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  • Authorities investigating hazardous spill at Princeton University lab
    PRINCETON - A chemistry building at Princeton University was evacuated Tuesday evening when a small amount of hazardous material spilled inside a laboratory, officials said. At 8:30 p.m, firefighters and hazardous materials specialists from the Trenton Fire Department were on scene, assisting the Princeton Fire Department and university officers. The spill occurred inside a third-floor lab in the Frick Chemistry building off Washington Road at about 7:20 p.m., the university said in a statement. No one was injured, and no details on how the spill happened were available from the university, the statement said.
  • One killed in shell explosion at scrap shop
    Pune: A rounded metal bar with explosives that seemed like artillery shells exploded in a scrap shop in Kondhawa area of Pune city on Monday at around 10.30 am, killing a youth and injured two others. The police has sent the parts of exploded shell to the laboratory for forensic tests. ... The police said that, the deceased has been running a scrap shop for the past five years. On Monday morning, he was removing the cover of an artillery shell in his shop at Khadi Machine Chowk on Katraj-Kondhawa road when the shell suddenly exploded. The upper part of Nijamuddin’s body was seriously injured and he soon succumbed to the injuries. The intensity of the explosion also injured his uncle and another individual. Both of the injured were rushed to the hospital.
  • 1 killed and 8 injured after two blazes in Egypt
    CAIRO: A worker was killed and eight others were injured after fire broke out in a chemical factory in Damietta Monday, while another factory for plastic products caught on fire in Shubra al-Kheima district of Egypt’s Delta governorate Qalyobia. Abudllah Metwali was killed due to severe burns in his body while the other eight workers suffered from smoke inhalation. The fire may have been caused when Metwali discarded a cigarette on chemical substances, the Civil Protection Authority experts said. In Shubra al-Kheima, fire fighters put out a blaze that started in the ground floor of a plastics factory Monday, Youm7 reported.
  • Chemical reaction at North Canton water plant sends 4 to hospital
    Four people were taken to the hospital Monday morning after a chemical reaction at the North Canton Water Treatment Plant at 7300 Freedom Ave. NW. According to township Fire Chief Tracy Hogue, some chlorine was inadvertently mixed with fluoride in a container at the plant. There was no spill; the chemicals were mixed in a container, Hogue said. The mixture caused a chemical reaction that created an inhalation hazard, meaning it was dangerous to breathe. A truck had delivered the wrong liquid chemical to a plant container, according to a news release from the city of North Canton. The plant was evacuated, and four people — three plant employees and the truck driver — were taken to area hospitals. The incident occurred around 8:12 a.m. Members of the Stark County Hazardous Materials Team arrived around 9:20 a.m. to assist Jackson Township firefighters. Jackson police, Ohio EPA, a delivery trucking company official and North Canton officials also responded to the scene.
  • Family left shaken by pump house explosion
    Over the past couple of years, the Barnett Shale has become the epicenter of the national debate over fracking. Starting in 2012, WFAA began investigating gas flames flowing out of a water well in Parker County. Now there's a new case — another water well — so full of natural gas it exploded, nearly killing a Jack County man and some of his family. Are these cases related? Could it happen again? These two cases involve water wells in the Barnett Shale located near active natural gas wells. Both water wells are so polluted they had to be shut down. And both are allegedly contaminated with Barnett Shale gas.
  • Chemical Factory Explodes in Eastern China, Killing 1
    A chemical factory exploded in eastern China, killing one person, a state-run local news website reported Tuesday, nearly three weeks after massive chemical warehouse explosions in the country exposed lax enforcement of safety regulations. The Dongying News website — run by the Dongying city government — said the factory in Lijin county in Shandong province exploded at 11:22 p.m. Monday and the fire was brought under control about five hours later. Dongying News said that six executives of the company that runs the factory, Shandong Binyuan Chemical Co. Ltd., have been detained and that the explosion is under investigation. The company, located in the Lijin Binhai Economic and Technological Development Zone, says on its website that it has the capacity to produce 20,000 tons of adhesive materials annually. No one was available to comment at the company. Calls to the Lijin county propaganda department were hung up. People answering calls to the police and fire offices said they had no information.
