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Cochise County declares state of local emergency
TUCSON, Ariz. - The Cochise County Board of Supervisors declared a state of local emergency in response to the ongoing HAZMAT situation in Naco on Monday.

The state of local emergency follows a leak of raw sewage from Mexico onto U.S soil on Sunday, Sept. 9, in which the county declared a public health emergency.

While that initial flow was stopped and then contained, a second leak started when the HAZMAT was diverted to another pipe and failed.

The HAZMAT continues to flow west onto private property in the U.S at a rate of between 288,000 and 432,000 gallons per day.

Cochise Environmental Health is monitoring the situation and continues to treat the HAZMAT with chlorine tablets.
us_AZ  public  release  response  chlorine 
yesterday by dchas
Lithium batteries blamed for starting toxic Tacoma fire
Firefighters spent 12 hours putting out a large fire at a Tacoma scrapyard Monday.

Air quality in much of Tacoma briefly soured to unhealthy levels in the morning, and residents reported headaches, nausea and watering eyes.

Firefighters suspect that lithium-ion batteries deep inside a 50-foot-tall pile of scrap metal spontaneously combusted and caused the blaze.

Toxic smoke from the fire at Simon Metals led the Port of Tacoma to suspend its operations for the morning.

The Tacoma Fire Department advised people to stay indoors and avoid inhaling the fumes.

"It definitely has affected people throughout Tacoma,” Shadrach White, who runs a software company about three miles as the crow flies from Simon Metals, said.

“It was strange. I’d never smelled anything like it,” he said. “It had a chemical smell to it. The first word that came to mind was ‘toxic.’"

White said he felt sick to his stomach after being in the smoke for only a minute.
us_WA  public  fire  injury  batteries  metals  waste 
yesterday by dchas
Where are Wikipedia’s women scientists?
Between 7 and 11% of prominent chemists, both living and dead, are women. That’s according to the worldview represented on Wikipedia, anyway.
Compared with employment and degree statistics for chemists today, these figures, extracted from the online encyclopedia, are low. According to the U.S. National Science Foundation’s National Center for Science & Engineering Statistics, in 2014, about 39% of chemistry Ph.D.s were awarded to women, and in 2015, about 36% of employed chemists in the U.S. were women.
public  discovery  environmental 
2 days ago by dchas
CityMaking ! Wien | Parklets
A parklet transform your street into a social node where you can share with your neighboors.
wien  vienna  tool  citizens  city  park  public  urbanism  people 
3 days ago by fdedic
Vienna Provides Toolkit For Citizens To Create Their Own Pocket Parks
Over the course of this parklet season, around 30 spots across the Austrian capital have already been transformed into outdoor meeting points.
vienna  wien  park  public  urbanism  city  people 
3 days ago by fdedic
Firefighters, gas workers cooperate to handle gas leak in Holladay
HOLLADAY, Utah, Sept. 14, 2018 (Gephardt Daily) — Fire department and gas company crews responded to the scene of a line break Friday morning.

A main natural gas line was broken by construction equipment in the area of 4500 South 2100 East. Nearby buildings were evacuated after the discovery.

“This morning, they had some construction work that was going on, doing some excavating work with a track hoe,” District Chief Duane Woolsey, Unified Fire Authority, told Gephardt Daily.

The operator damaged a gas main that measured about three inches, Woolsey said.

“So they evacuated the area, we got the fire department here,” he said. Several engines, including a HAZMAT engine, arrived at the scene.
us_UT  public  release  response  natural_gas 
4 days ago by dchas
Police: Westport Man Sprayed Oily Toxins on Neighbor’s Yard
Officers arrested a Westport man for spraying a toxic chemical onto a neighbor’s backyard and vegetable garden, causing more than $12,000 in damage, police said today.

John Borg, 48, of 5 Sterling Drive, was charged with reckless endangerment, criminal mischief and criminal trespass upon his arrest Wednesday at his residence, police said.

According to the police report, the incident dates back to the evening of July 13 when officers were dispatched to a Westport residence on a report of chemicals that had been sprayed on the victim’s backyard garden area from over her property’s fence line.

“The victim arrived home and smelled the strong odor of a chemical on her property,” Lt. Jillian Cabana said. “An oily film was observed on her garden plants and her vegetable garden plants. In addition, two portions of her wooden fence were damaged.”
us_CT  public  release  response  illegal  petroleum  toxics 
4 days ago by dchas
State officials rule L. Falls house explosion as 'accidental'
ALBANY — The cause of a house explosion that left three buildings on West Main Street in Little Falls a total loss and several families homeless has been determined accidental, according to a report filed in July by the state Office of Fire Prevention and Control.

State fire officials stated in the report’s conclusion that during the investigation into the explosion and subsequent fire on Feb. 14, the team came up with “several hypotheses” based on the evidence.

