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Subject: Chemical Safety headlines from Google
SPRINGS, Fla. (WSVN) -- Crews responded to the scene of a HazMat
situation at an apartment complex.
Coral Springs Fire Rescue and
HazMat crews responded to an apartment building, located at 9630 NW 35th
St., after an officer was exposed to an unknown chemical.
said the officer walked into a meter room and found an unknown chemical
in an open container. The officer had to be transported to Coral Springs
A bus was on the scene to house and treat residents
until authorities cleared the incident. Two other people were treated
A reaction at
a Mount Maunganui chemical plant led to a section of Totara St being
blocked off by police and the building being evacuated while
firefighters diluted the chemicals.
A plume of white steam erupted
from the hydrogen peroxide container filling the facility at Orica
Chemnet about 3.15pm yesterday, due to a valve accidently being left
open on the filling line.
Site manager Paul Hastie said
the hydrogen peroxide - used for bleaching and disinfecting in
industrial processes - then flowed into the catchment pit, which was
designed to contain such leaks.
"The leaked hydrogen peroxide
reacted with dust and dirt residing in the catchment pit, which reacted
to form oxygen and water," he said.
uthorities had to dispose of some suspicious
substances found behind a Jefferson City drug store, Tuesday.
Jefferson City Fire Department Spokesman Jason Turner, the call came in
around 11:45 p.m.
The substances were reported at Super D Drug Store
in the Jefferson Plaza Shopping Center on Missouri Boulevard.
discovered two bottles, a soda bottle and a detergent bottle, with tubes
going into and coming out of the bottles which concerned the individual
that contacted authorities,=94 he said.
Turner said they determined
there was some type of chemical in the bottles.
couldn=92t rule out that these were possibly being used for the making
of an illegal substance,=94 Turner said.
Around 12:15 p.m. the Cole
County Hazmat Team was contacted and they transported the bottles to an
approved Hazmat drop off point.
No injuries were
=93This did pose not only a health risk, but an
environmental risk and could have been potentially very dangerous.=94
Turner said. =93If citizens find something out of the ordinary like this
they should call authorities.=94
WEST GOSHEN =97
A man who committed suicide Friday morning did so by using the same
chemicals that investigators say a Kennett Square man used to kill
himself in October.
Police said the method =97 known as "detergent
suicide" =97 is an alarming trend across the country and is believed to
have originated in Japan.
"This is the second one here (in
Chester County)," West Goshen Police Lt. Greg Stone said Monday. "I've
heard about it across the country."
Stone said investigators do not
want to disclose the ingredients used to help prevent a reoccurrence.
But he said the ingredients were combined to create hy
sulfide, the same colorless, poisonous gas discovered in a vehicle on
Oct. 11 along East Hillendale Road in Pennsbury, where a 30-year-old man
was found dead in what police also classified as a suicide.
DENVER -- The
Colorado Department of Transportation reopened the westbound Interstate
70 lanes approaching the Eisenhower Tunnel at midnight Tuesday after a
truck crash on the west side involving a tanker truck carrying hazardous
The tanker truck was carrying an
estimated 40,000 pounds of an explosive gel when it was involved in a
collision with a heavy tow truck about 2:34 p.m.
Both drivers were injured and were taken to Summit
Medical Center in Frisco, according to CDOT.
A tanker carrying such hazardous substances normally
would have been routed over Loveland Pass, U.S. Highway 6, but CDOT said
that highway had been closed due to the snowstorm.
"The explosive gel is considered stable inside the
container, but the concern is that static electricity could cause an
explosion," said CDOT spokesman Steve Lipsher. "As a result, crews are
remaining a third of a mile away."
In the last
issue of every year, Organic Process Research & Development puts
together a =93Safety Special Section.=94
unintentional discharge of pepper spray sent two patients from the
Harmon Medical and Rehabilitation Hospital to the emergency room
Eric Poleski, battalion chief for the Clark County
Fire Department, said a call for emergency respiratory care came around
11:30 a.m. at the hospital, 2170 Harmon Ave.
initial reports varied about how many were affected, he said 20 people
were treated for respiratory irritation. A personal pepper canister
appeared to have been accidentally discharged in a nursing
"Nothing intentional or malicious," Poleski
Five ambulances and Metro's Hazmat unit were on the
scene, he said, and crews used gas and electrical fans to ventilate the
affected area. Two female patients were transported to Desert Springs
Hospital for non-life threatening symptoms, Poleski said. The spill has
been cleaned up, and the hospital has resumed operations.
familiar to the Polk County Jail is behind bars again on drug charges
after a methamphetamine explosion was reported Friday in
James Van Dover Jr., 51, of 2051 Old Cedartown Road,
Rockmart, was taken into custody after being treated for burns. He is
charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and trafficking
No bond has been issued and Dover remains in the
Polk County Jail.
A fire broke
out in a chemical warehouse in an administrative zone in Bac Lieu City,
southern Bac Lieu Province on December 18, severely destroying the
A view of the
chemical warehouse after the fire (Photo: Dan Tri)
started at the warehouse of Bac Lieu Aquaculture Department at about
8pm. The fire was put out after an hour.
the department=92s head, an electrical short circuit caused the fire,
which spread quickly to chemical tanks.
So far, there are no estimates
to the actual amount of damage caused by the fire.
The Greerton fire fighter hazmat unit was called to
Kawerau on Monday night to assist in dealing with a hazardous chemical
spill at the Norske Skog pulp and paper mill.
a caustic mix of chemicals used in the pulping process, was leaking from
Shutting the valve took two men
wearing fully encapsulated hazard suits about 25 minutes to shut off,
says Kawerau station officer Bill Rackham, but shutting off the valve
was able to be done until the support crews were in place.
dozens of Wayne County bridges seeping mercury will get attention right
away under an agreement signed between the state, the county and
Occidental Chemical Corp., the state announced Friday.
the bridges, additional parts at the Wayne County Highway Department
yard will be dealt with, according to the Tennessee Department of
Environment and Conservation.
The bridges will be removed or
the mercury contained.
"We believe these bridges were constructed of former
mercury cell parts from a chlor-alkali plant," Environment and
Conservation Deputy Commissioner Paul Sloan said in an e-mailed
Some chlor-alkali plants produce chlorine and
caustic soda using a process that employs "mercury cells" and leaves
elemental mercury residue.
The scrap metal that ended up as
the small Wayne County bridges may have originally been discarded cells
from the 1960s used at a plant in Muscle Shoals, Ala., now owned by
Occidental, according to the state.
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