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  • Spill at Karcher Road and Caldwell Boulevard determined to be cow feed
    NAMPA — A spill of what was believed to be a type of cattle feed slowed traffic from about 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. near the intersection of Caldwell Boulevard and Karcher Road in Nampa, Nampa Fire Captain Jeff Mutchie said. The spill was originally thought to be fertilizer, but a test by the hazmat team came back inconclusive, Mutchie said. The hazmat team concluded the spill was probably an organic substance, most likely cattle feed. Nampa Police were investigating the cause of the spill.
  • 2 technicians killed in laboratory fire
    Two laboratory technicians died of suffocation when their room was filled with smoke as a minor fire broke out at their pathological facility in Tilak Nagar area in the wee hours of today, police said. The deceased were identified as Vipin (28), a native of Uttar Pradesh, and Robin (29), a native of Kerala. According to the fire department, a call was received around 3.30 AM that a fire had broke out at a lab situated in a house in Tilak Nagar area. "Seven fire tenders were rushed to the spot to douse the flames. After around 50 minutes, the fire was completely doused. In the incident, two persons were killed," said a fire department official. Police said, as per initial investigation, it seems that the fire broke out due to a short-circuit in air-conditioner fitted in the basement lab. "Vipin and Robin were at the ground floor of the house when the fire broke at the basement where X-ray machine and other equipment were kept. The impact of the fire was such that smoke filled the ground floor which caused to the duo's death. Vipin and Robin died of suffocation and there was no burn injury on their bodies," said a senior police officer.
  • Monessen coke plant workers exposed to chemical
    Three workers at the ArcelorMittal's coke plant in Monessen were treated after they were exposed to a chemical shortly before 2 p.m. Thursday. Monessen Municipal Fire Chief Chris Rhome confirmed the incident, but did not know the identity of the employees involved. Rhome said firefighters from the city's two fire companies were called out in part to prepare for an emergency helicopter landing, if necessary. Those injured, however, were taken to Monongahela Valley Hospital, he said. A hospital spokesperson said by policy, condition information could not provided unless the media could identify those injured. Two spokespersons for the ArcelorMittal's U.S. operations did not return calls or respond to emails seeking comment and identification of the employees involved. The Valley Independent attempted to speak to plant management Thursday afternoon, but was stopped at the gate at Third Street by guard Joshua Carney, who said speaking to any plant management personnel was “out of the question” and that no one would be available before Monday. “That matter is being evaluated and assessed by our in-house investigators,” Carney said.
  • Chemical reaction evacuates Marathon Electric in Wausau, Wisconsin
    WAUSAU – One man was hospitalized and workers at Marathon Electric were evacuated from the plant after a barrel that once held varnish began to smoke in an apparent chemical reaction, emergency workers say. The Wausau Fire Department was called to the electric motor and generator manufacturer at 100 E. Randolph St. shortly before 1 a.m. Thursday after a worker noticed a barrel that was being used as a waste container was smoking, said Battalian Chief Doug Beula. The drum once held a varnish product. Something in the trash reacted with some of the remaining varnish, Beula said, but he didn’t know what. When firefighters responded to the scene, the can was still smoking. “We evaluated the reaction, and poured some sand on it and removed it from the building,” Beula said. “It was a minor thing.” One worker had a possible respiratory ailment after the incident, Beula said, and was taken to the hospital. “To my knowledge, it was not serious,” he said. The plant also was evacuated as a precaution.
  • Boston Fire Department responds to chemical reaction at Ingalls
    Shortly after 2 p.m. on Thursday, the Boston Fire Department responded to a reported chemical reaction at 44 Cummington St., home of Boston University’s W. Bradford Ingalls Engineering Resource Center. A graduate student working in the lab had opened a container with an unidentified chemical and had a reaction upon inhalation, said BFD spokesman Steve MacDonald. The lid was immediately placed back on the container of chemicals, and there was no chemical leak or spill in the building. The student was taken to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center to be treated, and BFD confirmed the building was safe for further use.
  • WTOC-TV: Savannah, Beaufort, SC, News, Weather & Sports
    AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - Two employees of an Augusta chemical plant are being treated for burns after a spill, according to the Augusta Fire Department.  Firefighters responded to a call about a spill at ChemTrade on Columbia Nitrogen Drive near downtown Augusta Thursday morning.  Two employees had been sprayed with sulfuric acid, according to the fire department. One employee suffered significant burns, and the other employee suffered minor burns. Both workers were transported to Doctors Hospital for treatment.  The sulfuric acid was contained, the battalion chief said. There is no environmental impact. 
