Elderly woman injured in Willowbrook condo building explosion caused by gasoline leak
WILLOWBROOK, Ill. (WLS) -- Investigators said a gasoline leak into sewage pipes was the cause of a large explosion and fire at a condo building in south suburban Willowbrook.

More than 20 buildings are completely dark in the Knolls Condominium complex in the 6100-block of Knoll Wood Road Friday night.

"I didn't smell anything, to be honest, it's just dark and scary. I wouldn't spend the night there," Sanja Edrovska, resident, said.
PHOTOS: Willowbrook explosion, fire

Fire officials believe the gasoline leak originated at a Speedway gas station in neighboring Westmont. There is still gasoline running through sewers from Westmont to the water reclamation plant eight miles east, fire officials said.

"Speedway and contractors removed 60,000 gallons of water and gas," said Westmont Deputy Fire Chief James Connolly. "We believe we have the source of the problem isolated."
us_IL  public  explosion  injury  gasoline 
23 hours ago
Chemical leak reported near Snyder, no injuries confirmed
The carbon dioxide moving company Kinder Morgan has reported a CO2 release in Scurry County.

The leak was discovered at around 1:30 p.m. Friday and workers are currently trying to isolate the impacted pipelines, according to the Snyder Daily News. There is also a command system that has been established by first responders in the area.

There has been one potential injury reported by the company.
us_TX  transportation  release  injury  carbon_dioxide 
23 hours ago
Fire occurs at Alvin Chemical, no one hurt
An Alvin Chemical, Inc. employee is fine after he unknowingly drove a company truck (Ford F150) over “unknown product” that had already spilled on to a city street near the company and an adjacent railroad track at one end of Johnson Street today.

The Alvin Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to the 400 block of North Johnson Street at approximately 1:56 p.m., Friday, Oct. 20, and when fire fighters arrived, the F150 truck was already engulfed in fire, as well as multiple railroad cars.

Fire officials said no one was hurt from today’s incident, including residents who were ordered to evacuate. They were able to return after an hour, according to the Alvin VFD.

Alvin Fire Chief Rex Klesel said it is unknown what kind of product was released that eventually landed on the ground, causing some of it to move under six railroad cars, which also ignited. The fire caused a large billow of dark smoke over the property that could be seen throughout many parts of the city.

Klesel said two fire departments from Pearland and Friendswood were dispatched to assist. Alvin EMS and police also responded to the scene. Klesel said it took two hours for firefighters to contain the blaze.

Nearly six hours later, fire officials were still assessing the damage at night, and it was still unknown what kind of product ended up on the ground. Klesel said Alvin Chemical, Inc. had six different products at the premises but were still unsure where the leak came from.

He said Alvin residents living in the area were told to evacuate immediately. Klesel estimates about 15-20 homes were evacuated.

The fire also caused the railway to be closed for several hours.
us_TX  transportation  fire  environmental  unknown_chemical 
23 hours ago
YMCA to pay restitution, fines after 2015 chemical spill sickens children at Santee school
Two years ago, a cloud of chemical fumes formed over a pool at a Santee YMCA and wafted toward a nearby school, where it sickened at least 77 children and some of the staff.

The toxic gas plume was the result of an attempt by workers at the Cameron Family YMCA to clean up a chlorine spill in the pool by mixing it with other “highly incompatible chemicals,” according to prosecutors.

The workers also pumped spilled chlorine directly into a storm drain.

Later, the YMCA of San Diego County and Lee Joseph Ladley, facilities director at the Santee location, were charged with felony and misdemeanor crimes, including unlawful disposal of hazardous waste and unlawful handling of pesticides.

The defendants pleaded guilty to all charges in July.

On Friday, San Diego Superior Court Judge Polly Shamoon reduced the felony charges to misdemeanors before placing the defendants on probation and ordering them to pay fines and restitution to the victims.

The YMCA was ordered to improve its program for handling hazardous materials in compliance with state law.

The incident happened on Oct. 20, 2015, when the chlorine spill at the Cameron Family YMCA on Riverwalk Drive sent children and adults from nearby Rio Seco Elementary School to hospitals for treatment.

Sheriff’s deputies, medics and a hazardous materials team were sent to the K-8 school on Cuyamaca Street near Riverwalk after students complained about a chemical smell and feeling a burning sensation in their eyes, authorities said.

At least 77 students and four staff members were affected, complaining of eye irritation, nausea and shortness of breath. Their symptoms were described as mild, officials said at the time.

Deputy District Attorney Elizabeth McClutchey contended that the YMCA had been “plagued with a long history of repeated environmental violations,” at locations around San Diego County including the Cameron Family YMCA.

She said in a phone interview that Ladley, who told workers not to report the spill to authorities, was a “good guy” overall, but he made a series of poor decisions after the spill that had serious consequences.

The plume of gas created by the chemical reaction was so large that a firefighter initially thought it was smoke from a fire, according to court documents. A school bus driver who was driving by the YMCA described it as a haze that was “larger than a football field.”

At sentencing, the judge ordered the YMCA to pay restitution to the victims — $57,000 of which has already been paid — and more than $40,000 in investigation costs. The YMCA was also ordered to pay about $17,000 in penalties.
us_CA  public  follow-up  environmental  other_chemical 
23 hours ago
No chemical release at Peru plant
Despite a vapor cloud appearing above Flint Hills Resources and a detected odor on Peru's southern side, no chemicals were detected in the surrounding atmosphere.

Peru Police Chief Doug Bernabei said the police department received reports of an odor over the southern section of Peru and was contacted by Flint Hills Resources of an incident at the plant at 501 Brunner St. near the Illinois River.

The police department works closely with Flint Hills to prepare emergency response plans which various departments employed today.

"What happens is they have various chemicals they work with and they have a safety plan in place, an excellent safety plan, which worked today," Bernabei said. "As chemicals are mixed there's potential for some type of adverse reaction and potentially a release of styrene or other things into the atmosphere."

The emergency plan consists of forcing the chemicals into a containment tank where an automatic foam system covers the chemicals in the tank to prevent them from going into the atmosphere.
us_IL  industrial  release  response  styrene  various_chemicals 
23 hours ago
Air Pollution: World pollution deadlier than wars, disasters, hunger
NEW DELHI: Environmental pollution — from filthy air to contaminated water — is killing more people every year than all war and violence in the world. More than smoking, hunger or natural disasters. More than AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined.
One out of every six premature deaths in the world in 2015 — about 9 million — could be attributed to disease from toxic exposure, according to a major study released on Thursday in The Lancet medical journal. The financial cost from pollution-related death, sickness and welfare is equally massive, the report says, costing some $4.6 trillion in annual losses — or about 6.2 percent of the global economy.
"There's been a lot of study of pollution, but it's never received the resources or level of attention as, say, AIDS or climate change," said epidemiologist Philip Landrigan, dean of global health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, and the lead author on the report.
The report marks the first attempt to pull together data on disease and death caused by all forms of pollution combined.
India  public  discovery  death 
Lawsuits filed over YMCA Chemical Spill
SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Children and adults were rushed from an East San Diego County school to the hospital almost two years ago and now some of the former patients are suing the YMCA of San Diego County and an employee over the incident.

More than 80 adults and children were evaluated during the emergency at Rio Seco Elementary school in Santee in October 2015.

Duane McFarland told Team 10 investigator Adam Racusin his son said his skin and mouth were burning and he was having trouble breathing.

“He still gets dizzy every once in a while,” McFarland said. “He still gets short of breath.”

At the time, investigators said the problem was caused by a chemical spill at the YMCA near the school.

According to two lawsuits filed, the YMCA and an employee disposed of hazardous waste by pumping spilled sodium hypochlorite, into a storm drain. It says thereafter attempted to use another chemical, which was in conflict with the labeling, to try and neutralize the spill.

The lawsuit claims the move created a chemical vapor plume that floated over to the school.
us_CA  public  follow-up  injury  bleach  waste 
1 hurt in crash with farm equipment, hazmat crews clean herbicide spill
DALLAS, Ore. – A farm vehicle crashed with a car Wednesday night on N Kings Valley Highway, injuring the car’s driver and spilling about 400 gallons of herbicide into a ditch.
Initial reports from Dallas Fire & EMS said a farm worker was driving the agricultural sprayer along the highway when it collided with another vehicle.
Fire crews had to extricate the driver from the car, they were taken to the hospital and should survive the injuries.
The farm worker was not hurt in the crash.
Hazmat crews were called out to clean up herbicide that had spilled from the sprayer’s tank. Officials said about 400 gallons had leaked onto the roadway and into a ditch.
us_OR  transportation  release  response  ag_chems  pesticides 
Woman critical after man pours acetone on her on Near North Side
CHICAGO -- A woman was hospitalized in critical condition Wednesday night after a man poured nail polish remover on her during a fight in their Near North Side home.

The pair, both 59 years old, were involved in the fight shortly after 8 p.m. at their home in the first block of West Chicago, when the man poured "a quantity of a toxic chemical" on the woman, according to Chicago Police.

A police source said the man doused her in acetone, the active ingredient in nail polish remover.

The woman "inhaled the substance, resulting in severe respiratory distress," police said. She was taken in critical condition to Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

The man has been located, police said. The nature of their relationship was not disclosed - police referred to him as an "acquaintance" - but the incident may have been domestic-related.
us_IL  public  release  injury  acetone  toxics 
Wolverine chemical fears prompt communities to spring for water testing
BELMONT, MI - As the number of Wolverine World Wide's dump sites continues to grow, residents in communities near Rockford and Belmont are wondering what's in their water.

