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Date: February 20, 2012 8:43:24 AM EST
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Chemical Safety Headlines From Google
Monday, February 20, 2012 8:43:07 AM

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Table of Contents (16 articles)

WORKER DIES AFTER FALL INTO CHEMICAL-FILLED TANK
Tags: us_OR, public, release, death, corrosives

OIL-CONTAMINATED WATER SPILLS IN EAST HARRIS COUNTY
Tags: us_TX, public, release, environmental, petroleum

1 DEAD IN CHINA TANK TRUCK EXPLOSION|SOCIETY|CHINADAILY.COM.CN
Tags: China, transportation, explosion, death, propane

METH LAB EXPLOSION INJURIES ONE
Tags: us_OH, public, explosion, response, drugs

CHEMICAL LEAK TO KEEP VIC PORT CLOSED
Tags: Australia, transportation, release, response, asphalt

PORTLAND RESIDENTS ORDERED INDOORS AFTER CHEMICAL SPILL
Tags: Australia, industrial, release, environmental, asphalt

SURGE IN CALLS TO MOP UP TOXIC SPILLS
Tags: Canada, public, follow-up, environmental, oils

I-81 DUMP TRUCK CRASH IN PULASKI COUNTY SPILLS SLUDGE
Tags: us_VA, transportation, release, response, waste

CHEMICAL BLAZE IN BARN
Tags: United_Kingdom, industrial, fire, response, unknown_chemical

SUNY CANTON OFFICIALS DECLARE FIRE EMERGENCY OVER, CLASSES TO RESUME
Tags: us_NY, laboratory, follow-up, response, unknown_chemical

COVENANT MEDICAL CENTER EVACUATES BASEMENT
Tags: us_TX, public, release, response, halon

SELF-COMBUSTING RAGS MAY HAVE SPARKED EAST EL PASO LUBY'S FIRE
Tags: us_TX, public, fire, response, other_chemical

STAPLETON MAN ARRESTED FOLLOWING EXPLOSION BELIEVED CAUSED BY METH LAB
Tags: us_AL, public, explosion, response, meth_lab

RESORT GUESTS IN HOSPITAL AFTER INHALING CHEMICALS
Tags: Thailand, public, release, injury, pool_chemicals

THE HUTCHINSON NEWS: EXPLOSION, FIRE HEAVILY DAMAGE WICHITA BUSINESS
Tags: us_KS, industrial, explosion, response, propane

BREAKING NEWS: IHOP IN SOUTH CHARLESTON EVACUATED, 9 HOSPITALIZED
Tags: us_WV, public, release, injury, bleach, chlorine


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WORKER DIES AFTER FALL INTO CHEMICAL-FILLED TANK
http://www.katu.com/news/local/Worker-dies-after-fall-into-chemical-filled-tank--139640613.html
Tags: us_OR, public, release, death, corrosives

PORTLAND, Ore. - A Swan Island worker died Sunday after he fell into a tank that was full of a hazardous chemical, fire and rescue officials said.

A 57-year-old man working on a barge fell into the tank full of a chemical called lignin amine, according to Lt. Rich Tyler with Portland Fire and Rescue. Lignin is a toxic, corrosive chemical derived from wood and used in agriculture.

Fire and rescue responded to the scene at 10:10 a.m.

The tank is about 40 feet long, 50 feet wide and 20 feet deep, Tyler said. Rescuers used a camera to confirm the man was inside. The oxygen levels were so little that it would cause someone to pass out within one minute and died soon after, Tyler said.

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OIL-CONTAMINATED WATER SPILLS IN EAST HARRIS COUNTY
http://abclocal.go.com/ktrk/story?section=news/local&id=8550100
Tags: us_TX, public, release, environmental, petroleum

HOUSTON (KTRK) -- An oil-contaminated water spill in east Harris County on Sunday left crews trying to clean up the mess and figure out what happened.

Highlands volunteer firefighters went to a Highlands-area flood canal around 10:15am Sunday after receiving calls about an oily residue in the water.

Firefighters then found a leak coming from the ZXP Technologies facility in the 400 block of East Wallisville.

According to officials, ZXP Technologies is a lubricant mixing and packaging facility.

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1 DEAD IN CHINA TANK TRUCK EXPLOSION|SOCIETY|CHINADAILY.COM.CN
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2012-02/20/content_14650134.htm
Tags: China, transportation, explosion, death, propane

LANZHOU - A chemical worker died in a tank truck explosion in Northwest China's Gansu province Monday morning, local authorities said.
The tank trailer carrying 58 cubic meters of liquefied petroleum gas exploded near an LPG station in Xigu district in the provincial capital Lanzhou at around 9 am, the city's safety administration said in a press release.
It said the blast, which occurred during nitrogen replacement, broken the tank into pieces, shattered several windows and toppled a fencing at the gas station.
The victim was not identified.

