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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.
Fourteen 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 burns.
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, .


LYNDHURST: GAS STATION REOPENS AFTER GAS SPILL | WKYC.COM, 15/3/Lyndhurst-Hazmat-checks-gas-leak-after-gallons-of-gas-spill

LYNDHURST -- The Valero gas station on Mayfield Road has reopened Sunday afternoon, after a gas spill closed the station Sunday morning.

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 deemed safe.


WHDH-TV - CREWS CLEAN UP OIL SPILL IN NEW BEDFORD HARBOR, local/12003654497978/crews-clean-up-oil-spill-in-new-bedford-harbor/

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. -- Crews worked to clean up an oil spill in New Bedford Harbor Sunday morning.

A fishing boat malfunctioned and began leaking fuel.

The sheen from the oil could clearly be seen on the water's surface.

A hazmat team quickly moved in and prevented the spill from spreading.

They are calling the incident "minor" and said it's all under cont


CHEMICAL SPILL DISCOVERED IN LA VERGNE | DNJ.COM | THE DAILY NEWS JOURNAL, /102260321/1002/Chemical+spill+discovered+in+La+Vergne

LA VERGNE =97 Hazardous materials teams responded to a chemical spill behind a former business on Jefferson Pike Friday morning thanks to an alert city police officer.

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 ground.

La Vergne Fire Department responded and in turn notified Rutherford County's Emergency Services.

"We came 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 drums."

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 potential impact.


SHELL HAS BENZENE RELEASE AT DEER PARK REFINERY COMPLEX IN TEXAS - BLOOMBERG, s/2011-02-26/shell-has-benzene-release-at-deer-park-refinery-complex-in-te xas.html

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 filing.

Shell=92s filing also showed the equipment was repaired.

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 Bloomberg.

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 as Superfund.



At least two were injured Saturday after a boiler blast caused the leak of ammonia gas at a chemical plant in east China's Zhejiang Province, rescuers said.

The accident occurred at around 8:50 p.m. at a local chemical plant in Panshi Town of Yueqing City.

The injured had been rushed to hospital, rescuers said.

Many workers were working when the accident happened. Rescuers sped off towards the scene to put out the fire and were searching the site for possible victims.

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