The mushrooming investigation has prompted several private communities and homeowner associations outside of the state's House Street buffer zone to voluntarily pay for their own well-water testing as a precaution. Municipal water systems, based on groundwater drawing from wells, also are being tested.

Residents are worried about per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances called PFAS that were used in Scotchgard by Wolverine to treat their shoe leather, and later dumped in unlined trenches and covered with dirt.

The number of dump sites has continued to climb this fall as more are discovered, and the sites encompass a larger and larger part of the area north of Grand Rapids. Concerns especially spiked Oct. 12, when East Rockford Middle School turned off its drinking fountains and switched to bottled water.
us_MI  public  discovery  response  other_chemical 
Chemical stink causes evacuation of Tappan Zee High School
ORANGETOWN - A Tappan Zee High School student mixed chemicals that caused a massive stink that led officials to evacuate the school on Thursday afternoon, South Orangetown School District's spokeswoman said.

Hundreds of students ended up outside the Dutch Hill Road school — which has a large playing field and open space. The school is located nearly next door to the Orangeburg Fire Department and across the road from the Orangetown Police Department, which is part of Town Hall.

"Somebody mixed the wrong things together and created a stink," district spokeswoman B.J. Greco said. 'A bad smell went through the building. We evacuated due to the spill." 

The students congregated in the back parking lot near the playing field after the stink cleared the school at about 1:45 p.m. An hour later, officials let them back into the building to pick up their belongings and back packs before going home for the day.
us_NY  education  release  response  unknown_chemical 
Oakdale chemical fire causes $300,000 damage
The St. Catharines fire department says Wednesday’s Oakdale Avenue fire was caused by chlorine and chemical fertilizers.

Acting fire Chief Jim McCormick said Thursday the fire was the result of the chemical reaction when the materials mixed.

The resulting fumes from the fire, which began at about 11 a.m. at 55 Oakdale Ave., caused firefighters to advise residents in an 800-metre radius to stay indoors and close their windows.

McCormick said the advisory was just a precaution and there were no reported injuries.

The advisory was lifted at about 1:30 p.m. once the fire was under control.

The chemicals spilled while palettes were being unloaded on the property. One palette flipped over.

McCormick said the fire caused about $300,000 in damage.

The chief said the fire is a reminder that residents should have emergency kits that contain 72 hours of water, food and necessary supplies.
Canada  industrial  fire  response  ag_chems  chlorine 
A mother fights to get harmful chemicals off store shelves after son’s death
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A mother’s fight continues, after her son was overcome by fumes from a potent paint remover.

News 2 first spoke with Wendy Hartley, after her son collapsed at work and later died due to using dangerous chemicals while stripping a bathtub.

Wendy has since learned much more about the chemical, Methylene Chloride, and hopes to warn consumers.

As paint removers go, it’s one of the strongest. Mixed among the shelves at your local home improvement store is Methylene Chloride.

The chemical has a deadly history.

“Why is this deadly chemical on the shelves for consumers to use?” Hartley asked. “It shouldn’t be there.”

Wendy is now all too familiar with Methylene Chloride, after her son collapsed at work while working on a bathtub.

“When I received the medical records, Kevin’s records, there was a reference in there to Methylene Chloride,” she said. “After that, I just started kind of doing my research, to figure out exactly what this chemical is.”

What she found was troubling, article after article of the chemical’s dangers.

(Courtesy: Wendy Hartley)
A report by Bloomberg, cites at least 17 workers deaths since 2000.

“Kevin being one of those,” added Hartley. “It’s there, its’ available, it’s on the shelf for consumers to buy. And if it’s on the shelf, to me I feel like it should be safe.”
us_TN  public  follow-up  response  methylene_chloride 
Sarnia-area First Nation resident asks province to investigate flames at Chemical Valley plant
A resident of a First Nations community in Sarnia filed an application Thursday asking the province to investigate an incident in which large flames billowed from an industrial plant for five hours.

Clouds of fire and steam towered over the Imperial Oil plant in Sarnia the night of Feb. 23, 2017. Equipment had malfunctioned, the company said at the time. The application filed to the Ontario Environmental Commissioner Thursday by Vanessa Gray of Aamjiwnaang First Nation alleges the company violated provincial emission laws.

“If Imperial is going to continue to put our lives, our health, at risk, then they need to be held accountable,” Gray said.

“This is my territory and I have the right to feel safe in my own environment.”

A spokesperson for the Ministry of the Environment, Gary Wheeler, would not say Thursday if an investigation was underway, but said the ministry was aware of the incident when it happened.

“Ministry staff are reviewing the company’s actions and are considering other compliance options, including a possible investigation that could lead to charges,” Wheeler said via email.
Canada  industrial  follow-up  environmental 
CW US summit: Stakeholders see long-term success for LCSA
Several speakers at Chemical Watch’s US Regulatory Summit have said they are optimistic for the success of the Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act (LCSA). But they felt it would take years, if not decades to achieve its aims.

The reformed version of the Toxic Substances Control Act, which passed into law mid 2016, has managed to reach most of its key deadlines for rulemaking so far. However, concerns have been voiced regarding continued progress under the Trump administration.

Jim Jones (pictured), executive vice president of strategic alliances and industry relations for the Consumer Specialty Products Association (CSPA), who previously led the US EPA's toxics programme, said: "I have been consistently optimistic about the prospect of this law." He said time will be the true test of its success, but from his many years of experience working with environmental statutes, he is fairly confident of the Lautenberg Act because it is well written, and includes robust safety standards and deadlines.

He noted a disconnect between federal and "retailer regulation", with companies, including Walmart, Target and CVS, forging ahead with various hazard-based schemes to remove chemicals of concern from products on their store shelves. He added that it is yet unclear, what these companies would do if suppliers did not conform to their chemical safety programmes.
public  discovery  environmental  toxics 
State fills science board to study GenX, new compounds :: WRAL.com
RALEIGH, N.C. — State officials say they've officially appointed members to an expert science panel to advise regulators and public health officials on everything from coal ash contaminants to GenX – more than three months after they originally announced the creation of the group.

The 15 members announced Thursday include North Carolina State University professor Detlef Knappe, the lead researcher on the 2016 paper that revealed the presence of GenX in the Cape Fear River, along with other scientists in the fields of toxicology, engineering and public health. The Department of Environmental Quality and the Department of Health and Human Services announced the chairman of the group last week.

Timeline: Tracking the route of GenX in the Cape Fear River

"We selected top talent from a robust pool of more than 50 candidates from across North Carolina," DEQ Secretary Michael Regan said in a statement. "The panel we’ve assembled will provide vital long-term scientific guidance on how to best protect public health and the environment from emerging chemical compounds."

The board's first meeting, which is open to the public, will take place Oct. 23 from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Ground Floor Hearing Room of the Archdale Building, at 512 N. Salisbury St. in Raleigh.

The advisory panel's recommendations may upend the state's requirements for the water filters Duke Energy must supply to homeowners living near its coal ash pits. They could also impact how DEQ will regulate largely unstudied compounds, such as GenX, found in the Cape Fear River.

"We share a goal to protect the safety and health of all North Carolinians," DHHS Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen said in a statement. "We look forward to working closely with the panel and our partners at the Department of Environmental Quality."
us_NC  public  follow-up  environmental 
KDEM announces chemical safety campaign
Most people are probably familiar with the classic movie “mad scientist” scenario, where the crazed scientist mixes up a bubbling brew in his laboratory, usually with tragic consequences.

Unfortunately, mixing some common household chemicals can lead to tragic consequences in real life.

To remind Kansans to observe safety precautions when using household products, the Technological Hazards Section of the Kansas Division of Emergency Management will launch its annual chemical safety outreach campaign for November.

Governor Sam Brownback signed a proclamation recently in the ceremonial office of the Kansas Statehouse marking November as “Read the Label First, Don’t Mix Chemicals” Month in Kansas. During the month, KDEM will partner with a number of other state and local health agencies to provide information and educate the public on safety measures when using common household chemicals.

“Basic chemistry can’t be ignored, so always read the label before you use a product,” said L’Tanya Christenberry, program consultant, Kansas Division of Emergency Management. “If used the wrong way or mixed with another chemical, you may create a reaction that could be harmful, even fatal. However, when you follow the directions, these chemical products are safe.”
us_KS  public  release  environmental 
Ammonia leak leads to local state of emergency in Kootenays
A BC community in the Kootenay region has declared a local state of emergency, and an evacuation order, for the next seven days.

Three people have died in the City of Fernie as a result of an ammonia leak in the local hockey arena.

As a result, all residents in homes and businesses between 9th and 13th streets, as well as Highway 3 to 6th Avenue, have been evacuated until Tuesday.

In a statement, Labour Minister Harry Bains about the fatalities within the community.

“The circumstances surrounding the accident at the Fernie Memorial Arena (FMA) are still under investigation, while HAZMAT teams [and WorkSafeBC] address a suspected ammonia leak.”
Canada  public  follow-up  death  ammonia 
2 days ago
Possible gas leak probed after 14 get sick at Miami middle school
Authorities are investigating a suspected carbon-monoxide leak at a school in Miami, Florida, that sent 14 people to area hospitals today.

Around 11:42 a.m., Miami-Dade Fire Rescue said its emergency personnel were called to Miami Springs Middle School after several workers reported feeling sick in and around the cafeteria. Authorities said the victims were all adults.

