Creek has been declared unsafe for swimming and fishing following a
major chemical spill.
Sawtell residents this morning awoke to a nasty
chlorine smell after as much as 7500 litres of sodium hypochlorite,
otherwise known as liquid chlorine, spewed from the Sawtell sewerage
Sawtell Fire Station commander Keith Rhoades said it
was not known at this stage how much had spilled into nearby waterways
but the situation was being monitored.
Sodium hypochlorite is used to
disinfect reclaimed water produced by the plant. A council spokeswoman
said the release was believed to be caused by mechanical failures but
the incident had not affected the plant=92s operation.
GRANITEVILLE --- It was standing
room only at the annual community memorial service remembering the train
wreck and chemical explosion that took nine Graniteville lives in
Early on the morning of Jan. 6, 2005, a 42-car
Norfolk Southern train crashed into two locomotives and two rail cars.
The freight train was carrying more than 250 tons of toxic chlorine gas
which was released in the crash.
Nine people died as a result of
the toxic fumes, more than 250 people were sent to hospitals and about
5,400 people were evacuated.
Officials said the accident was
caused by a displaced manual switch on the train tracks, which should
have been put in the proper place by Norfolk Southern
The last of a group of 13
hunters exposed to a dangerous chemical that killed four of their
hunting dogs was released Friday from KershawHealth.
Health officials suspect the chemical was the
agricultural pesticide Temik, and an expert from Clemson Extension=92s
pesticide office were en route to Lee County early Friday to help with
the case, said Lt. Robert McCullough of the S.C. Department of Natural
Three adult hunters and one
11-year-old boy were admitted to the health center on Thursday, said
spokeswoman Judy Ferrell. The center was placed in lockdown mode, with
state health officials and county emergency officials notified. The
other hunters in the group also went through detoxification
VADODARA: Three persons were injured in an accident
at Sujata Chemicals plant in Makarpura GIDC here on Saturday morning.
The accident took place when an open vessel around which labourers were
working fell down.
Sources said a chemical process
using acidic chemicals was being conducted in the vessel when it
suddenly collapsed. Two persons - Gangaram Vasava and Mangal Machhi -
suffered serious burn injuries.
JOHANNESBURG - One person died
and another was seriously injured in an industrial site accident in
Durban on Monday, KwaZulu-Natal paramedics said.
The pair were
replacing a chemical valve in Island View when they were injured, said
Netcare 911 spokesman Chris Botha.
One worker died on scene and
another was taken to hospital after sustaining chemical burns to his
Environmental health crews, a
hazardous materials team and county firefighters responded to a spill of
50 to 60 gallons of a corrosive chemical in Camarillo that forced area
businesses to evacuate several employees Saturday.
The spill of
a copper plating solution in the 300 block of South Lewis Road in
Camarillo occurred sometime overnight, the Ventura County Fire
Department said Saturday afternoon. It identified the business involved
as Church Technology.
Four people from nearby businesses were evacuated as
a precaution, according to the Fire Department.
gallons of milk spilled into a swampy-area that feeds into the Meander
Reservoir Friday afternoon.
It happened around 1 p.m. after
a tractor-trailer lost control and tipped over onto the ramp from
Interstate 76 to Mahoning Avenue in Austintown. HAZMAT was called to
clean up the spill because milk carries bacteria that can be harmful if
it gets into a body of water.
leak sickened 62 people Thursday at a pharmaceutical plant in east
China's Anhui Province, the local government said Friday.
all of whom were workers of the Wanbei Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd in Suzhou
City, fell ill after inhaling fumes from the highly toxic solid
phosgene, also known as triphosgene or BTC, that leaked from a
laboratory at around 4:30 p.m. Thursday, said Zhu Hai, an official in
charge of the city government's emergency response
Zhu said 37 workers were still being treated in
hospital as of Friday afternoon, of whom eight were in critical
A Seattle Fire hazmat team responded to a chemical
leak at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center Friday night =97 but by the
time they arrived, the leak of a chemical gas had already cleaned itself
Seattle Fire spokeswoman Lt. Sue Stangl said part of
the hospital was evacuated at about 9 p.m. Friday near a room where
ethylene oxide, a chemical used to sterilize medical equipment, is kept.
