Chemical emergency dealt with at meat plant
WorkSafe New Zealand is making inquiries into a hazardous substance emergency at Oamaru Meats Ltd.
On Saturday Fire and Emergency New Zealand (FENZ) sent crews from Oamaru, Weston and Timaru to contain a dangerous gas which was released when two containers of chemicals came into contact at the meatworks, formerly called Lean Meats Oamaru Ltd.

The spokesman said there was a chemical reaction that led to a release of a dangerous gas.

Oamaru Volunteer Fire Brigade Chief Fire Officer Steve Couper said a man was injured.

"I don’t believe it was serious.

"He was hurt when the drum exploded. It exploded with all the chemicals away from him. It blew the lid off the drum. When the lid came back that’s what hit his hand. I don’t believe anything was broken."

Mr Couper believed the man was taken to Oamaru Hospital before FENZ teams arrived.

The two chemicals involved, Mr Couper believed, were citric acid and sodium chlorite.

"When it reacts it gives off heat, but also chlorine dioxide gas — a real nasty. I know when we started diluting it down, the gas cloud was a green-yellowy colour. It’s pretty dangerous stuff."
New_Zealand  industrial  explosion  injury  citric_acid  sodium  chlorite. 
13 hours ago
Shoppers lose confidence in government safety certificates-INSIDE Korea JoongAng Daily
On Saturday at Hanaro Mart in Mapo District, western Seoul, a banner proclaiming that the eggs on sale have passed the government’s pesticide tests stood in the middle of the store.

The government on Friday announced that eggs from 1,190 farms, more than 95 percent of egg-producing farms, have been approved for market distribution.

Yet there were hardly any shoppers willing to put eggs in their shopping carts.

“It seems consumers’ mistrust has increased as egg-related problems returned after avian flu broke out at the end of last year,” said a store employee.

Kim Seon-ja, a 62-year-old shopper, expressed similar concerns.

“As eggs that received the government’s safety approval were found to be contaminated with pesticides, it’s hard to trust food products,” Kim said.
Republic_of_Korea  public  discovery  response  pesticides 
13 hours ago
Indian fashion industry must embrace safety: Dusanj-Lenz
Mumbai–The Indian fashion industry needs to embrace the highest safety standards, says Suki Dusanj-Lenz, country co-ordinator for Fashion Revolution India.

For this, India must first stop using chemicals that are banned in the rest of the world, she said, talking about a global movement that desires greater transparency, sustainability and ethics in the fashion industry.

The movement followed the death of 1,138 workers in Dhaka while making garments in the Rana Plaza factory, which collapsed after a structural failure in the building on April 24, 2013. The workers were making garments for the international market.

“The sad thing is the staff was complaining about the building but nobody listened,” she said.

Dusanj-Lenz is an advocate for gender equality, sustainability and champions the need for a fair and transparent fashion industry. She spoke to IANS on the sidelines of Lakme Fashion Week (LFW) Winter/Festive 2017.
India  industrial  discovery  response 
13 hours ago
Industrial chemicals: Turnbull government moves to slash safety testing regulations
A Turnbull government move to slash industrial chemical regulation could create "toxic chemical disasters" and leave the public and officials oblivious to the risks, critics have warned.

Cancer Council Australia, unions and public health advocates have expressed alarm over the proposed changes, which mean more than 99 per cent of new industrial chemicals will not be officially assessed for threats to public health and the environment before being introduced to the public.

The Turnbull government is planning to change the regulations around industrial chemicals. Photo: Simon Schluter
Industrial chemicals pervade our daily lives – they are present in cosmetics, fragrances, paint, petrol, cleaners, dyes and plastics, and are used in mining, construction and manufacturing.

Under a bill introduced by Assistant Health Minister David Gillespie, industry would be allowed to self-assess whether a chemical new to Australia was low-risk and therefore "exempt", meaning it could be brought to market without being reported to the regulator or having its safety assessed.

About 10,500 new chemicals were reported to the regulator, the National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS), last financial year.

Under the proposed regime NICNAS would assess just 0.75 per cent of new chemicals before they are used by industry – down from the current rate of 3.3 per cent.
Australia  public  discovery  environmental  toxics 
13 hours ago
‘Steps on to improve industrial safety’
Establishment of an Industries Emergency Response System (IERS), hazard analysis laboratory and regular safety audit to embed safety culture among the hazardous industries located in Visakhapatnam and its neighbourhood are some of the decisions taken by the government to reduce industrial accidents.

Incidents recorded

Visakhapatnam district recorded 16 accidents of which in 13 cases criminal proceedings for negligence were initiated during last year.

The district has the largest pharmaceutical cluster with an estimated annual turnover of ₹ 20,000 crore, most of them concentrated at Jawaharlal Nehru Pharma City (JNPC), Parawada, about 50 km from here.

“After discussions with stakeholders, we have decided to establish a skill development centre as many of the workers engaged by the process units do not have adequate knowledge on safety precautions to be taken by them,” Director of Factories G. Bala Kishore told The Hindu.
India  industrial  discovery  environmental  pharmaceutical 
13 hours ago
California tightens refinery regulations
California is requiring its 15 refineries to adopt comprehensive new requirements to improve safety for workers and communities around the facilities. Regulations that the state issued in early August call for refineries to adopt inherently safer designs and systems to the “greatest extent feasible” and increase employer responsibility for the safety of refinery equipment. Those rules require root-cause analysis when an incident results in a major accident or near miss. Erika Monterroza, spokesperson with the California Department of Industrial Relations, says the state created a broad task force made up of community members, workers, and industry, state, and local agencies to develop the regulations. The regulatory changes come after a 2012 accident at a refinery in Richmond, Calif., and one in 2015 in Torrance, Calif. Both facilities are located in densely populated areas. The two accidents resulted in detailed and controversial reports by the federal Chemical Safety & Hazard Investigation Board (CSB), and the new regulations incorporate many of CSB’s recommendations.
us_CA  industrial  follow-up  response  petroleum 
14 hours ago
Man taken to Oamaru Hospital after touching chemical mix
A man was taken to Oamaru Hospital with hand injuries after he touched drum which contained a mixture of chemicals, at a meat processing plant, on Saturday. 

Fire and Emergency New Zealand senior communicator Mau Barbara said the man was taken to hospital before emergency service crews arrived at Oamaru Meats Limited, on Redcastle Rd, Oamaru, just after 2pm.

Barbara said the man had sustained injuries to his hand after he put his hand against a 200 litre drum which contained a "couple of chemicals" which, when mixed, had created a chemical reaction causing a gas to be released. 

It was not known what the two chemicals in the drum were, he said. 
New_Zealand  industrial  release  injury  unknown_chemical 
OHS on scene of explosion at Red Deer auto wash
Three men were rushed to hospital late Friday afternoon after an explosion at a vehicle wash in Red Deer, according to the business' owner.

Platoon Chief Sheldon Christensen told CTV News crews were called to the vehicle wash at about 4 p.m., and arrived to find three individuals injured.

The three were handling a flammable chemical used to clean tires near an open flame when the explosion happened, Christensen said.

Jo said he believes the victims burned their legs but did not know the severity of the injuries.

The business was closed after the explosion and an employee said emergency crews were at the scene. However, the owner of the auto wash, Heebo Jo told Global News two of the men were employees while the third may have been there for a job interview.
Canada  public  explosion  injury  flammables 
Clifton Park school evacuated after acid spill
CLIFTON PARK — Acadia Middle School employees were safely evacuated after hydrochloric acid accidentally spilled Friday morning, Saratoga County deputies said.
The hazardous-materials call came in at about 11:30 a.m. Investigators determined school IT personnel knocked over a cabinet containing a bottle of the acid while they were installing new equipment. It hit the floor, broke and created smoke and odor.
us_NY  education  release  response  hydrochloric_acid 
2 days ago
Investigation finds hazmat incident in UO’s Huestis Hall not serious threat
A reported hazardous materials team incident Friday evening at the University of Oregon turned out to be a minor chemical spill that exposed two people to a mild irritant, according to Kelly McIver, a public information officer with the University of Oregon Police Department.

The spill occurred inside a lab at Huestis Hall on the north end of campus. An initial investigation concluded that the spill does not pose a serious threat.

McIver said the two exposed individuals were given a precautionary medical evaluation.

“It basically caused some skin irritation,” he said.
us_OR  laboratory  release  injury  irritant 
2 days ago
Semi carrying toxic chemicals catches fire, prompts evacuation in Paynesville
Dozens of rural Stearns County homes were evacuated in the middle of the night after a semi hauling toxic chemicals caught on fire. Dispatchers in Stearns County received a call from the driver that he was able to unhook the cab and drive it to a safe distance, but that the trailer was spewing fire and smoke.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, the semi truck containing hazardous materials was traveling westbound on the highway when a fire started in its trailer.

Stearns County Sheriff's Office responded and assisted with shutting down the highway and diverting traffic. Officials made a decision to create an exclusion zone of 1/2 mile surrounding the chemical fire.

Patrol Sergeant Jesse Grabow says eastbound Highway 23 is open, but westbound lanes remain closed as clean-up continues.

Sheriff's deputies went door-to-door between County Road 85 and Highway 23 from Koronis Hills Golf Course to Roseville Road evacuating residents to Paynesville High School. The cause of the incident remains under investigation. He reported that the trailer was carrying various chemicals classified as oxidizers.
us_MN  transportation  fire  response  various_chemicals 
2 days ago
Formaldehyde forcing out new homeowners
AURORA, Colo. -- The American Dream is on hold for Gary and Carolyn Cooper in Aurora. A cancer causing chemical has forced them and hundreds of homeowners nationwide out of new homes.