"The school cafeteria and adjacent areas were temporarily evacuated. A Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Hazmat team was on site trying to locate the source of concern," Miami-Dade Fire Rescue said in a news release. "At this time, crews are continuing to work on investigating this incident."

32 treated after carbon monoxide forces evacuation of NYC building

Authorities said the adults had been in the school cafeteria when they started experiencing dizziness, nausea and the feeling of being light-headed. They all needed to be wheeled out on stretchers and transported to area hospitals but none were critical, authorities said.
us_FL  education  release  injury  carbon_monoxide 
2 days ago
I-80 in Northern Nevada Shut Down after Haz Mat Spill
WELLS, NV (KLIX) At this time, Interstate 80 in northern Nevada is closed and traffic is being diverted onto area highways after a hazmat spill earlier today. According to the Nevada Highway Patrol, the interstate is closed in both directions between Elko and Wells. About 51,000 gallons of ammonium bisulfite spilled from a semi truck that overturned. A team is on scene trying to clear the spill, but NHP says the roadway will be closed until Thursday morning. Meanwhile, traffic is being rerouted onto Highway 93 to Ely, west on Highway 50 to Eureka and north on State Highway 278 to Carlin. For Nevada road conditions on updates, you can call 877-687-6237. NHP provided a map of the detours on their Facebook page:
us_NV  transportation  release  response  other_chemical 
2 days ago
Firefighters Exposed to Carcinogens Through the Skin
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Firefighters face many known hazards on the job, but one area that hasn't been well researched is how their skin's exposure to hazardous chemicals might increase their risk of cancer.

It has long been known that firefighters have higher rates of several types of cancer than people in the general population.

In a new study, researchers at the University of Ottawa examined firefighters' exposure to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in smoke from fires. PAHs can cause genetic mutations and are known carcinogens. They are one of the hazardous substances released into the air when wood, plastics, furniture, electronics or building materials burn.

The researchers collected urine samples from -- and also wiped the skin and clothing of -- more than two dozen Canadian firefighters before and after they responded to fires in 2015 and 2016.

On average, the levels of PAH metabolites in urine were about three to five times higher after a fire than before a fire, the findings showed. That increase was associated with an average 4.3 times higher risk of DNA mutations.

"There's a relationship between firefighters' urinary PAH metabolite levels and the levels of PAHs on their skin, which leads us to suspect that [skin] contact may be an important route of exposure," Jennifer Keir, an author on the study, said in a news release from the American Chemical Society.
Canada  industrial  discovery  environmental  other_chemical 
2 days ago
Two taken to hospital after chemical odor released at Cockeysville retirement home
Two people were hospitalized Wednesday morning after a chemical odor was reported at a Cockeysville retirement home, county fire officials said.

The Baltimore County fire department’s hazmat unit was called around 8 a.m. to the Maryland Masonic Homes at 300 International Circle in Cockeysville where bleach was mixed with a second chemical inside a laundry room, releasing an odor, officials said.

Two people were transported to an area hospital with minor injuries, said Capt. Tim Rostkowski. He did not have additional information Wednesday morning.
us_MD  public  release  injury  bleach  cleaners 
2 days ago
Bomb Squad Carries Out Controlled Explosion At Stephen's Green School
Members of the army's bomb squad carried out a controlled explosion at a Stephen's Green school this morning after stores of nitric acid became unsafe. 

Gardai and the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team were called to the school's lab just after 5am. 

A spokesman for the Defence Forces told Dublin Live that the operation was routine and that no-one was injured. 

Nitric acid is a common lab chemical and only becomes dangerous if it deteriorates over time. 
laboratory  discovery  response  nitric_acid  waste 
2 days ago
Hanford workers report chemical vapor-like odors
Six workers at the Hanford nuclear reservation reported an onion-like smell Wednesday afternoon that may have been chemical vapors.

None of the workers reported symptoms and all declined precautionary medical evaluations, according to tank farm contractor Washington River Protection Solutions.

The workers were near a changing trailer outside the TX Tank Farm preparing for routine electrical maintenance when the smelled the suspicious odor. They were not wearing supplied air respirators because they were outside of the fence line of the tank farm.

Workers left the area after the odor was reported shortly after 2 p.m. and access was restricted. No work that would disturb waste, which can increase the chance of chemical vapors being emitted, was being done.
us_WA  industrial  release  response  waste 
2 days ago
EPA restricts dicamba herbicide
In the wake of thousands of complaints of damage to crops in the U.S. from the herbicide dicamba drifting off of neighboring fields, the Environmental Protection Agency and pesticide makers have reached an agreement to impose restrictions on the herbicide’s use.
Dicamba products sold for the 2018 growing season will be classified as restricted use, meaning they can only be applied by a certified applicator with special training. Other changes include limiting dicamba spraying to when winds are less than 16 km/hour, restricting spraying to certain times of the day, and requiring farmers to keep records of dicamba use.
Farmers are increasingly spraying dicamba on soybeans and cotton that have been genetically engineered to tolerate it, as weeds are becoming resistant to other herbicides such as glyphosate. But soybeans that have not been genetically engineered to tolerate dicamba are particularly susceptible to its damage.
State agencies in Arkansas, Illinois, Missouri, Ohio, and Tennessee worked with EPA and pesticide manufacturers to investigate complaints of dicamba damage to nontolerant crops since 2015. Dicamba manufacturer Monsanto is confident that increased training and record keeping will “address the main causes of off-target movement,” says Ty Vaughn, Monsanto’s global regulatory lead. EPA says that it will monitor whether the changes reduce dicamba damage to nontarget crops as the agency decides whether to allow use of the herbicide beyond 2018.
industrial  follow-up  environmental  pesticides 
2 days ago
Ammonia leak contained at JBS Packerland in Franconia
FRANCONIA >> Emergency services personnel, including the Montgomery County Hazardous Materials Team, were at the scene of an Oct. 15 ammonia leak for almost a full day.

“It was a long time until everything drained out, so they were there from 10 o’clock yesterday morning and they cleaned up at 8 a.m. this morning,” Franconia Township police Chief Joseph Kozeniewski said at the Oct. 16 Franconia Township Board of Supervisors meeting, “but everything turned out well. No spillages into the ground or groundwater. No injuries, so it came away pretty much clean.”

The police department, along with local fire companies and EMS, were dispatched at 10:12 a.m. Oct. 15 for a reported ammonia leak at the JBS Packerland plant at 249 Allentown Road, police said.

A JBS safety officer said he had a very high reading of ammonia fume concentration, police said.

Fortunately, all the ammonia and fumes were contained within the room in which the tank was located, Kozeniewski said.

“There was no danger of anything escaping,” he said.

The room could not be entered without the use of personal protective suits and breathing apparatus, though, he said.
us_MD  industrial  release  response  ammonia 
3 days ago
Three dead in ammonia leak
The city of Fernie has confirmed that three people have died following an ammonia leak at the local hockey arena.

Several rescue crews, including a hazmat team, are now on scene at the Fernie Memorial Arena. Officials added that the site has been secured, but crews are not yet able to safely enter the facility. All homes in the area bordered by 9th Street, 13th Street, Highway 3 and 6th Avenue were included in the evacuation.

Evacuees are being asked to check in at the Senior Citizens Drop-in Centre at 562 3 Avenue. The nearby Red Apple, 7-11 and Trinity Lodge have also been evacuated.

CIMCO Refrigeration is on scene assisting city crews, and the city is working to acquire additional specialized resources to deal with the hazardous situation.

Several streets surrounding the arena have been shut down, and the public has been asked to avoid the area. As soon as they become available, this story will be updated.
Canada  public  release  death  ammonia 
3 days ago
Chemical factory gutted in fire at Turbhe MIDC
A major fire broke out at a chemical manufacturing company in Turbhe MIDC on Tuesday at 10.45 a.m. Though no casualties were reported, the firm, Machemco Resins Private Limited, may have suffered losses that the management estimates to be in crores.

Sanjay Harshe, production manager of the firm, said that the fire broke out around tea time. He said, “I was in the cafeteria, when a staff member came running towards me and said that fire had engulfed the processing area. We immediately grabbed the fire extinguisher and doused the flames. However, the fire started blazing again and we had to evacuate the place. The fire brigade arrived at around 10.52 a.m.”

It took 12 fire tenders close to two hours to eventually bring the fire under control. The fire was put out at 4.30 p.m. and the cooling process ended at 7 p.m.