  • 1 taken to hospital after chemical mix mishap
    BUTLER TWP., Montgomery County — One person was taken to the hospital after he and another man caused a hazardous vapor cloud from mixing household cleaners. Crews responded to the report of someone having trouble breathing at a home in the 7900 block of Guilford Drive in Butler Twp. Two occupants had mixed chemicals from household cleaners and caused a chlorine vapor cloud, according to Butler Twp. Fire Lt. Adam Marshall. One man who was in a wheelchair was evaluated at the scene by medics. The second male was taken to the hospital to be evaluated, Marshall said. Marshall said the chemicals that were mixed come from ordinary products available to the public in stores. He said it’s important to read the warning labels on such products.
  • Radioactive chemical spill occurred last fall at University of Tulsa, officials announce
    Authorities are working to clean up a year-old radioactive chemical spill on the University of Tulsa’s north research campus that was just brought to university officials’ attention last week. Tracerco, a company contracted through TU, spilled a small amount of the radioactive isotope cesium-137 in the Process Building on TU’s North Campus in the fall 2014 semester, but university officials just learned of the spill Aug. 25, university spokeswoman Mona Chamberlin said. After university officials learned of the spill, they restricted access to the building and notified the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality, which has since been investigating. University officials sent a campus-wide email about the spill on Monday. “We were really blindsided,” Chamberlin said. Calls and emails to Tracerco representatives were not returned before press time. At least 21 people will be evaluated for potential exposure to the chemical, said Dr. Gerard Clancy, vice president of health affairs for TU. Those individuals will go through an initial assessment and undergo a medical examination. After that, a clinician will continue to monitor their conditions, Clancy said. “No matter what, we’re going to follow these people carefully and make sure nothing falls through the cracks,” he said. In this case, university officials aren’t worried about the immediate effects of radiation, such as radiation sickness and burns. Instead, they are worried about the long-term effects, which include an increased risk of cancer, Clancy said. Individuals can be at risk depending on the amount of time exposed and proximity to the radiation. While some risk is involved for people who worked around the spill, the risk for those who didn’t is “exceedingly low,” said Scott Holmstrom, associate professor of physics and campus radiation safety officer. The North Campus, at 2450 E. Marshall St., east of Lewis Avenue between Independence and Pine streets, is restricted to certain people, and its individual buildings are restricted to those who work there, university officials said.
  • Hazmat team responds to carbon monoxide leak Sunday morning in Canyon Country
    A carbon monoxide leak at an apartment sent one person to the hospital Sunday morning, according to an official with the Los Angeles County Fire Department. The leak occurred near the 27000 block of Fahren Court, said Supervising Fire Dispatcher Bernard Peters. The Fire Department’s Health Hazardous Materials Division got the call of the leak when emergency responders reported that a person sent to Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital was exposed to carbon monoxide early Sunday morning, Peters said.
  • Behind Deadly Tianjin Blast, Shortcuts and Lax Rules
    TIANJIN, China — One partner was the son of a local police chief, the other an executive at a state-run chemicals firm. After meeting at a dinner party, they started a company here to handle the export of the most dangerous chemicals made in China, promising “outstanding service” and “good results.” Within two years, Rui Hai International Logistics had built a reputation as the go-to place for businesses looking to ship hazardous materials to customers abroad, a niche market that had been dominated by sluggish state enterprises. Rui Hai offered lower prices, a no-hassle approach to paperwork and quick government approvals. Business was brisk. It seemed like another success story for the Binhai New Area, a thriving economic development zone established here by the ruling Communist Party around one of China’s busiest seaports. Now, more than two weeks after explosions at its warehouses leveled a section of that district, killing 150 people, injuring more than 700 and leaving millions here fearful of toxic fallout, Rui Hai has become a symbol of something else for many Chinese: the high cost of rapid industrialization in a closed political system rife with corruption.