In the event of a leak, a system in the room generally detects the
substance and sets off an alarm, starts its ventilation system and
automatically cleans everything =97 which is exactly what
WILLSBORO =97 Almost 400 people were evacuated in a
half-mile radius here Friday morning after explosive gas began escaping
from an underground propane tank.
The 1,000 gallon storage tank at
Lakewood Senior Apartments was reported leaking at about 8:40 a.m.,
Essex County Emergency Services Director Donald Jaquish said.
evacuated the apartment complex and the school, along with 15 people
from nearby homes.=94
Hazard Materials (hazmat) specialists from around the area were called
early Thursday morning to help clean up a small spill at Wheeling Lake
Erie Railroad Yard in the 2800 block of Gambrinus Ave. SW.
Johnson, public information officer for the Canton Township Fire
Department, said a railroad worker noticed the liquid - later
identified as butane - leaking from the railcar which had traveled
from the Southwestern region of the United States.
was that a valve had vibrated itself open on transit,=94 Johnson
AL (WBRC) - State transportation workers dealt with a hazmat situation
in Birmingham on Thursday.
Officials say a company called
Industrial Chemicals lost some of their barrels on Interstate 20. Those
barrels were empty but on their way to be cleaned in Atlanta.
dropped all over the interstate from the Oporto Madrid exit to the
ATLANTA - A
piece of mail shut down a building Georgia Southern University in
Statesboro Wednesday. Emergency workers quarantined employees inside
after an envelope containing white powder was found on
Officials say the powder came with admission papers
sent to Lewis Hall. Many people were taken through
A hazmat team took the powder to the CDC for
NORTH HIGHLANDS, CA - A Sacramento County Sheriff's
Department hazmat crew safely detonated a flammable chemical at a North
Highland landfill after a teenager tried to dispose of it Thursday
The teen, a 16-year-old girl, brought a container of
picric acid to the Sacramento County North Area Transfer Station on
Roseville Road that had belonged to her late father, a chemist,
according to sheriff's spokesman Deputy Jason Ramos.
acid was marked as flammable or explosive and that prompted landfill
operators to call the Sacramento Metro Fire District. The sheriff's
department was also contacted.
A major ammonia leak Wednesday
forced the evacuation of about 800 residents living near a Hoke County
turkey processing plant run by House of Raeford, a company with a
history of chemical safety violations.
One unidentified plant worker
was briefly hospitalized after a mechanical failure inside the plant
sent about 6,000 pounds of the toxic chemical into the air.
It was the
third major chemical accident in eight years for the N.C.-based poultry
company. In 2003, worker Bruce Glover died following a chlorine leak at
the company's Rose Hill plant. The following year, an ammonia leak at
the same plant forced an evacuation and sent 17 workers and neighbors to
Following each of those incidents, the proposed
fines by N.C. OSHA were slashed - from $6,125 to $3,500 in the first
case, and from $74,700 to $19,000 in the second.
The fire broke out at chemical company near the
Dutch city of Rotterdam, sending flames soaring 40 meters into the air.
A director from the
facility is confident that the fire will be kept under
Ridder, Director, Waste Products Terminal Moerdijk]:
"We have also
tanks full of things that are very combustible. We are well prepared to
keep it under control but against this kind of fire but there is not
much you can do, as you see."
from the flames does contain toxic material, but the public
environmental authority said that it had not received any complaints so
in the south west of the province, Zuid-Holland, were advised to stay
indoors and shut their windows.
