 by dchas
California Moving To Change Its Chemical Warning Labels
The California Safe Drinking Water & Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, as Prop 65 is more formally known, requires businesses to give people “clear and reasonable warning” before they expose them to any chemical known to the state to cause cancer or reproductive toxicity. About 850 chemicals, including ingredients in pesticides, household products, foods, drugs, dyes, and solvents, are subject to the law.
The overwarning problem arose because manufacturers often slap Prop 65 warning labels on their products as a way to avoid lawsuits. Indeed, some plaintiffs’ lawyers troll for products or places in California that lack Prop 65 warning labels and then file suit for alleged noncompliance. In other words, manufacturers and business owners are getting sued and the plaintiffs’ lawyers are getting rich, Gorsen says.
Given this situation, nearly everyone agrees that Prop 65 is in need of an overhaul to reduce lawsuits and overwarning. But there is little agreement on how, exactly, to fix the law. The chemical industry, environmental groups, and state officials all have varying, sometimes contradictory ideas about what to do. California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) earlier this year released a proposal for sweeping changes to Prop 65 warning labels. The agency says it is on track to finalize the modifications by the end of 2015.
The proposed changes, the agency says, would reduce litigation and consumer confusion. Chemical manufacturers and some consumer advocates say just the opposite would happen. They and many other groups are urging the agency to withdraw the proposed rule or make significant revisions.
us_CA  public  discovery  environmental  ag_chems  drugs  dye  pesticides  solvent 
may 2015 by dchas
Chemical factory fined for Tengger Desert dumping
A chemical factory and its legal representative in northwest China's Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region have been punished for dumping untreated waste in the Tengger Desert, according to state media reports.

According to the report, Mingsheng Dye Chemical has been fined over $US800,000, while the company’s legal representative was given an 18 month sentence with a two-year reprieve and a 50,000 yuan fine.

The company had already been shut down in September after it was discovered it had been illegally dumping industrial waste for the past 8 years, threatening the local groundwater supply.

The Tengger Desert is the fourth-largest desert in China, located in the Inner Mongolia autonomous region and central Gansu province.

The decision follows the suspension of a chemical factory in the northwest Chinese province of Gansu in April. Ronghua Industry & Trade was fined around $US48 million and had its operations suspended after it was found illegally discharging waste water into the desert.

A number of top environmental officials were also suspended in the province after it was found they had failed to properly monitor the polluting companies.

China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection has stepped up its watchdog role of late, launching 73,000 investigations last year, an increase of 10.5 per cent on the previous year.
China  industrial  discovery  environmental  dye  waste 
may 2015 by dchas
Proper Labeling and Management Required for Re-used Containers
Statement: Re-using and repurposing a container is an acceptable practice provided the container is of an appropriate material and configuration and properly prepared for it new contents. This preparation includes correct labeling.

Discussion: A worker was refilling squeeze bottles of methanol for use in a laboratory. While pouring from a manufacturer’s large amber bottle expected to contain pure methanol, the employee immediately noticed that the contents were a bright fluorescent pink (figure 1), and did not match the characteristics of methanol. A review of the bottle providing this liquid showed some faint scratch marks over the original product labeling (figure 2), but nothing definitive was added to indicate what the new contents were.

Analysis: A review of the source bottle indicated that it originated in a nearby facility, and individuals relocated this bottle, along with several unopened bottles, in an attempt to reuse chemicals when the directorate initiated a lab cleanout initiative. Further review of past operations in the original building indicated that the pink color was a result of adding a laser dye to a solvent.

The attempted relabeling of the amber (source) bottle was inadequate to communicate the contents to the new owner(s). Nothing indicated the presence of a laser dye, some of which are toxic or even carcinogenic. Furthermore, the relabeling would probably be insufficient for use within the lab by knowledgeable individuals.
us_CA  laboratory  discovery  environmental  dye  methanol 
march 2015 by dchas
Green food dye shuts down Tachevah in hazmat scare
Palm Springs police shut down a road out of concern about a hazardous materials spill Wednesday, but it turned out to be green food dye.

Tachevah Drive was briefly closed about 12:40 p.m. between Indian Canyon Drive and Via Miraleste, near Desert Regional Medical Center.