R.B. Patil, MIDC fire officer, said: “The presence of chemicals made the firefighting challenging. The flames kept blazing and drums with chemicals kept exploding. It took more than five hours to douse the fire. The fire could have been triggered by a short circuit or sparks from welding work on the premises.”
India  industrial  explosion  response  unknown_chemical 
3 days ago
Glyphosate debate heats up in the EU
Members of the European Parliament heard opposing views on the European Commission’s proposal to reauthorize use of the herbicide glyphosate in the EU for the next 10 years during a joint hearing of the agriculture and environment committees on Oct. 11. The current EU authorization for glyphosate expires in December. At issue is a set of documents revealed in ongoing U.S. lawsuits that suggest Monsanto, which makes the glyphosate-based herbicide Roundup, influenced safety assessments conducted by EU regulators. Plaintiffs in those lawsuits claim that glyphosate exposure led them or family members to develop cancer. Both the European Food Safety Authority and the European Chemicals Agency have declared that use of glyphosate is safe, but the International Agency for Research on Cancer has classified the chemical as “probably carcinogenic to humans.” EU member states have yet to reach a consensus for or against the European Commission’s proposal to renew glyphosate’s authorization. Officials were expected to vote on it earlier this month, but they deferred the vote until at least their next meeting on Oct. 23.
Europe  public  follow-up  environmental  ag_chems  pesticides 
3 days ago
California enacts cleaning product law
Makers of cleaning products sold in California will have to reveal ingredients online and on product labels, under a first-of-its-kind law signed by Gov. Jerry Brown (D) on Oct. 15. New York is expected soon to finalize a regulation requiring similar disclosure of cleaning product ingredients.
“People around the country and especially Californians are demanding more disclosure about the chemicals in products we use,” says California state Sen. Ricardo Lara (D), who sponsored the legislation.
The California law applies to ingredients in general cleaning, air care, automobile care, and floor maintenance products. Fragrance compounds that are listed as allergens by the European Union must be disclosed. The chemical identities of other fragrance compounds, ingredients that are trade secrets, and colorants are exempt from disclosure.
Manufacturers will have to provide information about ingredients on product websites as of 2020. The law requires ingredients be listed on labels of cleaning product sold in the state starting in 2021.
The Consumer Specialty Products Association, an organization of companies that formulate affected products, backs the California measure. CSPA says the new law balances consumer and worker demands for information with businesses’ needs to protect proprietary data.
Companies supporting the bill include cleaning product makers Procter & Gamble, Reckitt Benckiser, SC Johnson, Seventh Generation, Unilever, and WD40, and fragrance maker Givaudan.
us_CA  public  discovery  environmental 
3 days ago
Wheat Dust Allergy Leads to Worker Death
When introducing a new chemical or raw material into the work environment, a risk assessment must be completed to eliminate or reduce workers’ exposure.

At the National Safety Congress in Indianapolis, OSHA investigators presented some of their most interesting cases. For Allen Grisar, Region V OSHA compliance officer, one of the most unexpected cases he has come across happened at a company involved in grain processing for the malting industry.

In September 2014, a worker, who had been with the company for four years, developed asthma and subsequently died from a severe asthma attack at the facility. His job role involved transferring grains to malt practices.

The company had introduced wheat and barley into its malting operations just months prior to the incident. Just four months before his death, the worker had a severe asthma attack on the clock, which was treated at work.

 “Company did not conduct an incident investigation or send worker for further evaluation after May 2014,” Grisar told attendees.

The OSHA investigation discovered many issues that the led to the fatality. First, preplacement medical exam were not provided to contract clinicians conducting respiratory clearance examinations, he said.
us_IN  industrial  follow-up  death  other_chemical 
4 days ago
Harvey reveals the need for more planning on storms
We watched as Hurricane Harvey devastated areas of Texas, most notably Houston. We saw it halt Houston's rapid industrial growth. We saw toxic airborne releases from sites like the Arkema plant and some oil refineries like ExxonMobil, Shell and Chevron Phillips. We heard that floodwater contamination from both current and longstanding toxic waste sites and damage from petrochemical infrastructure occurred. We heard that potable water was compromised. An estimated 1 million pounds or more of toxins like benzene, dioxins, lead, toluene, xylene, sulfur dioxide and arsenic, some of which are carcinogens, were released.
Could the Capital Region see our health imperiled, our rapid growth in industry halted, and our infrastructure damaged as Houston's was in the aftermath of a natural disaster? The similarities between our two regions should alarm us.
Separate of natural disasters, we already have had problems in remediating the effects of hazardous substances, such as PFOA contamination of the water supply in Hoosic Falls from the manufacture of Teflon by Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics and Honeywell International and from PCBs and dioxins from the GE Plant that still remain in the Hudson and can be potentially dredged up in a natural disaster. Other areas that should concern us include the possibility of radioactive leaks and gas pipeline leaks, as well as, the risk from potential explosions from highly flammable oil trains in the oil- by- rail business that passes through the Albany population centers.
us_NY  industrial  discovery  environmental  toxics 
4 days ago
Small leak contained after truck overturns near I-440 and I-40, fire department says
A small leak of a chemical used to prevent fungus growth on fruits has been contained after a tractor-trailer overturned on a ramp between two interstates in North Little Rock on Monday.

The truck overturned before 8:30 a.m. on the ramp from eastbound Interstate 40 to Interstate 440, which runs south from that area, authorities said.

North Little Rock Fire Department Lt. Dustin Free said hazardous materials teams contained a small leak of dodine, which he said is an antifungal product used on fruits.
us_AR  transportation  release  response  other_chemical 
4 days ago
NIOSH Posts New Chapter on Biological Monitoring for Chemical Exposures -- Occupational Health & Safety
NIOSH has posted a new draft chapter to be published in its Manual of Analytical Methods. The draft chapter concerns biological monitoring methods for chemical exposures, and the agency is accepting comments on it until Dec. 15. Stakeholders can find it by visiting www.regulations.gov and searching for CDC-2017-0090 in the search box.

The 43-page chapter is titled "Application of Biological Monitoring Methods for Chemical Exposures in Occupational Health" and lists four individuals as authors: D. Gayle DeBord, Ph.D.; Dale Shoemaker, Ph.D.; Clayton B'Hymer, Ph.D.; and John Snawder, Ph.D., DABT.

They explain why biomonitoring is a valuable tool for demonstrating compliance with exposure limits, research, health monitoring, and risk assessment and management. "The spectrum of exposures for which biomarkers can be useful includes the full range of occupational hazards from noise to stress to chemicals," they write. "While this document generally focuses on chemical exposures, the considerations of purposes, study design criteria, quality assurance, and the ethical and safety issues have general application. The guidance provided in this document is particularly relevant to urinary and blood biomonitoring and is generally relevant to other biomonitoring assays that measure response or susceptibility factors such as genetic toxicology tests or gene variants."
public  discovery  environmental 
4 days ago
State issues violation notice in Tinker Creek chemical spill and fish kill
Environmental regulators are making a case against the company responsible for a chemical spill on Tinker Creek that caused one of the Roanoke region’s worst recorded fish kills.

The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality issued a notice of violation to Crop Production Services in a letter dated Oct. 4.

It was a key step in an investigation that began July 29, after a plastic storage tank outside the company’s Botetourt County location sprang a leak, spilling an agricultural-use chemical that eventually made its way into Tinker Creek.

About 165 gallons of Termix 5301 — described by its manufacturer as “very toxic to aquatic life ... with long-lasting effects” — killed more than 40,000 fish along an approximately five-mile stretch of the creek that flows through Botetourt and Roanoke counties.

Officials at DEQ have “reason to believe” that Crop Production Services violated state regulations, according to the letter, which the agency provided in response to an open-records request by The Roanoke Times.

The next step will be a meeting between DEQ and CPS officials. If the two sides come to an agreement, the most likely outcome would be a consent order that could involve a fine and a plan to correct any remaining problems at the CPS site on Simmons Drive in Cloverdale.
us_VA  industrial  follow-up  environmental  ag_chems 
4 days ago
Oil Rig Explodes in Louisiana Lake Pontchartrain, Injuring 5 Critically
An oil rig exploded on a Louisiana lake Sunday night, injuring seven people, five of them critically, while another person remained unaccounted, authorities said.

The explosion on Lake Pontchartrain was reported at 7:18 p.m. (8:18 p.m. ET) about 1½ miles from shore, authorities said at a briefing late Sunday. Rescue efforts were still underway, they said.

Authorities respond to an oil rig explosion in Lake Pontchartrain, off Kenner, La., on Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017. Matthew Hinton / The Advocate via AP
The cause remained unknown, and authorities said it was too soon to tell whether any oil had spilled. Ben Zahn, the mayor of nearby Kenner, said no homes were threatened.

Mike Guillot, director of emergency services at East Jefferson General Hospital in Metairie, said that five patients were in critical condition at University Medical Center and that two others were listed as stable at East Jefferson. All suffered blast-type injuries and burns, he said.

The Coast Guard said it was coordinating search efforts for a missing man.
us_la  industrial  explosion  injuries  petroleum 
5 days ago
Outrage, calls for health study after Chemical Valley spills investigation
A chorus of outraged Ontarians — ranging from to the province’s environment watchdog to the First Nations community living in the shadows of industrial smokestacks — called for a health study Sunday in the aftermath of an investigation revealing a pattern of potentially dangerous leaks in Sarnia’s Chemical Valley.

Ontario environmental commissioner Dianne Saxe said the situation in the area — home to Canada’s highest concentration of petrochemical plants — is “shameful.”

“It is clear to me that this situation is outrageous and it needs immediate attention,” Saxe said, adding that there needs to be better air monitoring by industry and the province.

“First Nations communities disproportionately bear the burden of pollution across Ontario and that needs to change.”
canada  industrial  discovery  environmental  toxics 
5 days ago
Chemical explosion sends Taunton man to hospital
TAUNTON, Mass. – A chemical explosion sent a Taunton man to the hospital with serious injuries Sunday evening.

Firefighters say the man was washing his back deck on Pine Street, when he mixed two cleaning products together into a spray bottle that should not have been paired up. "It was just two of the wrong ones,” explained Capt. Keith Hartung. "The container that he was mixing them in exploded [and] gave him some pretty severe injuries."

The man was conscious when rescuers rushed him to the hospital with serious abdominal injuries.

Hazmat crews responded to the scene to evaluate the chemicals, eventually deeming the area safe. There was no fire from the explosion and no damage to the porch.