Each hypothesis is tested until one is “found to be uniquely consistent with the facts and the principles of science,” according to the report.

“The final hypothesis selected indicated that the epicenter of the explosion was located in the front section of the basement of 383 W. Main St.,” according to the report. “The fire investigation team was able to determine that the explosion and subsequent fire ignited as a result of natural gas leaking into the basement and making contact with an open flame. The subsequent fire spread through natural means to further damage the remaining components of that structure and those located at 387 and 389 W. Main St. as well.”
us_NY  public  follow-up  environmental  natural_gas 
4 days ago by dchas
The Promise of Misery | Becca Rothfeld
So shatter the dishes. Dismantle the glass ball museum. Never meditate. Say no as often as possible. And above all, do not calm down.
misery  women  suffering  public  self  help 
5 days ago by mickeykedia
Dr Chris Busby: Police become unwell at chemical weapons expert's Devon home
A chemical weapons expert has been arrested after police started feeling ill while visiting his Devon home.
Dr Chris Busby, 73, has been detained under the explosives act after officers at his Bideford home on Wednesday morning felt unwell.
Devon and Cornwall Police said officers at the retired research scientist's home also found "a number of items" which "require expert analysis from specialist officers and an explosive ordnance disposal team".
The British scientist is an expert on the health effects of internal ionising radiation.
He is a contributor on Russia Today, the Kremlin-funded TV channel.
Dr Busby has also worked for Britain's Ministry of Defence on a depleted uranium committee and a committee examining radiation risks of internal emitters.
Devon and Cornwall Police said the officers who were feeling unwell were immediately removed from the scene and a cordon put in place.
A hazardous area response team ambulance was quickly sent to the scene where they treated the officers.
United_Kingdom  public  release  injury  explosives  radiation  uranium  waste 
5 days ago by dchas
Multiple fires, gas explosions in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover, Massachusetts
LAWRENCE, Mass. -- A series of gas explosions an official described as "Armageddon"-like killed a teenager, injured at least 10 other people and ignited fires in at least 39 homes in three communities north of Boston, forcing entire neighborhoods to evacuate as crews scrambled to fight the flames and shut off the gas.

Authorities said Leonel Rondon, 18, of Lawrence, died Thursday after a chimney toppled by an exploding house crashed into his car. He was rushed to a Boston hospital but pronounced dead there in the evening.

Massachusetts State Police urged all residents with homes serviced by Columbia Gas in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover to evacuate, snarling traffic and causing widespread confusion as residents and local officials struggled to understand what was happening.
us_MA  public  explosion  death  natural_gas 
5 days ago by dchas
Rite Aid Establishes Policy for Addressing Chemicals of Consumer Concern
CAMP HILL, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sep 13, 2018--Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) today announced that the company has established its Chemical Policy and expanded Restricted Substances List as part of ongoing efforts to continue meeting customer expectations for chemical management and product safety.
Rite Aid has been working closely with supplier partners to eliminate eight high-priority chemicals from formulated private brand items since 2016. These chemicals include triclosan, formaldehyde, toluene, butylparaben, propylparaben, dibutyl phthalate, diethyl phthalate and nonylphenol ethoxylates. As a result, the vast majority of the company’s private brand portfolio currently complies with these standards and Rite Aid remains on track to fully eliminate these chemicals from private brand items by 2020.
Rite Aid has also expanded its Restricted Substances List (RSL) to go beyond these eight high-priority chemicals as well as existing U.S. regulatory requirements. The expanded RSL brings additional parabens, phthalates, nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPEs) and formaldehyde donors within the scope of Rite Aid’s efforts to reduce the use of chemicals of concern, bringing the total number of restricted chemicals from eight to 69. Rite Aid’s updated RSL, as well as the complete policy, can be found at
us_PA  public  discovery  response  formaldehyde  toluene 
5 days ago by dchas
Government Study Of BPA Backs Its Safety, But Doesn't Settle Debate . News
Government scientists have presented new evidence that the plastic additive BPA isn’t a health threat.

Low doses of the chemical given to hundreds of rats, “did not elicit clear, biologically plausible adverse effects,” said K. Barry Delclos, a research pharmacologist at the Food and Drug Administration’s National Center for Toxicological Research.

Delclos made the remarks Thursday during an online presentation in which he summarized an important part of a $30 million project called CLARITY-BPA, which was launched in 2012 to resolve questions about the chemical’s safety.

The results of the rat study had previously appeared in a draft report on BPA (also known as bisphenol-A) released in February. But since then, the research has undergone peer review and revisions, Delclos said.

During his online presentation, Delclos provided an overview of the two-year study, which involved thousands of rats given a wide range of BPA doses.
public  follow-up  environmental  other_chemical 
5 days ago by dchas

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