About 200 gallons of sulfuric
acid leaked from a pipe that broke outside the entrance of the Wynn Las
Vegas on the Strip. Clark County, Nev. spokeswoman Stacey Welling told
the Las Vegas Sun the accidental spill was caused by a contractor
filling the pipe with the chemical right outside the resort. The fire
department responded at about 8 a.m. PT, and the spill was contained
within about an hour.
Movement along the Strip,
jammed with traffic on normal days, was gridlocked in the area near the
Las Vegas Convention Center and other venues, including the Venetian
Hotel, where the Consumer Electronics Show is being held. More than
120,000 are attending the show, and many were trying to make their way
via buses, taxis and cars to the convention center.
VERNON TWP. =97
A freight train that derailed Thursday night near the corner of
Pittsburg and Reed roads, damaging a tanker filled with hydrochloric
acid, forced residents to evacuate their homes as emergency personnel
struggled to stop the leaking chemical.
Canadian National Railway freight train was eastbound from Battle Creek
to Flat Rock about 6:30 p.m. when 12 cars derailed. Three tanker cars
carrying hydrochloric acid overturned onto their sides, CN Public
Affairs Director Patrick Waldron said. He added one tanker was spilling
hydrochloric acid and another had a drip leak.
Firefighters put out a two-alarm
blaze Friday night at 12 Howard St., according to Lt. Anthony Chittum, a
Chittum said a vat of chemical spilled and caught
fire at Maida Inc. The unnamed chemical has to be kept heated, Chittum
The company makes electronic components.
The call came
in around 8:45 p.m. as a fire alarm activation.
system in the large one-story building put out the majority of the fire,
CHEMICAL ODOR, SMOKE CAUSE
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people were evacuated from a building in downtown Tokyo after a chemical
odor and white smoke engulfed the structure, sickening four men,
firefighters have announced.
The Tokyo Fire Department is
investigating the cause of the odor, which struck Nihon Building in
Tokyo's Otemachi business district on the morning of Jan. 8.
guard at the building called an ambulance at around 10:10 a.m., saying,
"An alarm sounded and there's a chemical odor in the
Firefighters who rushed to the scene found white
smoke coming from the first basement floor and detected hydrogen cyanide
and sulfurous acid gas.
at a chlorine plant in southern France on Thursday killed one man and
injured nine, authorities said.
The administration for the
Bouches-du-Rhone region said a leak of water containing sodium prompted
the explosion. The blast occurred at a plant run by Gazechim in the
Mediterranean port of Lavera.
The administration said in a
statement that no gases leaked outside the site. Traffic around the site
was restricted, and specialists in chemical accidents were
A 28-year-old man who worked at the plant died
immediately, the administration said, without providing details. The
local emergency service said that one other person suffered serious
injuries and eight others were treated for chemical poisoning.
coughed up a black and white cloud and damaged a reservoir, causing
chlorine gas to escape, the administration said in a
HUNTERSVILLE, NC (WBTV) -
Huntersville Police were called to North Mecklenburg High School after
school officials found an exploded small soda bottle inside a school
According to Charlotte-Mecklenburg School officials,
students reported hearing a popping sound during school on
When administrators discovered the source of the
noise, the Huntersville police were notified and called to the
According to a statement issued to parents by
Principal Matthew Hayes, "A student placed Drano and aluminum foil in a
small plastic bottle causing gases to build up and made a loud popping
sound when the gases escaped."
maker Chemtura Corp. reached a settlement in bankruptcy court this week
over claims connected to a fire at its Bio-Lab Inc. plant that caused
the mass evacuation of parts of Conyers, Ga., and closed an interstate
highway in May 2004.
Under the deal, Chemtura agreed to place $7 million
in a settlement fund that will make payments to affected residents,
property owners and businesses. The U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Manhattan,
where Chemtura sought Chapter 11 protection in 2009, must sign off on
Dry chlorine pellets fueled the massive fire at the
swimming pool chemicals plant, according to a newspaper account of the
The fire =93created a noxious cloud of smoke that
stretched over east Georgia=94 and shut down I-20 for hours, the Atlanta
Journal-Constitution reported at the time.