"I couldn't basically see because there was a constant burning and running of my eyes," said Gary Cooper, describing what it was like to live in his new house. He and his wife Carolyn closed June 30th on their home on South Grand Baker Street in Aurora.

On July 20th, a representative from their builder, Shea Homes, delivered devastating news.

"She handed me a letter saying the joists where omitting formaldehyde," remembered a shocked Carolyn Cooper. "I said you have to be kidding."

Now law firms across metro Denver are lining up to sue Seattle-based Weyerhaeuser and local home builders because of a formaldehyde coating used on floor joists.
us_CO  public  discovery  response  formaldehyde 
2 days ago
Fort Worth warehouse catches fire
A five-alarm blaze at a warehouse off East Lancaster burned for about four hours Friday afternoon and produced heavy clouds of smoke that could be seen for miles.

Officials said the fire, which was brought under control about 4:45 p.m., started about 1 p.m. at a either a furniture or cardboard recycling warehouse in the 2600 block of Ludelle Street. The Fort Worth Fire Department had originally reported that the fire was in a chemical storage warehouse.

One firefighter suffered second-degree burns to the shoulder, which officials characterized as minor injuries. That firefighter was taken to a hospital. No other injuries were reported.

Crews were starting to scale back by about 4 p.m., with some leaving. The remaining firefighters were shooting water down the back section of the warehouse in an effort to finally quench the blaze.

WFAA video from the scene showed the roof of the warehouse engulfed in flames. A section of the roof had collapsed, said Lt. Kyle Falkner, Fire Department spokesman.

Witnesses told NBC 5 that they heard an explosion before the fire, but authorities at the scene said no explosion took place after fire crews arrived.

The warehouse is in an industrial park between South Beach Street and Connor Avenue, just south of East Lancaster Avenue. The other buildings in the park were not being threatened by the fire.
us_TX  industrial  explosion  injury  unknown_chemical 
2 days ago
3 men critically burned in explosion at Red Deer car wash
Three men suffered serious chemical burns in an explosion at a Red Deer car wash on Friday afternoon. 

Owner Heebo Jo, who bought the business last month, said two workers were transferring liquid vinyl protector from an old bottle to a new one in the detailing bay when the explosion happened. 

Jo said the three suffered burns mainly to their legs.

One of the injured men was visiting the two workers and was not an employee. 

The explosion happened about 3:40 p.m. at Lazer Wash on 67A Street in Red Deer.
Canada  industrial  explosion  injury  unknown_chemical 
2 days ago
Lexington store evacuated for chemical leak
LEXINGTON COUNTY, S.C. (WACH) - A Lexington Food Lion was evacuated on Friday night due to a chemical leak.
The Lexington Police Department tweeted from the scene around 9:30 p.m. The store is located on North Lake Drive.
According to The County of Lexington, a refrigerant leak caused the evacuation. Lexington County Fire Service responded to the scene and was able to control the leak. No injuries are reported.
us_SC  public  release  response  hvac_chemicals 
2 days ago
7 patients evaluated after YMCA chemical leak
Firefighters were dispatched out to the Fishers YMCA, 9012 E 126th St., at approximately 12:14 p.m. Aug. 18 for reports of a chemical leak, determined to be muriatic acid. Muriatic acid is used to lower pH level in swimming pools.

No one was transported to a hospital, but according to a press release sent to Current in Fishers from the Fishers Fire Dept., seven patients were evaluated on scene for minor symptoms of coughing and burning eyes.

Approximately 50 firefighters responded with assistance from the Fishers Police Dept., Carmel Fire Dept., Indianapolis Emergency Medical Services, Indianapolis Fire Dept., Hamilton County Emergency Management, Fishers Fire Corps and MESH Coalition. Emergency responders were on scene for approximately 90 minutes to secure to the leak. The cause of the leak has not yet been determined.
us_IN  public  release  injury  hydrochloric_acid  pool_chemicals 
2 days ago
Multiple people sick after being exposed to chemical odor at northside Indianapolis school
INDIANAPOLIS – Multiple people were taken to the hospital after a chemical odor was detected inside a school on Indy’s north side Thursday afternoon.

Indianapolis Fire Department Public Information Officer Rita Reith said the incident happened at the Indiana School For The Blind and Visually Impaired in the 7700 block of N. College Avenue around 3 p.m. 

When medics arrived, they found multiple people outside with several students and adults reporting difficulty breathing.

Two adults were treated on scene by medics and three adults were taken to St. Vincent Hospital. No children were harmed. 

Firefighters said 24 staff members and 24 students were inside the building during the time of the incident.

Marion County Public Health Department officials said the odor was caused by standing water that drained from an HVAC compressor. The system's compressor releases dump water that rests at the bottom of a tray, which gives off a brief odor from the air, oil and water. The school had a new system installed over the summer.
us_IN  education  release  injury  hvac_chemicals 
3 days ago
Fire investigators look for cause of Lincoln home explosion
A team of fire investigators is trying to determine the cause of a natural gas explosion in Lincoln that damaged nearly 20 homes and gave two people life-threatening injuries.

Investigators and Lincoln police spent a second day searching rubble for reasons behind Monday's home explosion. Investigators didn't find any evidence Tuesday of an external gas leak, and Black Hills Energy officials reported no issues with its service lines to the home.

"What we're after is we're looking at the connections," said Bill Moody, chief fire investigator.

Moody said that once investigators find the leak's source, they'll try to determine if a mechanical failure, accident or foul play triggered the blast.
us_NE  public  explosion  injury  natural_gas 
3 days ago
Chemical spill on Tinker Creek revealed a gap in regulation
A chemical that killed more than 40,000 fish in Tinker Creek is no longer in the water, but questions remain about how it got there.

Critics say Termix 5301, an agricultural-use chemical that leaked from a plastic storage tank sitting outside of a Botetourt County business, is not covered by state or federal regulations that might have prevented the disaster.

When the tank was punctured, its location on a sloped, paved surface that served as a storage area at Crop Production Services allowed the highly toxic chemical to flow unimpeded off the property and eventually into Tinker Creek the morning of July 29 — causing the Roanoke region’s worst fish kill in recent years.

Del. Sam Rasoul, D-Roanoke, said he is concerned there are no government permits or regulations that would have required a safer form of storage.

“It’s just crazy that a chemical that can be that devastating does not have some kind of regulation around the parameters of its storage,” Rasoul said. “Everyone that I’ve talked to has agreed that more needs to be done as far as regulation.”

Rasoul said he has spoken to David Paylor, director of the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, about the need for additional oversight. It’s unclear whether that would come from within the agency or through legislation, he said.
us_VA  public  follow-up  environmental  ag_chems 
3 days ago
Meeting notes cast doubt on DEQ Secretary's GenX statements
Documents obtained by WBTV appear to shed new light on the situation involving a toxic chemical that has been found in the drinking water supply in Wilmington and surrounding communities.

The chemical, referred to as GenX, is manufactured by the company Chemours - a company spun off from Dupont - at a plant outside of Fayetteville, upstream from Wilmington on the Cape Fear River.

GenX is used to make Teflon. The chemical has been made at the plant outside Fayetteville since 2009 but public alarm about the presence of GenX in the water supply was raised earlier this summer after the Wilmington Star News reported on a 2016 study that found the chemical in the treated drinking water supply.

Since that time, regulators, politicians and the company that makes GenX have pointed fingers and attempted to pass blame for who is responsible for the chemical turning up in drinking water with practically nobody noticing.

In an interview with the Star News in June, Department of Environmental Quality Secretary Michael Regan cleared Chemours of any wrongdoing over the GenX disposal.

“What we have here is a situation where the company is not breaking the law,” he said.

But it’s not clear what basis Regan was using to determine the company’s compliance with the law. The chemical compound for GenX does not appear in any of the company’s discharge permits. 
us_NC  industrial  follow-up  environmental  toxics 
3 days ago
Crews investigate for chemical that sparked green smoke
The Amarillo Fire Department was called to investigate a suspicious chemical after green smoke was seen pouring out the back of a trash truck.

Around 1:20 p.m, 911 received a call about green smoke seen coming out of the back of a trash truck near the intersection of Dowell and Indian Hill Road.

Potter County Fire responded to the scene first and was later joined by the Amarillo Fire Department for additional support.

The driver of the Waste Wranglers truck reported feeling nauseous, so paramedics were called and he was rushed to the hospital. He is expected to be okay.   

Trash from inside the truck was dumped out so hazmat crews could search through it for any suspicious chemicals.

No evacuations were ordered.

Amarillo Fire Captain Larry Davis says the suspicious smoke posed no threat for residents. After the initial cloud, the chemical did not smoke again.

Crews monitored the atmosphere for any lingering chemicals and none were found. Strong northerly winds are believed to have helped air out the area.  

The scene was turned over to Waste Wranglers who picked up the trash before hauling it off the landfill along with the truck.
us_TX  transportation  fire  injury  waste 
3 days ago
Plant explosion injures 2 people in Bossier Parish
An explosion seriously injures two men at a gas processing plant in Bossier Parish.

The blast happened just after 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in an open area outside of Empresa Energy in Benton.

Fire officials said there was a 'sizeable' explosion and the two men were burned over fifty percent of their bodies.  They were transported to an area hospital.

