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Boston fire crews responding Level 3 hazmat situation on Deer Island – Boston News, Weather, Sports
BOSTON (WHDH) - Boston fire crews are responding to a reported Level 3 hazmat situation on Deer Island.

The incident on Taft Avenue involved an over-pressurized 55-gallon drum that was filled with hazardous waste products.

No additional information was immediately available.
us_MA  industrial  discovery  response  waste 
3 days ago by dchas
Waste Managers Warn of Fire Risk With Lithium Ion Batteries
Lithium-ion batteries are a growing fire hazard at landfills and transfer stations across the region.

The batteries can spark under pressure and heat.

Waste managers are urging residents to properly dispose of electronics at designated recycling centers or hazardous waste collection sites.

The Lebanon landfill, which serves communities across the Upper Valley, has seen seven fires in the past ten months, said Marc Morgan, the facility’s solid waste manager.

The weight of machinery driving over a cell phone or tablet, embedded in a pile of garbage, is enough to cause a small explosion, he said.

The Northeast Resource Recovery Association, a non-profit focused on recycling and waste reduction, is running workshops this spring on proper battery handling. The next N.H. workshop will be May 2 in Plymouth. 
us_NH  public  discovery  environmental  batteries  waste 
7 days ago by dchas
Hyderabad: Four injured in an explosion at scrap yard in Shastripuram
Hyderabad: Four persons, including an Inspector of Police and a corporator were injured in an explosion at a scrap yard in Shastripuram, Mailardevpally here on Wednesday.

According to the Mailardevpally police, the scrap yard owners had brought some material for recycling purpose to the scrap yard and plastic waste recycling unit located in Shastripuram. The material was brought on Monday.

On Tuesday evening, there was an explosion following which one person identified as Afroz sustained injuries and was shifted to Osmania General Hospital for treatment.

Following the chemical explosion, on Wednesday morning, the local Inspector K Sattaiah Goud along with local corporator Mohd Misbahuddin went to the place and were inspecting the premises when suddenly another explosion happened.
India  industrial  explosion  injury  waste 
12 days ago by dchas
Firefighters, employees battle flames at Waste Management facili
Fire officials say a chemical may have started a fire Tuesday morning at the Waste Management building in Yonkers.

The rubbish fire spread to piles of papers, cans and bottles. The flames erupted just feet away from multiple gas pumps at a Sunoco gas station.

Workers inside the tin building on Yonkers Avenue say recyclable material caught fire and the flames quickly grew out of control. There were four employees inside when the fire began.

The employees on duty for the private company tried to put out the fire, but couldn't do so without the help of 13 fire companies.

"My co-workers had grabbed a fire extinguisher," says Steven Huber. "We grabbed fire hoses, but the water pressure was too low so we couldn't actually put out the fire at all."

There were no reports of any injuries.
us_NY  public  fire  response  waste 
13 days ago by dchas
Urgency rises for tackling hazardous waste
The deadly blast at a chemical plant in Jiangsu province last month that left 78 dead clearly highlights the urgent need to properly handle hazardous waste management in the country.

As central authorities tighten management by revising laws and issuing detailed policies to support hazardous waste treatment, experts are calling for mandating that facilities to process such waste be built in all chemical industry parks nationwide.

The explosion occurred on March 21 in Xiangshui county, Yancheng, at a Jiangsu Tianjiayi Chemical Co Ltd plant. The accident also injured more than 600.

The State Council, China's Cabinet, set up an investigation group and the probe into the cause of the blast is ongoing.

Multiple sources have suggested that the casual handling of hazardous chemical waste produced by the company could be a cause of the deadly blast.

China Chemical Industry News reported that the blast originated at the company's hazardous waste storage facility, citing a source close to the investigation group.

Beijing News also reported that the facility caught fire before the explosion. The facility is adjacent to a natural gas station, the explosion of which caused the tragedy, the report said.
China  industrial  follow-up  death  waste 
13 days ago by dchas
Officials: Foul odor near Choctaw area no cause for concern
BATON ROUGE - The fire department says a strange odor near the Choctaw area Monday night is not dangerous, and nearby residents and businesses should not be concerned.

The foul smell was reported late Monday night near Kincaid Ave and Choctaw Drive. A spokesperson with the Baton Rouge Fire Department says waste oil products leaked from drums while being moved from a nearby warehouse.

HazMat was called to the scene.

Officials say there is no danger and a cleanup effort is underway.
us_LA  industrial  release  response  petroleum  waste 
14 days ago by dchas
Manufacturing unit operator ‘had chemical drum explode in his face’ in poisonous Melbourne inferno
A worker who had been inside a waste management factory in Melbourne that erupted into a blazing inferno had a chemical drum explode in his face in the incident.
Vigneshwaran Vasantharajan had been working to remove dangerous waste from the Campbellfield factory yesterday when the fire was first sparked.
One of Mr Vasantharajan’s friends, who had finished his own shift at the factory just before the fire started, told 9News the man had to be rushed to hospital with severe burns by a truck driver.

“(They were) on his left side, from his ears and cheek and everywhere got injured,” Vasantharaj Vasanthakumar said.
Australia  industrial  fire  injury  waste 
15 days ago by dchas
Another toxic blaze clouds Melbourne
A waste management factory which exploded into a fireball sending a toxic black plume over Melbourne had been storing almost three times the quantity of chemicals permitted.

The inferno at suburban Campbellfield was sparked about 6.40am on Friday and although under control by shortly after midday, is expected to burn for days.

Operators of the Campbellfield business had their licence suspended by the Environmental Protection Agency in March after being repeatedly found storing too much highly-flammable material.

"We inspected the premises and found three times the amount of material being stored on the premise than it was licensed to store," the authority's Damian Wells said.

Storage containers were also inadequately labelled and being handled outside an appropriate area.

The address is registered to Bradbury Industrial Services, a toxic waste disposal company.

The factory is allowed to hold a maximum 150,000 litres of waste material, including solvents, inks, paints and other flammable materials, before being processed.
Australia  industrial  fire  response  flammables  waste 
18 days ago by dchas
China Factory Explosion Leaves 7 Dead; Fifth Deadly Blast in 10 Days
An explosion at a metal-processing plant in China’s Jiangsu province has killed seven people, authorities said on March 31.

This is the fourth fatal blast in China since a massive chemical plant explosion rocked an industrial park in Yancheng city, also in Jiangsu province, on March 21. That blast killed at least 78 people, left more than 600 injured, and triggered a nationwide industrial safety-inspection campaign by the Beijing regime.

Kunshan Blast

The March 31 blast involved a container of scrap metal that exploded in the outdoor yard of a metal-molding plant in a bonded area in the city of Kunshan, sparking a fire, the local government said on its official Weibo account, China’s version of Twitter.

“The cause of the incident is being investigated,” it said of the blast that also injured five others, one of whom was severely injured.
China  industrial  follow-up  death  metals  waste 
22 days ago by dchas
7 dead, 5 injured in container blast in east China's Jiangsu province, East Asia News & Top Stories
BEIJING (AFP) - An explosion at an electronics component manufacturer in east China on Sunday (March 31) killed seven and injured five others, local authorities said.

The blast happened when a container for storing scrap metal burst into flames outside a factory in an export processing zone in Kunshan, Jiangsu province, the local government said on its official WeChat social media account.

“The cause of the accident outside Kunshan Waffer Technology is still under investigation,” the statement said.
China  industrial  explosion  death  metals  waste 
23 days ago by dchas
China treats polluted water after chemical plant blast
XIANGSHUI, Jiangsu, March 30 (Xinhua) -- About 18,000 cubic meters of polluted water from the site of a deadly blast in eastern China's Jiangsu Province had been transported to sewage treatment facilities of two nearby chemical factories for temporary storage by Saturday noon, according to the rescue headquarters.
The acidic wastewater was from a pit formed after the explosion, which measures about 120 meters in diameter and 1.7 meters in depth.
The polluted water was first neutralized with alkaline substances and then transported through pipelines to the said facilities, before being treated later, said the rescue headquarters.
The headquarters said it would use lime to neutralize and solidify the acidic pollutants at the bottom of the pit. They will be treated as dangerous waste together with polluted soil.
China  industrial  follow-up  response  waste 
23 days ago by dchas
Vermont Senate Backs Ban on Single-Use Plastic Bags, Foam Containers
The Vermont Senate gave preliminary approval Friday to legislation that would ban the distribution of single-use plastic bags, foam containers and plastic straws, with some exceptions.

The 27-3 vote followed a short debate that largely focused on a 10-cent fee on single-use paper bags included in the bill. Some senators voiced concern that the fee would be a hardship for low-income Vermonters.