  • Chemical stocks hit by Kaohsiung gas blasts
    Taipei, Aug. 1 (CNA) Chemical stocks in Taiwan took a dive Friday after a series of gas explosions rocked Kaohsiung Thursday night, killing 25 people and injuring 267, dealers said. Many investors stayed away from chemical stocks amid worries that the findings of the investigation into the blasts would affect chemical stocks, dealers said. "Uncertainty over the cause of the incident spooked many investors and they began dumping chemical stocks as soon as the local bourse opened," Hua Nan Securities analyst Henry Miao said.
  • Promoting Better Academic Lab Safety Culture
    Two new reports from the National Research Council (NRC) and Stanford University offer guidance to the chemistry community for how to improve the safety culture in academic laboratories. The NRC project looked at current safety practices and attitudes in academic chemistry labs; behavioral science; and safety experience in aviation, health care, industrial research facilities, and the nuclear industry. The resulting report has recommendations for how institutions can better integrate safety into research practices. “I think that all of us who study a discipline for our whole lives tend to think that our discipline is unique in so many different respects,” says H. Holden Thorp, the NRC committee chair and provost at Washington University in St. Louis. Nevertheless, experience in other fields can help chemists address potential hazards in research labs, says Thorp, who is also a chemistry professor. The American Chemical Society, which publishes C&EN, helped sponsor the NRC study. The report is available at bit.ly/NASreport. The Stanford report—an internal study intended to assess the institution’s current safety culture—provides recommendations for how to improve that culture. The Stanford project included open meetings with stakeholders, comments submitted online, a survey, and detailed interviews with researchers. The lab research community tends to be very data-driven, so it was important to have a robust assessment, says Robert M. Waymouth, one of three cochairs of the project and a professor of chemistry. The Stanford report, reviewed by C&EN, will be available at ehs.stanford.edu.
  • 4 employees injured in morning fire at southeast Kansas oil refinery
    COFFEYVILLE, Kansas — Four workers at an oil refinery in southeast Kansas were burned Tuesday in an early morning fire, the Texas company said. CVR Refining said in a news release that the fire at its Coffeyville refinery was reported at 12:30 a.m. and extinguished by 1:18 a.m. The refinery was shut down and initial reports indicate there was no impact to the surrounding community. The company isn't naming the workers who were hurt and taken to an area hospital, but said all other employees were accounted for at this time. "CVR Refining personnel express their deepest concern for and are currently providing assistance to the injured employees and their families," the company said.
  • Zinc fire prompts evacuation at Northeast Philadelphia manufacturing plant
    NORTHEAST PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- First responders were on the scene of a fire at a manufacturing plant in Northeast Philadelphia. The blaze was first reported at 9:00 a.m. Tuesday at Allied Tube and Conduit in the 11000 block of Norcum Road. The fire department tells Action News that there was a pot of Zinc on fire that caused the Hazmat and evacuation. Crews were able to extinguish the blaze and a HAZMAT clean up company was called to the scene. No one was injured.
  • Titanium dust catches fire at Spirit Aerosystems
    WICHITA, Kan. - Fire crews were called to Spirit Aerosystems after some titanium dust caught fire. It happened in the 4400 block of E. MacArthur at around 1:30 p.m. Tuesday. Jarrod Bartlett, Spirit Aerosystems spokesman, said about 50 people were displaced from their work area due to smoke. Hazmat crews from Sedgwick County were also called as a precaution.
  • Hazmat crews clean up after battery truck rolls on 1-15
    (KUTV) A vehicle rollover shut down an on ramp and caused a messy cleanup in Davis County Tuesday morning. An Interstate Battery truck rolled over on the highway 89 on-ramp to I-15 southbound. The vehicle was full of batteries that broke and leaked battery acid on the ramp. Hazmat cleanup is on site using a neutralizer and the ramp will be closed until cleanup is complete. No one was hurt in the accident and UDOT will then come out to check for any road damage
  • 5 hospitalized in chemical spill at Forsyth County water plant
    CUMMING, Georgia — Forsyth County fire officials say five people working at the county's water plant have been hospitalized in a chemical spill. Fire Chief Jason Shivers says the workers were unloading sodium hydroxide from a truck when residual gas was released and caused eye irritation Tuesday afternoon. According to the National Institutes of Health, sodium hydroxide — also known as lye and caustic soda — is found in many industrial solvents and cleaners. Exposure to the chemical is known to cause reactions in several areas of the body including the eyes, skin, airways and lungs. The workers were treated by a nearby hazardous materials team and were taken to Northside Hospital in Forsyth. Shivers told the Forsyth News the workers are employed by a private contractor that operates the water plant.