  • Workers at Laverton workplace evacuated after chemical spill
    ABOUT 80 people had to be evacuated from a Laverton factory following a chemical leak today. It took firefighters 90 minutes to bring the situation under control, after Nitrocellulose was discovered leaking from a drum. MFB officers collected the drum with an intrinsically safe forklift while a fine spray of water minimised the risk of any sparks. The drum was then put into a recovery drum where it could be made safe.
  • China to relocate almost 1,000 chemical plants in wake of Tianjin blasts
    Local governments in China have submitted plans to relocate or upgrade almost 1,000 chemical plants in the wake of the massive explosions in Tianjin earlier this month that killed 147 people. The blast at a warehouse storing toxic chemicals was China’s worst industrial accident in recent years. There has been criticism it was located too close to densely populated residential areas. China’s industry minister, Miao Wei, said local governments were finally moving ahead to implement plans to relocate and upgrade chemical plants. “We started to work with State Administration of Work Safety last year to make arrangements for the relocation and revamping of chemical plants in densely populated urban areas. Frankly, our work is not actively supported locally in the past year,” Miao was quoted by the Communist party-run People’s Daily newspaper. According to the department’s summary, about 1,000 chemical plants need to be relocated or upgraded at a total cost of around 400bn yuan (£40.6bn).
  • Guidance on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) To Be Used By Healthcare Workers during Management of Patients with Confirmed Ebola
    Page Summary Who this is for: Healthcare workers, supervisors, and administrators at U.S. hospitals. What this is for: To protect healthcare workers and other patients at facilities that provide care to a patient with confirmed Ebola or PUI who is clinically unstable or has bleeding, vomiting, or diarrhea by describing protocols for using PPE. How to use: Incorporate into infection control and safety training for healthcare workers who provide care to patients with Ebola and use in planning for staffing and supply management. How it relates to other guidance documents: There are two PPE guidance documents for U.S. hospital workers who may evaluate or care for Ebola patients. Workers should wear this recommended PPE ensemble when evaluating and caring for: A person who meets the definition of a Person Under Investigation (PUI) for Ebola and is Exhibiting obvious bleeding, vomiting, or diarrhea; OR Clinically unstable and/or will require invasive or aerosol-generating procedures (e.g., intubation, suctioning, active resuscitation). A person with confirmed Ebola.
  • Battery explodes in Kearny Mesa fire house
    SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - A hazmat team was called to an explosion Saturday in a Kearny Mesa fire house. It happened as a crew member went to start a specialized fire rig called "crash 28". Firefighters say a battery on the rig exploded releasing a cloud of toxic smoke. It then started dripping sulfuric acid. Crews moved quickly to stop the leak and hazmat was called to clean it up. No one was hurt and the cause of the battery explosion is under investigation. 
  • Spilled bleach causes hazmat scare at Lexington apartment building
    LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - A hazmat scare forced Lexington firefighters to evacuate an apartment building Friday night. Around 6 p.m., they say someone noticed a strong smell of ammonia coming from an apartment at Continental Square. When firefighters arrived, they say they knocked on the door of the apartment, but no one answered, and they couldn't get inside the unit. They say they also noticed the ammonia smell. As a precaution, firefighters evacuated everyone in the building, and called in a hazmat unit. Once they were finally able to get into the apartment, firefighters say they realized some spilled bleach was causing the ammonia smell. They say no one was injured, and everyone was allowed to go back into their apartments.
  • Explosion at chemical plant in east China; second blast since August. 12
    One person was killed and at least nine others injured in the most recent blast. A blast tore through a chemical plant in the eastern Chinese province of Shandong Saturday night. After five hours' efforts, the fire was put out at around 01:50 on Sunday. The explosion happened just before 9 p.m. on Saturday in the city of Zibo in Shandong province, the Xinhua News Agency said. The chemical plant is owned by Shandong Running Chemical Technology Co., a subsidiary of Running Group, which has a registered capital of 200 million yuan ($31 million). ADN can emit toxic fumes when heated to decomposition, according to the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The chemical plant is located about one mile away from a village where windows were shattered.