Mostly, though, senators spoke in support of the bill, S.113, which would also establish a study committee to examine the effects of plastic on Vermont’s waste stream and other policies that might help reduce plastic waste.

Sen. Chris Bray (D-Addison), the bill’s lead sponsor, said Vermont needs to address plastic waste “without bring the street sweeper following the parade — always cleaning up.”

In order to encourage Vermonters to bring reusable bags to the store, the legislation also proposes to require retailers to charge customers at least 10 cents for each paper bag distributed.
us_VT  public  discovery  environmental  waste 
24 days ago by dchas
Burning landfill owner given more time by Fulton judge
A man who has been arrested three times for letting an unlicensed landfill burn for six months has been given yet another reprieve by a Fulton County judge and two more months to extinguish the flames.
Fulton County Superior Court judge Constance Russell on Wednesday gave Tandy Ross Bullock until May 20 to put out the uncontrolled fire, even though the state already withdrew $500,000 from Georgia’s tire clean-up fund to hire a contractor for just that purpose. Neighbors have been dealing with the smoke since September coming from the landfill that Bullock owns.
Background | Fulton residents tired of 5-month landfill fire, emergency funds coming
The state Environmental Protection Division first made a deal with Bullock in 2013 to reduce the amount of solid waste on the property, according to a court filing. Then EPD brought Bullock to Fulton Superior Court in December to get him to put out the fire.
us_GA  public  fire  response  waste 
24 days ago by dchas
Maddington fire: Worker burned in massive warehouse blaze
A worker has been injured in a huge scrap yard blaze in Maddington which burnt through thousands of litres of fuel.

The toxic black smoke caused evacuations and a health warning across Perth's eastern suburbs.

The massive blaze, which left a worker in hospital with burns, consumed the Ryelane Street warehouse.

A hazmat warning was issued as thick plumes of black smoke billowed into the sky.

Firefighters were up against an industrial sized inferno complete with explosions and fire balls.

At the heart of this blaze was 2,000 litres of fuel and about 40 car batteries.

A giant plume of toxic back smoke stained the horizon across Perth.

Health authorities ordered locals to shut their windows and doors while police rushed to evacuate nearby businesses.

One officer who copped a lungful was rushed to hospital where she is being treated for smoke inhalation.
Australia  industrial  fire  injury  waste 
27 days ago by dchas
Why firefighters dropped a smoldering BMW i8 into a water tank
Electric vehicle fires are a new reality that many first responders have been unfortunately forced to deal with on a trial-and-error basis. Some of the blazes have served as wakeup calls as to just how difficult these types of accidents can be to control. After a BMW i8 hybrid started smoking in the Netherlands recently, local firefighters demonstrated what might be one of the best, albeit one of the strangest, solutions.

Posted by CarScoops, Brandweer Midden- en West-Brabant took to Facebook to post photos of an i8 that was dumped into a giant water vessel after the BMW started to catch fire. Via a Facebook translation, the caption detailed that the hybrid sports car had begun smoking while inside of a showroom. The car was moved outside before firefighters took initial containment steps. The ultimate procedure was to lift the car and drop it into what essentially looks like a scrap dumpster full of water.

At face value, it all seems like a bit of odd overkill, but that's far from the truth. We've told you previously — again just yesterday, in fact — that typical firefighting procedures involving vehicles with internal combustion engines cannot be used on electric vehicles. The i8 is not a fully electric vehicle, but it does contain similar parts in its hybrid powertrain setup.
Netherlands  public  fire  response  waste  batteries 
27 days ago by dchas
Chemical Weapon Destruction To Begin At Army Depot
RICHMOND, Ky. (LEX 18)– The project to destroy the stockpile of chemical weapons housed at the Bluegrass Army Depot will begin soon.

The stockpile has been stored there since World War II.

Since the 1940s, stockpiles of chemical weapons such as mustard gas, sarin, and VX have been stored in igloos like the one at Bluegrass Army Depot. In a few months, the workers there will begin to remove the weapons and take them to newly constructed plants where they’ll be neutralized. They’ll start first with mustard gas in June.

“After being involved with the program for approximately 35 years, I’m pretty excited about how close we are now,” said Craig Williams, a member of the Governor’s Commission on Chemical Weapons Disposal.

The destruction requires precautions at every step to make sure it’s done safely. Williams, who works in many ways as a voice for the local community on the project, says he is impressed by what he’s seen.
us_KY  industrial  discovery  environmental  mustard_gas  waste 
4 weeks ago by dchas
Another illegal dumping site found in Pasir Gudang; 15 barrels of suspected chemical waste removed
PASIR GUDANG — At least 15 blue barrels believed to contain chemical waste were removed from the banks of Sungai Masai in Pasir Gudang on Monday (March 18) afternoon after a similar operation at Sungai Semilang earlier in the day.

Sungai Masai is the third illegal dumping site discovered since toxic fumes emitted by waste dumped into Sungai Kim Kim hospitalised more than 3,000 people and forced the closure of 111 schools on March 7.

Police and the Fire and Rescue Department’s hazardous material unit (Hazmat) were at the latest site, and personnel from a private environment firm were seen removing the barrels from about 2pm.

A 300m stretch at Kilometre 17 of the Pasir Gudang-Johor Baru Highway towards the state capital were closed, resulting in a traffic congestion until 7pm as authorities loaded the barrels into a lorry.
Malaysia  public  release  response  illegal  waste 
5 weeks ago by dchas
Hydrogen cyanide detected in Sg Kim Kim not as hazardous as cyanide
JOHOR BARU: The hydrogen cyanide gas detected from the pollution in Sungai Kim Kim is the product of the reaction of chemical waste dumped into the river and its effect is not as hazardous as pure cyanide, says Johor Fire and Rescue Department director Datuk Yahaya Madis (pix).

Hence, he hopes that people will not worry as the impact was not as severe as exposure to the original cyanide gas.

“The pure cyanide which is used as a chemical weapon is dangerous.

“The hydrogen cyanide (cyanide from the pollution of Sungai Kim Kim) is harmful but it is the result of the reaction of waste materials. The reading rate is also not very harmful. So, I hope this can be rectified,” he told reporters here, today.

He said this in response to public concern over the detection of hydrogen cyanide gas in chemical waste dumped into Sungai Kim Kim last week.
Malaysia  public  follow-up  response  cyanide  waste 
5 weeks ago by dchas
Woman casually leaves URANIUM WASTE at city dumpster, sparks radiation scare — RT World News
A hazmat squad responded after a bucket full of radioactive waste was found near a trash can in Minsk, Belarus. The materials were marked with radiation symbols, which did not stop a local woman from taking them out like trash.
A bucket with cans made of glass and plastic and sporting distinctive radioactivity warning signs were discovered by a stunned communal service worker in Minsk on Thursday. The bucket was placed near a trash can at a dumpster in a residential district.

The vigilant worker immediately alerted emergency services, which dispatched a hazardous materials unit to check for radiation exposure. Once the team arrived at the scene, which was sealed off in precaution, they discovered that the level of radiation within one meter (3.2ft) of the bucket was four times higher than normal.
Belarus  public  discovery  response  radiation  waste 
5 weeks ago by dchas
Johor gas poisoning victims now at 2,775, but PM Mahathir says the situation is 'under control', Business Insider
The situation around Malaysia’s Pasir Gudang gas poisoning has worsened, with the number of victims nearly tripling from under 1,000 on Thursday (March 14) to 2,775 on Friday (March 15), state news agency Bernama reported.

The source of the toxic gas is illegally-dumped chemical waste in the Sungai Kim Kim river.

Read also: Johor has closed 111 schools over toxic gases from a polluted river – here’s the full timeline of what happened

The Malaysian Armed Forces dispatched medics and two teams with expertise in chemical and radioactive waste to help with cleanup efforts, Bernama said in a report on March 14. They join a list of government agencies on the scene, including the police, the Hazardous Materials Management (Hazmat) Team and the National Disaster Management Agency.
Malaysia  public  follow-up  environmental  waste 
5 weeks ago by dchas
Army deploys chemical experts to assist in Pasir Gudang contamination
KUALA LUMPUR, Mar 14 — The Malaysian Armed Forces deployed its Chemical Biological Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) team yesterday, to assist the Hazardous Materials and Waste Management (Hazmat) Unit in clearing the contamination caused by the illegal chemical dumping in Pasir Gudang, which led to toxic fumes spreading in the area.

In a statement, today, the team from the Royal Army Engineers Regiment (RAJD), consisting of four officers and 21 others from different rankings, is led by Lieutenant Colonel Norhelmi Ismail.