Hartung offered a common sense warning to residents: "Don't mix two chemicals if you don't know what they are."
us_ma  public  explosion  injury  cleaners 
5 days ago
Two U.S. states ban flame retardants in furniture, San Francisco may do the same
Rhode Island and Maine are halting the sale of new upholstered furniture containing flame retardants, and San Francisco may follow suit. Under legislation enacted earlier this month, Rhode Island is banning the sale of new furniture and bedding that contain organohalogen flame retardants as of July 1, 2019. Some organohalogen flame retardants have been linked to health problems, including cancer, reproductive and developmental effects, and hormone disruption, in animal studies. In August, Maine’s legislature overrode the governor’s veto and enacted a more sweeping ban than Rhode Island. That law, as of January 2018, prohibits the sale in Maine of new upholstered furniture containing any kind of flame retardant chemicals. Meanwhile, the city of San Francisco is considering a ban on flame retardants in upholstered furniture and children’s products such as nap mats. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission last month agreed to prohibit organohalogen flame retardants in infant and toddler items, residential furniture, mattresses and mattress pads, and outer casings on electronics. However, the agency has not started the official process for turning this plan into regulation.
us  discovery  public  environmental  toxics 
5 days ago
Calif. wildfire smoke spews dangerous toxins
NAPA, Calif. — The air quality in much of the Bay Area this week has at times been comparable to — or even worse than —Beijing, one of the most notoriously polluted cities in the world, as smoke from the Wine Country wildfires drifts south and settles over the region.

Smoke-choked residents wore masks while biking or walking to work, and even on BART trains and inside offices. Schools kept restless students indoors all day, or canceled classes altogether. A hundred miles from the fires, people showed up in emergency rooms saying they were having trouble breathing.

The brown-hued sunlight, ash falling like snow, and a persistent campfire smell are the obvious signs of heavy pollution. But more concerning are the invisible, noxious particulates carried in the smoke. These microscopic particles are easily inhaled and can make their way deep into the lungs, causing damage to the delicate tissue.
us_CA  public  discovery  environmental 
6 days ago
Oilfield accident forces closure of Old Hwy 7 in Stephens County
Hazmat crews are working a gas leak that closed down about 4 1/2 miles of Old Highway 7 in Stephens County overnight.

At 4 a.m. Saturday, the Stephens County Sheriff’s Office said the highway was closed due to an oilfield accident.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says all lanes are closed from just west of Ratliff City to just west of Velma. The lanes have since been opened.

“Specialists are on-site evaluating the situation but it is still unknown how long this area will be affected,” the Sheriff's Office said.
us_OK  industrial  release  response  unknown_chemical 
6 days ago
Toxic chemical foam plume found at National Guard base in Alpena
ALPENA, MI -- Unsafe levels of toxic chemicals from old firefighting foam use have contaminated the groundwater at the Michigan Air National Guard base in Alpena County.

Five test wells have tested positive for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances called PFAS, (also called perfluorinated chemicals, or PFCs), a class of chemicals which are also contaminating groundwater near Marquette, Grayling, Oscoda and Plainfield Township.

According to local public health officials, the concentration of two PFAS compounds reached about 80,000 parts-per-trillion at one location, which is about 1,140 times higher than a federal health advisory level for those chemicals in drinking water.
us_MI  public  discovery  response  toxics 
6 days ago
Groups oppose reduction in Bayer payment for fatal explosion
Citizens groups, environmentalists and civil rights organizations have teamed up to oppose a Trump administration effort to significantly reduce the amount of money Bayer CropScience has to pay to resolve serious safety violations related to an August 2008 explosion that killed two Institute plant workers.

Last week, People Concerned About Chemical Safety, the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Charleston branch of the NAACP wrote to the U.S. Department of Justice about an administration effort to cut Bayer’s payments under a federal settlement with the DOJ and the Environmental Protection Agency by nearly $1.4 million.

In a seven-page letter, Pam Nixon, of People Concerned, and Vivian Wang, of the NRDC, objected to the DOJ-EPA proposal, which would replace improvements in the Bayer plant’s wastewater treatment system — aimed at curbing chemical discharges into the Kanawha River — with a “far less costly” program that involves buying emergency response equipment for two local volunteer fire departments.
us_WV  industrial  follow-up  environmental 
6 days ago
Moure-Eraso: Chemical accidents can be prevented
Hurricane Harvey has reminded us that much of America's chemical infrastructure is in serious peril. The fires and explosions at the Arkema peroxide plant in Crosby, which sickened first responders and terrified the surrounding community, illustrate what happens when industry is allowed to operate for decades without effective safety oversight.

Arkema capitalized on the weakness of the current regulatory system, even as the company lobbied the Environmental Protection Agency to keep those rules unchanged. The current rules largely omit coverage for reactive chemicals like Arkema's peroxides - just as those rules still do not cover the fertilizer ammonium nitrate that detonated and leveled much of West, Texas in April 2013, killing 15 people.

Arkema filed its federally required risk management plans but did far too little to reduce the actual danger from an obvious and acknowledged hazard - the loss of power to the refrigeration systems needed to keep its highly reactive organic peroxides from decomposing explosively.

This highlights a fatal design weakness in current rules. Companies can substantively comply with the rules by generating paperwork showing that they have analyzed their chemical risks and possible worst-case scenarios. But these companies are under no obligation to actually reduce these risks to the lowest practicable levels by applying safer technologies and utilizing the most up-to-date industry best practices.
us_TX  industrial  follow-up  environmental  ammonium_nitrate  peroxide 
6 days ago
Dozens line up to receive free mold-killing chemicals at Bevil Oaks church
BEVIL OAKS - As thousands of homes are in the rebuilding stage after Tropical Storm Harvey, concern over mold in homes is growing.

One group is erasing that concern by providing free chemicals to help destroy mold in homes.

John Wilson picked up five gallons of the chemical today at First Baptist Church in Bevil Oaks.

"Cleanliness and sanitation is a big issue when your home floods, and this stuff is really going to help. It makes you feel like it's going to be safe to be back in your home," Wilson said.

Jeepers 4 Jesus member Scot Shaffer says he’s humbled that he’s helped nearly 7,000 homeowners in Southeast Texas.

"It's definitely critical, I'm no expert by any means, and I tell every person that comes through here I'm not the expert, I'm just the tool handing something out, that's basically it," Shaffer said.

The chemical, called Virex II, works as a bactericidal, virucidal, mildewcidal, and a deodorizer, according to the E.P.A.

The group raised funds to buy up to 30,000 gallons of the chemical, according to Shaffer.
us_TX  public  follow-up  response  other_chemical 
6 days ago
Toxic chemical testing for WA firefighters Yahoo7 News
West Australian firefighters will be offered blood tests to check for chemicals which may increase the risk of cancer.

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services has confirmed it will be offering current and former firefighters testing for perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), previously used in firefighting foam.

Some studies have PFAS linked to issues with development, fertility, the immune system and an increased risk of developing cancer.

United Firefighters Union of WA secretary Lea Anderson says the union hopes the government will adopt the "world class" Queensland model of testing which offers voluntary testing and counselling on results.

The union is currently in negotiations with the WA government over access to medical data.

"Only firefighters should have access to their personal test results, the government can then take group results and form a kind of baseline," Ms Anderson said.

Firefighters employed by the DFES on contract from private companies such as Broadwater should also be offered testing, she said.

She warned those employed on mine sites or as fire safety officers for companies could also have been exposed to the toxic chemical.
Australia  public  discovery  injury  other_chemical  toxics 
6 days ago
Fear over vote to ban weedkiller chemical
GARDNENERS could soon be forced to weed their gardens by hand if Brussels bureaucrats ban a chemical found in the biggest selling weed-killers.

Farming output could fall by nearly £1 billion and councils would need to find an additional £228 million to tackle weeds if glyphosate is outlawed by the EU, experts predict.

For more than 40 years glyphosate has been the key component of weedkillers such as Roundup which tackle menaces including knotweed, hogweed, bindweed and black grass.

But over recent years a campaign by the green lobby to get it banned has gathered strength, despite it being certified as safe by numerous chemical and food safety agencies.

The European Commission’s Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed is due to vote on October 23 whether to renew glyphosate’s licence. It has backing from France and a number of other member states.

Experts fear the committee will back a ban and, with no other viable alternative to glysophate available, researchers predict a huge financial impact if a ban comes into force.
Europe  public  discovery  environmental  other_chemical 
6 days ago
Environmental Health and Safety Department: More than just regulations
From maintaining proper laboratory signage to environmental emissions standards, the Environmental Health and Safety Department at Kansas State has a wide variety of duties to keep students safe on a daily basis and ensure K-State is meeting required environmental standards.

“The first and most important reason is for the safety of our campus, employees, our students and visitors to campus,” Christina Aguilera, director of EHS, said. “Also, the environmental health of the surrounding community [is important] as well, to ensure we’re being good stewards of our environmental resources.”

EHS is even responsible for food standards at bake sales and other student functions, Aguilera said.

“Whenever someone is doing a food event on campus, if they’re preparing even something as simple as a bake sale, we have a sanitation officer that those materials need to be reviewed by,” Aguilera said.
us_KS  public  discovery  environmental 
7 days ago
Chemical smell at Loop building sends 6 people to hospitals
At least six people were taken to hospitals because of a chemical smell at a building in the Loop, authorities said.

Firefighters were called to the building at 77 W. Wacker Drive around 10:30 a.m. after chemicals mixed for cleaning purposes gave off sickening fumes, officials said.

