Date: Mon, 28 Feb 2011 16:18:36 -0500
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UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. - A freight train
derailed and sideswiped another on the banks of Puget Sound, sending
some cars carrying a hazardous chemical careening off the rails near the
water, officials said.
cars derailed Saturday night and most were empty, but four were tankers
carrying sodium hydroxide, or lye, BNSF spokesman Gus Melonas said. The
chemical is used in industry and to regulate the pH levels of water but
can be hazardous and cause breathing problems and
None of the chemical appears
to have gone into the water, Melonas said.
No one was injured in the derailment, which occurred
about 8:30 p.m. near the Chambers Bay Golf Course in University Place,
13 miles south of Tacoma in Pierce County, .
-- The Valero gas station on Mayfield Road has reopened Sunday
afternoon, after a gas spill closed the station Sunday
The fire department and Hazmat responded to the scene
where the gas tank came of a truck, spilling nearly 30 gallons of gas
from the tank.
The gas has been cleaned up and the area has been
NEW BEDFORD, Mass. -- Crews worked to clean up an
oil spill in New Bedford Harbor Sunday morning.
boat malfunctioned and began leaking fuel.
from the oil could clearly be seen on the water's
A hazmat team quickly moved in and prevented the spill
They are calling the incident "minor" and said it's
all under cont
=97 Hazardous materials teams responded to a chemical spill behind a
former business on Jefferson Pike Friday morning thanks to an alert city
The officer noticed a suspicious individual loading 55
gallon barrels into the back of a pick-up truck at 162 Jefferson Pike,
which is the former location of Pipe Dreams Inc. Further investigation
revealed a foul smell and evidence of chemicals on the
La Vergne Fire Department responded and in turn
notified Rutherford County's Emergency Services.
out and were able to define a specific area that may be contaminated by
an unknown product," Emergency Services Coordinator Rick McCormick told
WSMV-TV. "Some of it may be acetone, which is indicated on the 55-gallon
An environmental service company and the Tennessee
Department of Environment and Conservation's solid waste division are
sampling the soil to determine the type of contaminate and scope of the
Royal Dutch Shell Plc had a release of an unknown
amount of benzene after an equipment failure on a distilling unit at its
Deer Park refinery and chemical plant in Texas, according to a company
Shell=92s filing also showed the equipment was
The Deer Park refinery, a venture between The
Hague-based Shell and Mexico=92s state-owned Petroleos Mexicanos, can
process 340,000 barrels of oil a day, according to data compiled by
The complex is 21 miles (34 kilometers) southeast of
Houston on the Houston Ship Channel.
U.S. refineries must notify
the National Response Center if they release hazardous substances in
excess of reportable quantities, according to the Comprehensive
Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act, commonly known
two were injured Saturday after a boiler blast caused the leak of
ammonia gas at a chemical plant in east China's Zhejiang Province,
The accident occurred at around 8:50 p.m. at a local
chemical plant in Panshi Town of Yueqing City.
injured had been rushed to hospital, rescuers said.
workers were working when the accident happened. Rescuers sped off
towards the scene to put out the fire and were searching the site for
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