It said the CBRN observation team has reported to the National Disaster Management Agency (Nadma) management centre at the Taman Pasir Putih multipurpose hall in the district, while its decontaminating team are set to help authorities in the cleaning process.
Malaysia  public  follow-up  response  waste 
5 weeks ago by dchas
30 hospitalised after sniffing chemical from river
JOHOR BAHRU: The number of victims, who were believed to have sniffed the chemical which was dumped into the KimKim River, have gone up to 30 people, to date.
State Health, Environment and Agriculture Committee chairman Dr Sahruddin Jamal said that, of the total, 21 victims had been taken to the Sultan Ismail Hospital, six to the Pasir Gudang Health Clinic and three more were treated at the Penawar Hospital.
He said that all were reported to be in stable conditions.
“Two victims at the Sultan Ismail Hospital are provided with breathing assistance (intubate) to prevent a worse situation as the breathing conduits can be blocked after breathing in the chemical,’’ he said.

He also said samples of the pollution at the river had already been taken by Hazardous Materials and Waste Management Unit (Hazmat), Fire and Rescue Department and the Department of Environment Thursday morning to be analysed.
Malaysia  public  release  injury  waste 
6 weeks ago by dchas
Fire at Old Dhaka again, three burned
Three men were burned in a fire that broke out at a scrap-metal store in Kamalbagh area of Old Dhaka on Saturday afternoon.
The injured were store owner’s son Sumon Khan, 30, and employees Sumon, 35 and Nur Alam, 32.
All of them were admitted to the burn unit of Dhaka Medical College Hospital, said in-charge of the hospital police outpost Inspector Bacchu Miah.
One of the victims said that the fire had originated from a blast that took place while they were flattening expired and scrapped bottles of body-spray inside the store.
Soon after the fire started, local people rushed in and doused the flame with their own efforts and rescued them, he said.
The fire broke out just 10 days after the fatal fire that started at a chemical warehouse at Churihatta in Chawk Bazar on Febarury 20, leaving 71 people
Bangladesh  industrial  explosion  injury  metals  waste 
7 weeks ago by dchas
Mauldin fire clears scene after odor came from nearby plant
MAULDIN, S.C. - Mauldin Fire Department was called to investigate an odor Thursday.

Mauldin fire and police were called to the intersection of N. Golden Strip Drive and Drury Lane around 12:30 p.m. after a caller reported an irritating odor that was burning their throat.

The fire department did preliminary air monitoring and found there was no hazardous material.

They also had Greenville Hazmat test and they too found no hazardous material.

They determined that the odor was coming from a nearby plant about 1/4 mile away.

VLS Recovery handled the situation. The fire chief says the plant processes non-hazardous waste.

No injuries were involved in the situation.
us_SC  industrial  release  response  waste 
7 weeks ago by dchas
Legislation proposed for stump dump cleanup
Bella Vista Mayor Peter Christie announced that a $20 million funding bill had been filed by Senators Jim Hendren and Bart Hester, with additional legislators, to help with the Trafalgar Road Fire, known as the "Stump Dump."

The funding would come from the "Hazardous Substance Action Fund," and the appropriated funds are to be used for "waste cleanup."

Christie said that the spoke to Senator Hendren and was informed that the governor supported this bill.

According to Christie, with this money, the ADEQ should have enough to put out the fire, based on previous cost estimates from January 2019. The city of Bella Vista will also give $1.5 million to assist with the cost of cleanup.

On Monday, at the request of the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality, hazmat technicians from the National Guard also arrived in Bella Vista to monitor air quality at the site.
us_AR  public  fire  response  waste 
8 weeks ago by dchas
Update: Swift response of incident management team helps contain fire quickly at Interwaste
Interwaste has confirmed that a fire, not a chemical explosion, took place at their facility in Germiston on Tuesday.

Kate Stubbs, director of business development and marketing, said, “Interwaste confirms that a fire took place at one of our waste recycling facilities at around 8am this morning.

“Through the quick response of our incident management team, the fire was contained within 20 minutes, prior to the arrival of emergency services.

“Our first priority in all our operations is the safety and well-being of all employees who may be affected directly and indirectly by any incidents.

“Regrettably, four of our employees were injured by the fire this morning.”

Stubbs added that each employee received immediate medical attention from the on-site safety and first aid officers, and were subsequently transported to private medical facilities where they are receiving further treatment.
South_Africa  industrial  fire  injury  waste 
8 weeks ago by dchas
Chlorine Identified As Chemical Involved In Ennis Hotel Incident
Clare County Council has confirmed high levels of chlorine have been identified as the chemical found in water being pumped from an Ennis Hotel.

Emergency services were alerted to a flooding incident in the Leisure centre at the Auburn Lodge Hotel in Ennis this morning, and while initial test results were clear, chemicals were discovered once fire crews began pumping water away.

The contaminated water is being disposed of at local licenced waste facility.

The hotel remains open though the leisure centre may remain closed for up to 48 hours to deal with the incident fully.

A spokesperson from the the Auburn Hotel has confirmed that the hotel “had a leak in the basement area of the Leisure Centre, in accordance with our safety plan the area was isolated and emergency service called”.
Ireland  public  release  response  chlorine  waste 
9 weeks ago by dchas
Inadequate Waste Evaluation for Silver Coated Canister Seals
While creating a new Waste Planning Checklist for the Engineered Container Retrieval and Transfer System Sludge Transport and Storage Container inerting process, a Waste Management Representative discovered that the metal seals that are used on the Sludge Transport and Storage Cask are coated with silver. The Waste Planning Checklist did not initially identify this waste component. Silver is potentially a regulated material, and must be evaluated to ensure it is below waste acceptance limits.

Lesson Learned: Personnel documenting initial waste planning information did not have sufficient information to recognize that the silver coating on the seals was potentially a regulated material. Training and administrative controls had not been established to provide necessary prompts for key information.
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us_WA  public  discovery  environmental  waste  silver 
9 weeks ago by dchas
A fire broke out at Tesla's Fremont factory, but was quickly contained with no one injured
A fire broke out at Tesla's car production plant in Fremont, California Saturday night, but was contained and did not impact vehicle production.

According to The Mercury News, citing Fremont Deputy Fire Chief Amiel Thurston, the fire broke out at around 8.25 p.m. PT (11.25 p.m. ET) and started in "a 10 foot by 10 foot area containing hazardous waste in an exterior storage area." The fire was quickly contained, Thurston said.

"There’s no threat to the public at this time. The hazmat team is monitoring both the atmosphere conditions and the fire," Thurston said.
us_CA  industrial  fire  response  waste 
9 weeks ago by dchas
Eco-friendly technique selectively recovers copper from circuit board waste
Tossed circuit boards are about 20% copper, a much larger fraction than the roughly half a percent in copper ore mined from the ground. That percentage, plus the growing mounds of global electronic waste, drives the hunt for effective and green methods for extracting copper from circuit boards.
A new method takes advantage of ball milling, a brute force means of jumpstarting chemical reactions (Environ. Sci. Technol., 2019, DOI:10.1021/acs.est.8b06081). If the simple process can be scaled up, it would be more eco-friendly and efficient than current methods for recovering copper from circuit boards.
Global electronic waste exceeds 40 million tons and is growing at a rate of 3-5% per year. Circuits boards make up 2 million tons of that total. China, one of the largest producers of circuit boards and the major recipient of global electronic waste before the country limited the import of many types of waste in 2018, is struggling under the environmental consequences of this waste. “Improper handling of waste circuit boards has generated serious environmental problems and human health threats in China,” says Huijie Hou, an environmental engineer at Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST).
China  industrial  discovery  environmental  waste  copper 
9 weeks ago by dchas
The pervasiveness of microplastics
About 8 million metric tons of waste plastic enters the oceans every year. Over time, these bottles and bags break down into particles that are micrometers or even nanometers in size. Researchers are accumulating evidence showing that these particles are being consumed not only by birds and fish but by humans, too.
public  discovery  environmental  waste 
11 weeks ago by dchas
Hyderabad: Man injured in explosion in Jubilee Hills
Hyderabad: A 55-year-old man sustained injuries following an ‘explosion’ at Venkatgiri in Jubilee Hills on Tuesday evening.

The man, identified as Manika Rao, a daily wager, was emptying some chemicals from small tin containers when there was a sudden explosion near a scrap shop, eye-witnesses told police.

The man sustained injuries on his hand and face and collapsed. The Jubilee Hills police rushed to the spot and shifted him to Gandhi Hospital in a ‘108’ ambulance.