Six people were transported from the scene in fair to serious condition, fire officials said.  At least two of them were taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

One person at the scene refused medical treatment.
us_IL  public  release  injury  other_chemical 
7 days ago
BREAKING: Students evacuated after chemical leak at Mishawaka school
MISHAWAKA — One Penn-Harris-Madison elementary school may not open Monday because of a hazmat situation that shut down the school.
Students had to be evacuated this afternoon after a mysterious gas odor was reported.
South Bend Fire Department did tell school officials that the building is safe, but the school is taking extra precautions before classes can resume.
This all happened around 1 p.m. this afternoon at Walt Disney Elementary in Mishawaka.
Despite the scare, the principal tells WSBT the evacuation went smoothly.
When the Mishawaka Fire Department first went in to the building, firefighters came out complaining of a skin irritation.
By that time the kids were safely out and on their way home.
"Our teachers we do regular drills and so we were able to have all students out of the building very timely and account for every student,” said Ryan Towner, Walt Disney Elementary Principal.
us_IN  education  release  response  unknown_chemical 
7 days ago
Inorganics Reg Neg Committee Dissolved; EPA Still Seeking Public Input
On October 12, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a notice in the Federal Register announcing the cancellation of the fourth meeting of the Negotiated Rulemaking Committee for Chemical Data Reporting (CDR) requirements for inorganic byproducts (Reg Neg Committee) scheduled for October 25-26, 2017. 82 Fed. Reg. 47423.

During their September 13-14, 2017, meeting, the members of the Reg Neg Committee concluded that further dialogue within the Committee context would be unproductive, and that the fourth meeting was not necessary. EPA is, however, still providing the public an opportunity to weigh in on the legislative directive to reduce the CDR reporting burden for inorganic substances that are recycled, while maintaining EPA’s access to exposure information needed for risk assessment purposes. The notice states that the Reg Neg Committee docket will remain open until December 11, 2017, to allow for public comment.

The Reg Neg Committee was established to respond to the legislative mandate under Section 8(a)(6)(A) of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, which states:

The [EPA] Administrator shall enter into a negotiated rulemaking … to develop and publish … a proposed rule providing for limiting the reporting requirements, under this subsection, for manufacturers of any inorganic byproducts, when such byproducts, whether by the byproduct manufacturer or by any other person, are subsequently recycled, reused, or reprocessed.

During the first set of Reg Neg Committee meetings, EPA stressed its desire to implement the outcome of the Reg Neg Committee work during the next CDR reporting cycle in 2020. To achieve this timeline, the Committee would need to reach a consensus on an approach or approaches by the October 2017 meetings. While several different stakeholder organizations offered proposals for consideration, it became clear to Committee members during the September 14-15, 2017, meeting that those proposals would not have consensus support because they either required considerable further refinement and discussion beyond the October 2017 timeframe; did not provide EPA with appropriate exposure information needed for risk assessment; or did not adequately achieve the mandated goal of limiting reporting requirements.
public  discovery  environmental  other_chemical 
7 days ago
Warehouse building evacuated in north-end Toronto after ammonia leak
A warehouse building in Toronto’s north end was evacuated late Thursday evening after reports of an ammonia leak.

Toronto police said the building at Steeles Avenue West and Norfinch Drive, near the intersection of highways 400 and 407, was evacuated just after 10 p.m.

Hazmat units had arrived on scene alongside Toronto police and fire crews.

Toronto police temporarily closed Steeles Avenue West from Rossdean Drive to Norfinch Drive.

An update just after midnight said the leak had been capped and the roadway had reopened.
Canada  industrial  release  response  ammonia 
8 days ago
CHP: Big rig fire in Caldecott Tunnel extinguished, both bores reopen
Crews extinguished a big rig fire in the eastern right bore of the Caldecott Tunnel around 1 a.m. Friday morning, CHP said.
Both bores for closed for a time, creating traffic delays on eastbound Highway 24 in Oakland. Eastbound traffic was diverted to Fish Ranch Rd. 
Both bores are now open.  
Authorities dispatched a hazmat crew to determine the contents of the big rig's cargo.  
us_CA  transportation  fire  response  unknown_chemical 
8 days ago
Covert Vulnerability Testing Breaches NIST Campuses, Prompting Calls for Security
Covert security tests of the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s two campuses revealed potentially-dangerous gaps, according to a new federal report released Wednesday.

Access was gained to both the Maryland and Colorado NIST locations, according to the investigation by the Government Accountability Office. The locations house hazardous chemicals and even a nuclear reactor used for research.

“We identified security vulnerability through our covert vulnerability testing, during which GAO agents gained unauthorized access to various areas of both NIST campuses,” according to the public version of the report.

The report was discussed by some members of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology on Wednesday. Behind closed doors, the members watched videos detailing the 15 separate breaches of parts of the facilities.

“The evidence produced in these videos shines a light on the porous nature of NIST’s physical security, and are particularly concerning to the Committee, especially in light of the fact that the July 2015 meth lab explosion served to put NIST on notice that its physical security program was flawed,” said Rep. Darin LaHood (R-Ill.).
us_CO  laboratory  discovery  environmental 
8 days ago
Fire Breaks Out At Vanderbilt Chemical Plant In Murray
  A fire broke out around 3 this afternoon at Vanderbilt Chemical Plant in Murray.

Emergency dispatch has confirmed that the fire has been extinguished.

Calloway Fire and Rescue Station 3 Captain Andy Harrell says there were no dangerous chemicals released during the fire.

He said Vanderbilt has response units at their facility, but had to call in help.

“They have equipment they have firefighters, so they were already on it," Harrell said. "It was a pretty good sized fire at first, and possibly an alcohol-based fire from what we’ve been told.”

Calloway County EMS said there are no injuries at this time. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
us_KY  industrial  fire  response  unknown_chemical 
8 days ago
Sarstedt: Boy after chemical explosion in coma
On Wednesday evening, a 15-year-old pupil suffered severe injuries to right hand. He is now in a coma in a hospital in Hildesheim.

As police shared, boy was on road with three friends (13, 14 and 14 years) when accident happened. In his trouser pocket, chemicals had exploded, which youngsters had stolen from chemistry room of Albert Schweitzer School last weekend.

Because boy is not capable of interrogation, motives of ft are still unclear.

However, experts from state criminal office of Lower Saxony found parts of a self-built detonating agent and traces of chemicals that were used – substances that lead to an explosion after mixture under pressure!

However, police stressed that "re is currently no evidence of a planned damaging event to detriment of or persons or similar".

At present time, police assume that this is a deplorable accident. However, four students are identified for breaking into school and for violating Explosives Act.
Germany  education  explosion  injury  explosives  illegal 
8 days ago
Silver Spring Office Building Evacuated For 'Unusual' Chemical Odor
SILVER SPRING, MD — Hazmat crews responded to an office building in Silver Spring Thursday morning after a chemical odor associated with the HVAC was detected inside the building, officials said.

Hazmat and firefighters responded to the two-story building at 8818 Georgia Ave., near Spring Street, for an "unusual chemical odor in the building," Pete Piringer, the Chief Spokesperson for Montgomery County Fire & Rescue Service, said. Piringer reported the incident at about 9 a.m. Thursday.

The building was evacuated and EMS evaluated some occupants, Piringer said. No one was transported to the hospital.

It was determined that the odor was associated with work and maintenance on the HVAC, Piringer said. The building was reoccupied at about 11 a.m.
us_MD  public  release  response  hvac_chemicals 
8 days ago
Chemical release sickens workers at Waunakee recycling plant
An unknown white substance released from recycled material at a Waunakee recycling company sickened 13 workers, with officials not knowing what the substance was.

The incident happened around 11:50 p.m. at the Advanced Disposal site on Raemisch Road, the Madison Fire Department said.

The department's hazardous incident team was called to assist Waunakee EMS after multiple people reported getting sick when the white substance was released while materials were being sorted.

Monitors used by the haz-mat team didn't pick up any type of material to determine what had been released, and there was none of the substance on any clothing that the affected workers were wearing, the Fire Department said.

"Surveillance video was reviewed and it was evident that whatever substance might have been in the sorting line had been processed and packed for transport," said MFD spokeswoman Cynthia Schuster.
us_WI  industrial  release  injury  waste 
8 days ago
Chemical release causes evacuations in Fort Pierce
FORT PIERCE —  An evacuation in a largely industrial area lasted about two hours Thursday after a reported chemical leak at a business on Selvitz Road, according to the St. Lucie County Fire District.

The orange gas at Helena Chemical in the 3600 block of Selvitz Road turned out to be from a fertilizer tank that was venting, according to the Fire District.

Fire District crews were called at 12:06 p.m. to the incident, which was near Glades Cut-Off Road, Fire District spokeswoman Brenda Stokes said.

Standing at the scene, Fire District Interim Fire Chief Nate Spera said the 2,500-gallon tank contained a mixture of liquid fertilizer.

“According to the … people here, it heated up throughout the day and there’s a check valve that will allow it to vent,” Spera said. “That check valve failed, so it built pressure and went through another relief valve, and at that time it had overheated and started venting.”
us_FL  industrial  release  response  ag_chems 
8 days ago
Students learn workplace safety from Operating Staff
When faculty and staff in NIU’s Industrial Management and Technology program look for hands-on experiences and mentors in the field, they don’t have to look far. The program – which offers a concentration in environmental safety and health – has built a strong, mutually beneficial relationship with departments across campus whose workers regularly encounter the issues they teach about in their classrooms.

Engineering Technology professors William Mills and Theodore Hogan have worked to amass the network of more than 100 NIU employees who have provided experiential learning, tours, projects and mentoring for their students.

