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Police: Man trying to cook meth triggered hazmat response
RICHMOND, R.I. (WPRI) - A Richmond man was arrested Friday night after police and a hazmat team were called to a home off Richmond Townhouse Road.

The man, who has not been identified, was attempting to cook meth in the kitchen, according to police.

Police said they were contacted just after 6 p.m. Friday by the man's girlfriend, who sought to file a domestic assault and battery complaint against the man.

The woman told police it was the result of an argument after she had arrived home to find her boyfriend trying to make a small amount of meth using cold medicine and other ingredients.

Believing there may have been dangerous chemicals inside the home, police called in the town's fire department and a hazmat team from the R.I. Department of Environmental Management to secure the scene.
us_RI  public  discovery  response  drugs 
2 days ago by dchas
CSB on Reactives Hazards
Interesting @chemsafetyboard key finding from Reactive Hazards Study "No one comprehensive data source contains the data needed to adequately understand root causes and lessons learned from reactive incidents or other process safety incidents." https://www.csb.gov/improving-reactive-hazard-management
public  discovery  environmental 
3 days ago by dchas
Safety warning issues after toxic chemical released at public swimming pool
Safework NSW has issued an urgent safety warning after a worker at a public swimming pool in Picton incorrectly mixed chemicals, releasing toxic chlorine gas and injuring several swimming pool patrons.

Preliminary findings indicate the two chemicals were a chlorine-releasing salt called dry chlorine and sodium bisulphate.

For safe results, each chemical should be released in opposite ends of the pool.

However, it appears both chemicals were released in the same area, which resulted in a chemical reaction.

Better Regulation Division Deputy Secretary, Rose Webb said with the temperature rising and more families visiting their local pool, it’s timely to remind workers that pool chemicals can cause reactions if mixed incorrectly.
australia  public  release  injuries  pool_chemicals 
4 days ago by dchas
Genomics toolmaker liability surfaces in ethical debate The advent of “CRISPR babies” throws a spotlight on the responsibility of technology vendors
Last week’s report that the first gene-edited babies were born in China raised many questions about the safe and ethical use of technologies such as the CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing tool deployed in the process. Little attention, though, was paid to the technology vendor’s responsibility to guard against misuse.
Questions of vendor ethics are similar to those raised in the contentious debate over gun sales in the US. Can a seller be held responsible for the actions of a buyer? How can a seller determine with certainty how any user will deploy a technology? What are the minimum requirements that must be met by a purchaser? Which technologies require user vetting? Does the onus of ethical behavior lie entirely with the user?
us  discovery  public  environmental  other_chemical 
4 days ago by dchas
Australia should ban firefighting foams with certain PFAS, report says Parliament panel suggests government buy contaminated properties near military bases
Australia’s government should ban the use of firefighting foams that contain certain per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and collect and destroy remaining stocks of such foams, a report from Parliament recommends.
The report targets for this treatment older formulas of foams containing three PFAS: perfluorooctane sulfonate, perfluorooctanoic acid, and perfluorohexane sulfonate. All are environmentally persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic.
The report also suggests the Australian government restrict use of PFAS foams containing shorter-chain fluorocarbons called fluorotelomers to essential applications only, such as high-risk firefighting situations. Fluorotelomers with six-carbon chains, used in these foams since early this century, have low toxicity and bioaccumulation potential but can biodegrade to persistent chemicals.
australia  public  discovery  release  environmental 
4 days ago by dchas
Boom goes the honey pot: Suspected marijuana-oil lab explodes in Santa Rosa
An explosion at a Santa Rosa home suspected of being a clandestine lab for making concentrated marijuana oil led to the arrest of a 64-year-old man, authorities said Tuesday.

The explosion occurred at 10:30 p.m. Sunday in the Larkfield neighborhood, 3 miles northwest of downtown Santa Rosa, according to the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies arrived to find the home’s resident, Thomas Tuttle, “wet, disheveled and confused from the blast,” said Sgt. Spencer Crum, a sheriff’s spokesman.

Authorities found marijuana, butane canisters and laboratory equipment that led them to believe Tuttle was operating an illegal lab in his garage to process “honey oil,” or concentrated marijuana, Crum said. A refrigerator had been blown apart by the blast, along with a damaged fence.

Tuttle was arrested and booked on suspicion of manufacturing a controlled substance, officials said. He and three other residents of the home on the 5700 block of Corbett Circle were not injured.
us_CA  public  explosion  response  butane  illegal  clandestine_lab 
5 days ago by dchas
Printer ink spill leads to headaches, hazmat response at Domino's Farms
ANN ARBOR TOWNSHIP, MI - Exposure to printer ink fumes at Domino's Farms sent 19 people to emergency rooms Tuesday evening, officials said.

The Washtenaw County Hazardous Materials Team cleaned up a substance found spilled atop a package that was delivered to the office park Tuesday morning, Dec. 4, Ann Arbor Township Fire Chief Mark Nicholai said.

The substance was later determined to be printer ink, Nicholai said.

Exposure to fumes from the ink led to numerous complaints of headaches and other minor ailments, Nicholai said.

There were no apparent life-threatening injuries.

Four patients were transported from the scene to St. Joseph Mercy Hospital and 15 went to the University of Michigan hospital, according to Matt Rose of Huron Valley Ambulance.
us_MI  public  release  injury  unknown_chemical 
5 days ago by dchas
Fort Smith Police Department lobby closed due to unknown residue. Hazmat team is on scene.
The Fort Smith Police Department lobby was closed Tuesday morning due to the chemical lye, according to PIO Aric Mitchell.

Mitchell said hazmat teams and the fire department were on the scene, but left by noon.

He also said the lobby will remain closed while the department continues to clean up, but is expected to be open later today. According to Mitchell, a man came into the lobby overnight wearing only a coat and covered in lye.

He requested help from the department. He had extensive burns, but they were not life-threatening. He and a deputy were taken to the hospital. The deputy was OK.

Highland Dairy alerted police about a breakin involving chemicals consistent with what the individual had on him.
us_AR  public  release  injury  sodium_hydroxide 
5 days ago by dchas
RA Podcast: RA.653 ARP
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dance  social  relationships  public  nyc  music  attention 
6 days ago by allaboutgeorge
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6 days ago by matzner
Madison hazmat team responds after man opens bag of fentanyl
TOWN OF MADISON (WKOW) — Police and fire personnel responded to an apartment in the town of Madison after a man opened a bag of fentanyl.

The Madison Fire Department Hazardous Incident Team responded to the 1900 block of Sherman Avenue Monday afternoon after a report of someone who opened a bag of fentanyl because he was trying to destroy it.

A police sergeant tells 27 News the incident was mostly contained to that person’s apartment and there is no danger to other apartments in the building.
us_WI  public  release  response  fentanyl 
6 days ago by dchas

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