The CLUES team examined the spot and the tin containers were seized from the place for examination. Preliminary inquiries revealed that some chemical were stored in the containers and the same could have exploded due to pressure.
India  public  explosion  injury  waste 
11 weeks ago by dchas
Hearing planned on barrel ruptures at E. Idaho nuclear site
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A government board that makes recommendations on U.S. Department of Energy facilities plans to hold a public hearing concerning the rupture of four barrels containing radioactive sludge at an eastern Idaho nuclear site.
The Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board will meet in May in Washington, D.C., to discuss the ruptures at the Energy Department's 890-square-mile (2,300-square-kilometer) site in eastern Idaho that includes the Idaho National Laboratory.
The board in a closed meeting last month opted for the public hearing involving the April barrel ruptures at the Radioactive Waste Management Complex.
Three of the four board members voted in favor of holding the meeting, while Bruce Hamilton abstained, citing his concerns about the location of the meeting. "The recent event at Idaho National Laboratory is worthy of further information gathering which could be facilitated by a hearing. Whether that hearing is best accomplished in Washington, D.C., instead of in Idaho is questionable," he wrote.
Officials say there were no injuries and no threat to the public because of the barrel ruptures. Work later resumed at the facility.
U.S. Department of Energy contractor Fluor Idaho in a statement Thursday said it appreciated the board's interest in the problems with the barrels and said it "will lend our technical assistance as needed. We have worked with the board over the past several years on technical issues associated with the cleanup mission in Idaho and have always welcomed their input."
us_ID  industrial  follow-up  response  radiation  waste 
january 2019 by dchas
Oswestry chemical spill: Substance that closed waste plant came from Brazil
On December 6, Oswestry Waste Paper, which is run by Recycling UK, was shut down for 24 hours with five staff members kept at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital overnight.

It was happened after a chemical that was inside a bail of paper became airborne.

The Health and Safety Executive and the Environment Agency are still investigating, but it has been revealed the chemical originated in the recycling system in Brazil.

Neil Clarke, managing director of Recycling UK Ltd said: “The incident was caused by a package of chemicals which was accidentally sent to us in recycled material by one of our suppliers.

“The chemicals were tracked back to Brazil.

“The issue is in the hands of the HSE and the Environmental Agency now, so they will now be looking at how the package was able to get into the country and on to our premises.
United_Kingdom  industrial  follow-up  injury  waste 
january 2019 by dchas
Scrap collector killed in Bathinda factory blast
BATHINDA: A scrap collector was killed and another man was seriously injured in a blast at a closed matchbox making factory in the Focal Point area in Bathinda on Wednesday.
The blast occurred at ‘Punjab Matches Private Limited’ when the duo — Harish Kumar and Raj Kumar — was trying to extract scrap from a bucket that contained some chemicals too. Both were badly injured in the blast.
Following the explosion, fire broke out in the factory and a car parked nearby was also damaged in the process. Fire tenders were pressed into service to doused the flames.
The injured were taken to the Bathinda civil hospital where Harish was declared brought dead. Raj sustained injuries mainly in his legs.
india  industrial  explosion  death  waste 
december 2018 by dchas
Innovative Solution for Securing Smaller Gas Bottles
Jefferson Lab requires all gas bottles to be secured at all times, regardless of content or pressure. The standard pick-up rack does not accommodate smaller gas bottles, which have traditionally been secured to the rack with bungee cords or chains. This is not an optimal solution as this method promotes damage to the valve connection. An innovative design, using scrap material, solved the potential safety hazard of empty small gas bottles, found unsecured while awaiting pick-up.
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us_VA  laboratory  discovery  response  waste 
december 2018 by dchas
Explosion at western Idaho waste site injures 3, leaves 1 missing
BOISE — An explosion Saturday at a hazardous waste site in southwestern Idaho heavily damaged a building, injured three workers and left one man missing, officials said.

The company US Ecology said 15 employees were working at the time of the explosion, which occurred in a building at the facility about 50 miles south of Boise.

"Most of the skin has been blown out, and much of the metal has been bent," Simon Bell, the company's vice president of operations and chief operating officer, said of the building. "It would have been a large explosion based on the damage to the building."

There's no threat to the public, and emergency crews, including a hazardous materials team, were at the site, Owyhee County spokeswoman Angela Barkell said. The facility is about 10 miles east of the small town of Grand View, and about a mile from a highway.

"No immediate threat has been identified, and no evacuations have taken place," Barkell said in a phone interview with The Associated Press.

Bell said employees were doing routine work at the time of the blast, but he didn't want to speculate on the cause.

"Since we had an explosion there was something out of the ordinary, and we will be fiercely focused on understanding what that is," he said.
us_ID  industrial  explosion  injury  waste 
november 2018 by dchas
Hazardous Chemicals Being Disposed At Braintree High School
BRAINTREE, MA — A hazmat team will be at Braintree High School Wednesday getting rid of small quantities of hazardous waste.

School officials said benzoyl peroxide was found during a routine disposal of chemicals in the science department this fall. Benzoyl peroxide is a shock sensitive material and a common, regulated hazardous waste. Although the chemical is common in acne medication and other cosmetics, larger amounts can be explosive.

The state's Department of Environmental Protection gave the school an emergency license to stabilize and remove the chemical. Clean Harbors Environmental Services, a Norwell based waste management company, has been tasked with stabilizing the benzoyl peroxide.

After stabilization, the waste will be transported away from the school and properly disposed of at a hazardous waste management facility.
us_MA  laboratory  discovery  environmental  peroxide  waste 
november 2018 by dchas
Following regs could have prevented barrel explosion
U.S. Department of Energy cleanup contractor Fluor Idaho has issued a report on the causes of the transuranic waste drums that blew their lids off last April at the Idaho National Laboratory’s Radioactive Waste Management Complex. And that report blows the lid off the DOE’s excuses about the accident.w

If DOE regulations and hazardous waste laws, including the state-issued RCRA permit, had been complied with, the accident would not have happened. And numerous opportunities were missed for Fluor Idaho to learn that they were playing fire — finely divided uranium more susceptible to serious oxidation than the more commonly encountered form of uranium from the Rocky Flats weapons plant called “roaster oxide.”

A fire had occurred last December when a waste container with this form of uranium was opened at the Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Facility. And despite this, a drum known to contain large amounts of the same form of uranium was sent to the Accelerated Retrieval Project V fabric enclosure despite its RCRA permit forbidding such material.

The drums that one by one expelled their powdery radioactive contents throughout the ARP V enclosure just hours after workers had gone home.

The first smoldering drum set off fire alarms. The fire department responded, but because of radiation monitor malfunction, they were unaware that radioactive airborne contamination inside the fabric tension membrane enclosure was far above normal. Radiological control personnel came to assist the firefighters 43 minutes after requested. The responders had inadequate knowledge of the materials in the drums which also hampered their efforts.
us_ID  laboratory  follow-up  environmental  dust  radiation  uranium  waste 
november 2018 by dchas
Explosive, radioactive chemicals found in Oregon schools
Decades-old, disintegrating and dangerous chemicals lurk in the back of cupboards and shelves in high schools throughout Oregon.

A state program aims to get them out. For a decade, the Department of Environmental Quality has hired an environmental consultant to examine every bottle and can in science and art classrooms, and paid a hazardous waste disposal company to remove those deemed dangerous.  

Last week alone, a visit to Sweet Home High School resulted in the removal of fully half the containers in the science lab storeroom, the consultant, Dave Waddell, said.

And a visit to North Marion High School ended in an Oregon State Police bomb squad being called to safely remove and destroy two dangerous chemicals.
us_OR  laboratory  discovery  environmental  other_chemical  waste 
november 2018 by dchas
Mumbai: Blast at chemical waste dump in Taloja MIDC; 1 hurt
Mumbai: A worker was injured in an explosion at the Taloja Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) area of Navi Mumbai on Monday morning. Police said the incident occurred at 8.15am, when the JCB machine, was digging a hole to dispose of toxic chemical waste. JCB machine’s excavator bucket hit the drum it was going to bury, resulting in a blast. The tremors caused were felt in the nearby villages, as far as Kalyan.

“The explosion was so massive, the JCB machine flew right out of the pit and landed upside down, a few metres from it,” said supervisor Vidyakant Mishra. “Since I was away checking other operations, I escaped unhurt. However, the JCB machine driver , Santosh Patil, 42, sustained serious injuries,” said Mishra.