Bruce Sepielli, director of engineering for the hospital, said they had a leak and put dye in the water to figure out where it was.
us_CA  public  release  response  dye 
august 2014 by dchas
Evacuation ordered because of chemicals
Areas up to a half-mile away from AkzoNobel Coatings, 1313 Windsor Ave., were evacuated for more than 2 hours last evening because of a possible chemical reaction in a tank.
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Concerns about a possible chemical reaction were first reported about 6:40 p.m. An evacuation was deemed necessary because of the build-up of heat in a 2,000-gallon tank, not out of concern that people in the area would breathe in a harmful chemical, Smith said.

Solvents are mixed with a chemical called strontium chromate inside the tank during the production of resins. Strontium chromate is a colorant in resins.
us_OH  public  release  response  dye 
july 2014 by dchas
Hazmat and city crews work to clean up after pranksters mess
Just days after pranksters turned the water at the Myriad Gardens green, crews are working to clean up the mess.
On St. Patrick’s Day workers arrived at the gardens to find the area ponds bright and green.
City officials confirm the chemical the pranksters used is called “Flourescein.” Flourescein is an orange powdery substance that turns green when it comes in contact with water.
Hazmat crews were using acid to wash the dye from the boulders and stone work Thursday afternoon.
us_OK  public  discovery  environmental  dust  dye 
march 2014 by dchas
Hazmat: Concrete Dye Turned Fayette County Creek Blue
CONNELLSVILLE (KDKA) — The state Department of Environmental Protection is investigating the odd blue color in a local creek.

On Wednesday, Connellsville-Breakneck Run turned the mysterious blue, and Fayette County Hazmat responded.

According to DEP spokesperson John Poister, Hazmat determined it was concrete dye that came from a nearby home where some work was being done.
us_PA  public  release  environmental  dye 
november 2012 by dchas
Feds investigate Waterbury mill fire
WATERBURY, Conn. (WTNH) -- State environmental investigators are investigating a factory fire that burned for days in Waterbury.

The former Nova Print & Dye factory went up in flames last month. It burned for days inside the 86,000 square foot building.

The owners had abandoned the building and left the city with a $2 million tax lien , so the city is stuck footing the bill.

Officials say there could have been any number of toxic chemicals inside the factory when it caught fire. State environmental experts are now investigating.

Federal officials were on the scene Thursday to help get rid of the rubble and hopefully redevelop the property.

Firefighters say the fire, which took hours to control, is suspicious .

Folks who live in the area said the burned out factory is dangerous.
us_CT  industrial  follow-up  environmental  dye  toxics 
may 2012 by dchas
Two Coeds Pass Out In Baylor Chemistry Lab
WACO (April 18, 2012)—Two coeds who were working with chemicals including a mixture of ethanol and food dye passed out Wednesday afternoon in a Baylor University chemistry lab, but it’s not clear why.

Initial reports indicated that the two students might have been overcome by fumes, but a university spokeswoman said Wednesday evening there was no evidence of any chemical spill or of any dangerous, toxic or hazardous gasses or fumes in the lab.

The two coeds both regained consciousness and walked away from the room as the students were evacuated from the lab, the university said.

The instructor followed established procedures, opening up a vent hood and shutting off natural gas before leaving the lab, the university said.

No other classrooms were evacuated.
us_TX  laboratory  release  injury  dye  ethanol 
april 2012 by dchas
Fluoescent dye triggers hazmat response in Palo Alto
A fluorescent green dye found its way into a Palo Alto storm drain Thursday afternoon, triggering a hazardous materials response by firefighters.
The fire department received multiple calls beginning at 1:15 p.m. about a green sheen in a storm drain at the corner of Hanover Street and Page Mill Road, Battalion Chief Niles Broussard said.
The sheen was caused by uranine, a dye used to trace the flow of water. Contractors had been using the substance to diagnose a drainage problem at a nearby building, but it wasn't immediately clear how it ended up in the storm drain, Broussard said.
Firefighters contacted the city's Public Works Department and the California Department of Fish and Game about the 1,500-gallon spill. The substance ultimately did not pose a threat to human health or the environment, Broussard said.
us_CA  public  release  environmental  dye 
april 2012 by dchas
Medical City Dallas faces violation after green dye release
DALLAS - The city said it is issuing a Notice of Violation against Medical City Dallas for releasing a bright green dye into White Rock Creek on Wednesday.