The company makes refrigerant gas using liquified petroleum gas and natural gas at the site.

It is believed one of the workers bumped a valve that released a flammable gas which then encountered a flame or spark setting off the explosion.

Benton firefighters were able to contain the flames in 15 minutes.  There were no evacuations as the site is in a remote area of Benton.
us_LA  industrial  explosion  injury  flammables 
4 days ago
Pittsfield man suffers serious injuries after firework explodes in hand
PITTSFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A Pittsfield man is facing serious injuries after police say a large firework exploded in his hand Wednesday morning.

Pittsfield Police said they received calls about a loud bang and someone screaming outside of a home on View Street in Pittsfield around 7:45 a.m.

Police and firefighters found a 33-year-old Pittsfield man with severe injuries to his hand at the home.

The Massachusetts State Police Bomb Squad Unit, State Fire Marshal’s Office, District 4 Hazmat teams, and ATF agents responded and assisted Pittsfield Police with the investigation.

They determined that the man suffered his injuries when the firework exploded in his hands.
us_MA  public  explosion  injury  other_chemical 
4 days ago
NEW: Five injured after chemical accident near Disney
A chemical reaction near Walt Disney World left five people injured.

The explosion occurred at the Park Inn by the Radison resort, located at 3011 Maingate Lane near the U.S. Highway 192 tourist area, at around 8:15 a.m. today, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

Authorities said a worker mixed bleach and chlorine in a laundry room, the Sentinel reported.

The building was evacuated and the Osceola County Fire Rescue hazmat team responded to the scene. The worker and three others from the hotel were taken to a hospital, and another person was treated at the hotel, according to the Sentinel.
us_FL  public  explosion  injury  cleaners 
4 days ago
All clear given after chemical spill at Mamou Post Office
MAMOU, La. -
The Mamou Post Office is now open following a chemical spill Wednesday.

Four employees got sick from chemical fumes and were sent to a hospital for treatment, according to Gerry Reed, Dist. Fire Chief for Mamou.

Officials say about a quart of a termite insecticide leaked from a cardboard box where the chemical was being stored. The fire department was able to clean the spill within 20 minutes, stated the chief. In addition to the fire department cleaning the spill, a crew was dispatched from Baton Rouge to inspect the air quality. The tests came back clear. 
us_LA  public  release  injury  pesticides 
4 days ago
Fumes from chemical substance send 3 officers to local hospital
BELLMEAD, Texas (KWTX) Three officers were released from the hospital after being exposed to a chemical while searching a vehicle Tuesday evening.

A theft was reported at the Walmart store on the I-35 access road in Bellmead, according to Sgt. Kory Martin with the Bellmead Police Department.

Shortly afterward, a Bellmead sergeant spotted a vechicle matching the description of the one in the theft and tried to pull the driver over but he wouldn't stop.

Martin says the passenger eventually convinced the driver to pull over.

Three male officers arrived to search the vehicle and when they did they discovered a jar containing an unknown substance.

When they opened it, Martin says all three officers became ill and were transported to the hospital by ambulance.

An onsite test showed the substance tested negative for methamphetamine which raised concerns it could be Fentanyl which can cause serious illness, Martin said.
us_TX  public  release  injury  unknown_chemical  clandestine_lab 
4 days ago
Five kids hospitalized for chemical exposure at Summerville pool
SUMMERVILLE, S.C. (WCIV) — Five children were taken to Summerville Medical Center on Wednesday after officials say they were made sick by chemicals released into a community pool they were swimming in.
Dorchester County EMS officials say the children were swimming in the Ashborough Subdivision Pool on Ashborough Avenue shortly after 1 p.m. Wednesday, when they were exposed to chemicals.
Rescue workers found seven kids between 5 and 12 years old coughing and complaining of feeling sick. Five of the kids were taken to the hospital for evaluation, while two others remained with their parents in good condition, EMS officials say.
Officials believe the chemicals involved were sulfuric acid and aquatic bleach, two common pool cleaning chemicals. Officials think the chemicals likely were released after a malfunction in the pool.
us_SC  public  release  injury  pool_chemicals 
4 days ago
Child burned by unknown chemical while playing in grandparent's yard
LIBERTY COUNTY, Texas - A six-year-old boy was burned when another child threw an unknown chemical into a small fire.

According to the Liberty County Sheriff's Office, the children were playing near a small fire and when the chemical was thrown on, it caused a flash fire. Deputies say several young family members and friends were playing in their grandparent's yard Wednesday on SH 146N when the accident occurred.

The sheriff's office says the boy sustained what is thought to be non-life threatening burns to his upper torso. He was airlifted to a hospital for treatment
us_TX  public  fire  injury  unknown_chemical 
4 days ago
Burke County deputy becomes sick after answering call at old chemical plant
MORGANTON, N.C. (WLOS) — A Burke County deputy got sick after responding to a break-in at an old chemical plant that's been closed for nearly 10 years.
The deputy had breathing problems after leaving the plant north of Morganton. Authorities believe he may have been exposed to chemicals on the site.
The deputy was taken to the hospital, where he was treated and released. He's doing better and plans to be back at work Friday.
Authorities are working to determine what caused the reaction.
us_NC  industrial  release  injury  unknown_chemical 
4 days ago
Trump’s EPA May Be Weakening Chemical Safety Law
Asbestos, trichloroethylene, pigment violet 29—these are just three of thousands of chemicals the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is assessing for risks to human health and ecosystems under the revamped Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Congress overhauled the chemical safety law last summer, with wide bipartisan and industry support. Many viewed the legislation as a much-needed update to old, feeble regulations. Now, though, the Trump administration may be undermining the reformed law.
After Congress amended the old chemical safety act, it tasked the EPA with writing what are called the “framework” rules for how the agency will implement the reformed law. Outside experts and environmental groups express deep concern that the EPA’s new framework rules for TSCA, which took effect in July, could seriously subvert the law’s purpose in favor of industry. “These are major rules that will set the conditions for how TSCA is implemented—potentially for the next few decades,” says Noah Sachs, director of the University of Richmond Law School’s Center for Environmental Studies.
The TSCA framework rules establish formal guidelines for how the EPA will assess tens of thousands of existing chemicals. For the most part, they specify how the agency will prioritize and evaluate chemicals for risks. The Obama administration had already proposed a version of the rules. The current administration took over and finalized them—but not without significantly rewriting them first. “The law is much, much less stringent” with the latest rules, says Rena Steinzor, a professor of law at the University of Maryland.
One of the most controversial parts of the framework is how the EPA changed a key term known as the “conditions of use.” It defines which applications of a chemical the EPA will examine in risk evaluations. For a given chemical, usages could range widely—from a consumer product like a kitchen countertop cleaner to various business and industrial applications. “Uses are critical, because they define exposure” to people and the environment, Steinzor says.
The Obama administration interpreted “conditions of use” broadly, experts say, but Pres. Trump’s EPA has significantly narrowed the term. For instance, the definition now excludes “legacy” applications—a past use of a chemical that has been discontinued. One example of this is a class of chemicals called polybrominated diphenyl ethers used as flame retardants, which were added to furniture cushions until recently. Experts say the EPA still needs to consider exposure to these legacy uses. “When you’re assessing a chemical, it’s important to look at all the uses to understand the actual risk in the real world,” says Richard Denison, a lead senior scientist at the Environmental Defense Fund. That’s because previous or ongoing exposure to a legacy use of a chemical could complicate a person’s exposure to the chemical’s present-day uses. “You have to recognize that the way someone responds to a new risk is partly based on what else they’ve already been exposed to,” Denison says. Sachs agrees: “Congress’s concern is about aggregate exposure, and that makes sense, because that’s what matters to human health,” he notes. “If this rule stands, it is a weakening of TSCA and not at all what Congress intended.”
Karyn Schmidt, senior director of Chemical Regulation, Regulatory and Technical Affairs at the industry group American Chemistry Council (ACC), disagrees. “It’s clear that the legacy uses are cases where EPA does not think it needs to prioritize its resources,” she says.
us  public  followup  environmental 
4 days ago
St. Clairsville Researching New System After Chlorine Leak
St. Clairsville Mayor Terry Pugh said an engineer is evaluating how the city may be able to move away from using chlorine at its wastewater treatment plant — or at least find a safer method of using the chemical.

A chlorine leak occurred at the plant on Monday due to a leak in a tank holding the chemical. On Aug. 4, a different leak occurred involving sulfur dioxide, due to a cracked hose, Pugh said. All hoses in that area were replaced after that incident.

Pugh said Tuesday that the city will be receiving a new batch of chlorine cylinders today from its vendor.

Sewage plant workers also have been retrained on how to inspect the chlorine components and how to connect them properly.

“The problem we had yesterday had nothing to do with the plumbing of the plant. It had to do with the leak in the cylinder. We returned all of them to the company and asked them to inspect them. New ones are being brought in,” Pugh said.

He noted that since the plant, built in 1983, is not manned 24 hours a day, the audible alarm activated by the chlorine leak was not heard by anyone until employees arrived Monday morning for work. He said the plant was checked by a worker on Sunday and no alarm was going off at that time. Pugh said crews are fixing it so the alarm also will be heard at the police station, which is manned 24 hours a day, instead of just at the plant itself.