  • Palmerston Place closed off in chemical incident
    Emergency services closed off Palmerston Place yesterday after a woman found dangerous chemicals in a basement. The alarm was sounded because a little jar of white powder had been discovered by a woman clearing out a property. But it was soon revealed that she was right to alert the emergency services – as the jar was marked with the words “potassium cyanide”. The potentially lethal substance belonged to her father and is used to clean jewellery. Her initial call was to seek advice on dispensing the product safely, only for her casual inquiry to turn into a major chemical incident as a host of emergency services screamed into the street.
  • Cleaning chemical caused Didcot fish deaths
    Tests have shown a cleaning chemical or detergent is behind the deaths of thousands of fish in Oxfordshire. About 250 fish were first found dead at the Moor Ditch in Didcot on Saturday. Fresh counts on Monday discovered about 4,400 had died. The Environment Agency said live fish were still present, indicating that the pollution had now flushed through. It said the source of the pollution had been traced from the stream to drains on a local industrial estate. The agency said the deaths were not linked to the demolition of three cooling towers at Didcot Power Station on Sunday. Cag Ketenci, Environment Agency team leader, said several different species of fish had been killed by the chemicals.
  • Amincola Highway partially closed after chemical spill
    CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) - UPDATE: A tanker carrying a solution of 50% caustic soda spilled about 20 gallons of the liquid onto Amincola Highway near the entrance to Chattanooga State Monday morning. A news release from the Chattanooga Fire Department indicated that the hatch atop the tanker had been left open, causing the liquid to slosh out as the tanker turned onto Aminicola. Police and fire teams were called to the scene, and once the chemical was identified, cleanup began.
  • Burning barrel at Lyndhurst chemical plant brings hazmat team ‹ Cliffview Pilot
    The fire was knocked down quickly, but we had no idea what was burning,” Lyndhurst Fire Chief Paul Haggerty Jr. told CLIFFVIEW PILOT just after midnight. He was awaiting word from a Bergen County Hazardous Materials crew that had just arrived. The blaze in the barrel ignited just before 11:45 p.m. at Polyurethane Specialties Co. in the 600 block of Schuyler Avenue, Haggerty said. Workers tried to extinguish it but then called Lyndhurst firefighters. The state Department of Environmental Protection was expected to be notified. The site was the scene of an evacuation of neighborhood homes — and the treatment of several people — after an acid was released into the air. Pipes used to transfer the adipic acid powder failed, releasing the substance through roof ducts.
  • Hazmat, first responders handling situation with chemicals at High Bridge home
    HIGH BRIDGE — Multiple chemicals poured down a drain at 21 Arch St. resulted in a strong odor, according to emergency radio broadcasts. The situation is being addressed by first responders. The resident had apparently poured some chemicals in the sump pump, which was then pumped outside under the front porch, according to a witness at the scene. Responding were High Bridge Police, the High Bridge Fire Department, Clinton Fire Department, Clinton Rescue Squad, and the Hunterdon County Hazmat team.
  • Fumes Injure 5 Causing Recycling Plant to Evacuate
    Northampton County dispatchers said medics transported five employees from a recycling plant after they were exposed to some sort of chemical. The hazmat situation occurred around noon Monday at the Greenstar Allentown recycling plant on Smith Lane in Northampton, Pennsylvania. The plant, which separates recyclables from businesses and residents, is operated by Waste Management. Company spokeswoman Patty Barthel said that employees were separating materials as they normally do Monday when one of the items emitted an odor that caused some of the workers to become sickened. Philly-Area Man Dies After Falling into Pa. Lake Barthel said that they immediately stopped the line and evacuated all 29 employees. Crews rushed to the scene and dispatchers referred to the incident as a "mass casualty" situation because of how many people were inside at the time.
  • Orica fined $768,000 over chemical spills and safety breaches in NSW
    The chemical company Orica has been fined $768,000 over a series of chemical spills and safety breaches at two of its sites in New South Wales. The NSW Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) took the company to the Land and Environment Court for breaching its licence conditions. Orica pleaded guilty to nine charges. In the most serious incident homes at Stockton near Newcastle were showered with the toxic chemical hexavalent chromium in 2011. The Environmental Protection Authority says Orica was too slow to notify it about the leak. In another incident a few months later emissions of ammonia, also from the Kooragang Island facility, resulted in two workers on a neighbouring industrial site being taken to hospital.
