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us_pa: Haz-Mat Team Called To Poultry Plant -
EXETER TWP., Pa. -- Police, firefighters, hazardous materials teams, and emergency management officials descended on the Mehadrin Kosher Poultry Plant in Exeter Township, Berks County Tuesday evening.
An ammonia leak forced the company to evacuate 125 workers just before 7:00 p.m.
Six people had to be taken to the hospital.
Company officials say there's only a limited amount of ammonia on site.
"It's for cooling purposes," said Paul Bridges, a Mehadrin employee. "It's a refrigerant. It's used to refrigerate fueling systems in the plant."
Exeter Township issued a cease and desist order last week saying the plant was discharging too much waste water, but a judge lifted that order Monday.

us_in: Pair of raids lead to three methamphetamine arrests in Clark County =BB Recent Local News =BB Evening News and Tribune
HENRYVILLE =97 The Clark County Sheriff=92s Department closed two clandestine methamphetamine labs and arrested three people, including a mother and son, in Henryville on Monday for manufacturing the drug.

The investigation led to the discovery of two separate labs that had been operating off and on along the same street.

Investigators briefly searched both homes, but they had to evacuate because the chemical odors were so strong that officers reported experiencing temporary irritation of their respiratory systems. They were all able to recover after going outside.

The Indiana State Police Laboratory sent chemists and assistants to properly package and dispose of the hazardous material. The materials to make meth are considered extremely violent and combustible that specialists are used to dismantle the labs.

Tanker Carrying Liquid Asphalt Overturns | Triad, NC | Most Popular Story
Denton, NC -- Crews are working to control a hazard spill in Davidson County.

NC Department of Transportation say the tanker overturned about 7:10 am on Highway 47 in Denton. They are treating the scene as a hazard spill.

Davidson County communications said the call came in as a reported liquid asphalt spill.

NC Highway Patrol say the tanker did spill part of the load which ran off into a nearby creek. It is estimated that 6,000 gallons of liquid asphalt spilled into the creek but was contained to the area. A hazmat unit from Raleigh was called in to treat the area.

Investigators are still trying to figure out what caused the wreck, but say the driver was not seriously injured.

As a detour, take NC-47 at Piedmont School Road to Cranford Road to NC-49. Reverse if coming from NC-49.

us_or: U.S. Chemical Safety Board investigating fatal explosion in Weleetka |
The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) has sent investigators to a fatal explosion which happened April 14, 2010, at an oil site in Weleetka. A 21-year-old member of the public died of burns sustained in the explosion and fire.

The CSB is an independent federal agency charged with investigating industrial chemical accidents.

The agency's board members are appointed by the president and confirmed by the Senate.

CSB investigations look into all aspects of chemical accidents, including physical causes such as equipment failure as well as inadequacies in regulations, industry standards, and safety management systems.

us_ut: Haz-mat scare at Salt Lake City bus depot turns out to be cocaine |
SALT LAKE CITY =97 A small vial containing an unknown white substance created a scare at a bus depot Tuesday.

While employees were initially worried about possible anthrax, hazardous materials crews determined the unknown substance was actually cocaine.

A Utah Transit Authority employee Monday night was going through a bus that had just parked for the evening at the UTA's depot near 200 South and 600 West when a vial about half the size of a pinky finger was found, said Salt Lake fire spokesman Mark Bednarik.

The employee put the vial in another bottle with the intent of throwing it away. After talking with other employees and thinking about it, however, UTA called emergency crews on Tuesday.

After conducting several field tests, Bednarik said investigators determined the white powdery substance wasn't a lethal disease but rather an illegal drug.

Services at the bus station were not disrupted.

us_in: chemical spill adams county allen van wert county
Chemical spill affects 3 counties
Hazmat situation in Allen, Adams, and Van Wert Co

ADAMS CO. (WANE)-- - Hazmat crews worked a chemical spill that spaned three counties. The spill happened near the Adams and Allen county lines and the Ohio and Indiana state line. Van Wert county was the one affected in Ohio.

A semi carrying a tank full of chemical fertilizer lost its load on Wednesday evening. The chemical leaked onto the road and into a nearby creek. 

Crews were able to clean up the mess on the roadway. They built a dike in the ditch to make sure the chemical containing nitrogen didn't flow down stream. The water supply was not affected by the spill.

Crews from Monroeville, Decatur, and Van Wert were on the scene.

us_ny: Ammonia Leak Sends Two to Hospital
CHEEKTOWAGA, NY (WKBW) -- A small ammonia leak at Allied Frozen Storage on Broadway in Cheektowaga sent two employees to ECMC Tuesday morning.

Officials say two men were doing maintenance on a coolant line when 75 pounds of Anhydrous Ammonia leaked out and spilled on the two workers.
Both were taken to ECMC and treated for respiratory problems, and one of the workers suffered minor burns.
Thirty employees were evacuated as cleanup crews wearing hazmat suits cleaned and ventilated the spill.
Fire officials are crediting the company's quick response for keeping a bad situation from becoming worse.

us_la: Search for 11 missing workers in oil rig explosion will go through the night
More than 20 hours after an oil rig exploded and caught fire in the Gulf of Mexico, the Coast Guard was prepared to search through the night Wednesday for 11 missing workers as firefighters battled a raging blaze fueled by crude oil gushing from the rig about 50 miles southeast of Venice.
Seventeen workers, including three with critical injuries, were taken by helicopters to hospitals across the region after the Tuesday night explosion on the Deepwater Horizon rig, which had 126 crewmembers onboard, the Coast Guard said.
Adrian Rose, a vice president for Transocean Ltd., the Swiss company that owns the rig, described the injuries as burns, broken legs, smoke inhalation, "and a lot of scratches and bruises from people scrambling to get away."
Ninety-eight rescued workers were on vessels expected to reach Port Fourchon on Wednesday night to be reunited with anxious family members gathering there.

us_pa: Chemical reaction blamed for Marjol site fire
A chemical reaction between rainwater and pelletized lime near hay bales apparently touched off a small weekend fire at the Marjol Battery site in Throop, a spokeswoman said Tuesday.

The fire was quickly extinguished by Throop firefighters, and no lead-contaminated materials were involved, said Lisa Ayers of Advanced GeoSciences, which represents site owner Gould Electronics.

Borough Fire Chief Eric Hartshorn said firefighters who responded Saturday about 3 a.m. found some hay bales burning, with the flames threatening an excavator. The fire was put out before it spread to the machinery.

The fire occurred "nowhere near" the containment area where lead-contaminated soil and battery casings have been consolidated as part of the site cleanup, Chief Hartshorn said.

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