Pugh said the long-term plan is to seek funding or grants for the potential purchase of an ultraviolet light treatment system for the plant that would eliminate the need to use chlorine in the final disinfection process. Sulfur dioxide also is part of the final process, because it takes the chlorine back out of the water before it is released into a stream.
us_wv  industrial  follow-up  water_treatment 
5 days ago
Porterville forest service station evacuated by Hazmat
Hazmat crews responded to the U.S. Forest Service Station in Porterville on Tuesday.

Crews were called just after 5:30 p.m. Tuesday after a citizen brought in Carbofuran to the station located off Highway 190.

Carbofuran is a pesticide which has been banned in the U.S. since 2009. The chemical is highly toxic if ingested, according to the World Health Organization.

Visalia Hazmat is working with California Highway Patrol to clear the area of the pesticide.
us_ca  public  discovery  response  ag_chems 
5 days ago
Appvion evacuated after chemical leak
APPLETON, Wis. (WBAY) -- A chemical leak at Appvion in Appleton prompts an evacuation and shut down Wisconsin Avenue for a few hours Tuesday afternoon.

According to the Appleton Fire Department, crews responded to the paper plant around 2 p.m. after a report of a sodium hydroxide leak in the basement.

Fire officials say workers had contained the leak to the building and the fire department HazMat team helped dilute the chemical. The leak started because a hose broke.

Sodium hydroxide can severely irritate skin, eyes, and mucous membranes.

Crews were on scene for about three hours.
us_wi  industrial  release  response  sodium_hydroxide 
5 days ago
Ammonia leak brings emergency crews to suburban York filter plant
An ammonia discharge from a York Water Co. filter plant near York brought hazmat crews to the scene Tuesday, but there was no impact on the water supply, company officials said.

The filter plant is on the 1300 block of Grantley Road in Spring Garden Township.

Ammonia is used to help disinfect the water, and the discharge occurred late Tuesday morning when a water company vendor was filling the tank, York Water President and CEO Jeffrey Hines said Tuesday.

There were no injuries, he said.
us_pa  industrial  release  response  ammonia 
5 days ago
5 people hospitalized after chemical spill at southwest side FedEx facility
INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - Decatur Township Fire Department officials say that five people are recovering after they became sick due a chemical spill at the FedEx Freight facility on Decatur Blvd. early Tuesday.

Officials say the spill happened while crews were attempting to move containers of a powder that is used as some type of coating material.

While moving the powder, one of the containers punctured, sending powder into the air.

Five people became ill because of the powder. They went to St. Francis Hospital in Mooresville complaining of nausea and vomiting. Firefighers say they are expected to be OK.
us_in  industrial  release  injuries  dust 
5 days ago
RFD responds to chemical leak
The Russellville Fire Department responded to a chlorine leak at the City Corporation water treatment facility at 100 Jimmy Lile Road at approximately 10:04 a.m. on Monday. According to a release from the department, the leak was discovered during routine maintenance from a one-ton cylinder of chlorine.
The department's HazMat technicians entered the area at approximately 11 a.m. and stopped the leak using an emergency-B kit, a procedure involving replacing the regulating valve. According to the fire department, there is no further leaking and less than five pounds of chlorine were released, posing no risk to the public.
Further, the the department said there was never a risk of the chemical entering the water supply since it was at a non-potable treatment facility.
us_ky  industrial  release  response  chlorine 
5 days ago
7 sickened while cleaning tanker on southwest side
INDIANAPOLIS -- At least seven people were exposed to a chemical on Indianapolis' southwest side Tuesday afternoon.

A representative from the Decatur Township Fire Department said some employees were cleaning out a tanker near a building in the 5300 block of Decatur Boulevard and started feeling sick.

Seven were being evaluated, but nobody has been taken to the hospital.

The incident happened on the Cloud Blue side of the building shared by Rolls Royce and Cloud Blue.

Vice President of Public Affairs for Rolls Royce said none of the employees complained or were sickened by the odor and the facility was evacuated as a precautionary measure.

He said the "Decatur Township Fire Department provided an air quality check, and we received an “all clear” signal from them and employees returned to the building."

The tanker contained reverse osmosis rejected water.
us_in  industrial  release  injuries  water_treatment 
5 days ago
California Refinery Regs Require Safety Culture Assessments -- Occupational Health & Safety
New regulations that aim to improve workers' safety and environmental protection at the 15 oil refineries operating in California have been given final approval and will take effect Oct. 1, 2017, Cal/OSHA announced. The regulations implement key recommendations of the Governor's Interagency Working Group on Refinery Safety, which was created after the Aug. 6, 2012, Chevron refinery fire. Developed by the Department of Industrial Relations, the Governor's Office of Emergency Services, and the California Environmental Protection Agency, the regulations make California refineries safer for both workers and surrounding communities, according to the agencies.

"California now leads the nation in protecting the safety and health of refinery workers and people in nearby communities," said David M. Lanier, secretary of the Labor and Workforce Development Agency.

The regulations overhaul Cal/OSHA worker safety regulations as they apply to refineries and the California Accidental Release Prevention program that is designed to prevent the accidental release of hazardous substances that could harm public health and the environment. "These new regulations increase overall preparedness, provide greater accountability, and implement a nation-leading approach to public safety and emergency prevention at refineries," explained Governor's Office of Emergency Services Director Mark Ghilarducci.

"The goal of these regulations is to hold refineries accountable for the safety of workers and communities," added Matthew Rodriquez, California's secretary for Environmental Protection. "Thanks to input from refinery workers, industry leaders, and environmental and community organizations, we can better anticipate problems and prevent accidents that might pose serious risks to the public and environment."

Key features of the regulations include:

Increased employer accountability for the mechanical integrity of refinery equipment
Requirements to adopt inherently safer designs and systems to the greatest extent feasible
Increased employee involvement in all aspects of the safety and prevention program
Periodic workplace safety culture assessments to evaluate whether management is appropriately emphasizing safety over production pressures
Authority for refinery personnel to shut down a unit, if necessary, in the event of an unsafe condition or emergency
Provisions for anonymous reporting of safety hazards
Requirements for investigations to determine root causes of any incident that occurs and develop interim and permanent corrective measures in response
Annual public reporting of refinery safety metrics under the Accidental Release Prevention program
Cal/OSHA reports many of the state's refineries have adopted some of these practices and have seen significant improvement in safety performance as a result.
us_CA  industrial  follow-up  environmental 
6 days ago
Hyderabad: Buffalo killed in explosion
Hyderabad: In a mysterious explosion on the city’s outskirts around noon on Monday, a buffalo was killed, reportedly after it tried to open a package of explosives.

According to the police, the explosion was in a dumping yard in Omkar Nagar of Miyapur. No other casualties were reported. The reason for the blast and the explosive substances involved are being verified, police said.

The explosion, which was around noon, shocked the residents of the nearby slum area, who panicked and alerted the police. The Miyapur police rushed to the spot along with a dog squad and a CLUES team. Samples from the blast site were collected. Police suspect it could be either be some chemical substance or a bundle of gelatin sticks. This is however, yet to be confirmed.

“We couldn’t find proper evidence of the type of the explosive. We have collected samples and sent the same to the laboratory for examination. The reports will reveal what explosive material led to the blast,” said Harishchandra Reddy, Inspector, Miyapur, adding that the buffalo, suspected to grazing in the area, could have tried to pry open the package with its teeth, leading to the explosion.
India  public  explosion  response  explosives 
6 days ago
Man Spills Two Pounds Of Mercury After Storing It In Crown Royal Bottle
A HazMat team with the Houston Fire Department inspected a Midtown apartment complex after a man reported spilling two pounds of mercury in his home — three days after the accident occurred.

Firefighters evacuated the fifth floor of Mid Main Lofts, an apartment complex at 3550 Main, after the man reported the spill at about 10:30 Monday morning, according to a press release from the Houston Fire Department.

The man told officials at the scene that he spilled the liquid mercury, a potentially toxic element, Friday night, according to Sheldra Brigham, a spokeswoman for the Houston Fire Department. He had brought the mercury from his last apartment and was storing the liquid in a Crown Royal bottle. When his girlfriend grabbed the bottle on Friday, she was surprised by the weight of the bottle and dropped it on the floor, where it smashed. Mercury has a much higher density level than other liquids. Two tablespoons of the liquid form weighs about 1 pound.

The man initially cleaned up the spill using a bottle dropper and other tools, but then threw those contaminated materials down the trash chute. He called the Fire Department Monday to report what happened.
us_TX  public  release  response  mercury 
6 days ago
Mt. Olive residents hospitalized from high carbon monoxide levels, report says
MOUNT OLIVE — Several residents of the Flanders section have been taken to area hospitals after exposure to high levels of carbon monoxide Monday night.

According to a report on News 12 New Jersey, Mayor Rob Greenbaum said that people in a home on Fennimore Court were taken to the hospital after being exposed to the gas. There were no details released about the number of people exposed or their condition.

Flanders Fire Co. 1 said they were still treating patients on the scene and would have more information later.

The Facebook group MT Olive Twp NJ Alerts reported the Morris County Hazmat team had been called to the scene and that the fire company was reporting levels of 1,000 parts per million at the scene, which is more than 10 times safe limits.

More than 400 people die every year in the United States from carbon monoxide, a colorless and odorless gas produced by fuel-burning appliances and engines.
us_NJ  public  release  injury  carbon_monoxide 
6 days ago
St. Clairsville Sewer Plant Experiences Second Leak in 10 Days
ST. CLAIRSVILLE — To help lighten the mood and not dwell on the dangerous task ahead, members of the Belmont County Hazmat Response Team cracked jokes and poked fun at each other as they waited to enter the St. Clairsville wastewater treatment plant Monday morning.

