Date: Wed, 26 May 2010 08:58:28 -0400
Reply-To: DCHAS-L Discussion List <DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**LIST.UVM.EDU>
Sender: DCHAS-L Discussion List <DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**LIST.UVM.EDU>
From: Secretary ACS DCHAS <secretary**At_Symbol_Here**DCHAS.ORG>
Subject: Chemical Safety headlines from Google

Links to details available at

us_va: Hazmat situation at Franklin County water treatment plant 
Emergency crews in Franklin County are dealing with a hazmat situation. 
They're currently on at the Water Treatment Plant where chlorine has leaked into the building. 
The chlorine is used to treat the water but a leak inside the building itself could make the chemical dangerous depending on the amount. 
Hazmat teams have been on the scene since about 5:45 P.M. and continue to assess the spill.

us_ky: Georgetown Airport Closed For About An Hour After Hazmat Scare 
The Georgetown airport was shut down about for about an hour Tuesday as hazmat and EPA crews handled a potentially serious situation. 
The incident began when a cement truck ran over a device containing radio active material. Hazmat and EPA crews rushed to the scene after reports that a substance, called cesium, might have been leaking from a device that measures the depth of asphalt. The cement truck was working on the new runway and ran over the device without knowing.  
After some investigation, crews realized the cesium did not leak. 
A couple flights were affected by the airport shutdown.

us_ny: Crews rush to a hazmat scare in East Greenbush 
Crews rush to a hazmat scare in East Greenbush Tuesday evening. 
Police say a suspicious package was found in the UAlbany East campus on University Heights in East Greenbush around 7 o'clock. 
Crews from all over the area were called in, but it turned out to be a false alarm. 
We're told a high school student from the nearby Tech Valley High School had left his science project in the grass, wrapped with a warning that no one should touch it. 
Police opened up the package and realized it was not a threat.

us_tn: Chemical Fumes Lead to Evacuation at Millington Lucite Plant 
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Potentially dangerous chemical fumes at the Lucite International plant near Millington led to the evacuation of businesses and residences along Highway 51 and Fite Road Tuesday morning.
The Lucite plant, which is next to the Dupont plant, started fuming a vapor mix of sulfur dioxide and sulfur trioxide, which reacts with moisture in the air to create a dense sulfuric acid mist. Sulfur trioxide can be harmful if ingested or inhaled, and can also cause skin and severe eye irritation on contact.
Plant spokesman Tom Eubanks said there was not a chemical leak, but referred to the situation as "a fuming condition" as the sulfuric acid regeneration plant was started up.
The Shelby County Fire Department and HAZMAT teams were called in to assist.
Several businesses along Highway 51 between Fite Road and the Loosahatchie River in about a one mile radius were evacuated until emergency crews safely cleared the scene.

uk: Chemical spill at Gloucestershire electronics firm 
Chemical spill at Gloucestershire electronics firm 
There has been a chemical spill at an electronics company in Gloucestershire. 
The fire service was called to Ashchurch Business Centre in Tewkesbury at about 2100 BST on Monday. 
A spokesman from Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service said the chemical was used for copper etching on printed boards. 
No one was hurt and there was no risk to people living nearby, he added. The Environment Agency advised the company on how to dispose of the chemical.

us_la: Louisiana fishermen helping with oil spill report headaches, nausea 
Are chemical dispersants affecting those involved with the Gulf oil spill cleanup? Some Louisiana fishermen are reporting headaches, burning eyes and nausea, Fox News reports.
Fisherman Gary Burris said he got sick and disoriented after breathing in the dispersants used to break up the oil, the story says. "It filled my lungs with fluid," he said. "I'm hurting =97 I'm sore from coughing."
Riki Ott, a marine toxicologist who's heard from other fishermen with similar symptoms, said illness can result from overexposure to crude oil and cleanup chemicals.
"This is like throwing kerosene on a fire," Ott told Fox.
British Petroleum has sprayed more than 800,000 of gallons of dispersant into the Gulf since the spill began April 20 when the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded.

us_ny: Fire suppression system goes off at gas station 
LAKE PLACID - There was no fire, but the fire-suppression system at the Sunoco on Wilmington Road went off Monday afternoon, covering several vehicles at the gas pumps with the dry chemical fire-suppression agent.
Sunoco managers said the system malfunctioned.
The Lake Placid Volunteer Fire Department responded at 12:47 p.m. with two trucks and 13 members. One child, who was in a vehicle at the gas pumps when the system activated, was checked by the Lake Placid Volunteer Ambulance Service but did not need to be transported to the hospital.