  • Concord: Man mixing chemicals prompts evacuations
    CONCORD -- Robin Lane residents had to leave their homes for several hours Saturday while authorities cleaned up a potentially dangerous chemical brew, police said. Police responded to an apartment building in the 1800 block of Robin Lane shortly before 6 p.m. after a woman reported that her husband was intoxicated and mixing chemicals to make a "flash bomb," Concord police Cpl. Christopher Blakely said. When officers arrived, they encountered a strong chemical smell in the apartment where the husband was mixing chlorine with unidentified substances, Blakely said. Police removed the woman and two children from the apartment and evacuated the rest of the building. Police also evacuated four other apartment buildings on Robin Lane and closed the street between Meadow and Virginia lanes while the Contra Costa County Hazardous Materials Team and the Walnut Creek Bomb Squad handled the chemical mix. Officers did not find any explosive devices in the apartment. Police arrested a 37-year-old man on suspicion of child endangerment, but he may face additional charges as the investigation continues, according to Blakely. Police did not release the man's name Saturday.
  • Illinois HazMat
    (CNN)A hazardous materials incident at a home in metropolitan Chicago has left two men dead and five people injured, authorities said. When Cook County sheriff's officers entered the townhouse in unincorporated Des Plaines on Thursday, they found two deceased adult males and a woman who was later hospitalized in critical condition, said sheriff's spokeswoman Sophia Ansari. The deputies were also hospitalized for a short time after they had difficulty breathing, she said. They were treated and released. What caused their respiratory distress wasn't immediately clear. "Until our hazmat teams can clear the scene and deem it safe for investigators to go in there, we don't have any more information for you," Richard Dobrowski, fire chief for North Maine Township Fire Department, told CNN affiliate WLS.
  • Workers overcome by gases at China paper mill, 7 die, 2 hurt
    BEIJING (AP) — Workers were overcome with toxic gas from a paper mill's waste pool and seven of them died, authorities said Saturday, in China's latest deadly accident involving dangerous chemicals. A worker who was cleaning the pool filled with pulp paper waste fell in and his co-workers rushed to help but were overcome with the noxious gas themselves, a statement from the Anxiang county government in Hunan province said. Seven workers died and two were injured. The statement on Friday's accident didn't say what type of toxic gas was involved. Separately, firefighters and environmental response crews were rushing to clean up about 15 tons of sulfuric acid spilled early Saturday from a crashed tanker truck in the eastern province of Zhejiang. The driver and a passenger in the truck were killed when it veered off the road into farm land near the resort city of Hangzhou and about 10 kilometers (6 miles) from major waterways. The pair of incidents follows China's worst industrial accident in recent years, a massive explosion at a warehouse storing toxic chemicals in the port of Tianjin that killed at least 147. Police have arrested 11 local officials and company executives in that incident along with a dozen employees of the firm involved. Nationwide safety checks were ordered after the Aug. 12 disaster, focusing especially on the storage of dangerous chemicals.
  • Reported pesticide sickness prompts massive response from ...
    A group of workers who apparently, and mysteriously, were exposed to a pesticide in the Lost Hills area Friday morning attracted a massive response from emergency workers, including deployment of more than a dozen Hall Ambulance vehicles and off-duty EMTs and paramedics. The emergency responders almost certainly outnumbered the 33 people who were actually treated at the scene. But they can be excused for the apparent excess. First reports indicated as many as 300 people could have been affected, resulting in the first use of Hall’s “electronic recall system” to bring in off-duty employees. Hall spokesman Mark Corum said the company sent “12 advanced life support paramedic ambulances, a paramedic field supervisor unit, a disaster medical supply unit and a multi-passenger bus.” In the end, only slightly more than a 10th of the initial reported number of victims were decontaminated and triaged. Two were transported to San Joaquin Community Hospital with minor injuries. Kern County Fire Capt. Cary Wright said late Friday afternoon it remains unknown how exactly the solar farm workers became exposed to the pesticide. He said air readings taken at the scene were negative, and nearby Paramount Farms reported no pesticide spraying occurred in the area Friday.