But when the time came, the mood changed, reflecting the serious nature of the mission at hand — trying to determine if a chlorine leak still was occurring inside the facility.

Monday’s event was the second chemical leak to occur at the plant in less than two weeks. This time the leaking substance was chlorine, one of two chemicals used in the end process of treating the water before it is released into a stream.

No one was injured during the leak, discovered at about 7 a.m. by employees who had just arrived at the plant for a day of work. They noticed an audible alarm going off at the building on Legion Road and called first responders for help.
us_WV  industrial  release  response  chlorine  water_treatment 
6 days ago
Greens sue EPA over toxic chemical rules
r lawsuit Monday, the groups said the agency watered down the rules and weakened the chemical review process compared to the proposed regulations issued by the Obama administration.

“After Congress took bipartisan action to make desperately needed updates to our chemical safety laws, the Trump administration has turned back the clock, leaving families and workers at risk,” said Eve Gartner, an attorney at Earthjustice, which filed the lawsuit in federal court on Monday.
public  discovery  environmental  other_chemical 
6 days ago
Hollister PD officer suffers chemical exposure after investigating explosion
HOLLISTER — On August 8th, police received word of someone setting off explosive devices on the 1400 block of El Cerro Drive.

The investigating officer arrived and spoke with a 15-year-old juvenile, whom neighbors alleged was the person police were looking for.

The juvenile admitted as much, telling the officer he’d set off a chemical bomb in the middle of the court after learning how to make them through friends and watching online videos.

He also told the officer where the remains of the device were located — in a garbage container at a neighboring house.

The officer found said remains and was “overcome with chemical vapors emanating from the exploded device” and began to suffer symptoms of chemical exposure, which gradually became more severe.

He was transported to Hazel Hawkins Hospital for treatment and decontamination, and was able to return to work two days later.
us_CA  public  explosion  injury  bomb 
6 days ago
Researchers estimate lead released from Flint water pipes
When Flint, Mich., started taking water from the nearby Flint River in 2014, lead levels spiked in the water coming out of residents’ taps.
Now, chemical and microscopic analyses of the city’s water pipes reveal a pockmarked pattern that confirms the lead came from corrosion of the pipes. The analysis also allowed the researchers to estimate the amount of lead released into the city’s water system.
This study further highlights the hazards of lead accumulation and mobilization in water pipes, says Marc A. Edwards of Virginia Tech, who played an integral role in exposing the Flint water crisis but who was not involved with this new study.
us_MI  public  follow-up  response  lead 
6 days ago
Hazmat team responds to reported fentanyl spill at Lunenburg Crossing
LUNENBURG -- A police dispatcher requested a hazmat team respond to a Lunenburg Crossing parking lot after a woman reported spilling fentanyl inside her vehicle at around 4 p.m. Saturday, according to police radio broadcasts.

At least a dozen police, fire and EMS officials responded to the parking lot in front of Walmart and Hannaford's Supermarket off of Massachusetts Avenue.

A fire official used a shopping cart, traffic cones and yellow crime tape to block off the area around a black SUV.

Several police officers wore blue gloves and searched inside the SUV, which did not appear to have anyone inside of it several minutes after the initial police radio broadcast.

An officer placed items he found inside the SUV in a transparent bag.
us_MA  public  release  response  clandestine_lab 
8 days ago
Ammonia spill closes Bayfront
NEWPORT — An ammonia spill forced the closure and evacuation of several blocks of the Newport Historic Bayfront.

The spill occurred around 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 12. As of 3 p.m., the stretch of road from Southwest Fall Street to Southwest Hatfield Street has not yet reopened, and Lincoln County Dispatch said responders have no estimates on when residents can re-enter. 

A Hazmat team from Salem remains on the scene as cleanup efforts continue. Officials have not released details on where the ammonia spill came from.
us_OR  public  release  response  ammonia 
8 days ago
5 things Trump did this week while you weren't looking
2. EPA eases the approval process for new chemicals
Last year, in the largest revamp of America’s chemical safety laws in 40 years, Congress required that the Environmental Protection Agency examine “reasonably foreseen uses” of chemicals when they evaluate them for safety. The changes were designed to ensure that the EPA examines chemicals for their likely real-world impact, instead of narrowly evaluating them on the specific uses for which they were intended.

On Monday, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced new “operating principles” for how the agency will apply the law. In a surprise, the EPA will first assess chemicals based only on their intended use—similar to how the agency operated before passage of the new law. If the EPA has any concerns about other potential uses, “as a general matter,” those will be adjudicated through a separate rule-making. In other words, new chemicals may still be approved while the EPA is reviewing their potential further impact—the exact outcome lawmakers were trying to avoid. The change is a big victory for industry groups, which wanted a lighter touch approach to regulation. Pruitt also announced Monday that the agency had cleared a backlog of 600 new chemicals awaiting approval—another move that drew praise from the chemical industry and strong rebukes from consumer groups.
public  follow-up  environmental 
8 days ago
Overturned tanker lorry causes acid spillage driver killed
SENAWANG: A tanker lorry carrying acid chemicals overturned at kilometer 251.6 North-South Expressway (PLUS) this morning, killing the lorry driver.

The incident which happened around 3am today, was said to have happened because the lorry was trying to avoid hitting a car.
According to preliminary reports, the 37-year-old victim is known as Surazru Mohamed Sakeri.

The Fire and Rescue Department did not rule out the possibility that the man could have died after inhaling poisonous gas emitted from the spilled acid, apart from suffering severe injuries.

The body was sent to the Tuanku Ja'afar Hospital (HTJ) for a post-mortem.

The hazardous materials unit (Hazmat) is currently cleaning the acid spillage.
Malaysia  transportation  release  death  acids 
9 days ago
Father says Beaumont toddlers burned by tile cleaner doing fine, could be home by this evening
BEAUMONT - Two Beaumont toddlers transported by helicopter after suffering from chemical burns could be released to their parents by this evening.

The 1 and 2-year-old were airlifted to the UTMB burn center from a home on Oakridge Drive in the north end of Beaumont out of an "abundance of caution" according to Beaumont Police.

The children's father tells 12News that the children will be fine and that the family is on their way to Galveston and hopes to be bringing the children home this evening.

The children were playing and got into tile & grout cleaner and ended up sitting in the substance and were burned according to Beaumont Police.

The children, who did not drink or ingest the cleaner, got it out of a cabinet in what appears to be an accident police said.
us_TX  public  release  injury  cleaners 
9 days ago
Police still search for suspect after chemicals are sprayed on a
On August 10th Whitefish Police received a call around 10 am saying there was some sort of chemical sprayed on the playground equipment in downtown Whitefish.  As of right now authorities believe the chemical is bear spray.  The reporting party stated that several children had to seek medical attention because of skin irritation the chemical caused them. 

We spoke with Assistant Chief of Police Bridger Kelch who tells us the department has never seen a crime like this happen in the small town of Whitefish.  And punishment for this is serious.  Kelch tells us criminal mischief, vandalism and assault are all possibilities.  The assault charge is valid because of the harm the chemicals caused the children.

Kelch tells us, “Children that had a medical reaction or reaction to the chemicals restitution for their health care or if there was any damage to their clothing.”
us_MT  public  release  injury  repellent 
9 days ago
Union Chemical Spill to Have Little Impact On Environment, Hazmat Specialist Says
A caustic soda spill in Flat Creek reported Tuesday will have little to no environmental impact after the cleanup process is complete.

That’s according to Mike Ruddy, state on-scene coordinator and Hazmat specialist with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR), who worked on the spill.

City Administrator Russell Rost said the spill was called in by a neighboring business when employees noticed a milky substance in the stream.

John Florian, incident commander with Gateway Extrusions, said he was notified and immediately alerted city and appropriate state officials.

Also known as sodium hydroxide, the solution spilled into the creek is “mixable,” meaning it mixes with water and cannot be filtered or skimmed out, Ruddy said.

“The (cleanup) process is tedious, but as far as environmental impact, I would say when we’re done, there won’t be an impact at all,” he added.
us_MO  public  release  response  sodium_hydroxide 
9 days ago
Chemical footprinting strides to become mainstream with Walmart
Global momentum toward chemical safety is rising as the financial and health implications of chemical mismanagement become increasingly clear.

Witness the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which highlight the importance of reducing and managing hazardous chemicals to meet the objectives of ensuring healthy lives, the availability of clean water, and sustainable consumption and production patterns. 

The Chemical Footprint Project (CFP) initiative of investors, retailers, government agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and health care organizations aspires to support these goals through the effective management of chemicals in products and supply chains. CFP signatories include investors with over $2.3 trillion in assets under management and purchasers with over $600 billion in buying power. (Some of the authors of this piece are affiliated with the Chemical Footprint Project).  