us_va: Spilled acid forces Yates Ford Road closure 
MANASSAS, Va.=97A gallon of muriatic acid forced the closure of Yates Ford Road at Prince William Parkway on Monday afternoon. Traffic backed up on the parkway for at least half a mile. 
Hazardous materials crews and firefighters called to the scene just before 3 p.m. found a gallon container of the acid lying near the intersection of the two roads, and then used a red 5-gallon container to isolate it before more of the acid could spill. 
"The HAZMAT crews assessed the hazard, and using the equipment they have, took samples and determined the substance to be muriatic acid," said Assistant Chief Brett Bowman of the Prince William County Fire and Rescue Department. 
The container could have fallen off the back of a truck transporting hazardous materials, but there is no way for investigators to know for sure, Bowman said. 
It took crews less than an hour to identify the substance, which is commonly used in household cleaners and production of polyurethane and PVC plastics.

us_or: Hazmat Called After Truck Crashes In Ditch 
OREGON CITY, Ore. -- A chemical transport truck crashed into a ditch in Oregon City, causing a diesel fuel leak that required the response of hazmat crews.
The crash happened Monday morning on Forsyth Road. It's not clear what caused the truck to go into the ditch.
Clackamas fire spokesman Steve McAdoo said the truck's semitrailer was hauling 1,600 gallons of water, an unknown amount of jet fuel and some insecticide, but those liquids did not appear to be leaking.
Hazmat crews contained the diesel leak and a tow company righted the rig to pull it back up onto the road.
Crews then re-examined the truck to make sure the jet fuel and insecticide do not leak.
The truck driver was not hurt.

us_wv: Two Now Injured in Mineral County Explosion. 
Two people are now hospitalized after an explosion at a weapons facility in Mineral County. Mineral County Dispatchers say they're injuries are believed to be non-life threatening, but their identities are not being released at this time. 
Those injured in the explosion at the Alliant Techsystems (ATK) facility in Rocket Center, West Virginia, are being treated at the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center in Cumberland, Maryland. 
An explosion occurred at the Allegheny Ballistics Laboratory at around 5:00 p.m. Monday afternoon. Original reports said there could be a possible hazardous materials threat, but Mineral County dispatchers have confirmed that HAZMAT teams said there was no threat of chemical exposure at the facility.

uk: Chemical Fire Alerts Town 
The fire was brought controlled after nearly 120 firefighters spent the whole night trying to tackle blaze in the Linthwaite area of the West Yorkshire town. 
But populace residing in the close by areas has been cautioned to stay indoors and contact medical services if they at anytime feel unwell. 
Six schools will remain closed for the day after the alert was forwarded, but others that were affected were being reopened late in the morning, Kirklees Council informed.

uk: Teachers hurt in chemical spill at Abbot Beyne School 
Two teachers have been taken to hospital following a chemical spill at a school in east Staffordshire. 
Abbot Beyne School in Osborne Road, Winshill, was evacuated at about 1215 BST after a glass vial broke, releasing a small volume of vapour. 
Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service said two female teachers were taken to Queens Hospital, Burton-upon-Trent, for treatment. 
A hazardous material and environmental protection officer went to the scene.

us_ut: Utah coal mine reopens after fire quarantined 
WELLINGTON, Utah =97 Arch Coal Co. has reopened a Utah coal mine after closing off a section that caught fire. 
St. Louis-based Arch Coal shut down the Dugout Mine for nearly three weeks to deal with rising levels of deadly carbon monoxide from the smoldering fire. 
The company says it removed water pumps and left the section at the mine to flood. 
The company believes a chemical reaction likely caused a coal seam to ignite, but it didn't produce any open flames. 
Arch Coal spokeswoman Kim Link says the mine reopened late last week.

us_tx: 2 taken to hospital after chemical spill at FW yogurt plant 
FORT WORTH - Streets around the Dannon Yogurt plant in Fort Worth were closed off Monday as Hazmat crews worked to contain a chemical spill that sent one employee and an officer to a nearby hospital.
The Fort Worth Fire Department said the spill was a level two Hazmat situation at the plant located in the 1200 block of West Peter Smith Street. While the department said there was no serious threat to those in the surrounding area, the closures of the streets were done as an added precaution.
The incident began when a cleaning chemical, a low-grade acid, was spilled and then released a vapor Monday morning. Two employees were decontaminated at the scene by Hazmat crews, and one of them was taken to a nearby hospital. A Fort Worth police officer who responded to the call was also decontaminated and taken to a hospital after complaining of some breathing difficulty.

us_wa: Firefighters respond to noxious smell at Fall City 
FALL CITY, Wash. -- Five residents of a Fall City house called for help at 2:45 a.m. Monday complaining of a noxious chemical smell that was making them sick.
Fire Chief Chris Conner says two women were taken to a Bellevue hospital as a precaution.
Firefighters with sensors checked the house but couldn't find the source of the smell.
us_wa  home  unknown_chemical  injuries  

Previous post   |  Top of Page   |   Next post

The content of this page reflects the personal opinion(s) of the author(s) only, not the American Chemical Society, ILPI, Safety Emporium, or any other party. Use of any information on this page is at the reader's own risk. Unauthorized reproduction of these materials is prohibited. Send questions/comments about the archive to
The maintenance and hosting of the DCHAS-L archive is provided through the generous support of Safety Emporium.