New York, N.Y.) Drew University has agreed to pay
$145,000 to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for failing
to properly manage hazardous waste at its Madison, N.J. campus. In 2007,
the university had self-reported violations to EPA and corrected the
"EPA's self-audit policy is intended to help
institutions recognize violations of federal environmental laws and take
action to correct them," said EPA Regional Administrator Judith Enck.
"We expect institutions that conduct their own audits to maintain
compliance with the regulations. Drew=92s failure to do so is not
consistent with this policy.=94
firefighters are battling a blaze at a chemical storage facility in
Moerdijk, south of Rotterdam, an incident that triggered the highest
alert possible for the region and forced local residents to stay
Firefighters are expected to bring the fire under
control in the next few hours by covering the flames with a huge blanket
of foam, Wim Denie, the mayor of Moerdijk, told a press conference
today. Denie warned residents to stay inside as toxic clouds may pose a
The fire broke out at about 2:30 p.m. local time and
no casualties have been reported, Willem van Hooijdonk, police spokesman
of the Brabant province in the south of the Netherlands, told NOS
television. Television footage by Dutch broadcaster NOS showed thick
clouds of smoke heading toward the city of Dordrecht.
with headquarters in Roosendaal in southern Netherlands, operates a
covered tank depot with 10 tanks with a capacity of 23,500 liters (6,200
gallons) each and the ability to store non-hazardous as well as
inflammable or toxic materials, according to the company=92s
Local firefighters, water department workers and a state hazardous
materials team responded this afternoon to a chemical incident inside a
town water pumping station off Mechanic Street.
to be a spill of chemicals used by the water department, the problem was
caused by the explosion of a truck-type battery on a water pump engine,
The incident began about 2 p.m.
In an initial
report about 4 p.m., authorities suspected that about five gallons of
potassium hydroxide had leaked at a pipe fitting in the station
HOKE COUNTY (WTVD) -- The House of Raeford turkey
facility in Hoke County had to be evacuated due to a hazmat situation
Authorities tell ABC11 Eyewitness News there was an
ammonia leak from a refrigeration area within the plant on Central
Avenue around 2:30 p.m.
Fire crews say maintenance work
was being done on the valve when it failed.
Officials quickly capped the
leak, but a second leak developed and ammonia fumes filled the plant. It
took crews several hours to cap the second leak.
were evacuated and emergency officials sent out reverse 911 phone calls
to about 800 residents alerting them about the situation.
Southern University is investigating an envelope an employee received
this morning that contained a suspicious white powder.
police responded at 8:53 a.m.
The envelope was received at
Lewis Hall which is an administrative building that houses the
University's Office of Admissions.
HazMat teams were called to the
university as a precaution and are trying to identify the substance.
Lewis Hall has also been quarantined.
HOUSTON - All northbound lanes
of the Gulf Freeway at 610 were reopened Wednesday morning after HazMat
crews cleared a fuel spill on the highway.
18-wheeler truck, owned by Kroger, was traveling northbound on the Gulf
Freeway around 2:45 a.m. when it lost control on the rain- slick roadway
and struck a concrete median.
caused the fuel tank to rupture, spilling diesel fuel all over the
The morning rush-hour commute
was delayed a few hours, but traffic returned to normal around 8
SAN ANTONIO -- The San Antonio
Fire Department, a hazmat crew and Animal Care Services are in the
process of removing about 30 cats from a Northside home.
Teams from Animal Care Services arrived at the home,
located in the 500 block of Olney, around mid-morning on
Before they could enter the
home, hazmat crews went inside to check the ammonia levels. That ammonia
was the result of cat urine inside.
said the situation first came to light when EMS crews responded to a
call for a stroke.
The homeowner was taken to
the hospital and Animal Care Services was called to deal with the