The industrial waste collected from Mumbai and neighbouring places is dumped on Taloja MIDC land. Police said on Monday, when workers were dumping the chemicals that had been separated from the industrial waste on land owned by the Mumbai Waste Management Ltd, they realised there was an emission from one of the drums.
India  industrial  explosion  injury  toxics  waste 
october 2018 by dchas
T&TEC investigates fire at Scarborough Secondary
T&TEC officials, TT Fire Services and electrical technicians from the Division of Infrastructure, Quarries and the Environment (DIQE) on Tuesday visited Scarborough Secondary after a fire broke out in one of the classrooms on Sunday night. According to Tobago TTUTA representative, Orlando Kerr, security at the school extinguished the fire before it got out of control. Students were sent home on Tuesday and school was closed yesterday as there were additional reports of electrical outlets sparking. The DIQE electrician was dispatched to carry out a further inspection of the school plant to ensure its safety before students return to classes.

Kerr said he was pleased so far with the Division of Education’s handling of the situation.

“Yes, because school was dismissed and students removed from the compound. There has been issues with the electrical system in the past because the school is very old and we’ve called for it to be relocated. There weren’t any fires (previously) but there have been issues with low voltage with AC units etcetera,” he said.

Scarborough was not the only school closed yesterday, as Goodwood Secondary’s students were also told to stay home.

Jacqueline Job of the Division of Education, said while they would have preferred to avoid closing the schools, this action was necessary.

Goodwood Secondary’s closure was done for the disposal of unused chemicals in the school’s science lab as well as sanitization of an administrative block which experienced leakage due to a broken water line in the science lab. The Division of Education said officials from CARIRI have been engaged to conduct testing in the labs at Goodwood Secondary.

The Division of Education said the safety of all the island’s students is of paramount importance to them.
Trinidad_and_Tobago  laboratory  fire  response  waste 
october 2018 by dchas
Missouri landfill operator sues for help with EPA cleanup
ST. LOUIS — The operator of a suburban St. Louis landfill where an underground fire smolders near illegally dumped radioactive waste is suing the drugmaker whose predecessor processed the Cold War-era nuclear material.

Bridgeton Landfill LLC seeks help paying for the $205 cleanup of the Superfund site in the lawsuit filed Tuesday against Mallinckrodt LLC, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported . The suit says Mallinckrodt’s predecessor, Mallinckrodt Chemical Works, refined uranium compounds that were used in the U.S. government’s Manhattan Project decades ago at its factory north of downtown St. Louis.

Later, leached barium sulfate from the weapons program was mixed with contaminated soil and used to cover trash at the West Lake Landfill, which is adjacent to the smoldering Bridgeton Landfill. Republic Services, which subsequently acquired both landfills through a merger, has spent millions of dollars to ensure that the fire and the nuclear waste don’t meet.

The Environmental Protection Agency’s remedy calls for excavating about 70 percent of the landfill’s radioactive waste and disposing of it out of state. The agency identified the landfill operator as one of three potentially responsible parties. Mallinckrodt was not among them, although it has been named in more than 140 federal lawsuits filed on behalf of north St. Louis County residents and heirs who claimed exposure to radioactive waste caused cancers and deaths.
us_MO  industrial  follow-up  environmental  radiation  waste 
october 2018 by dchas
Canton Fire: Three Workers Taken To Hospital After Haz-Mat Emergency
Three town workers were taken to a hospital Tuesday after they breathed in noxious fumes at the Canton transfer station, fire officials said.

Shortly before 8 a.m., a chemical reaction in a Dumpster at the transfer station at 202 Ramp Road released some sort of vapor that the three workers inhaled, Deputy Fire Chief Ryan Kerr said.

“The haz mat team believed it’s a combination of some kind of acid and motor oil,” he said.

The Connecticut Capitol Region Hazardous Materials Response Team was called in, Kerr said.

Neither Kerr nor Sylvia Cancela, spokeswoman for the Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department, would describe the workers’ injuries, but Cancela said firefighters were told the three workers were taken to the hospital “out of an abundance of caution.”
us_CT  industrial  release  injury  petroleum  waste 
october 2018 by dchas
Maplewood Fire and Nutley Haz-Mat Respond to Chemical Spill and Smoke Condition on Springfield Avenue
MAPLEWOOD, NJ - There was a hydrochloric acid spill at a building on Springfield Avenue on Tuesday afternoon, with Maplewood Fire and Nutley Haz-Mat responding to the scene.

According to the Maplewood Fire Department, at about 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, they received a call advising that hydrochloric acid had been spilled and was causing a smoke condition.

Maplewood firefighters arrived at the building and found that a container of the chemical, which the building occupant said had been in the basement for over 30 years, was in the process of being removed by Stericycle Environmental Solutions, a chemical waste removal company.

In the process of transferring it to a newer, larger container, the existing one started leaking and fell on the stairs from the basement to the outside, stated the Maplewood Fire Department.

The Stericycle operator notified the fire department of the situation, and upon arrival the Stericycle driver informed the firefighters that he had inhaled some of the smoke, and he was transferred to St. Barnabas Hospital for evaluation as a precaution, stated the Maplewood Fire Department.
us_NJ  public  release  injury  hydrochloric_acid  waste 
october 2018 by dchas
Crews respond to potential hazmat situation at Abbotsford business Official says company attempted to mix materials to dispose of them safely, but caused reaction
Abbotsford fire crews were called out to a potential hazardous material situation at a business at Peardonville and Townline roads Wednesday night.

Crews were called to the scene at around 9 p.m. Wednesday to reports of acidic smoke in the building, according to Abbotsford Fire Rescue Service Assistant Chief Jeff Snider.

“They got there, they evacuated the building and we cordoned off an area so we could await for hazmat techs to come in and ascertain what was going on,” Snider said.

“A bucket full of chemicals that they were looking to dispose of within the company, so they attempt to neutralize the components and then dispose of them properly. There was some sort of reaction that happened with them tonight.”

Snider said the company attempted to mix chemicals to make them inert, but “it looks like a small exothermic (releasing heat) reaction” occurred, creating a cloud of smoke in the building.

“They’ve definitely got to have a lot of safe procedures and policies in place, and by the look of the lab in here, they do. Everything was clean and organized,” Snider said, adding shortly after the incident that crews were expected to be on scene for just another half-hour longer.
canada  laboratory  release  response  waste 
october 2018 by dchas
Bulging Hazardous Waste Drum Discovered in Waste Area
Waste drums have the potential to pressurize, particularly if they contain an unusual proportion of chemicals. Organizations using mixtures of Castrol Hysol AM and water in waste drums should take precautions against drum pressurization. During previous clean outs, buckets of water were used to clean out the wet separator. In the last clean out a hose was used to clean out the wet separator resulting in the use of more water than the past. It is speculated that the additional water used significantly changed the water to Hysol AM ratio enough that the diluted mixture produced gas.
us_NM  industrial  discovery  response  waste 
october 2018 by dchas
Fire in Holbeck closes Ingram Road
West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service dealt with a fire in an industrial building in Holbeck this afternoon (8 October 2018) after receiving a call into our Control Room just before midday.

The fire was at a business premises which cleans chemical containers on Ingram Road. Eight fire engines attended the scene initially however this was later reduced.

As a result of the incident there has been some overflow of contaminants into the waste water system, however this does not pose any risk to the public.

A number of manhole covers were also lifted, due to a pressure build up, on Ingram Road which remains closed until the Highways Agency are able to repair the damage. Police were in attendance dealing with a cordon on the road.
United_Kingdom  industrial  fire  response  waste 
october 2018 by dchas
Environmental Health & Safety
DEHS responded to two unrelated chemical waste container explosions in laboratory settings. In both cases, incompatible materials were incorrectly added to waste containers. Over time, the waste containers developed pressure causing them to rupture with extreme force. One of the waste containers exploded underneath a fume hood and damaged containers of organic solvents that were stored nearby. The other container exploded in a fume hood. Chemicals and broken glass were blown throughout the laboratory in both cases and required specialized clean-up procedures at a cost of ~$2000.00 each. Although there was great potential for injury in both cases, no one was injured in either, therefore classifying these as near miss accidents.

It is imperative that all chemical waste containers are accurately labeled and properly stored to eliminate mixing of incompatible wastes. All laboratory staff must be trained in chemical waste management and thoroughly understand the waste streams generated from their experiments.

Liquid chemical waste should be stored in sealed plastic "LDPE Nalgene Carboys" or plastic coated glass containers in secondary containment bins. DEHS no longer recommends reusing glass reagent chemical bottles. For more information and training opportunities, please visit our web site at http://www.udel.edu/ehs or contact the Chemical Hygiene Officer at 831-8475. In the event of a laboratory emergency or if incompatible materials are mistakenly added to a waste container, immediately contact DEHS at x8475 or University Police at 911 after hours.
us_DE  laboratory  explosion  response  solvent  waste 
october 2018 by dchas
Powerful explosive accidentally detonates at LANL
An explosion in a densely staffed sector of Los Alamos National Laboratory on Sept. 14 left one employee with multiple cuts and prompted lab officials to request emergency approval from the New Mexico Environment Department to safely detonate two compromised vessels containing highly explosive hazardous waste.

