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07 MAY 10
us_or: 20 Amy's Kitchen workers sent to ER following hazmat situation
WHITE CITY, Ore. - A hazmat situation at the organic food manufacturer Amy's Kitchen in White City is under investigation.

20 people were sent to the emergency room after a plant-wide contamination Thursday night. All employees were evacuated, but have since been let back into the plant.

The employees' symptoms included difficulty breathing, tightness in the chest and nausea. They were taken to three local hospitals including Rogue Valley Medical Center, Providence Medford Medical Center and Three Rivers Hospital.

First responders tell NewsWatch 12 they do not know what was released, but say a hazmat crew was not called in.

us_id: HazMat Spill Closes Elmore County Road
HazMat Spill Closes Elmore County Road

A hazmat scare forces the closure of a rural road in Elmore County.

A two mile stretch of Old Highway 30 is closed between the Interstate and the Hammett city limits.

Police on scene tell us it appears some sort of chemical trailed down about a half mile of the road.

The Boise Fire Department hazmat team is helping identify and clean-up the chemical.

us_fl: Mobile meth lab suspicion caused Collier HAZMAT scare
NAPLES: The sheriff's office says suspicion of a mobile meth lab led them to call HAZMAT crews and the bomb squad after a high-speed chase in Collier County Wednesday night.

Collier County deputies were trying to conduct a traffic stop when they say the driver of the truck, 45-year-old Gerald Smith, refused to pull over.

Deputies forcibly stopped the car and pulled Smith and two other people out.

Then they say they found a duffel bag in the back of the truck containing materials to make meth - that's when they cleared the scene for HAZMAT and the bomb squad.

In the bag, deputies say they found flashlight stuffed with crystal meth (in the battery compartment), a small scale, a plastic case with four syringes, oxycodone, rolling papers and a pipe with marijuana residue.

Smith was charged with driving on a suspended license, fleeing and eluding, and outstanding warrants.

us_ca: Calif. FFs Contain Hazmat Spill in Long Beach |
A little after 4 p.m. on Tuesday, May 4, the LBFD was dispatched to an overturned tanker truck at Paramount Blvd. and the on-ramp to the Westbound 91 Freeway.
Crews noticed the tanker-trailer was on its side and leaking a fair amount of fuel. It was later estimated to have been leaking at a rate of about 25 gallons per minute. Additional resources were called to the scene, including the hazmat task force and additional engine companies for manpower.
A total of 47 firefighters responded to this incident; 38 from Long Beach and 9 from our Vernon and Santa Fe Springs Fire Departments. They also provided hazmat teams.

us_ct: Hazmat team responds in Waterbury
Waterbury, Conn. (WTNH) - A Hazmat team has been called to Waterbury after a Fed-Ex driver noticed smoke coming from barrels inside his truck.

The Fed-Ex driver was making a delivery at the Yankee Gas facility on Eagle Street around noon on Thursday when he noticed the smoke and called for help.

The acidic peroxide solution was expanding and leaking out of several of 12 55-gallon poly containers.

The Waterbury Fire Department and DEP's Emergency Response Unit responded to the scene.

The 12 barrels contain chemicals described as "potentially volatile" and include hydrogen peroxide and nitric acid. Only six of the barrels were leaking.

Federal Express hired an environmental contractor to make the containers suitable for transportation to their final destination of The Hubbard Hall Chemical Company, located a short distance away.

No injuries were reported.

us_co: Highway closed due to Hazmat situation
PARK COUNTY - Authorities shut down a highway near Hartsel on Thursday due to a rollover crash involving hazardous materials.

The Park County Sheriff's Office says CO Highway 9 was closed in both directions, south of Hartsel.

Deputies say a tractor trailer carrying Versatrol, a dry chemical used as an additive when crews are drilling into mud, rolled over near milepost 33, half way between Hartsel and Guffey.

According to deputies, the chemical is not very toxic, but there was concern it could get into the water at Four Mile Creek.

A Hazmat crew was on scene, along with the Colorado State Patrol, and an ambulance in case anyone got sick from the chemical.

The driver of the truck did not suffer serious injuries in the single-vehicle crash.

No evacuations were put in place.

canada: Burnaby chemical lab dismantled by RCMP
The Burnaby RCMP raided an apartment in the on Wednesday and discovered a potentially sophisticated synthetic chemical lab.

One man was arrested at the scene but later released.

The lab was located in a bedroom and consisted of numerous types of glassware, heating mantles and various chemicals...

The clandestine laboratory response team and Health Canada determined that the chemical lab had the ability and equipment to produce illegal chemical drugs, but no evidence was located to support illegal drug production.

However, police located evidence that the equipment could support legal chemical drug production ..
"Even though no charges have been laid at this point, it is important to emphasize the dangers of chemical labs in residential buildings," said Burnaby RCMP Cpl. Ted De Jager in a prepared release. De Jager also warned that chemical laboratories contain solvents, strong acids, corrosive base materials and volatile chemicals such as reagents or reducers.

us_ca: Update: Solvent-type chemical caused small explosion at UC Davis lab
Sacramento Fire Department officials say a solvent-type chemical was responsible for a small explosion Thursday afternoon at the UC Davis Medical Center's Oak Park Research Building.
Capt. Jim Doucette said the incident occurred in a lab on the second floor of the two-story building at 2700 Stockton Blvd. He said employees heard an explosion and found the door had blown open on a cabinet used to store waste materials. About 40 people were evacuated as a precaution. No one was injured.
Doucette said the fire department's Haz Mat firefighters entered the building and found that a small amount of waste material that had been properly stored caused the incident. The building was not damaged.
She said the explosion occurred in a fire-proof cabinet designed to contain flammable materials.

uk: Ten people are treated after Dorset chemical spill
Ten people have been treated by paramedics after inhaling fumes from a chemical spill in Dorset.
Police were called to Montrose Close, Verwood, at about 1815 BST.
Dorset fire service said the incident involved an organic solvent which was on a car, but it is not known how the chemical came to be on the vehicle.
Crews have isolated the substance and environmental health officials have been called to the scene to dispose of the chemical.

us_tx: AGE was fined for not adopting safety reforms
AGE Refining, the scene of an explosion that released dense black smoke from its South Presa Street plant Wednesday, was fined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for 13 serious violations in spring 2008.