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METH LAB EXPLOSION INJURIES ONE
http://www.abc6onyourside.com/shared/newsroom/top_stories/videos/wsyx_vid_16234.shtml
Tags: us_OH, public, explosion, response, drugs

LANCASTER--On Friday night just before 11:00p.m., a 31-year-old man was critically burned after a meth-lab explosion.

The Lancaster police and the Lancaster Fire Department were dispatched to the man's apartment on 180 Sells Road.

Officers were able to confirmed both a fire and an explosion had occurred in one of the apartments.

The fire was contained to one room.

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CHEMICAL LEAK TO KEEP VIC PORT CLOSED
http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/8421976/alcoa-spill-forces-residents-indoors
Tags: Australia, transportation, release, response, asphalt

A chemical spill at a storage plant in Portland, which forced residents indoors, is expected to keep the port closed on Monday.

The port in Victoria's southwest, which caters for fertilisers, grains and woodchip, as well as the huge Alcoa smelter, will have a skeleton staff until the leak is plugged.

Twenty five firefighters have been working to contain the leak, which spilled from a storage tank at the liquid pitch facility at the port.

Residents were told that they should call an ambulance if they could smell vapours with a smell like hot bitumen and were experiencing headaches or shortness of breath.

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PORTLAND RESIDENTS ORDERED INDOORS AFTER CHEMICAL SPILL
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/more-news/portland-residents-ordered-indoors-after-chemical-spill/story-fn7x8me2-1226274660936
Tags: Australia, industrial, release, environmental, asphalt

RESIDENTS in Portland have been told to stay indoors and close their windows following a chemical spill.

The CFA said smoke is coming from the leak in the town's northwest.

The leak began shortly before 3pm on Saturday.

Firefighters, including a Hazmat unit from Warrnambool, are working to contain the leak of liquid pitch, used to produce asphalt, at an industrial plant at the port.

By 5pm 250 tonnes of the liquid had spilled, which has all been contained.

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SURGE IN CALLS TO MOP UP TOXIC SPILLS
http://www.timescolonist.com/news/Surge+calls+toxic+spills/6174703/story.html
Tags: Canada, public, follow-up, environmental, oils

Oil and hazardous chemicals are spilling into the Greater Victoria environment with alarming regularity, according to a major mop-up company.

"I would much rather not do emergency response. I would much rather teach people how not to spill," said David Rogers, founder of B.C. Hazmat Management, one of the privatesector spill responders in Greater Victoria.

"This last year we have had one major spill a month and five years ago we had one or two a year," Rogers said.

Some of the increase is probably due to increasing awareness, he said.

"Ten years ago, an oil spill was something that you just washed away, and now the public is becoming more and more environmentally aware," he said.

That means many companies are taking spill-prevention education seriously, and municipalities such as Saanich are giving specialized staff training.

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I-81 DUMP TRUCK CRASH IN PULASKI COUNTY SPILLS SLUDGE
http://www2.wsls.com/news/2012/feb/17/3/traffic-alert-i-81-dump-truck-crash-pulaski-county-ar-1697902/
Tags: us_VA, transportation, release, response, waste

State Police say HAZMAT teams are still cleaning up a nasty spill on Interstate 81 south in Pulaski County.

Troopers tell WSLS that a dump truck flipped near the Dublin exit around 4:00 p.m. The truck was hauling congealed/solid wastewater treatment plant waste.

The crash spilled 8 tons of the sludge, six on the shoulder, and two on the road.

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CHEMICAL BLAZE IN BARN
http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/Huntingdon-St-Ives-St-Neots/Chemical-blaze-in-barn-17022012.htm
Tags: United_Kingdom, industrial, fire, response, unknown_chemical

Fire fighters are battling flames and toxic smoke after laminating chemicals caused a barn to go up in flames.
Crews from St Ives, Huntingdon, Cambridge and a Hazardous Materials Unit from St Neots were called at 2pm to the blaze at Main Hall Farm in Conington, near St Ives.
The fire at one end of the single storey barn measuring approximately 60 metres by 20 metres involves chemicals used for laminating.
Residents living in the Conington area are advised to keep doors and windows shut to avoid toxic smoke.

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SUNY CANTON OFFICIALS DECLARE FIRE EMERGENCY OVER, CLASSES TO RESUME
http://www.wwnytv.com/news/local/SUNY-Canton-Officials-Declare-Fire-Emergency-Over-Classes-To-Resume-139520068.html
Tags: us_NY, laboratory, follow-up, response, unknown_chemical

SUNY Canton officials announced Friday morning that the emergency caused by the fire in Cook Hall a week ago is over.
Officials closed campus for a week following the blaze as a precaution against any contamination to nearby buildings the chemical fire might have caused.
In a live telephone interview on 7 News at Noon, President Joe Kennedy said the New York State Health Department has cleared all but Cook Hall for occupancy.
....
Some courses times and locations may change, particularly the science labs normally held in Cook Hall that have been relocated to St. Lawrence University.
....Cook Hall will remain closed.
FIre officials have determined the fire started in a chemical storage and prep room and is not considered suspicious.

