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us_nj: What was green slime leaking onto Fairmont Avenue in Jersey City?
The state is investigating illegal chemical dumping in Jersey City after the fire department's hazmat unit was called to deal with a puddle of a green, acrid-smelling liquid on Fairmount Avenue yesterday morning.
Jersey City Municipal Utility Authority workers discovered 18 drums in the middle of a lot at 352 Johnston Ave. around 10:30 a.m.
At least one of the drums was leaking a green liquid, which hasn't been identified, down the back of the lot onto Fairmount Avenue, said state Attorney General spokesman Peter Aseltine.
After an initial response by the city's hazmat unit, the incident was taken over by the environmental crime section of the New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice, Aseltine said.
A mound of sand was placed in front of a sewer on Fairmount to prevent the foul-smelling liquid from going down the drain. Someone dropped the drums at the lot over the weekend and the state has hired a contractor to remove them, Aseltine said.

us_ny: Crews work to clean up chlorine spill in Taberg
TABERG, N.Y. (WKTV) - Hazmat crews are working to clear up a chlorine spill at the Oneida City Water Treatment Plant.
According to 911 dispatchers, they received word of the spill around 3:30 Tuesday morning.
Several crews have been called in for backup.
Reverse 911 calls went out to everyone who lives within a 2 mile radius of the water treatment plant on Glenmore Road. You are asked to keep your doors and windows closed while the spill is mopped up. This is in effect until 7:00am.
Keep checking for the latest information.

us_ga: Fuel spill closes Cobb roads near Marathon oil depot
The Cobb County Fire Department's hazardous materials team was sent to the Marathon Oil depot near Powder Springs Monday morning after a pump malfunctioned, sending about 1,500 gallons of fuel into nearby drainage ditches.

The Cobb County Fire Department's hazardous materials team was sent to the Marathon Oil Powder Springs Terminal Monday morning after a pump malfunctioned, sending about 1,500 gallons of fuel into nearby drainage ditches.

The incident happened about 7:30 a.m., and by 8:30, the leaking fuel had been stopped, according to fire department spokeswoman Denell Boyd.

Boyd told the AJC that with Monday's heavy rain, "our concern was the fuel getting into creeks."

Containment booms were put in the drainage ditches, and a private clean-up crew was on the scene late Monday morning removing the spilled fuel. She didn't know if any fuel had reached nearby creeks.

us_fl: WSVN-TV - Lanes now open after truck overturns
WESTON, Fla. (WSVN) -- Lanes on US 27 have reopened after an overturned tractor trailer halted highway traffic.

Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue and BSO units responded to the scene in the area of southbound US Highway 27, near the entrance ramp to south Interstate 75 at around 8:00 a.m., Monday.

Reportedly, the driver of the truck was headed to Miami from Tampa, but took the US 27 exit ramp too sharply. As a result, the truck skidded about 500 feet before it stopped on I-75.

Southbound traffic on US 27 came to a stop as crews tried to upright the truck. BSFR HazMat units immediately contained an oil and bleach leak after the accident.

Rescue crews treated the driver on the scene before he was airlifted to Broward General Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

us_ca: Chemical spill on Ramon injures two
An ambulance responded to a multi-vehicle accident at Varner and Ramon roads in Thousand Palms this morning.

The crash was reported at 8:10 a.m. on Varner Road near Manufacturing Road, said Capt. Fernando Herrera of the Riverside County Fire Department.

All lanes of Varner Road between Manufacturing and Ramon roads were closed for several hours as a hazardous materials team cleaned up the spill, Herrera said.

One lane was reopened around noon, according to the California Highway Patrol.

us_md: Maryland: Chemical reaction bombs set off in Washington County yard
HAGERSTOWN =97 The Maryland State Fire Marshal=92s office investigated an incident in which a Hagerstown-area woman heard explosions and later discovered two exploded chemical reaction bombs in her yard, the fire marshal=92s bomb squad said in press release.

The incident happened at 11514 Greenberry Road. The homeowner said she heard two explosions overnight Saturday night, but dismissed them as fireworks, the release said. The two exploded bombs were found in her yard Sunday morning.

The explosions did not damage the home or its contents, the release said.

The state fire marshal=92s office collected evidence and personnel were investigating the incident.

