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us_in: Pot of meth causes minor explosion outside Elkhart County home
What started as simple questioning turned into a minor explosion and three people in custody Tuesday night.

It happened around 11 p.m. Officers with the Elkhart County Sheriff's Department visited a house in the 1000-block of Evans Street. Police had gotten complaints on the house from neighbors about illegal drug use.

Once on scene, officers say the people inside the house tried to run, throwing a pot of cooking meth into the yard. It exploded and two people tried to escape police.

"The one subject ran down along the bank and actually tried to jump into the river, and the officers got him and got him into custody before he got too far in the river,=94 said Mike McHenry of the Elkhart County Sheriff=92s Dept. =93The other subject ran down the street and the Elkhart city officers responded to the scene and picked him up on the way in by information that was put out on the radio."

US_LA: Explosion at International Paper Mil
Explosion at International Paper Mill

CULLEN, LA (KSLA) - Five fire departments had to respond to an explosion at the International paper Mill Tuesday night. That explosion happened around 8:50pm in Cullen, LA.

Webster Parish Sheriff Gary Sexton tells KSLA News 12 that some conveyer belts caught on fire.

There were initial reports of an explosion, but they're wondering if the explosion was caused by some chemical barrels near the conveyer belts.

He also says that there was minimal damage reported and no injuries.

US_WA: Imperium plant back in business
Imperium plant back in business
Wednesday, March 10, 2010 2:11 PM PST

Imperium Renewables announced today that it has completed repairs and restarted production at its Grays Harbor Biodiesel plant, which had paused production after a glycerin tank exploded in December.

The company halted production after a chemical reaction over-pressurized a mixing tank, causing an explosion at the Hoquiam biodiesel plant on Dec. 2, 2009.

us_nc: 8,000-gallon chemical spill contained
WELCOME - Hazardous-materials crews averted a potential disaster yesterday morning when they quickly contained a chemical spill from a tanker that overturned on N.C. 150, authorities said.

The wreck occurred near the banks of Reedy Creek. The ground near the creek soaked up some of the 8,000 gallons of hazardous chemicals that spilled from the tanker, which was making a delivery to a business along the highway, said Doug Lowe, Davidson County's emergency-services director.

The Arcadia Fire Department quickly used a long pipe with a fiber net that absorbed much of the remaining chemicals, Lowe said. That device also acted like a dam to prevent the chemicals from reaching the creek.

us_mo: Firefighters at I-44 hazmat case say they learned from recent exercise on Pulaski County Daily News
Firefighters at I-44 hazmat case say they learned from recent exercise

Less than a week after a misstep in a training exercise =93killed=94 an entire duty shift of Waynesville firefighters, members of that same shift responded with extra caution Tuesday evening to a report of a 20-pound bag of suspicious powder found by state troopers on Interstate 44.

Missouri Department of Transportation personnel had found a large bag with a powdery substance near mile marker 168; in the process of pulling it off the roadway, the bag opened up and a large amount of the substance had dispersed into the environment. Suspecting possible narcotics, a member of the Missouri State Highway Patrol responded, tested the substance, and became seriously concerned when the preliminary testing didn=92t show it was an illegal drug but also didn=92t show what it was.

ASSE Wants Control Banding in OSHA=92s Hazmat Communications Standard | EHS Today
Donald Garman, CSP, an American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) professional member and chair of the ASSE Global Hazard Communications (GHS) Task Force, testified on March 5 at OSHA=92s public hearing on a proposed rule to align the agency=92s Hazard Communications Standard (HCS) with the United Nation=92s Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). Garman said ASSE supports the goals of the proposed rule, and urged that control banding (CB) be included in the standard and that the standard be finalized soon.

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