Walmart Stores is the latest signatory to the project, agreeing to offer up data related to chemicals in products it sells.
public  discovery  environmental 
9 days ago
U.S. academic biomedical labs said unready for disasters
The U.S. academic biomedical research community is ill-prepared for disasters such as hurricanes and cyber-attacks, concludes a report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering & Medicine. Institutions should prepare for the worst “to minimize the loss of important scientific discoveries” and protect the more than $150 billion in public and private funding invested each year in medical and health research, the Aug. 10 report says.
“Disasters that damage research laboratories and the institutions that house them can have enormous impacts on the safety and well-being of humans and research animals, on career trajectories, and on scientific progress,” says Georges C. Benjamin, chair of the committee that wrote the report and executive director of the American Public Health Association.
Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy impacted the health and safety of people and laboratory animals, damaged buildings, disrupted careers, led to the loss of data and equipment, and negatively affected research funding, the report finds. But despite these experiences, academic biomedical research institutions have not taken steps to ensure they will optimally recover if disaster strikes again.
The report provides several recommendations for academic biomedical research institutions to improve their ability to prepare for and recover from disasters. For example, it suggests designating a senior level individual to oversee disaster resilience, and requiring training in disaster resilience for students, staff, and faculty. The report also recommends that NIH lead an effort to discover ways that research sponsors can provide incentives for researchers to enhance their ability to deal with disasters.
laboratory  discovery  environmental 
9 days ago
Five People Injured in Explosion at Chemical Facility in Northwestern Germany
MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Five people have been injured in an explosion at a chemical facility in the German town of Marl in North Rhine-Westphalia state, the facility's operating company said Thursday.

"On Thursday, August 10, an explosion and fire [originating from the blast] went off at the ISP Marl GmbH acetylene plant. Five employees were slightly injured and are receiving medical treatment… The fire brigade was able to quickly put the fire under control. The authorities are on site. The extent of the damage is not yet known," the statement read.

The Marl Chemical Park is one of the largest chemical sites in Germany. It covers an area of more than six square kilometers (2.3 square miles) and hosts Evonik holding companies, as well as 12 other chemical enterprises with roughly 100 production plants linked in an integrated material and energy network. The companies of the park employ about 10,000 people.
germany  industrial  explosion  injuries 
10 days ago
2 treated after chemical spill at Dynamic Recycling in Onalaska
Two employees were treated after being exposed to ammonium hydroxide Thursday at Dynamic Recycling in the town of Onalaska.

A small amount of the liquid chemical was spilled or released during the recycling process, exposing the employees to toxic fumes about 8 a.m., according to the La Crosse Fire Department, which assisted the Holmen Area Fire Department.

Employees were evacuated. One person was treated for respiratory distress and the other for evaluation.

The chemicals were removed from the building, which was ventilated.

The company said it does not accept hazardous substances, but that a small amount of ammonia escaped from a container brought to the facility. The company is investigating.
us_wi  industrial  release  injury  ammonium_hydroxide 
10 days ago
Construction workers spark fire in UD lab
A University of Delaware building will be closed until at least Monday after a fire broke out in the basement Wednesday afternoon.

The fire started about 1:15 p.m. in McKinly Laboratory on Delaware Avenue, and firefighters arrived to find heavy smoke coming from the building.

More than 100 firefighters and EMTs from around New Castle County, as well as Cecil County, Md., and Chester County, Pa., responded to the scene.

One firefighter from Five Points Fire Company was taken to Christiana Hospital for unspecified, non-life-threatening injuries, according to John H. Farrell IV, spokesman for Aetna Hose Hook and Ladder Company.

UD spokeswoman Andrea Boyle said a crew was renovating a lab in the basement, and a worker’s Sawzall tool ignited material in the ventilation system. The fire traveled through the duct work and set off an alarm and sprinklers in a second-floor lab.

No classes were in session at the time of the fire, but several researchers in the building escaped unharmed.

Though the fire was largely contained to the basement and the duct work, on-scene commanders triggered a three-alarm response due to the need for extra manpower to help search the large building for anyone remaining inside.

“We had to flood the building with lots of people at one time,” Farrell said.
us_DE  laboratory  fire  injury  unknown_chemical 
11 days ago
Chemical incident at health club began in men's sauna (From Wiltshire Times)
A CHEMICAL incident at Fieldways Hotel and Health Club began inside the men’s sauna after a mystery 'ammonia-based liquid' was poured onto hot coals.

The complex was evacuated and five people were treated at the scene by South Western Ambulance on Tuesday afternoon in an incident fire services described as 'thankfully relatively minor'.

Ambulance services checked over and discharged victims suffering from headaches caused by exposure to the evaporated liquid containing ammonia.

Fire services and hazardous materials experts discovered the chemical incident was a result a plume of vapour containing the chemical often found in cleaning products escaping into the changing rooms from the sauna.
United_Kingdom  public  release  injury  ammonia 
11 days ago
Chlorine prompts Bonneville County Transfer Station shutdown
IDAHO FALLS — The Bonneville County Transfer Station is shut down until further notice.

The closure was caused by chlorine. Bonneville County Commissioner Bryon Reed said the chemical came from refuse that was unloaded into the building. He said he doesn’t think the leak was intentional, but that something must have gotten punctured, and fumes escaped. The facility was shut down around 11 a.m. Wednesday.

“They haven’t determined whether it was a liquid or a powder,” Reed said

Transfer station employees were finding it hard to breathe, and there were reports of skin, eye and nose irritation.

“They immediately recognized that it was difficult to breathe, and so at that time they immediately evacuated the building,” Reed said.

The Idaho Fall Fire Department has responded, as well as a hazmat crew.
us_ID  public  release  response  chlorine  waste 
11 days ago
Scott creates panel to study management of toxic chemicals
ov. Phil Scott announced Tuesday that he’s forming a committee to study the management of harmful chemicals, following recommendations from a previous toxic chemicals working group.
The state of Vermont currently doesn’t have the information it needs to respond effectively to emergencies and health threats posed by chemicals in use in industries in the state, Scott said in the executive order that formed the committee.

The Interagency Committee on Chemical Management that Scott created was one of a dozen actions recommended by a working group formed by Act 154, passed in 2016.

That working group made a dozen recommendations in addition to the creation of the committee that Scott formed.

Sen. Brian Campion, D-Bennington, attempted during the last legislative session to put all of those recommendations — including formation of the interagency committee — into law through a bill titled S.103.

That bill failed to pass late in this year’s legislative session after industry groups lobbied against it, but could be revived when lawmakers return in January.
us_VT  public  discovery  environmental 
11 days ago
Massive morning blaze destroys Subang factory, chemical storage facility
SHAH ALAM: An early morning fire at the Subang Hi-Tech Industrial Park saw a multipurpose warehouse badly damaged, with thick black smoke visible from some 10 kilometres away.

The 4.30am incident destroyed at least 60 per cent of the warehouse, which was used to store paint and tyres, among others.

As of 2pm, some 50 firemen from Selangor and Kuala Lumpur stations dispatched to the scene were still working to put out the blaze.

Selangor Fire and Rescue Department director Azmi Osman said the fire was noticed by a security guard who alerted the authorities at 4.41am.

He said 56 firemen with eight fire engines and water tankers, including two from the Kuala Lumpur FRD, rushed to battle the blaze, which was already raging when the first team arrived at 4.56am.

"When firemen arrived, they saw very thick smoke which signified that the fire had been spreading for quite some time.

"Within an hour, they managed to control the fire from spreading to another warehouse, which stores industrial chemicals.

"It is important to make sure that the blaze does not spread there as the chemicals there are hazardous. InshaAllah, from the current status of this operation, we are confident that the blaze is under control and contained," he said.
Malaysia  industrial  fire  response  unknown_chemical 
11 days ago
Hume Fogg High School evacuated due to chemical spill
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Hume-Fogg Academic Magnet High School in downtown Nashville was evacuated Tuesday morning after hydrochloric acid spilled in a classroom.

Students were seen leaving the campus at 700 Broadway beginning around 8 a.m.

Two gallons of the acid accidentally spilled in a fourth floor classroom laboratory, according to the Nashville Fire Department.

Students and staff were moved to nearby First Baptist Church in the meantime, and no injuries were reported.
us_TN  laboratory  release  response  hydrochloric_acid 
12 days ago
Six UPS workers injured by chemical leak at New Hampshire facility
(Reuters) - Six workers were treated for respiratory problems on Tuesday after nitric acid leaked from a package at a United Parcel Service distribution facility in southern New Hampshire, a fire official said.

The facility, in Nashua, about 45 miles northwest of Boston, was evacuated following reports of a chemical leak just after 7 a.m. local time, said Nashua Fire Rescue Deputy Chief Karl Gerhard.

Chemical fumes from a package forced temporary evacuation of the facility, UPS said in a written statement. By late morning employees were allowed to return to the facility.

Six workers who reported minor respiratory symptoms went to two area hospitals for treatment, Gerhard said.

"Nitric acid leaked from a package onto an elevated conveyer belt system they use to sort packages," Gerhard said. He added that a contractor was on site cleaning up the spilled product, which leaked through machinery. Operations would likely be affected for "the better part of the day," he said.
us_NH  transportation  release  injury  nitric_acid 
12 days ago
3 Arrested After THC Lab Explosion at Spring Valley Lake Home
VICTORVILLE — In the early hours last Friday morning, the Fire Department and Sheriff’s Deputies were called to a home where an explosion and fire occurred. The Gangs/Narcotics Disivion was also then requested to come and help with the investigation.

A search warrant then yielded the discovery of a THC extraction lab.  Three suspects were in the home at the time of the fire but decided to flee the premises.  Further investigation led to their identification and arrest.

25-year-old Steven Ray Hoover Jr. had suffered 2nd and 3rd degree burns to his face, head, and body.  28-year-old Jesse Karl Bevins had 2nd degree burns on his arm and 26-year-old Paige Nicole Tappe had 2nd degree burns to her arm and back.  All three were in the room when the explosion and fire occurred.

