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Philippines: Chemical firm shuts down Pasig plant
Chemical firm shuts down Pasig plant 

Filed Under: Chemicals, Environmental Issues, Accidents (general)
MANILA, Philippines=97Chemical manufacturer CAWC Inc. has shut down its manufacturing plant in Pasig City after a fire hit the facility on Thursday, leaving two workers injured.

At the same time, the City Environment and Natural Resources Office (Cenro) of Pasig City ordered CAWC=97a subsidiary of publicly listed Chemical Industries of the Philippines Inc. (Chemphil)=97to cease and desist from operating the plant and to stop the demolition activities in the area.

Two suspects arrested after meth lab explodes at a Whitehaven motel.

WHITEHAVEN (WREG-TV) - Two people are facing drug charges after Memphis Police say they blew up a motel room. The pair was trying to make meth, when the volatile drug mixture exploded.

It happened just before midnight Friday at the America's Best Inn and Suites on Springbrook Avenue. That's just off Brooks Road and Interstate 55 in Whitehaven.

australia: Work planned to remedy Bellevue contamination
Almost a decade after one of Australia's worst toxic fires, the West Australian Government has moved to control the flow of contaminated water beneath the site.

In February 2001, a fire at a waste storage site in Bellevue, east of Perth, caused chemical drums to explode and rain down on nearby properties.

Firefighters, unaware of the chemicals in the fire, drenched the blaze with water, which is now contaminated and has been slowly moving towards the Helena River.

After a parliamentary inquiry, investigations costing $4 million, and years of complaints from residents, the Environment Minister Donna Faragher has announced the construction of a $3 million underground barrier to filter the contaminated water.

us_ny: Two Suny East lab techs injured in a chemical fire
East Greenbush, N.Y.--Two Suny East Lab technicials were injured when a test they were conducting went wrong.

A Chemical Flash Fire broke out in the Albany Molecular Building at 17 University Place at 10:18 a.m. Saturday says Clinton Heights Assistant Fire Chief Seth Tracy.

Tracy says the chemical was a solvent called Diethyl-ether. The techs were conducting a reaction test and the reaction they got was a flash fire.

The building was evacuated and building employees were able to contain the fire to the lab area called the Hood, while fire crews responded.

Clinton Fire, Bruen rescue squad, Rensselaer Volunteer Ambulance, Rensselaer County Hazardous Deconamination Teams were all called to the scene.

The two lab techs were transported to Albany Medical Center to be treated for chemical exposure and injuries that were believed to be non-life threatening.

Indonesia: Fire still burning at sandal factory in West Jakarta
Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Fire-fighters were on Saturday still unable to extinguish a blaze at a sandal factory on Jalan Kamal Raya, West hajarta, which broke out last Thursday (March 11). 

"Today we have deployed 22 fire trucks to put out the fire at the factory," Pardi, a fire brigade officer, said here on Saturday. 

He said the flames on top of the building were actually already under control but chemical substances in the factory had reignited the fire. 

According to the police, four people were still known to be in the burning building.

"We received reports from four families saying their relatives who had been working in the factory went missing after the fire started," chief of criminal affairs at the Kalideres police precinct Inspector Heru SY said.

Heru said the cause of the fire was still unknown. Up till now, the factory`s management had refused to make any comments about the incident. (*)

uk: Brierley Hill leisure club evacuated following chemcial incident
TWO hundred people were evacuated from a Brierley Hill gym this afternoon following a chemical incident.

Emergency service crews were called to the David Lloyd leisure club in Pensnett Road just after 1.15pm, after a chemical reaction in the centre=92s swimming pool plant room.

Police, ambulance and three fire crews from Brierley Hill and Stourbridge attended the incident.

Two members of staff were treated at the scene by paramedics for minor inhalation, while staff and emergency crews evacuated all the centre users into a nearby conference room.

Police also sealed off the road in both directions leading to the centre to contain the chemical reaction.

Leisure centre staff have confirmed the facility will be closed for the rest of the day as a precautionary measure.

us_ca: Serious lab accident at UCLA in 2007 was not reported
A year before a UCLA staff research assistant was fatally burned in a lab fire, a graduate student was seriously injured in a similar accident that university officials failed to report to state regulators, records released Friday show.

The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health this week fined UCLA $23,900 for the earlier incident, which occurred in November 2007 -- 13 months before Sheharbano "Sheri" Sangji suffered burns that took her life and prompted a campuswide review of lab safety. Cal/OSHA last year fined the university $31,000 in Sangji's death.

In addition, despite sweeping safety measures announced in July, Cal/OSHA last month issued $67,700 in fines for alleged violations that have occurred since Sangji died, records show.

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