“We are especially thankful to Scott Mooberry, director of the NIU Environmental Health and Safety Office, because he has facilitated all of the connections between Facilities Management & Campus Services, and is currently helping us establish relationships with the other administrative services that ensure our campus is a great place to learn,” Hogan said.

Recent examples of these collaborations include students shadowing NIU shop employees to learn about their work and then preparing and delivering shop-specific training. Another class in the program learned about fall protection equipment and practices from a supervisor working in the Convocation Center catwalks. Another class prepared drafts of Chemical Hazard Training for Building Services workers. Students have also done ergonomic studies, chemical exposure measurements and noise measurements across the campus.

This semester, students are visiting the NIU East Chilled Water Plant and are doing projects on environmental sustainability and waste management reviews across many departments on campus. Other students will partner with campus employees in assigned shops or departments on campus to come up with safety plans for specific aspects of their job and will present those in teams to the class.
The Industrial Management and Technology program offers a concentration in Environmental Safety and Health. Students majoring in public health, energy and environmental technology, and environmental studies also take classes in the program.
us_IL  education  discovery  environmental  waste  water_treatment 
8 days ago
Merced man injured when marijuana-related lab explodes on K Street
At least one man suffered major injuries late Tuesday when a suspected butane honey oil laboratory exploded inside a K Street apartment near downtown Merced, the Police Department reported.

The explosion was reported at 11:20 p.m. in an apartment complex at 2355 K St., No. 102, Capt. Matt Williams said.

Police said all the apartment’s windows were blown out and major fire damage was found inside the home, including in the bathroom, which police said was “completely melted inside.”

Investigators said the home was being used as a clandestine laboratory to convert marijuana to hash oil, a dangerous process that involves butane and has been known to cause numerous dangerous explosions.
us_CA  public  explosion  injury  butane  clandestine_lab 
9 days ago
Sun Community News & Printing
TICONDEROGA | A broken propane tank valve forced evacuation of several homes on Baldwin Road in Ticonderoga Sunday night.
Essex County Emergency Services Director Donald Jaquish said an unidentified youth on an all-terrain vehicle ran over the supply pipe for a 500 gallon underground propane tank, snapping it off and causing a serious leak.
The incident was reported to Essex County 911 at 5:13 p.m. on Oct. 8, and emergency personnel were there until 11:50 p.m.
Ticonderoga Fire Department went to the site and provided a fog stream of water on the leaking tank to prevent a fire or explosion, while the Essex County Hazmat Team was enroute.
us_NY  public  release  response  propane 
9 days ago
TRAFFIC ALERT: acid spill on I-81, near mile marker 80
TRAFFIC ALERT: Only one lane in each direction is open on I-81 near mile marker 80: Fort Chiswell / Max Meadows in Wythe County, Virginia.

Emergency crews are working on cleaning up a valeric acid spill after a truck overturned around 3 p.m., Wednesday. The Virginia Department of Emergency Management estimates 4,000 gallons of acid spilled on the road.

A spokesperson confirms the spill is contained. There is no contamination to any nearby waterway.

VDEM adds traffic is backed up for five miles in each direction.

Bristol, Virginia fire department's HAZMAT team is assisting in the clean-up. Crews expect to be at the scene through the morning.
us_VA  transportation  release  response  acids 
9 days ago
Fire chief cites city’s readiness, says occuptional cancer a major concern
Ask Boston Fire Commissioner Joseph Finn what really keeps him up at night.

Civilian fire deaths? There hasn’t been a single one all year. More large-scale fires? They keep a wary eye, but the department is staffed to handle them as they come. Wood-framed housing everywhere? As long as fire suppression measures are in place, and fire prevention teams monitor their status, those buildings are generally safe.

For the more than 1,500 men and women of the Boston Fire Department, there is a slower, more insidious threat to their well-being than the immediate danger of a burning building, one that has claimed hundreds of their colleagues over the years.

“Cancer in the fire services is exploding exponentially,” Finn said. “Boston is at the epicenter.”

After more than 30 years on the force and three of them as commissioner, Finn, a Neponset native, is wrangling new equipment, new facilities, fine-tuning response times, and working with other first responders and fire departments to better address the longstanding risks and the expanding role of a modern urban fire force.

“The cancer rate is probably my biggest focus right now,” he said, sitting in the cafeteria of Florian Hall in Dorchester on Monday as a health fair took place. “Certainly, [there’s] public safety and the public. We’re doing a pretty good job on the civilian side of the house. Civilian fire deaths are down. We’re getting there, we’re doing our thing. Now I’m really focused on where we are with our firefighters.”
us_MA  public  discovery  environmental  unknown_chemical 
9 days ago
Claim forms being accepted in West Virginia chemical spill
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Residents and businesses in nine West Virginia counties left without tap water during a 2014 chemical spill can start filing claims.
According to a website set up to handle claims, forms were being accepted both online and by mail started Wednesday.
A federal judge last month tentatively approved a revised settlement to a class-action lawsuit over the spill that left up to 300,000 people without tap water for up to nine days.
In January 2014, a tank at now-defunct Freedom Industries in Charleston leaked thousands of gallons of coal-cleaning chemicals that got into West Virginia American Water's treatment plant 1.5 miles downstream.
A final hearing on the settlement is scheduled for Jan. 9 in federal court in Charleston. The deadline for claims submissions is Feb. 21.
us_WV  industrial  follow-up  environmental 
9 days ago
Explosion in vehicle during Washington County traffic stop; 1 in custody
PORTLAND, Ore. – A small explosion occurred inside a vehicle during a traffic stop in Washington County Wednesday afternoon.

Police took the driver, 26-year-old Jason P. Schaefer, into custody.

Jason Schaefer, seen in an April, 2017, booking photo.  

FBI spokeswoman Beth Anne Steele said the bureau and other agencies began serving a federal search warrant related to possible explosives inside an apartment at 18840 NW Rock Creek Circle on Wednesday morning.

Just before 4 p.m., authorities attempted to stop a driver, believed to be Schaefer, near 185th Avenue and Rock Creek Boulevard. The driver did not stop, but a pursuit ended quickly, Steele said.
us_OR  transportation  explosion  response  explosives 
9 days ago
Multiple people hospitalized after chemical explosion in Detroit
DETROIT, Maine —
Multiple people were hospitalized Wednesday afternoon, including one person who was air-lifted to Portland, after a chemical explosion in Detroit, Maine.

Police, fire, and emergency officials were called to North Agriculture Sales around 1 p.m. in response to the explosion.

The explosion caused a fire, which was put out. Authorities say the explosion was caused by sulfur dust being ignited.

The conditions of the victims who were hospitalized are unknown at this time.
us_ME  public  explosion  injury  dust  sulphur 
9 days ago
Blaze engulfs chemical factory, 2 firemen hurt
KOLKATA: A major fire broke out at a Taratala chemical factory where 18 tonnes of aluminium dust and six tonnes of other chemicals were stored.Ten fire tenders were pressed into service. Though no casualties were reported from inside the factory, at least two firefighters were injured while trying to douse the fire.
Sources said waterlogged, narrow roads made it difficult for the fire tenders to reach 11, Transport Depot Road where the fire was reported at 9.50am on Wednesday . Further, several blasts were reported form the spot due to the presence of chemicals. The firefighters used sand and foam to deal with the raging fire.
Mayor Sovan Chatterjee said though the fire isn't spreading, it can't be said if it has died out. He said the godown was being used for illegal purposes. "I've asked cops to look into it and file an FIR if anything foul is suspected," he said.
India  industrial  explosion  injury  aluminum_dust 
9 days ago
Audio: New refinery safety laws pass, but ban on deadly chemical stalls
Gov. Jerry Brown signed three new laws this week intended to make local refineries safer for their neighbors. But one big change remains elusive, and that's a ban on refineries using a toxic chemical known as modified hydrofluoric acid.

An explosion at the Torrance refinery in 2015 woke neighbors to the risk that, if released, the chemical could form a deadly cloud capable of floating along the ground for miles, injuring those in its path. A large piece of blast debris landed perilously close to a tank of the chemical.

State assemblyman Al Marutsuchi (D-Torrance) wrote three refinery safety bills approved this session. One requires refineries to pay for better community alert systems in case of accidents or toxic releases. Another adds air quality monitors to provide real-time information on emissions coming from refineries. A third bill strengthens state oversight of refinery worker safety and emergency response.
us_CA  industrial  follow-up  environmental  hydrofluoric_acid  toxics 
9 days ago
EU Parliament shuns limited definition of endocrine disruptors
The European Parliament last week rejected a narrow definition of endocrine disruptors that would have allowed their use in some cases. The proposal—put forward by the European Commission, the EU’s executive branch—would have exempted some substances from scientific criteria for identifying endocrine disruptors, such as pesticides designed to attack parasites’ endocrine systems. Environmental groups lauded the vote. The proposal was an “unfit definition because too many chemicals would escape the regulatory net,” the European Consumer Organisation said in a statement. The EU debate over defining endocrine disruptors has long pitted industry interests and agriculture against consumer and environmental groups. In 2009 and 2012, the European Parliament approved laws on pesticides and biocides that required regulation of endocrine disruptors based on hazards they pose. However, by 2015 the European Commission had failed to propose a definition for endocrine disruptors, which prompted the European Court of Justice to condemn the commission for not acting on its commitment. The commission is now expected to formulate a new proposal.
Europe  public  discovery  environmental  ag_chems  pesticides 
9 days ago
Fire at hot metal laboratory in Keighley
FOUR fire crews have turned out to a fire at a Keighley laboratory where 15,000 litres of oil was being stored.

