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us_ny: LaGrange Middle School closed tomorrow; 6th grade trip still on | | Poughkeepsie Journal

FREEDOM PLAINS — LaGrange Middle School will be closed Friday as well so clea nup of a mercury spill can continue, the district announced this afternoon on i ts website.

The spill may be larger than previously reported and the school is closed today as well.

The mercury was brought to school Wednesday in a vial by a student.

District officials said they decided to close the school today on the advice of Dutc hess County health officials.


The school was locked down Wednesday after the spill was reported and dozens of students were sent to the hospital as a precaution.

No student illnesses have been reported, but the district said it is checking in with students today to see how they are doing.

us_or: Hazmat crews called to chemica l leak on I-5

WOODBURN — Woodburn hazardous materials crews responded to a chemical leak Wednesday north of town on I-5.

According to the fire district, a Reddaway company freight truck pulled into a port o f entry three miles north of Woodburn for an inspection when officials discov ered something seeping out the back of the trailer.

The truck was pulled into the containment area and authorities called Hazmat cr ews from Woodburn, Salem and Aurora for assistance.

The leak was determined to be sodium hydroxide, an acidic liquid cleaning agent , which had spilled from a 55-gallon drum punctured in the truck.

You know, we were doing just fine up until the last two arti cles here.

How big was this mercury ‘spill’?  If a stu dent “brought [the mercury] in a vial”, it cannot have been a large amount.  Did anyone do any monitoring?  REALISTICALLY, how likely is it that there was any real danger to anyone at any time?  How necessar y was it to close the school?  Even worse, how necessary was it to send students to the hospital??  For crying out loud people!!  There h as to be some reason & common sense re-introduced to the topic of hazardou s materials exposure.  Ignorant, stupid and wasteful.  Not to menti on a good bit of ‘boy who cried wolf’ syndrome.  If we continua lly get things like this wrong, eventually folks will stop listening to us and will ignore good advice when there is a REAL danger out there some time.

And can SOMEONE please tell the staff writer in Woodburn, Or egon to please go back to 8th grade science class for remedial education?  Sodium hydroxide ACIDIC????????  Are yo u freaking kidding me??!?!?

Just venting.  Everyone please ignore the man behind th e curtain.  Back to work!


Dr. Bradley K. Norwood

Laboratory Director

Arista Laboratories

1941 Reymet Road

Richmond, VA  23237

(804) 271-5572 ext. 307

(804) 641-4641 (cell)


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