OSHA, which cited AGE for not instituting a number of safety procedures, fined the refiner $25,750 for the violations.

AGE improperly allowed vehicles to pass near processing equipment, OSHA said, noting that "may increase the potential for ignition of flammable vapors that can be released" at the plant.

It isn't clear whether OSHA was including tanker trucks in its citation, but AGE officials said Wednesday's blast at the plant occurred when a tanker truck exploded as it was taking on fuel at the loading rack.

The ignition source that led to the explosion at the plant "could have been just about anything," said Bruce Bullock, executive director of the Maguire Energy Institute at the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

uk: Chemical blaze at factory
MORE than 30 firefighters were sent to a blaze at a chemical factory in the Black Country.

Seven crews from Birmingham and across the Black Country were called to Harrold Street, in Tipton, at around 10am yesterday.

A West Midlands Fire service spokesman said eight firefighters wearing breathing apparatus took on the blaze. They said "unknown substances" had been mixed in a drum causing the "severe" blaze.

However, the fire had been put out by about 1.30pm, they added.

No injuries were reported.

A hazardous substance unit was also sent to the scene along with thermal imaging equipment.

06 MAY 10
us_il: HazMat team responds to SWIC after apparent suicide in parking lot
BELLEVILLE -- Emergency personnel responded Wednesday night to an apparent suicide in the parking lot of Southwestern Illinois College, and blocked off the area because a potentially hazardous substance was found in the vehicle with the body.
Police cleared the scene about 10:45 p.m. after the St. Clair County Hazardous Materials Operations Team collected and secured the unidentified toxic substance. Police initially responded about 7:30 p.m.
Police found an unidentified substance in the vehicle, and activated the team to determine whether any cleanup was necessary, Belleville Police Capt. Don Sax said.

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us_ut: Fire chief: Boys mixed glue, gas - Salt Lake Tribune
Hazmat officials were called to a Paradise Township home tonight after two boys were exposed to a mix of glue and gasoline.
The boys, 16, got glue on their hands while repairing the roof of a single-wide trailer. When they attempted to clean themselves with gasoline, the glue became toxic, officials said.
The mixture somehow spread to other parts of their bodies, said East Berlin Fire Company Capt. Kevin Brehm.
"They had the stuff all over their face and arms and hair and toes," Brehm said.
As to how it spread, Brehm said, "That's a mystery."
Brehm said the boys were taken to York Hospital, but he was unsure of their conditions.

05 MAY 10
us_al: Redstone Arsenal Explosion
A spokesperson for Redstone Arsenal confirmed two people hurt Wednesday morning in a chemical explosion at Test Area 10 have died.

The men were burned as they were working to get rid of ammonium perchlorate, a chemical used in rocket fuel.

The Arsenal has not released the men's names at this time. The names of the men, who were employed by AMTEC Corp. of Huntsville, will be released at a later date.

The explosion happened at approximately 8:45 a.m. at Building 7352, an Aviation Missile Research Development & Engineering Center facility, more commonly known as AMRDEC. The building is on Flicker Road.

The Arsenal says Amtec contractors were working to 'demilitarize' explosive materials, that is, recycle or get rid of them in a safe manner. In this case, they were demilitarizing a tactical missile. They were working to separate ammonia perchlorate from other chemicals, and during the process, something exploded.

us_tx: Man found safe after explosion at Texas refinery
SAN ANTONIO =97 Authorities say a man believed to have been missing after a fuel-laden 18-wheeler exploded at a Texas refinery has been found safe.
San Antonio Fire Chief Charles Hood says the man is a driver of one of three tanker trucks that were at an AGE Refining Inc. fueling station when the Wednesday explosion happened. Hood says another driver was taken to Brooke Army Medical Center, where he's listed in critical condition with severe burns.
The fire chief couldn't immediately say which man was the driver of the truck that exploded.
The blast set off a series of smaller explosions and sent a towering plume of thick black smoke over the city's southeast side.
Hood says several employees also were treated at the scene and everyone has been accounted for.

us_nh: Hazmat workers clean up chemical spill
BRISTOL -- Rescue workers donned self-contained suits and breathing apparatus to clean a chemical yesterday that was so strong it ate out the floor of the tractor trailer where it spilled, a fire official said yesterday.

Workers spent hours cleaning up the 30-percent hydrochloric acid solution from the parking lot at the Freudenberg plant at 450 Pleasant St., said fire Capt. Maggie Fellows. They also roped off the lot.

Vapors from hydrochloric acid can burn the lungs and the skin of people, Fellow said.

She said the truck driver was using a two-wheeled cart to remove the plastic drum of the chemical when he noticed a leak. He moved the trailer away from the building and left the rear open.

The Bristol Fire Department called ffor help from the Central ...
Fellows said rescue workers used chemicals to control and neutralize the spill.

Ralph Stuart
Secr etary
Division of Chemical Health and Safety
American Chemical Society

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