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COVENANT MEDICAL CENTER EVACUATES BASEMENT
http://lubbockonline.com/local-news/2012-02-17/covenant-medical-center-evacuates-basement#.Tz-gjlHyeAE
Tags: us_TX, public, release, response, halon

Covenant Medical Center ordered a temporary evacuation of about 20 employees from its basement Friday morning after the chemical compound halon was discharged in a small data center area.

Five of the employees who investigated the Code Red, called after a fire alarm system was triggered, were exposed to the halon, a liquefied, compressed gas to stop the spread of fire by chemically disrupting combustion.

And though halon is not considered a hazardous substance, all five employees were seen in the Emergency Department.

The Lubbock Fire Department's hazardous materials team was called, but did not enter the building because of the lack of threat posed by the chemical.

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SELF-COMBUSTING RAGS MAY HAVE SPARKED EAST EL PASO LUBY'S FIRE
http://www.kfoxtv.com/news/news/rags-may-have-started-east-el-paso-lubys-fire/nJGfd/
Tags: us_TX, public, fire, response, other_chemical

EL PASO, Texas A fire on Friday morning started in the kitchen of the Luby's Cafeteria on Hawkins long after workers had cleaned up and gone home.

Several fire crews responded to the fire at 4:20 a.m. and found that a pile of rags with some type of chemical had combusted and sparked the fire.

The manager said he is thankful it wasn't significant enough to close the restaurant down for the day. Even though it was a small fire, the restaurant needed to get approval from the health department to open on Friday.

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STAPLETON MAN ARRESTED FOLLOWING EXPLOSION BELIEVED CAUSED BY METH LAB
http://blog.al.com/live/2012/02/stapleton_man_arrested_followi.html
Tags: us_AL, public, explosion, response, meth_lab

STAPLETON, Alabama -- Authorities arrested a man this morning following an explosion believed to be caused by a methamphetamine lab.
....Around 5:30 a.m., authorities arrived to the site of a reported explosion on the 14000 block of Melvin Johnson Rd. When deputies arrived they encountered Johnston outside the residence. Deputies asked him if anyone else was inside and he stated there was. A deputy entered the residence and located a 16-year-old female in the bedroom. She was evacuated from the residence by the deputy and was unharmed, according to the sheriff's office .
While on scene, deputies and fire personnel saw items consistent with a clandestine lab. Baldwin County Drug Task Force investigators responded to the scene. A search warrant was obtained and executed. Several "one pot" labs were located inside and outside the residence. Precursor chemicals, methamphetamine, marijuana, a loaded pistol and drug paraphernalia were located. Investigators rendered the labs safe and collected the evidence, according to the sheriff's office.

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RESORT GUESTS IN HOSPITAL AFTER INHALING CHEMICALS
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-02-18/dozens-in-hospital-after-pool-chemical-explosion-in-phuket/3838064?section=world
Tags: Thailand, public, release, injury, pool_chemicals

More than 30 people, many of them foreign tourists, have been rushed to hospital after a chlorine leak at a hotel swimming pool on the Thai resort island of Phuket.

The accident occurred shortly after 10:00am local time at the Phuket Orchid Resort and Spa on Karon beach, according to chief investigator Lieutenant Colonel Chavalit Pethsripia.

He said more than 30 people suffered minor injuries, none of them serious, after they were exposed to an unhealthily high level of chlorine in the pool.

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THE HUTCHINSON NEWS: EXPLOSION, FIRE HEAVILY DAMAGE WICHITA BUSINESS
http://hutchnews.com/latestregionalnews/Explosion--fire-heavily-damage-Wichita-business
Tags: us_KS, industrial, explosion, response, propane

Investigators are trying to determine what caused an explosion and fire inside of a downtown Wichita business.

KFDI reported that no one was hurt in the blaze.

Wichita police responded to a report of alarms sounding late Thursday at Hall Industrial Services. When they arrived they found overhead doors had been blasted open and smoke and fire coming from the building.
Battalion Chief Bobby Wolfe says explosions inside the building likely were caused by compressed gas canisters and propane tanks inside the business.

Wolfe said the building was heavily damaged. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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BREAKING NEWS: IHOP IN SOUTH CHARLESTON EVACUATED, 9 HOSPITALIZED
http://www.wsaz.com/charleston/headlines/BREAKING_NEWS___139510908.html
Tags: us_WV, public, release, injury, bleach, chlorine

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Nine people are in the hospital after a hazmat situation at a local restaurant in South Charleston.
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During a news conference, firefighters say an employee accidentally mixed two chemicals that were chlorine based and mixed them in a sink, causing the hazmat situation. Firefighters say the two chemicals were bleach and de-limer. Experts say when the two chemicals are combined they cause chlorine gas.

Firefighters tell WSAZ.com this could have been a deadly situation.

The restaurant was evacuated as soon as employees realized what happened.

Firefighters tell WSAZ.com when they arrived on scene a woman was semi conscious and not breathing. However, she was alert and conscious when she was taken the hospital.

Of the nine people, there is still one man that is very sick, according to firefighters.

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