Concentrated cannabis (honey oil) sells for more than basic marijuana and produces stronger effects than the traditional method of smoking the plant.

The SBSD says, “The THC extraction process is extremely dangerous and has a high potential for explosion and fire due to the use of large amounts of flammable chemicals and solvents during the extraction process.  This chemical process is illegal and is a violation of California’s Health & Safety Code.”
us_CA  public  explosion  injury  clandestine_lab 
12 days ago
Fire Forces Evacuation of Illinois LANXESS Chemical Plant
Workers were evacuated from a LANXESS chemical plant in Mapleton, IL on Thursday afternoon after a fire broke out in a chemical tank.

An official with the Peoria County Sheriff’s Office told the Washington Times-Reporter that the blaze in the chemical storage tank is thought to have started at about 2 p.m. following a technical malfunction.

The chemical involved in the blaze, a compound of aluminum and alkali, posed a challenge to extinguish as water exposure can cause the chemical to explode and air makes the substance burn faster. Firefighters were forced to use a chemical to put out the flames.

Workers were evacuated for about an hour as emergency responders tackled the fire.

“The safety of our employees, processes, the community and the environment are primary concerns of LANXESS,” the specialty chemical firm’s chief executive officer and president Antonis Papadourakis, said in a press release published by the Times-Reporter.
us_IL  industrial  fire  response  other_chemical 
12 days ago
Goshen chemical spill covers roadway
GOSHEN — Late Monday, Goshen’s Police and Fire departments were still searching for the source of a chemical spill that occurred Sunday night on Spruce Corner Road.

Catherine Skiba, a public information officer for the state Department of Environmental Protection, said the chemical spill was reported at about 11 p.m. Sunday night. Oily with a strong odor, the spill covered about two miles of the roadway, Skiba said.

By about 11:30 a.m. Monday, cleanup crews had removed most of it. Skiba said the department tentatively believes the spill was a pesticide compound and is treating the substance as a hazardous material.

“It’s still a mystery right now, because we don’t know what vehicle spilled this on the road or when,” Goshen Police Chief Jeff Hewes said. “It did smell pretty bad, but we don’t believe it’s a danger to anyone in the area right now.”

Spruce Corner Road was closed Monday morning at the corner of Route 116 for the cleanup. Though the majority of the spill was gone by then, the smell lingered. Horses and sheep in fields abutting the road stood in the far corners, their noses turned away from the pavement.
us_MA  transportation  release  response  ag_chems 
12 days ago
NJ Leads Nation with Plan to Curb Two Toxic Chemicals in Drinking Water
Department of Environmental Protection announces new proposed maximum contaminant limits for two likely carcinogens, PFNA and TCP

New Jersey’s new plan to impose tough limits on two carcinogenic chemicals in drinking water puts it in the forefront of national efforts to control the substances, and is the state’s first such effort for seven years, analysts said.

The Department of Environmental Protection on Monday proposed maximum contaminant limits (MCLs) for perfluorononanoic acid (PFNA) and 1,2,3 trichloropropane (TCP), which are both classified by the federal government as likely carcinogens.

The plan, which would allow the state to regulate the chemicals for the first time, includes a requirement for monitoring and treatment, if necessary, for water systems of all sizes.
us_NJ  public  discovery  environmental  other_chemical 
12 days ago
California tightens safety regulations for refineries
California is requiring its 15 refineries to adopt comprehensive new requirements to improve safety for workers and communities around the facilities.
Regulations that the state issued on Aug. 4 call for refineries to adopt inherently safer designs and systems to the “greatest extent feasible” and increase employer responsibility for the safety of refinery equipment. Those rules authorize workers to shut down equipment in the event of unsafe conditions and allow anonymous reporting of safety hazards to state officials. They also require root cause analysis when an incident results in a major accident or near miss.
The regulatory changes sprang from a state review of refineries after a 2012 accident at a Chevron refinery in Richmond, Calif., at the northern tip of the San Francisco Bay. The accident sent plumes of smoke and particles into the air and led 15,000 residents to seek medical aid.
“These are landmark changes,” says Erika Monterroza, spokesperson with the California Department of Industrial Relations, of the new regulations. She explains that the state created a broad task force made up of community members, workers, and industry, state, and local agencies to develop the regulations.
Three years after the state began its regulatory review, another accident, this one at the ExxonMobil refinery in southern California, increased the state’s focus on refinery safety. The second accident, in Torrance, sent debris into the community and involved a close call with a storage tank filled with toxic hydrofluoric acid.
us_CA  industrial  discovery  environmental  petroleum 
12 days ago
Court strikes down U.S. restrictions on HFCs
A federal appeals court has struck down a U.S. regulation that requires manufacturers to replace hydrofluorocarbon refrigerants with chemicals that are less potent greenhouse gases.
The Aug. 8 decision hands a victory to HFC makers Mexichem Fluor and Arkema. It’s a loss for Honeywell International and Chemours, which manufacture hydrofluoroolefins, a new generation of refrigerants which have a very low potential to cause global warming. In a statement, Honeywell says it is “deeply disappointed” in the court’s ruling.
The legal case involves a 2015 regulation from the Obama Environmental Protection Agency. The agency restricted HFCs and blends containing HFCs because of their potential to contribute significantly to global warming. Not only did the regulation limit these chemicals in refrigerants for vehicle air conditioners, coolers in groceries and other retail stores, and vending machines, it also limited their use as blowing agents that expand plastic into foam and in aerosol cans.
EPA based its regulation on a part of the Clean Air Act that requires manufacturers to replace substances that deplete stratospheric ozone with safer substitutes. HFCs don’t harm the ozone layer, but they were developed as alternatives for chemicals, such as hydrochlorofluorocarbons, that do.
“The fundamental problem for EPA is that HFCs are not ozone-depleting substances,” the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled. The section of the Clean Air Act that EPA used as the basis for its regulation does not give the agency authority to require replacement of substances that do not harm stratospheric ozone, a three-judge panel ruled. HFOs, like HFCs, are benign to stratospheric ozone.
public  discovery  environmental  hvac_chemicals  ozone 
12 days ago
12 Dock Workers, One Firefighter Injured Following Chemical Spill at Port of Long Beach
Twelve dock workers and one firefighter were treated for injuries related to an exposure after a chemical substance leaked from a container ship Sunday morning at the Port of Long Beach.

Of the 12 longshoremen who suffered minor injuries when they were exposed to the leaked concentrated industrial solvent, 11 were treated and released while one was transported to a local hospital with minor injuries. A firefighter was injured in a fall, but details were not available.

The exposure happened at about 9:45AM at Pier G, Berth 232, where a flammable liquid leaked from a 6,000 gallon tank on the container vessel, Harbour Bridge, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

The Coast Guard captain in charge of the Port then set up a safety zone of 150 yards around the ship for assessment and clean-up operations. The Long Beach Fire Department Hazardous Materials team and Patriot Environmental Services cleaned up the spill.

Authorities identified the chemical as propyl acetate, a solvent that in small doses smells of pears and is used as food flavor. In large amounts and concentrated form, however, it can severely irritate eyes, skin and lungs.
us_CA  transportation  release  injury  solvent 
13 days ago
Bomb in Red Bull can rattles Townsville
A HOMEMADE bomb, believed to be made of chemicals in a Red Bull can, exploded on the city’s busiest street as a group of men walked close by.

A police investigation is under way into who placed the explosive in front of City Lane in Flinders St on August 3, with officers scouring security camera footage.

Video from the dashcam of a passing motorist shows the explosion, about 9.20pm, throwing a cloud of mist into the air (pictured), with witnesses telling police it was ­“extremely loud”.

Senior police have described the incident as serious and believe the explosion could have seriously injured nearby diners or pedestrians.

“That explosion has caused a lot of noise, there’s potential for the shards of metal to have gone through the air,” Townsville Police Station officer-in-charge acting Senior Sergeant Damien Ahearn said.

“Anyone in the general vicinity of that can at the wrong time would have been seriously hurt as a result of what’s occurred.”
Australia  public  explosion  response  bomb 
13 days ago
Plumber rushed to hospital after 'chemical incident' at Logan School
A plumber was taken to hospital after a drain he was clearing overflowed with a "solvent acid" at a school south of Brisbane.

A plumber had been clearing a blockage in a drain at one of the school's bathroom with solvent acid when it overflowed "back into his face" about 7.30am, a workplace health and safety officer said.

Two Queensland Fire and Emergency Service (QFES) crews were sent to Logan Reserve State School. Photo: Jorge Branco
Police confirmed there had been no explosion at the school, despite earlier reports.

The man was treated for facial burns and taken to Logan Hospital.
Australia  education  release  injury  acids 
13 days ago
EPA's Pruitt wipes the slate clean on chemical reviews
The Environmental Protection Agency announced Monday that it had cleared a seven-month backlog of 600 reviews of new chemicals that had been in place since February.

"I am happy to report that the backlog of new chemical reviews is eliminated," said EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. The agency's goal "is to ensure a new chemicals program that is both protective of human health and the environment, while also being supportive of bringing new chemicals to market."

Pruitt committed the agency to making the chemical review process more transparent and predictable.

"Not only do I support reducing the backlogs that have built up at this agency, I also encourage continuous improvement and increased transparency," Pruitt said.

The prompt review of new chemicals is called for by the Toxic Substances Control Act, which was updated in 2016 through the passage of the Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act.