The alarm was raised at 9.28pm yesterday at Keighley Laboratories, Croft House Works, South Street.

Crews from the town, Bingley, Silsden and Illingworth used foam to put out the fire on top of an oil bath.

Only a small area of the factory was involved said a spokesman from Keighley Fire Station.

He said: "We used the foam to make a blanket to put the fire out. When we got the call we thought the whole place was going to be on fire becaue of the amount of oil in the building but it was only a very small area involved, just on the surface of the oil bath. It was easy to extinguish."

It happened when hot metal from a furnace was dropped into the oil bath to heat the metal down.
United_Kingdom  laboratory  fire  response  metals 
10 days ago
Worker injured as ammonia gas leaks at Penampang factory
PENAMPANG: A worker was injured in a gas leak incident at an ice-cream factory at KR Industrial Park, Jalan Bundusan, here today.

In the 3.40pm incident, the worker, while discharging the excess ammonia gas, was said to have slipped and fell.

With the valve lever open, the gas blew right to his face, causing the injury.

Fellow workers alerted the factory manager who then rushed the victim to the nearest hospital.

A worker at a nearby factory, known only as Desmond, said firefighters ordered them to stay about 100m from the factory for safety reason.

A state Fire and Rescue Department spokesman said a hazardous material (Hazmat) team was deployed to the factory to control the leak.
Malaysia  industrial  release  injury  ammonia 
10 days ago
Gov. Jerry Brown signs 3 bills aimed at Torrance refinery safety precautions – Daily Breeze
Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a trio of bills by a South Bay assemblyman aimed at improving refinery safety in the wake of a February 2015 explosion at the Torrance refinery.

The bills, authored by Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi, would require refineries:

To pay for the development, installation, operation and maintenance of effective community alert systems and local emergency responders to operate it.
To pay for the development, installation, operation and maintenance of air quality monitors at fence lines that would be operated by the local air quality management district and the data made publicly available.
To work with federal, state and local agencies to improve safety through “enhanced oversight of refineries and to strengthen emergency preparedness.”
“I am pleased to deliver on my promise to make the Torrance refinery and all California refineries safer,” Muratsuchi said in a press release. “When the Torrance refinery exploded in February 2015, my family lived just a few miles away, so this issue is personal for me.”
us_CA  industrial  follow-up  environmental 
10 days ago
Arkema responds to lawsuit following Crosby plant explosions
CROSBY, Texas - A little more than a month after first responders filed a lawsuit against Arkema for explosions at its Crosby plant, the chemical production company responded with answers to the suit in Harris County District Court.

Arkema’s overarching response states that the lawsuit is based on “incomplete information, false assumptions and intentional misrepresentations.”

In the filing, Arkema states that no one could have predicted “in enough time to act on that prediction” the unprecedented flooding. As far as the amount of rainfall, nearly 9 trillion gallons of water Harris County, Arkema said experts “never fathomed” the amount of rain Harvey would dump on Houston.
us_TX  public  follow-up  environmental  other_chemical 
10 days ago
DEQ sends notice of violation over Tinker Creek chemical spill
ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7) - The Department of Environmental Quality is requesting action from leaders of a Botetourt County business, following a chemical spill that happened over the summer.

In late July, Hazmat officials were on scene at Tinker Creek in Roanoke after officials said chemicals had spilled into the creek.

Officials with the Virginia Department of Emergency Management stated that the source of the spill was linked back to the Crop Production Services at 218 Simmons Dr. in Cloverdale, Va.

That chemical was confirmed to be a herbicide called Termix.

At the time, dead fish were found floating to the surface of the water. Virginia Department of Environmental Quality officials were also on scene and temporarily advised people to stay out of the water.

An August 11 statement issued from the DEQ stated that the temporary ban on recreational use of the creek had been lifted and that the latest water testing results showed no evidence of the spilled chemical, Termix 5301.

According to Bill Hayden with DEQ's public affair office, DEQ does not have any additional water quality information on Tinker Creek at the time.
us_VA  public  follow-up  environmental  pesticides 
10 days ago
Toxic chemical PFAS found at Kirra beach on Gold Coast
WARNING signs have been placed at Kirra Beach after water from Coolangatta Creek was found to be contaminated with toxic chemicals.

People have been advised not to swim or fish in the outlet after Gold Coast City Council revealed it had found traces of Perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFAS), a toxic chemical which was found at the Gold Coast Airport last year.

PFAS has caused major health issues in the town of Oakey, west of Toowoomba.

The chemical has been found at airports across the country after it was used for decades in firefighting foam used in training exercises.

The council revealed recent tests had found levels of PFAS at Kirra Beach.
Australia  public  discovery  environmental  toxics 
10 days ago
Exposure to environmental chemicals is an important risk factor for breast cancer
Exposure to environmental chemicals, especially early in life, is an important contributing factor in the development of breast cancer, according to the most comprehensive review of human studies to date. The findings could help inform prevention strategies aimed at reducing the incidence of the disease, as rates continue to increase worldwide.
In 2007, researchers from Silent Spring Institute published in the journal Cancer a landmark state-of-the-science review on the link between environmental chemicals and breast cancer. The review identified 216 chemicals that cause mammary tumors in animals and provided a roadmap for studying these chemicals in humans. "That was a real wakeup call," says Dr. Julia Brody, Silent Spring's executive director and senior scientist. "Now, ten years later, we see the evidence is even stronger."
Since the first review, hundreds of studies have been published on environmental chemicals and breast cancer. To capture and synthesize the human evidence, Brody and her team conducted a systematic search of the literature and identified 158 epidemiology studies published between 2006 and 2016. The researchers critically reviewed each study in light of emerging science on the biology underlying breast cancer, such as the influence of genes and hormones on the development of the disease.
public  discovery  environmental 
10 days ago
DowDuPont, Chemours named in GenX lawsuit
Lawyers have filed a class-action lawsuit charging Chemours and its former parent DowDuPont with contaminating drinking water in Wilmington, N.C., with the fluoropolymer processing aid GenX. The suit follows a furor in the spring over the chemical’s release from a Chemours plant.
Filed in Federal District Court in Wilmington on behalf of city resident Brent Nix, the suit seeks health monitoring for illnesses that may be caused by GenX and similar contaminants released into the Cape Fear River from Chemours’s plant 160 km upriver in Fayetteville, N.C. In addition, it seeks compensation for lost property value on behalf of Nix and as many as 100,000 additional plaintiffs should the court certify the case as a class-action suit.
According to the suit, “defendants have negligently and otherwise acted to cause toxic chemicals to be released from the Fayetteville Works Site, which then traveled to and contaminated and damaged the properties and household water supplies of plaintiff and class members, and exposed them to toxic chemicals.”
us_NC  public  follow-up  environmental  toxics 
10 days ago
Fire department responds to ammonia spill in South Nashville
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Fire officials responded to an ammonia spill at a South Nashville manufacturing plant Monday night.

The call went out at 8:45 p.m. on Hackworth Street, off Polk Avenue near Nolensville Pike.

There was a heavy presence from the Nashville Fire Department and HAZMAT crews, who were seen suiting up in protective gear.

A refrigerator tank containing 10,000 gallons of ammonia was the source of the leak.

A firefighter was taken to an area hospital for blood pressure issues and is expected to be OK.

The ammonia levels at the plant have returned to normal and repairs are reportedly underway.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, ammonia is corrosive to the eyes, skin and respiratory tract. Rapid evaporation of the liquid may cause frostbite.
us_TN  industrial  release  injury  ammonia 
11 days ago
Man Seriously Injured, Homes Evacuated After Explosion in Azusa
A 37-year-old man was seriously injured Monday when chemicals exploded in the rear yard of his Azusa home, police reported. A bomb squad and fire hazmat team responded to the scene.

Two elementary schools were briefly on lock down, one of which was evacuated.

The Azusa Police Department reported the explosion in the area of the 1000 block of North Sunset Avenue just after noon via Twitter.

The man suffered burn injuries to his upper body and face, police said. No structures were damaged.

Police also aided in the evacuation of Longfellow Elementary School.

"Azusa PD detectives, along with the aforementioned personnel are conducting a detailed investigation into the cause of the explosion". All students from Longfellow were taken to Mountain View Elementary School, according to police, who urged parents not to attempt to pick up children during the evacuation process. Students were released at the district's discretion. Officials found flammable and/or explosive chemicals on the property and the entire block was evacuated as a precaution.
us_CA  public  explosion  injury  bomb  flammables 
11 days ago
All hands on deck after IDZ blast
The Feltex automotive factory is importing car parts from Germany so that production of the luxury Mercedes-Benz C Class sedans can resume after an explosion at a plant last Tuesday.

An area at the Telfex Automative factory where 11 workers were injured in a blast last night.
Speaking to the Dispatch on Friday, Feltex plant manager Graham Young said: “We have ordered from a leading German supplier to make sure that production at MBSA continues while we focus on getting the factory up and running again.”

Breaking the company’s silence about the explosion, Young also revealed that the blast, which injured 11 workers, started from the chemical storage room.

This is contrary to allegations made by a worker at the firm that the explosion started after machinery-welding went wrong. “The information was wrong, there was no welding that took place at our factory and there was no compressor inside the factory. The explosion started in our chemical room but we are not sure what caused it yet,” said Young.

The explosion sent tremors through surrounding areas in East London. “I can tell you that we will leave nothing unturned to get to the root cause of the blast,” Young said.
South_Africa  industrial  follow-up  injury  unknown_chemical 
11 days ago
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