Dallas Fire-Rescue's Hazmat team told News 8 the bright green dye, which was non-toxic and biodegradable, was flowing out of a cooling tower at the hospital after contractors tested pipes.
us_TX  public  release  environmental  dye 
march 2012 by dchas
OR man suffers chemical burns cleaning coat
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Firefighters in Portland have rescued a man found in his bathroom with severe chemical burns on more than 70 percent of his body.


Portland Fire and Rescue spokesman Paul Corah says the 59-year-old man arrived home Friday from a week-long, out of town job. He reportedly called his wife to say he was going to try to get some grease stains out of his coat.

His wife came home Friday evening to an overwhelming odor like paint thinner. She found her husband in a bathtub soaked with what seemed to be a solvent-based chemical.

Paramedics found the man semi-conscious. Corah says they held their breath until they could move him out to the fresh air in the front yard and provide first aid.

Portland firefighter and paramedic David Paul says he and other medics wore gas masks in the ambulance while riding with the patient to the Oregon Burn Center.

Hazmat firefighters are working to identify the chemical.


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us_OR  public  release  injury  dye  grease  solvent 
december 2011 by dchas
Atascadero Police say suspicious material was hydrogen peroxide
Atascadero police and fire say, it's now safe for people who live at Oaks Apartments to return home.
This, after many were quarantined and evacuated, after an apartment manager found a suspicious package in the pool.
It happened around 9:30 Friday morning, in the 9400 block of Jornada Lane near El Camino Real.
Atascadero Police, Fire, a hazardous materials team, the San Luis Obispo County Bomb Squad, and the FBI... all responded.
Friday, an apartment manager noticed an odd looking bag in the complex pool. He scooped it out... and investigators say, his concerns grew after seeing a water bottle... with a strange green liquid inside.
By early Friday evening, investigators told KSBY, the liquid was hydrogen peroxide, water, and some kind of green dye.
us_CA  public  discovery  response  dye  hydrogen_peroxide 
november 2011 by dchas
Plant evacuated as vapor cloud forms, fire official says | greenvilleonline.com | The Greenville News
About a dozen employees evacuated a dye plant in Greenville early today after a steam line dripped onto a dry chemical, forming a vapor cloud, said Parker Deputy Fire Chief Mack Giles. Firefighters were called to Southern Weaving at 1005 W.
us_SC  public  release  response  dye 
may 2011 by dchas
Hazmat Situation Reported At Hospital - Connecticut News Story - WFSB Hartford
WATERBURY, Conn. -- A hazmat situation was reported at St. Mary's Hospital in Waterbury on Wednesday morning.
Officials from the Waterbury Fire Department said crews were at the hospital to help staff members contain a spill of dye that was being used in one of the labs.
The leak was small, according to hospital officials, and was contained quickly.
Hospital officials said a "limited number" of patients were forced to move because of the leak.
The hospital was working to clean up and dilute the spill.
us_ct  laboratory  release  response  dye 
march 2011 by dchas
Green chemical in B.C. river not toxic, study confirms
VICTORIA — The chemical that turned Victoria’s Goldstream River green earlier this week has been confirmed as fluorescein.

Water samples taken Wednesday from the river and from a green-spouting fountain in Veterans Memorial Park were sent to Environment Canada’s Pacific Environmental Science Centre in North Vancouver for assessment, said Dan Gilmore, provincial environment ministry spokesman.

“Test results . . . confirm the substance causing the green colour in the river and the fountain was fluorescein,” Gilmore said.

“Fluorescein is a synthetic organic compound soluble in water and alcohol. It is widely used as a fluorescent tracer for many applications. The product itself and its products of degradation are not toxic.”

Based on the flow rate of the river, the probable concentration of fluorescein and lab results, Environment Ministry staff do not believe that fish or fish habitat were harmed during this incident, Gilmore said.
canada  leak  response  dye 
january 2011 by dchas

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