Both of the approximately 1.7-ounce containers were “unstable due to heat exposure and the presence of etching on the vessel exterior,” an incident report said.

“This condition posed an imminent and substantial endangerment to human health and the environment,” the report reads.

No radioactive material was involved in the incident, a lab spokesman said.

The detonation occurred during synthesis of a type of powerful non-nuclear explosive in development at LANL.

The injured worker, who sustained cuts to his or her hands caused by broken glassware, was treated at both Los Alamos Medical Center and University of New Mexico Hospital, the spokesman said. The employee has since been released and is back at work.
us_NM  laboratory  explosion  injury  waste 
september 2018 by dchas
U.S. agrees to boost worker safety at polluted Hanford nuke site, install vapor protections
SEATTLE – The U.S. government will test and implement a new system to capture and destroy dangerous vapors released at the nation’s most polluted nuclear weapons production site as part of a settlement agreement reached Wednesday.

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson told reporters that the agreement represents a major win for hundreds of workers who have been getting sick for years while cleaning up the nation’s nuclear waste at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in eastern Washington.

“Those workers deserve to be protected,” Ferguson said.

He added that the U.S. Department of Energy did not take the issue seriously and resisted putting protections in place.

“There’s no way to sugar coat this,” Ferguson said.

The Energy Department will for the first time test a new technology that Ferguson called “game-changing” that would protect workers from the vapor exposures.
us_WA  industrial  discovery  environmental  radiation  waste 
september 2018 by dchas
Lithium batteries blamed for starting toxic Tacoma fire
Firefighters spent 12 hours putting out a large fire at a Tacoma scrapyard Monday.

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

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

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

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

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

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

White said he felt sick to his stomach after being in the smoke for only a minute.
us_WA  public  fire  injury  batteries  metals  waste 
september 2018 by dchas
Free toxic foam disposal for Vt. fire departments
Fire departments that need to dispose of a certain type of firefighting foam thought to contaminate groundwater have the chance to do so free.

The Department of Environmental Conservation announced Friday that through Oct. 8, departments can bring their stores of Type B Aqueous Film Forming Foam to their local solid waste districts, where it will be collected and sent off to be safely destroyed.

AFFF made before 2003 contains per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), which have been found in the well serving the Rutland Airport Business Park in North Clarendon. The discovery prompted an order from the state for people not to drink that water, but a filter has since been installed. PFAS has been found in five Clarendon wells at levels above the state standard, which is low compared with other states.

It’s suspected that the PFAS contamination near the business park came from the Rutland-Southern Vermont Regional Airport, where in 1986 firefighters used the firefighting foam after a plane crash. The foam is typically used on chemical fires, such as burning fuel.

PFAS have been in the news for the past few years after a related chemical, PFOA, was discovered in private wells in Bennington. Neighboring Hoosick Falls, New York, also found its water supply contaminated by PFOA. There, the chemical is believed to be from factories that once manufactured Teflon products. The chemicals have been linked to health problems.
us_VT  industrial  discovery  environmental  waste 
september 2018 by dchas
Dr Chris Busby: Police become unwell at chemical weapons expert's Devon home
A chemical weapons expert has been arrested after police started feeling ill while visiting his Devon home.
Dr Chris Busby, 73, has been detained under the explosives act after officers at his Bideford home on Wednesday morning felt unwell.
Devon and Cornwall Police said officers at the retired research scientist's home also found "a number of items" which "require expert analysis from specialist officers and an explosive ordnance disposal team".
The British scientist is an expert on the health effects of internal ionising radiation.
He is a contributor on Russia Today, the Kremlin-funded TV channel.
Dr Busby has also worked for Britain's Ministry of Defence on a depleted uranium committee and a committee examining radiation risks of internal emitters.
Devon and Cornwall Police said the officers who were feeling unwell were immediately removed from the scene and a cordon put in place.
A hazardous area response team ambulance was quickly sent to the scene where they treated the officers.
United_Kingdom  public  release  injury  explosives  radiation  uranium  waste 
september 2018 by dchas
Riverton Fire Could Cause Health Issues, NEPA Air Quality Report Finds
An air quality study conducted during and after the Riverton city disposal site fire, which blanketed the Corporate Area with smoke for several days last month, has found that elevated levels of certain gases and particulate matter could have resulted in possible health impacts, especially to sensitive groups.
The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) released the report Tuesday afternoon.
It said, based on the findings, it is recommending that the associated health effects be provided by the Ministry of Health.
NEPA said samples were taken during the fire and after firefighting activities ended. 
The samples were sent to an accredited laboratory in Canada for analysis.  
NEPA's report concludes that the fire from the Riverton disposal facility resulted in deteriorated air quality that affected Southern St. Andrew and Kingston, as well as sections of South Eastern St. Catherine. 
Jamaica  public  fire  response  waste 
september 2018 by dchas
PFAS-related chemicals found at former dump site in Ithaca
hemicals in the PFAS family have been found at the former site of a landfill in Ithaca.

Testing at eight sites around the landfill was done by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality as part of the Michigan PFAS Action Response Team. It was done to check for groundwater contamination because a former Wolverine Worldwide plant existed in Ithaca and may or may not have disposed of leather trash or scrap during its operation. The chemicals could have gotten into the ground water because rain falling onto the leather and scraps could have washed away the chemicals, driving it toward the ground. 
us_MI  public  discovery  environmental  waste 
september 2018 by dchas
MAFB removing possibly dangerous chemical after Choteau Public S
A hazardous materials disposal unit from Malmstrom Air Force Base is at Choteau High School to remove a chemical from the science lab that may have the potential to be explosive under certain circumstances.

According to the Choteau Acantha, the Choteau Volunteer Fire Department and the Choteau ambulance crew were paged out to the high school at 7:26 p.m. to stand by as the hazardous materials unit retrieved the chemical from the building.

Junior High and High School Principal Wendi Hammond said Choteau Public Schools were dismissed at 3 p.m. on Wednesday after a contractor, working to remove outdated and unused chemicals from the high school chemistry and biology labs, found a chemical whose handwritten label could not be clearly read, but indicated a potentially dangerous substance.

The Acantha wrote that Hammond said the contractor brought the chemical to the attention of Superintendent Chuck Gameon and herself, and said that his company did not have the appropriate license to remove this chemical.

The contractor recommended two other services, one of which was the MAFB hazardous materials unit.  

Hammond said the school administrators conferred with the contractor and with the Montana School Boards Association and determined that the safest option would be to evacuate staff and students from the school buildings until the MAFB hazardous materials unit could remove and dispose of the chemical.
us_MT  laboratory  discovery  response  waste 
august 2018 by dchas
Idaho landfill sues Air Force over hazardous waste shipment
Almost everyone agrees on this: Early last year, a shipment of hazardous waste was taken from Mountain Home Air Force Base to a municipal landfill on Simco Road.

But discussion of who’s at fault for the prohibited shipment has devolved into disagreements, pointed fingers and now, a lawsuit.

In the midst of it all, the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality is working out how the base and a contractor it hired will address the now-buried waste.

The company that owns the landfill, Idaho Waste Systems, sued the Air Force and two contractors this spring in a bid to force action. “Hopefully, we can get this thing resolved to everybody’s benefit,” said Jack Yarbrough, the company’s president.

Even the exact amount of hazardous waste involved is in dispute. Idaho Waste Systems’ lawsuit cites an early estimate of 4,000 pounds — 2 tons — of hazardous materials that made it into the landfill. DEQ used that figure as well, but now agrees with the lead contractor’s much smaller assessment of 371 pounds of improperly buried waste, said Albert Crawshaw, waste and remediation manager in DEQ’s Boise regional office.

Specifically, the waste contained hexavalent chromium, a trace metal that in this particular form can cause cancer and at certain concentrations is considered dangerous. The chromium was mixed in the powdery remains of floor coatings removed from one building of the Air Force base.
us_ID  industrial  follow-up  environmental  illegal  metals  waste 
august 2018 by dchas
Jar Of Sodium Prompts Hazmat Response At Rockland School
ROCKLAND, MA — Rockland firefighters were called to a school after an old jar of sodium was discovered.

