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us_in: HazMat Crews Battle New Haven Chemical Spill
NEW HAVEN, Indiana (Indiana=92s NewsCenter) - Allen County emergency personnel are cleaning up after 2,000 pounds of chlorine leaked at a New Haven factory. The spill occurred around 2pm Saturday at the Superior Aluminum plant.

Hazzardous Materials teams report the spill was contained in the plant, but there were concerns the liquid could evaporate into the atmosphere and form a dangerous chemical cloud. Officials cordoned off the area around the plant and several homes were evacuated as a precaution. those people have since returned to their homes and officials say the spill caused no environmental concerns.

us_oh: Hazmat Crews Respond To West Side Spill
COLUMBUS, Ohio=97Hazmat crews were called to the scene of an apparent liquid fertilizer spill on the city=92s West Side Thursday.

Columbus fire=92s hazmat crews were called to a commercial warehouse on Interchange Road shortly before 11:30 a.m.
=46rom Chopper 4, the business appeared to be Time Warner, but officials haven=92t confirmed that information.
Initial reports indicated at least 15 gallons of liquid fertilizer concentrate was spilled into a sewer or storm drain.
The warehouse was not evacuated.
The Environmental Protection Agency was notified of the incident. It remained unclear if the EPA was called to the scene.

us_in: Environmental crews called to clean up after thermostat breaks
Environmental crews called to clean up after thermostat breaks

CLARKSVILLE, IN (WAVE) - A Clarksville woman contacted WAVE 3 for help after her daughter accidentally broke a thermostat containing mercury in their apartment. Environmental clean-up crews spent the day, trying to lower the levels of mercury, but the landlord has already started eviction proceedings against the tenant.

Crystal Green says her daughter knocked caused a thermostat to break when she moved a couch. The mercury spilled out onto the floor. Green says she tried to vacuum up the mess, but Clark County health officials say that was the worst thing she could have done in the situation. They say the vacuum caused the mercury to vaporize and spread throughout the apartment.

Doug Dentfield with the Clark County Health Department says many of the items inside Green's apartment were a total loss because they were contaminated.

us_la: Downtown BR FedEx building evacuated
A Federal Express building downtown was evacuated today after two employees had a physical reaction they believed was caused by a package dropped off at the store, according to a Baton Rouge police news release.

The incident occurred at the Federal Express building at 525 Florida Blvd. shortly before noon, the release says.

After an investigation by Baton Rouge Fire Department Hazmat teams, EMS and Police Department explosive technicians, no hazardous materials, residue or any other suspicious substances were found, the release says.

All air monitoring of the area was negative for any contaminants that could explain the employees=92 reactions, the release says.

The building was reopened for business by 1:15 p.m., the release says.

us_ca: "Unknown Liquid" That Sent Hazmat Team To Golden Gate Park? WATER
fire department hazardous materials team that was sent out to the western edge of Golden Gate Park this morning on a report of a suspicious leak didn't find any dangerous chemicals, a department spokeswoman said.

Just after 10 a.m., the department responded to a report of an unknown liquid leaking out of a 55-gallon drum near the Golden Gate Stables, located at 36th Street and John F. Kennedy Boulevard, spokeswoman Mindy Talmadge said.

The liquid turned out to be water.

10:29 AM: A fire department hazardous materials team has been sent to the western edge of Golden Gate Park this morning, a department spokeswoman said.

The department received a report just after 10 a.m. that contractors had discovered an unknown liquid leaking from a 55-gallon drum near the Golden Gate Stables at 36th Street and John F. Kennedy Boulevard, spokeswoman Mindy Talmadge said.

She did not yet have additional details on the situation.

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