"EPA can either be a roadblock to new products, or it can be supporter of innovation and ever-improving chemical safety," Pruitt said. "EPA has a tremendous responsibility to review new chemicals intended to enter the U.S. market for safety," he said.
public  discovery  environmental 
13 days ago
What you need to know about perfluorinated chemicals, aka PFCs
Grayling water officials announced in July they had found trace amounts of perfluorinated chemicals, or PFCs, in the municipal water supply. The levels are nowhere near the concentration of PFCs considered to be a health hazard by the Environmental Protection Agency.

David Andrews, senior scientist with the nonprofit Environmental Working Group spoke with Stateside to help us understand this mysterious family of chemicals and explore exactly what the news means for the Grayling area.

PFCs are entirely man-made chemicals, Andrews said. Useful for repelling grease and water, they're found in a myriad of consumer and industrial products such as carpets, furniture, and clothing. Because of the nature of the chemical bond, Andrews said, PFCs don't break down easily, even after direct exposure to natural elements.

"The contamination that's currently out there may have been released into the environment decades ago," Andrews said. "There's pretty much universal contamination from the first generation of these chemicals released over the last four or five decades. Nearly everyone has some in their body and in their blood."
us_MI  public  discovery  environmental  other_chemical 
13 days ago
EPA’s announced changes to new chemicals review process put industry demands for ready market access above public health protection
Last year’s Lautenberg Act, which overhauled the badly broken Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), made fundamental changes intended to improve EPA’s review of new chemicals prior to their commercialization, by requiring more scrutiny of those chemicals to better ensure they are safe.  Until recently, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was on track in implementing the new requirements in a health-protective manner.  With the addition of more staff, EPA was also steadily reducing the temporary backlog in new chemical reviews that had developed – a result of the fact that the law’s new requirements took effect immediately upon passage.

In recent months, however, agency staff have faced relentless pressure from the chemical industry – and internally from new industry-friendly senior management – not only to speed up reviews, but to return the program to its pre-Lautenberg practices.  There were growing signs that EPA was considering changes that would circumvent the law’s requirements in the name of increasing program “throughput.”   The agency’s press release today makes clear that this is now happening.  

While many details of the shifts EPA is making remain murky, EDF is concerned that EPA is moving away from the law’s clear requirements that:

EPA rigorously review both intended and reasonably foreseen uses of new chemicals and,
where EPA identifies potential risks or lacks sufficient information, it issue an order imposing conditions on the manufacturer of the new chemical sufficient to mitigate the potential risk.
Among other concerns, EPA’s intent not to issue such orders and merely to promulgate so-called significant new use rules to require notification of reasonably foreseen uses – even assuming it can timely issue such rules – is squarely at odds with what the law requires.

EPA also appears to be seeking to re-create the infamous Catch-22 of old TSCA under which EPA could only require testing where it already had evidence of risk.  In today’s release, EPA signals that testing will only be required “to address risk concerns.”

Finally, apart from today’s release, EPA’s recent approach of sharing information on these anticipated changes only with new chemical submitters is highly disturbing, and further undercuts public confidence in EPA’s implementation of the reformed law.
public  discovery  environmental 
13 days ago
Chemical spill in Berea has residents looking for answers
Residents of Mayde Spur Road in Berea woke to a foul smelling odor early Sunday morning. The alleged culprit was an uncontrolled release of chemicals from KI (USA) Corporation, located nearby on Mayde Road.

“Our noses were burning,” said David McGuire in a phone interview with The Register, adding his wife Casie, at first, thought there was a fire outside.

Distress over the smell became exacerbated when the McGuires saw the creek in front of their home.

The water had become dark, grey and murky and was being polluted by an oily substance, which they documented through multiple Facebook Live videos. They also noted fish were dying in the water.

“The smell was much like a burning home and rotten eggs. The stench made you sick to your stomach and had most [people] in its presence gagging,” Casie McGuire said.

Multiple agencies responded after the McGuires called 911, among them were the Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection, Madison County Emergency Management Agency, Berea Fire Department and the Berea Police Department.

A KI (USA) Corporation press release Monday morning addressed few of the citizens’ concerns, but stated, “some non-hazardous stamping fluids (were) inadvertently released into the waterway” at the Berea factory.
us_KY  industrial  release  response  petroleum 
13 days ago
Germans in Uproar Over US Military's Plans to Expand Toxic Chemical Warehouse
Residents of the Palatinate region of southwest Germany are protesting the expansion of the US military's chemical storage facility there, amid fears for the health and safety of local people.

'Moral Blow' to Germany: Poland's Prospects to Get Reparations for Nazi Actions
Residents of the Palatinate region of southwest Germany are fighting to prevent the expansion of a US Army Europe hazardous chemical storage facility, which would make it the US military's largest warehouse of its kind in Europe.
Since 2013, the warehouse has provided US forces operating across Europe with chemicals such as fuel additives and de-icing agents. The US army plans to increase its capacity 27-fold – from 70 tons at the moment, to 1,900 tons. According to the plans, the warehouse will provide US forces not only with lubricants and oils, but with 50 tons of the most hazardous chemicals.
Germany  public  discovery  environmental 
13 days ago
China: Work safety agency cites reduced number of accidents in 1H
China's workplace safety improved in the first half of 2017, with the number of accidents and fatalities both falling, according to data from the country's work safety watchdog.

The State Administration of Work Safety said the number of workplace safety accidents fell 25.4% year on year to 22,400 in the first six months, while related fatalities went down by 17.4% to 16,200.

No "extremely severe accidents" occurred in the first half year, which in China refers to those that cause more than 30 deaths, leave more than 100 severely injured or result in more than CNY100 million yuan (US$15 million) in direct economic losses.

However, the work safety administration said that China reported 113 chemical accidents in the first half of this year. The figure represents a rise of 7.6% from the same period a year ago. They have led to 135 deaths, up by 25%. An official said that the chemical work safety situation in the country remains grim and safety checks need to be overhauled.

Despite regular calls by the government for more focus on work safety, frequent tragedies still occur in the workplace. A lack of safety awareness, poor regulations and lax implementation of safety measures are among the factors leading to accidents. Most of the accidents happened in building sites, coal mines and chemical factories.

Meanwhile, on 31 July, the Communist Party's anti-corruption watchdog said that the head of the work safety administration had been demoted for serious "discipline" problems.
China  public  discovery  environmental 
13 days ago
Accounting for public heath gains from pollution control
Despite scientific uncertainties, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency needs to estimate the value of all significant public health benefits when it considers regulating pollutants, a new report says (Science 2017, DOI: 10.1126/science.aam8204).
As it decides whether and how much to control pollution, EPA estimates costs to industry and others as well as benefits from improved public health. But when the agency calculates the dollar value of these benefits, it often fails to include all available health-related data, points out a team of researchers from EPA, New York University, and the University of California, San Francisco.
EPA has long estimated the monetary benefits from reducing exposure to pollutants linked to cancer. It also considers noncancer health effects, such as asthma and other lung problems, when determining the benefits of cuts in major air pollutants, such as ground-level ozone. But frequently, the agency omits noncancer effects from other contaminants, such as those in drinking water or hazardous waste sites, the researchers point out.
“Thus, benefits of preventing exposure to chemicals linked to adverse health outcomes such as birth defects, neuro­developmental effects, and cardiovascular disease are typically not quantified,” the paper says. This could lead the agency to overlook significant pluses when it considers whether and how much to regulate pollution, the authors suggest.
Scientific uncertainty associated with toxicity or epidemiology data has led the agency to exclude such information as it estimates benefits of regulation, explains coauthor Tracey Woodruff of the UCSF School of Medicine. But analytical calculations can account for uncertainty about adverse effects from pollutant exposure in cost-benefit assessments provided to EPA’s decision-makers, she says.
public  discovery  environmental 
13 days ago
Acetone Fumes May Have Caused House Fire Near Camdenton
CAMDEN COUNTY, Mo. — Fire damaged a home on State Route V, Saturday afternoon, and authorities think the flammable chemical acetone might be to blame.

According to the Mid County Fire Protection District, firefighters were dispatched to the house fire on State Route V just before 4 p.m. on Aug. 5. Crews found the fire had begun on the home’s lower floor but had spread to the upper floor and attic. They were able to bring the fire under control within 30 minutes, according to the district.

The home was damaged by smoke and heat as well as fire, but no one was injured.

The Mid County Fire Marshal is investigating, but the district says the fire appears to have been accidental, caused by the unintentional ignition of acetone fumes.
us_MO  public  fire  response  acetone 
14 days ago
Fire at Gar Tootelian ag chemical plant near Reedley causes more than $2M in damage
The Gar Tootelian agricultural chemical plant east of Reedley caught fire Sunday, causing more than an estimated $2 million in damage and sending up a plume of smoke that was visible across a wide area.

Fire crews from an array of agencies, including from Fresno County Cal Fire, Tulare County, Reedley and Dinuba, responded to the four-alarm fire near Crawford and South avenues just before noon. More than 100 firefighters were participating in the response.

Cal Fire Capt. Jeremiah Wittwer said crews had contained the fire by early Sunday afternoon, but mop up wasn’t expected to be finished until Sunday evening. He said the fire burned about 25 percent of the 16,000 square-foot complex. Initial reports had put the space estimate at about 20,000 square feet.

Some workers were at the plant when the fire broke out, Wittwer said, but no one was injured. Fire officials were unsure of the cause.
us_CA  industrial  fire  response  ag_chems 
14 days ago
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