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Singapore - 300 metric
tonnes of hydrochloric acid leaked from a chemical processing plant in
Jalan Samulun - West of Singapore - yesterday morning.
leaked from a damaged tank owned by Chemical Industry Far East
Limited. However, the leakage was confined to the bund walls
enclosing the plant.
When contacted, the Singapore Civil Defence Force
(SCDF) told AsiaOne that no one was injured in the
The SCDF set up ground monitors and used water to
neutralise the vapour and dilute the leakage. The remnants of the
leakage has since been pumped into an empty storage
Spotlight) In a previous Nanowerk Spotlight from last year
("Questionable safety practices in nanotechnology labs around the
world") we showed that the nanotechnology research community does not
exactly appear to be at the forefront when it comes to following, not to
mention setting, standards for safe practices for handling
nanomaterials. One of the most surprising results was that nearly three
quarters of respondents reported not having internal rules to follow
regarding the handling nanomaterials - approximately half of them
didn't have rules and over a quarter were not aware of any internal
Researchers at EPFL (Ecole
Polytechnique F=E9d=E9rale de Lausanne) in Switzerland have now taken
the initiative and presented a practical, user-friendly procedure for a
university-wide safety and health management of nanomaterials, developed
as a multi-stakeholder effort (government, accident insurance,
researchers and experts for occupational safety and
firefighters responded to a hazardous material alarm today during a
company preparation for an Environmental Protection Agency demonstration
The reaction occurred about 11:45 a.m. at Unitek
Insulation when a compound was mixed with ethylene glycol, a liquid
usually found in antifreeze, that overheated, setting off the
sprinklers, said Honolulu fire Capt. Earle Kealoha.
Firefighters responded the business at 2676 Waiwai Loop, near
Lagoon Drive, and found the product was contained to a 55-gallon drum. A
fire hazmat team covered the barrel to prevent any spills and monitored
the product, which didn't present a hazard, Kealoha
Kealoha said Unitek is one of the companies that the
Fire Department calls to contain hazardous chemicals.
AURORA - A motel manager concerned chemicals found in
a room could be from a meth lab sparked a HazMat investigation on
manager called 911 at 9:55 a.m. after finding the chemicals at the
Pacesetter motel located at 14291 E. Colfax Ave, on the east side of
Capt. Allen Robnett, a spokesperson for the Aurora
Fire Department, says firefighters are unsure what the chemicals were so
they treated it as a hazardous materials situation.
says no one has been injured, but at least a portion of the motel has
9NEWS spoke to a hotel manager Saturday afternoon who
said the chemicals turned out to be non-hazardous and the motel is back
Colo. -- Officials say one man was treated at the
hostpital after inhaling drain cleaner fumes in his Aurora
At about 7:55 p.m. a man called 911 and said he had
suddenly become sick at his apartment in Del Mar
When HazMat crews arrived they found a pot
on the stove with chemicals in it giving off fumes.
told officials that he thought boiling the drain cleaner would make it
more effective. He said the gas fumes made him dizzy.
Oklahoma -- Some Tulsa residents were left to put out a meth lab fire
after their roommates ran from the scene, police say.
firefighters responded to a house fire and found a meth lab overnight
Saturday in the 4100 block of South Zunis. When firefighters arrived at
the home at about 2 a.m., they were told the fire was already
The firefighters went into the back bedroom where
the fire started to make sure everything was all right. They saw what
appeared to be the components of a meth lab and called the Hazardous
Materials squad to the scene.
Hazmat investigators confirmed that there was a meth
lab in the bedroom and called Tulsa police to the
Authorities in Jiangsu Province are holding and questioning a
local resident suspected of spreading a rumor that a local chemical
factory was about to explode.
The rumor caused four deaths
The deaths, in Xiangshui county of Jiangsu, occurred
during a massive fleeing early Thursday morning after residents were
told that an explosion would take place at the Dahe Chemical Enterprise
The rumor was spread among residents at 2 am, and by 3
am people had thronged the street and began running, media
More than 20 people were escaping on a three-wheel
agricultural vehicle when they and the vehicle went into the river,
killing four of the occupants.
The county government said
at a Thursday press conference that the rumor was false and announced
that neither a gas leak nor an explosion had occurred.