Rockland Fire says a teacher at the North River Collaborative School found the jar Tuesday afternoon while cleaning a cabinet in a science classroom.Upon arrival, firefighters located a cardboard box inside of a filing cabinet. Inside the box were multiple containers and jars containing a variety of leftover chemicals and substances from old science experiments.

Based on the appearance box and jars, it is believed that the sodium was there for years, if not decades.

After it was determined that the two-pound jar of sodium was determined to be a potential safety hazard and a regional hazmat team was requested to investigate. The sodium was taken to the Rockland Recycling Center, where it was deemed safe, according to Rockland Fire.

There were no leaks or spills from the box or jar. Other chemicals in the box were found and will be disposed of out of caution.

us_MA  laboratory  discovery  response  sodium  waste 
august 2018 by dchas
Man injured in Kauai industrial park explosion flown to Oahu for
PUHI, KAUAI (HawaiiNewsNow) -
A metal yard worker from Kauai is recovering after an explosion left him with severe burns Friday morning.

Officials with the Kauai Fire Department said the Puhi Metals Recycling Facility employee was operating an excavator shearer around 8:30 a.m. when it happened.

He was working on a metal box measuring approximately 5-feet by 3-feet long when the box ruptured and exploded. Officials said the man jumped off the excavator to safety and a fire ignited.

Residents reported hearing the blast and seeing smoke from the Puhi facility, and firefighters were dispatched to the scene.

KFD used dry chemical extinguishers to put out the flames.
us_HI  industrial  explosion  response  unknown_chemical  waste 
august 2018 by dchas
Neighbors in Frankfort want to see fires at an abandoned recycling facility stopped
Frankfort, IND. (WLFI) - A fire at an abandoned recycling plant in Frankfort is the second fire to happen in the past four years.

People of the town are ready to see these fires put to an end.

Frankfort Fire Department Chief John Kirby gave praise to his team of firefighters and the collaboration with police and the street department.

Even when they were alerted by a passerby that fire had reignited around 7:00 AM on Friday, they were able to contain it in under an hour.

While it is still unknown how the fire started, officials are very aware of the environmental impacts these fires have on health and the environment.

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management was on the scene today, and the Environmental Protection Agency is expected to get involved as well.
us_IN  industrial  fire  response  waste 
august 2018 by dchas
Machine operator injured in explosion at Kauai recycling yard
A heavy machine operator was seriously injured on Friday after an explosion at a recycling yard in Puhi, according to the Kauai Fire Department.

The victim, a 38-year-old man, sustained severe burns to his arms and torso and was transported to the Wilcox Memorial Hospital. 

A fire department spokesperson says the blast was first reported at around 8:30 a.m. The victim, an employee at Puhi Metals, was operating an excavator when a metal box ruptured and exploded.

Authorities say the man jumped off the excavator to say and remained conscious during the ordeal. Other employees at the facility used dry chemical extinguishers to bring the fire under control.
us_HI  industrial  explosion  injury  waste 
august 2018 by dchas
Acid spill cleaned up at Oxnard garbage facility
OXNARD - Fire crews contained an acid spill at an Oxnard garbage and recycling site Thursday morning that forced about 250 people from the facility, officials said.

The incident was reported just before 11 a.m. at the Del Norte Regional Recycling & Transfer Station at 111 South Del Norte Blvd., authorities said.

Oxnard and Ventura County fire crews responded to the incident. City officials who handle hazardous-material incidents also were called to investigate.
us_CA  public  release  response  acids  waste 
august 2018 by dchas
Radiation scare sparks hazmat response at Seattle Goodwill warehouse
SEATTLE - A hazardous materials team is responding after a radioactive material was found inside the Goodwill warehouse in Seattle. Officials later said there does not appear to be any risk to the public.
Emergency officials said the hazardous material was determined to be radium 226, which is considered dangerous mostly when it is ingested or inhaled. However, Seattle Goodwill spokeswoman Katherine Boury said the amount found was very low in radiation.
Firefighters at the scene said the item is metal - possibly a dial - contaminated with radium, and it is inside a metal container.
The contaminated metal was dropped off at the Goodwill as a donation, and the radioactivity was discovered when a scrap metal recycler came to pick it up. The recycler, like all others, scans metal for radiation before it is picked up and processed.
us_WA  public  discovery  response  radiation  waste 
august 2018 by dchas
Acid Splash to Face; Aged and Degraged Container Allowed Liquid to Pool in Secondary Container
A worker felt liquid droplets contact his face when he set down a secondary containment bin containing one-gallon high-density polyethylene bottles of a nitric and hydrofluoric acid solution. A small amount of acidic liquid was observed in the bottom of the secondary transportation bin. One of the containers had a vertical crease on the side of the container that was weeping and was compromised when it was moved. The requirement that waste in a Satellite and Generator Accumulation Area may be stored up to one year does not take into account container degradation for a particular waste stream over time. External forces exerted on the compromised container during transport is believed to have contributed to the pooling liquid.
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us_IL  laboratory  release  response  hydrofluoric_acid  waste 
august 2018 by dchas
Non-recyclable causes fire at Chittenden County recycling facility
fire at Chittenden Solid Waste District’s recycling facility on Monday night highlights the dangers of improper recycling, officials say.

The fire started at around 5 p.m. in a pile of material on the tip floor — where recyclables are “tipped” out of trucks to be sorted — of the district’s material recovery facility (MRF) in Williston, said Jonny Finity, communications manager for the district. The MRF sorts most of northern Vermont’s single stream, or “blue bin,” recyclables.

Although no staff were present at the facility, the alarm system alerted the local fire department, which put out the fire by 6 p.m., said Finity. The fire damaged an exterior wall of the building, but did not create other noticeable damage, he said. The fire department turned off the power until noon Wednesday, when operations resumed.

Finity said the district cannot determine what in the pile of recyclables caused the fire, but said “batteries are a likely suspect.” He noted that lithium batteries have caused fires at the facility before. “We cannot 100 percent control what people put in their recycling,” he said.

There are two classes of people that create problems for the employees sorting recyclables at the MRF, said Finity. “Some people don’t care at all, they’re just looking for a hole to toss their stuff in.”
us_VT  industrial  fire  response  batteries  waste 
august 2018 by dchas
Update: Three injured at Devon Saltwater disposal well
KINGFISHER COUNTY, Okla. – We’re learning more details about a fiery explosion at a saltwater disposal well that injured three people earlier this week.

Shortly after 3 p.m. on Wednesday, emergency management officials say an explosion occurred at a saltwater disposal well near Hwy 33 and Calumet Rd. in Kingfisher County.

Three people were injured and rushed to a local hospital for treatment.

According to a new report, the Oklahoma Corporation Commission says the blast occurred when employees were using a chemical to clean tank bottoms with a vacuum truck.

A fire ensued but was quickly extinguished by firefighters.

The men who were injured have been identified as Will Davidson, Colby Bigby, and Torin Smith. The extent of their injuries is not known at this time.
us_OK  industrial  follow-up  injury  waste 
july 2018 by dchas
Testing shows concerning chemical levels at Michigan site
KALAMAZOO — The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality has found high levels of chemical contaminants at a shuttered electro-plating company site in a southwestern township.

The department tested four residential wells and one commercial well last month near the former Production Plated Plastics property in Richland Township. Agency officials received results July 6 showing perfluorinated chemicals, known as PFAS, appearing at levels several times above the Environmental Protection Agency's safety standards, the Kalamazoo Gazettereported.

One tested well showed PFAS levels almost 16 times higher than the EPA health advisory level of 70 parts-per-trillion for drinking water. PFAS have been linked to health issues, including cancer.

Production Plated Plastics established a Richland Township factory in 1969 that engaged in molding, electroplating and painting of plastic automobile parts. The company had gone out of business by 1989 amid multiple lawsuits by various state agencies regarding the discharge and storage of hazardous wastes.
us_MI  industrial  discovery  environmental  plastics  waste 
july 2018 by dchas
Gloucester explosion: Was an aerosol to blame for blast that left man with burns to face and chest?
An aerosol is believed to have caused the explosion at the Amey Depot in Gloucester as a full investigation in launched.

The explosion, which happened at around 2pm on Monday, left a man with suspected gas or chemical burns to his face and chest.

Amey have launched a full investigation into the incident but initially it is believed that an aerosol ‘discharged while being processed’.

A spokesman for Amey said: “A minor incident occurred at our recycling site at Eastern Avenue yesterday where we believe an aerosol discharged while being processed.

“One employee was initially attended on site by First Aiders and later by the Ambulance Service.

“While there was no incident of fire, the Fire Service were called as a precaution.”