03 MAY 10
us_ca: Ammonia spill closes NoCal highway for hours
YUBA CITY, Calif.=97A tanker truck crashed and spilled its cargo of toxic ammonia, forcing the closure of Highway 99 in Sutter County south of Yuba City for several hours.
Capt. Jim Young of the California Highway Patrol says a the truck flipped onto its side Sunday afternoon when the driver tried to turn off the highway on to Nicolaus Avenue.
The crash ruptured a tank and it spewed aqueous ammonia onto the road shoulder.
Authorities closed the roadway in both directions while a hazmat team worked to clean the spill. The highway reopened late Sunday night.
Young says 62-year-old driver wasn't hurt.

us_md: Crews Work to Repair Main After Gas Leak
Crews are on the scene of a natural gas leak at the Dundalk Marine Terminal.

It happened at around 12:40 p.m. at the terminal located in the 2700-block of Broening Highway at the Port of Baltimore.

Fire officials say a contractor using a backhoe to dig a trench struck a 4 inch natural gas main.

There were no injuries reported as a result.

BGE is on the scene and have begun digging around the broken main to start the repair process.

us_ga: Fire damages chemical plant
DALTON =97 No one was injured Sunday afternoon when a fire broke out at a chemical plant off Abutment Road in Dalton, officials said.

Just after 1 p.m., 911 began receiving calls from several people who reported hearing explosions coming from the Polystar Chemical plant at 206 Brookhollow Industrial Blvd., an operator said. No one was in the building when the fire began, fire officials said.

Dalton Fire Chief Bruce Satterfield said around 6 p.m. that officials had not yet begun to investigate the cause of the fire.

=93Things are just now cooling down,=94 he said. =93I don=92t know how much they=92ll even (investigate) today.=94

Polystar is a 5-year-old company headquartered in Dalton that produces =93a full line of materials for epoxy systems,=94 according to the company=92s website, =93Our core chemistries are amine and epichlorodhydrin based, and so our key products are hardeners, diluents, adducted resins and related surfactants,=94 the website states.

02 MAY 10
us_oh: Hazmat Situation in Brown County
About 8 p.m., Hazmat Crews were called to an area of the Straight Creek in Brown County. There had apparently been a chemical spill at a company called Landmark off U.S. 68 near Gooselick Road in Jefferson Township. 

Officials on the scene said it appears a herbicide got into the creek. There were a couple of inches of foam on the creek.

The Environmental Protection Agency was called to the scene. They're warning livestock owners in the area not to let their animals near Straight Creek from Route 125 south to the Ohio River.

It's still not clear what caused the spill. The incident remains under investigation.

01 MAY 10
us_il: HazMat called to Humboldt Park fire
No one was injured in a fire Thursday afternoon in which a HazMat response was called to a factory in the West Side Humboldt Park neighborhooD.

The Level 1 HazMat was called to a fire at 976 N. Kilbourne Ave., Fire Media Affairs Chief Kevin MacGregor said.

At 1:49 p.m., a working fire broke out in a paint spray booth in a factory at that address which summoned the HazMat response, according to Fire Media Affairs spokesman Joe Roccasalva.

There were no injuries, he said.

us_il: John Deere shut down when powdery white substance is found - WQAD
John Deere shut down when powdery white substance is found

MOLINE, IL - Operations at a John Deere plant in Moline came to an abrupt halt Friday afternoon after an envelope covered in a powdery white substance was discovered in the facility's mail room. Emergency crews determined the substance was not hazardous, but not before it left a big impact on those involved.

Hazmat crews from Moline, East Moline, Rock Island, the Arsenal, Quad City Airport and Bettendorf set up a decontamination bath to prepare for the worst, a biological agent. They called in the FBI and hazmat crews suited up to test the powder, while 100 employees anxiously waited to get an all clear. Crews used a kit to test for protein, if the substance had contained protein, it would be considered dangerous.

us_ut: 1 to hospital after chemical exposure at Utah base
HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah =97 Officials say an Air Force lieutenant sought medical attention after reporting he had been exposed to a chemical odor at Utah's Hill Air Force Base.
The lieutenant was treated and released at a clinic Friday for a headache he thought might have been caused by hydrazine, which is commonly used in alternative fuels for F-16s.
A military spokesman says tests found no traces of hydrazine.
Initial reports said as many as 25 people may have been exposed to a chemical. Base spokesman Richard Essary says 25 civilian contractors were at the work site, but only one complained of symptoms.
The workers were digging a trench for fire hydrants in an industrial area of the base.
The cause of the reported odor remained under investigation late Friday.

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