By 6 am
Thursday, residents had returned home and the rumor had stopped
spreading, the local government said in the press
HARBIN, Feb. 11 (Xinhua) -- A gas leak was the likely
cause of a chemical plant blast Thursday afternoon in Tsitsihar City of
northeast China's Heilongjiang Province, local authorities said
The explosion ripped through a nitrogen fertilizer
workshop at around 5 p.m. Thursday in the chemical plant of Heilongjiang
HeiHua Corporation, according to a spokesman with the local work and
Two workers were injured and rushed to hospital, said
There was no damage to the environment, according to
test results from the city environmental protection
The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) issued
notices to 10 chemical units in Naroda GIDC in the last two days. The
health department of AMC's north zone initiated action against the
chemical units after Chinmay Chemicals caught fire on Tuesday
The civic body has sealed the chemical unit that was
destroyed in the fire. "The chemical unit did not have a health licence
and it had also failed to adhere to fire safety norms," said AMC
The department served notices to Union Acid, Atul
Intermediate, Pranav Chemical, Glochem Ltd and Sanjay Industries on
Thursday, while Rosewell Industries, Abhinav Industries, Kinjal
Chemicals, Chunikaka Industries and Arun Dyestuff Industries were issued
notices on Wednesday.
FIREFIGHTERS are tackling a blaze which engulfed a
lorry at a Suffolk farm.
The fire broke out shortly before 7.40pm at Woodend
Green Farm in Hollow Lane, Thurston.
A crew from Bury St Edmunds
fire station were alerted and at around 7.55pm called for backup after
they discovered the tanker was carrying chemicals.
Bury, Newmarket, Haverhill, Holbrook, Stowmarket, Needham Market and
Ixworth are at the scene helping to fight the fire.
trailer contained 1,000 litres of liquid ammonium
Firefighters battled the flames and extinguished the
blaze by 9.05pm.
A spokesman for the fire brigade said the chemicals
were not involved in the fire.
SEMI CRASH, FUEL SPILL
SNARLS TRAFFIC ON MAJOR FREEWAY | NBC SAN DIEGO,
accident happened just north of Rancho Bernardo Rd. at about 3 p.m
Northbound I-15 traffic was
limited to vehicles in the express lane separated by concrete barriers
as CalTrans crews swept up fuel-soaked sand. Lanes reopened around 6
Seven to eight vehicles were
involved in the collision, according to CHP.
Kristian Tristan, who lives close to the crash scene,
followed events closely in the accident's aftermath. He said he saw
vehicles swerving to avoid a car that was "badly hit."
BALTIMORE - Crews reopened I-83 northbound at Fayette
Street after 1:30 Friday. An oil spill shut the road down for more
than an hour.
According to Baltimore City Fire Department spokesman
Chief Kevin Cartwright, some oil from a truck spilled onto the road so
they are not allowing traffic northbound from Fayette Street to Calvert
Street for safety.
Clair, MO (KSDK) - The westbound lanes of Interstate 44 reopened Friday
evening after being closed for several hours after a reported
tractor trailer chemical leak.
Fire Chief Jim Casey with
the Boles Fire Protection District said the incident occurred around 4
p.m. in the westbound lanes of I-44 at mile marker 239, just west of St.
Clair. The tanker truck had pulled over at a rest stop after
the driver noticed a leak. NewsChannel 5 had previously heard an
accident had occurred.
All westbound lanes were closed until just after 8
p.m. Interstate 44 was closed for a ten-mile stretch around mile
marker 239 so traffic could be diverted.
Firefighters had heard reports the truck was possibly
leaking ammonia and hydrochloric acid. However, firefighters
only found traces of ammonia in the trailer. No major leaks were
detected and the public was in no immediate danger.
PORTSMOUTH =97 Emergency crews spent over five hours
coping with a chlorine gas leak at the Newport water treatment plant at
Lawton Valley early Friday.
Nobody was hurt, and the hazardous materials teams
were finally able to head home at around 5:30 a.m.
chlorine gas alarm sounded just after midnight at the west Main Road
plant and the three workers on duty reported a very strong odor of
chlorine, the chief said. They called the fire department and evacuated
the separate building where the chlorine tanks are
Because it does not have the hazardous materials gear
needed to deal with chlorine, Portsmouth called in =91hazmat=92 teams
from the Navy base and East Providence as well as Newport=92s
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