  • Chemical reaction prompts evacuation at South Bend company
    SOUTH BEND — Employees of a South Bend metal finishing company were evacuated for a period just before noon after a chemical reaction produced a gas cloud inside the building. South Bend fire Capt. Gerard Ellis said crews were called to Imagineering Finishing Technologies, 1302 W. Sample St., after nitric acid came in contact with a "non-conforming" steel alloy. A chemical reaction resulted in a plume of yellow nitrous oxide, commonly known as laughing gas, inside the building. Ellis and a company official said the company uses the chemicals to finish metal products. No one was injured as a result of the incident, Ellis said. Employees were evacuated as a precautionary measure, however, the building's ventilation system properly cleared the gas from the building. 
  • Chemical leak reported at Delaware City refinery
    DELAWARE CITY, Del. (WPVI) -- Rescuers were called to a reported chemical leak at a refinery in Delaware City, Delaware on Friday. Firefighters and medics were dispatched to the PBF Energy facility in the 4500 block of Wrangle Hill Road shortly after 12 p.m. Officials say three workers said they were exposed to some kind of gas in their work space. All three workers were taken to Christiana Hospital. Two of the workers - a 52-year-old man and a 36-year-old man, were treated symptoms including dizziness and weakness.
  • Chemical fire at WWU caused by accidental spill
    BELLINGHAM A chemical fire at Western Washington University’s chemistry building this week was reportedly caused by an accidental spill of flammable liquid. A student getting ready to dispose of a mix of chemicals that included acetone and hexane accidentally spilled the liquid on the floor Tuesday, Aug. 25, said Bellingham Fire Marshal Jason Napier, who was in charge of investigating the fire’s cause. “The vapors found an ignition source inside the lab and caused a quick flash-fire,” Napier said. “Then the pool of liquid continued to burn until the sprinklers went off and extinguished it.” The fire did not appear to have spread to any other chemicals, but a few lab supplies also were burned, Napier said. No one was injured when the fire took off. There were six students and a professor in the third-floor lab at the time, Bellingham Fire Department reported. Napier said his investigation did not include looking into what foul-tasting gas may have been breathed in by the first firefighters to enter the building before they put on protective breathing equipment.
  • China Explosion: Contaminated Tianjin Dirt From Blasts Headed For Special Storage Container
    Dirt that was contaminated from deadly explosions at a hazardous goods warehouse in Tianjin, China, in mid-August is headed for an enormous "leak-proof" tank about two and a half miles from the site of the blasts. At least 145 people died and hundreds were injured in the explosions, and some of the chemicals stored at the warehouse at the time were toxic. The new tank under construction has a surface area of 20,000 square meters and will be lined with five and a half inches of a purportedly impenetrable layer of sand and bricks, along with other material that guards against leakage, the South China Morning Post reported.  Since the explosion, residents of the Tianjin area have reported foul smells. The warehouse stored at least 700 tons of sodium cyanide, which can form a toxic vapor when combined with water, the New York Times reported. After the explosions, dead fish washed up by the thousands on the banks of a nearby river.
  • Homeland Security monitoring all US-bound ships that were in Tianjin at time of explosion
    The United States Coast Guard (USCG) and the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) have been monitoring vessel traffic and cargo departing the port complex in Tianjin due to concerns that there may be potentially hazardous ash, debris or residues on vessels or cargo bound for US ports. In a bulletin from the USCG earlier this week the organisation said vessel owners and operators should be aware of the potential for hazardous ash, debris or residues onboard impacted vessels or containers, particularly in cargo bays and interior spaces not regularly exposed to the elements.