  • Liquid asphalt spill in Auburn Hills contained after accident
    Auburn Hills Fire Department officials say a chemical spill has been contained after liquid asphalt was spilled following an accident on Opdyke Road, near Hempstead Road, this morning. According to a fire department news release, officials were called to the area around noon for a chemical spill in the area. Officials said a vehicle involved in an accident on Opdyke was towing an asphalt trailer. Approximately 100 gallons of liquid asphalt leaked from the container and into a nearby drainage ditch. An investigation and testing by the Oakland County Hazardous Material Team, Department of Environmental Quality and the Auburn Hills Fire Department revealed that the spill had been contained within Oakland County drainage. Restraints were placed to prevent further chemical spreading.
  • Fertilizer makers blame West for not preparing responders for fire at plant
    WACO — Two fertilizer companies sued following a deadly Texas explosion are claiming the small town deserves blame for failing to properly train volunteer firefighters and first responders, who made up most of the 15 people killed by the blast. El Dorado Chemical Co. and CF Industries argued in a state district court in Waco that the city of West, which has about 2,800 people, had insufficient protocols in place to battle the April 2013 blaze at West Fertilizer Co. that triggered the explosion. The fertilizer suppliers are now seeking to have the city designated as a "responsible third party" in lawsuits filed against the companies, the Waco-Tribune Herald reported Saturday. The Texas State Fire Marshal's Office concluded in a report published in May that members of the West Volunteer Fire Department arrived at the scene that day unprepared for the dangers. "The Texas State Fire Marshal also determined that strategies and tactics utilized by the WVFD were not appropriate for the situation and unnecessarily exposed the firefighters, many of whom have brought claims against the CF defendants in this matter, to extreme risks," CF Industries says in the motion. A motion from El Dorado also alleges that the city should be named as a responsible third party because it failed to protect its citizens by allowing through its zoning authority schools and a nursing home to operate in a close proximity to the plant. Waco attorney Steve Harrison, who represents the city of West in the lawsuit as well as many of those killed or injured in the blast, said it is common in lawsuits for defendants to blame everyone but themselves.
  • Twists, curveballs continue in federal response to West Virginia chemical spill
    CHARLESTON, West Virginia — After showing little initial interest, federal officials ordered more studies on animals affected by chemicals that sullied drinking water for 300,000 people in January. For West Virginia, it's the latest curveball of federal follow-up to the massive Freedom Industries chemical spill in Charleston. Agencies like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Environmental Protection Agency and National Institutes for Health interpreted minimal available research to decide when nine counties could safely use tap water again. In the process, pregnant women received mixed messages, debate ensued about what "safe" means and emergency room visits spiked after some people were told to use their water. "Despite our best efforts, CDC acknowledges that what was known and not known during the Elk River spill could have been better communicated," said CDC spokeswoman Bernadette Burden said Friday. "We are committed to communicating clearly about what we know and what we don't as our work with West Virginia continues and during future events."
  • Three Kansas City officers checked for chemical exposure after rescuing man from suspicious house explosion
    Three police officers may have been exposed to dangerous chemicals when they rescued a man from a burning Kansas City house after a suspicious explosion Saturday afternoon. The Kansas City officers, who were the first responders on the scene in the 2900 block of Olive Street shortly after 5 p.m., were taken to an area hospital as a precaution, a police spokeswoman said. It is unclear how many people were inside the home when the explosion occurred on the second floor, the spokeswoman said. All other occupants got out of the house safely. The man left inside was taken to a hospital for smoke inhalation. The cause of the explosion was under investigation Saturday. Police drug enforcement investigators were working the scene with the Kansas City Fire Department.
  • Savannah Hazmat responds to Chemical Fire
    SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Savannah Hazmat crews responded to a chemical fire at Store Room Self Storage on East President Street Friday night. A woman reported that a drum of chemicals was on fire when she went to pick up some things from her storage unit. Savannah Hazmat was on scene for several hours. After investigating, it was determined that the chemical was non-hazardous but threatened several other drums that did contain hazardous material. Crews extinguished the fire and say there is no threat to anyone nearby. They also said there is no threat to the environment. "I just came to get some things out of my storage unit and there was a big drum and blue flames were coming out of the top. It smelled bad. It was a very strong smell. It burned my nose hair and down in my chest. I can still taste it. It smelled like when you light a match," said Christina Gant, who rents a unit. We are told that the drums of chemicals are there illegally and there is now an active investigation into who they belong to and why they are there.