Amey, who provide environmental and waste to Gloucester City Council, have asked the public to ensure aerosols are completely empty before being recycled.
United_Kingdom  public  explosion  injury  waste 
june 2018 by dchas
HAZMAT incident investigated at Pooler apartment complex
Things are returning to normal at a Pooler apartment complex and nearby daycare after a HAZMAT incident Wednesday morning.

Pooler Fire was called to Courtney Station Apartments on Park Avenue around 10:15 a.m. after radioactivity was detected in waste from a dumpster that was taken from the complex to the landfill.

Pooler Fire Chief Wade Simmons says Republic Waste scanned the trash using a radioactivity detector and it went off.

The dumpster was returned to the apartment complex where Pooler Fire detected minute levels of radiation around the compactor.

Emergency crews began evacuating three apartment buildings and had children playing outside at a daycare about 100 feet from the dumpster go back inside.

Simmons says Savannah Fire's HAZMAT team determined that the cause was a small amount of medical waste.

HAZMAT retook samples and the radioactivity levels were normal roughly two hours after the incident began.
us_GA  public  discovery  response  radiation  waste 
may 2018 by dchas
Waste management exposures
Nine people were taken to the hospital after Denver Fire says they inhaled an “unknown chemical” at a Waste Management facility.

This prompted a full hazardous materials team response at 5395 N. Franklin Street in Denver.

Denver Fire crews were unable to locate source of hazard but reported that there is no further hazard at this time.

Firefighters say they turned off the power to the building and turned it on again to find the source of the chemical.

A second team will conduct another investigation to determine what the chemical was and where it came from, according to Denver Fire.
us_CO  public  fire  injury  unknown_chemical  waste 
may 2018 by dchas
Trash pickup postponed due to chemical explosion
Due to the explosion at the Chemical Plant in Duson Waste Connections/Progressive Waste will not be able to run routes today due to not being able to access the Waste Connections facility for the following parishes: Vermilion Parish, Iberia Parish, and Acadia Parish.

The company said if it is able to access the facility on Saturday then Fridays routes will be picked up on Saturday, May 5.
us_LA  industrial  follow-up  environmental  waste 
may 2018 by dchas
Devon recycling centre evacuated after chemical spill
A recycling centre has been evacuated and firefighters called as a chemical spill was discovered on the outskirts of Exmouth.

Fire crews were called at 1.55pm after a chemical was dumped in the main bay at Knowle Hill Recycling Centre in Budleigh Salterton.

Members of the public were evacuated from the site as fire crews diluted the chemical with ‘copious amounts of water’.

A spokesman from Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service said: “Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service received a call reporting a chemical spill at the above location.

“Fire control immediately mobilised two fire appliances from Exmouth, a Hazardous Material Officer and the environmental protection unit from Newton Abbot to attend this incident.

“On arrival the officer in charge instructed crews to set up a cordon and started evacuating members of public. Crews got to work with two breathing apparatus in the risk area to identify the unknown substance.

“The crew successfully identified the substance and began to dilute the chemical with copious amounts of water into onsite interceptor drains following instruction from the Hazardous Material officer.”

Devon County Council say that the dumped chemical could have been safely disposed of in the site’s chemical store which would have avoided this incident, and reminded residents to alert staff if they have potentially hazardous waste.
United_Kingdom  public  release  response  unknown_chemical  waste 
april 2018 by dchas
Dramatic pictures show bomb squad blowing up 'unstable' chemicals found in a university freezer
This is the moment ‘unstable’ chemicals found in a university freezer were blown up by the bomb squad on a playing field down the road.

Dramatic images show officers from the Royal Logistic Corps Bomb Disposal unit burying the chemicals on Hough End playing fields in Chorlton before carrying out a controlled explosion.

The chemicals, described as ‘unstable’, were found at the Manchester Institute of Biotechnology, on Princess Street in Manchester city centre, at around 2.15pm on Wednesday.

Hundreds of staff and students were evacuated from University of Manchester buildings - and other nearby sites, including a hotel - following the discovery at one of the institute’s laboratories.
United_Kingdom  laboratory  discovery  response  waste 
april 2018 by dchas
Kennewick road blocked after explosive acid left at collection event
A woman left about 50 grams of a potentially explosive acid at a hazardous waste collection, triggering road closures and concerns.

Shortly before 10 a.m., an unknown person dropped off a box of laboratory-grade chemicals at the Benton County event at the road department shop on Wiser Parkway, near Cottonwood Elementary school, said Shyanne Faulconer, a Benton County spokeswoman.

Employees from the contractor handling the event asked the woman to stick around as they checked the contents of the box.

"There is a list of materials that we can accept and a list of materials that we can't," Faulconer said. "Any chemicals that are brought in have to be reviewed by a chemist to make sure they're acceptable to take."
us_WA  public  release  response  waste 
april 2018 by dchas
Fire Department called due to Barrel Burst
Idaho National Laboratory Fire Department responded to a fire alarm at the site out near Arco late Wednesday night.

It's now been confirmed that the fire department was called due to the release of a chemical in one of the drums stored on site.

And that it was located in the Idaho Cleanup Project’s Radioactive Waste Management Complex.

The INL fire department responded last night to the Accelerated Retrieval Project, or ARP5 which is run by the contractor Fluor Idaho.

Shelly Norman, from the Joint Information Center, said "A barrel there and it was elevated temperatures and it was breached and it released some materials..."
us_ID  laboratory  release  response  radiation  waste 
april 2018 by dchas
A heated cleanup begins at polluted Michigan chemical plant
ST. LOUIS, MI -- Things are starting to heat up at one of Michigan's worst superfund sites.

Underground heaters were turned on last month at an acre-large waste disposal area within the Velsicol Chemical Corp. superfund site. It begins a months-long process to bring underground contaminants to a boil and then siphon the vapors.

The vaporizing begins when the soil reaches 212 Fahrenheit, the boiling point of water. Officials with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency expect that to happen around June and continue for at least three months.

The clean-up activities can be viewed online via an interactive map detailing the heating process and measuring air quality data.

Velsicol Chemical Corp., formerly the Michigan Chemical Corp., produced the now-banned fire retardant polybrominated biphenyl (PBB) and pesticide DDT at its 54-acre main plant site in St. Louis from 1936-1978.
us_MI  public  discovery  environmental  pesticides  waste 
april 2018 by dchas
Rivers worldwide threatened by pharma waste: studies
River systems around world are coursing with over-the-counter and prescription drug waste harmful to the environment, researchers said Tuesday.
On current trends, the amount of pharmaceutical effluence leaching into waterways could increase by two-thirds before mid-century, they told a major science conference in Vienna.
"A large part of the freshwater ecosystems is potentially endangered by the high concentration of pharmaceuticals," said Francesco Bregoli, a researcher at the Delft Institute for Water Education in the Netherlands, and leader of an international team that developed a method for tracking drug pollution "hotspots".
A large number of drugs found in the environment—analgesics, antibiotics, anti-platelet agents, hormones, psychiatric drugs, anti-histamines—have been detected in nature at levels dangerous for wildlife.
Endocrine disruptors, for examples, have notoriously induced sex changes in fish and amphibians.
Netherlands  public  discovery  environmental  drugs  pharmaceutical  waste 
april 2018 by dchas
Extra-alarm blaze, explosions collapse roof of Bridgeport recycling plant
CHICAGO (WLS) -- A massive fire Friday evening collapsed the roof of a Bridgeport recycling plant on the South Side.

Fire officials struck out the fire at the building in the 3300-block of South Justine Avenue and its commercial garage at about 9:20 p.m.

Firefighters found heavy fire had already caused the building's roof to cave in, the fire department said. Small explosions heard coming from inside the building were likely due to fuel stored inside, causing a hazardous materials alarm. The level one hazmat was secured shortly after 9 p.m., officials said.

Fire officials also said small explosions heard inside the garage were likely due to fuel inside.
us_IL  industrial  explosion  response  waste 
april 2018 by dchas
Bathroom sink overflow raises safety issue at LANL
SANTA FE – An overflowing bathroom sink has raised nuclear safety issues at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
Water from the sink on the first floor of the lab’s Plutonium Facility recently leaked into a basement used to store drums of radioactive transuranic waste, according to a report by a federal oversight board.

The brief report by inspectors for the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board (DNFSB) said the leak raises issues about “nuclear criticality safety,” or the issue of preventing uncontrolled nuclear reactions.

The water didn’t cause any problems, according to the lab. But the DNFSB suggested it could be a warning about what could happen if more dangerous liquids were involved. On the first floor of the Plutonium Facility, the water reached “an area near the aqueous processing rooms,” said the DNFSB.
us_NM  laboratory  release  response  radiation  waste 
april 2018 by dchas
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