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Date: May 18, 2012 7:59:30 AM EDT
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Chemical Safety Headlines From Google
Friday, May 18, 2012 7:58:59 AM

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Table of Contents (19 articles)

ONE KILLED IN FIRE AT KANDLA COMPLEX, IBN LIVE NEWS
Tags: India, transportation, fire, death, unknown_chemical

PHOSPHOROUS MAY HAVE BEEN ON HOT BEACH ROCKS IN CA
Tags: us_CA, public, fire, response, phosphorus

FIRE EMISSIONS CREATE ODOR
Tags: us_PA, industrial, fire, response, sulphur

LABOR DEPT. SAYS $600K SETTLEMENT REACHED WITH CHEMICAL COMPANY IN 2011 MASS. PLANT BLAST
Tags: us_MA, industrial, follow-up, injury, acetone

WDTV.COM 5 NEWS: UPDATE: ONE FLOWN AFTER EXPLOSION AT LOCAL AIRPORT
Tags: us_WV, transportation, explosion, injury, oxygen

FIRE BEHIND THE MEDINA STEAKHOUSE
Tags: us_OH, industrial, fire, response, solvent

FRONT ROYAL FIRE CLAIMS FAMILY'S HOME, INJURES TWO FIREFIGHTERS
Tags: us_VA, public, fire, response, urethane

CHEMICAL RELEASE CONTAINED AT LUBRIZOL
Tags: us_OH, industrial, release, response, hydrazine

LFR HAZMAT TEAM RESPONDS TO CHEMICAL SPILL AT HOSPITAL
Tags: us_NE, laboratory, release, response, ethylene_oxide

TWO KILLED IN EXPLOSION IN CHEMICAL CARRYING TRUCK, IBN LIVE NEWS
Tags: India, transportation, explosion, death, unknown_chemical

FIVE-ALARM FIRE AT DOYLE MANUFACTURING COMPLEX IN QUINCY
Tags: us_IL, industrial, fire, response, flammables

AMMONIA LEAK AT LAMB WESTON/CON AGRA IN BOARDMAN
Tags: us_OR, industrial, release, injury, ammonia

FIRE INJURES 3 IN FAIRFAX COUNTY
Tags: us_VA, laboratory, explosion, injury

2 ENERGY WORKERS BURNED IN SOUTH TEXAS EXPLOSION
Tags: us_TX, industrial, explosion, injury, natural_gas

FIREFIGHTERS RESPOND TO EXPLOSION IN MASON CITY
Tags: us_IA, industrial, explosion, response, biodiesel

THINGS I WON'T WORK WITH: SELENOPHENOL. IN THE PIPELINE:
Tags: laboratory, follow-up, environmental

WASTE CHEMICALS LEFT IN FACTORY
Tags: United_Kingdom, industrial, discovery, environmental, waste

LSB SHUTS ARKANSAS CHEMICAL PLANT AFTER EXPLOSION
Tags: us_AR, industrial, explosion, response, nitric_acid

LIGHTNING SPARKS CHEMICAL PLANT FIRE IN BUCKS
Tags: us_PA, industrial, explosion, response


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ONE KILLED IN FIRE AT KANDLA COMPLEX, IBN LIVE NEWS
http://ibnlive.in.com/generalnewsfeed/news/one-killed-in-fire-at-kandla-complex/999999.html
Tags: India, transportation, fire, death, unknown_chemical

Kutch, May 17 (PTI) One person was killed and two others injured when a fire broke out during unloading of chemical from a tanker at Kandla complex near the port, police said. "An inferno broke out when some chemical was being unloaded from a tanker at a terminal operated by a private firm Kesar Chemicals in Kandla complex near the port," they said. One person died and two others sustained injuries, officials said. Around ten fire fighters including those of Kandla port reached the site and brought fire under control, they said, adding the tanker and the terminal were damaged in the incident.

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PHOSPHOROUS MAY HAVE BEEN ON HOT BEACH ROCKS IN CA
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2018229022_apusfirerocks.html
Tags: us_CA, public, fire, response, phosphorus

Beach rocks that caused a California woman's shorts to catch fire and severely burn her legs and hands appeared to be coated with phosphorus, but it was unclear how the flammable chemical got onto the stones found near a military base, authorities said Thursday.

"We have never been aware of anything like this before," said Denise Fennessy, assistant director of Orange County's environmental health division.

Field tests indicated the phosphorus was found on two rocks from San Onofre State Beach that will be submitted to a state-certified laboratory for verification, Fennessy said.

A naturally occurring mineral, phosphorus is found in oxidized form in rocks, but in its pure elemental form can burn when exposed to air. Phosphorous compounds are used in everything from flares to fertilizer.

Coast Guard and fire officials, however, said they never heard of local beach rocks igniting.

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FIRE EMISSIONS CREATE ODOR
http://www.centraljersey.com/articles/2012/05/16/south_brunswick_post/news/doc4fb42ee61bea7105328898.txt
Tags: us_PA, industrial, fire, response, sulphur

A chemical fire in Bristol, Pennsylvania led several residents to contact police Wednesday complaining about a sulfur odor in the air, according to officials.

In a press release Wednesday, police said that the odor reported by residents could be traced to a chemical fire overnight at a Dow Chemical facility in Pennsylvania.The odor was reported in several central and southern New Jersey communities, according to the company.

In a statement, the company said that two holding tanks at the Rohm and Hass Bristol Plant containing two different materials, ethyl acrylate and butyl acrylate, were struck by lightning at 3:35 a.m. and ignited.

The chemicals involved are used in the manufacturing of paint, according to the company.

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LABOR DEPT. SAYS $600K SETTLEMENT REACHED WITH CHEMICAL COMPANY IN 2011 MASS. PLANT BLAST
http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/ce0422e630cb44a5bcbc1547c559b174/MA--Chemical-Plant-Explosion-Settlement/
Tags: us_MA, industrial, follow-up, injury, acetone

BOSTON The Labor Department says it has reached a $600,000 settlement with adhesives manufacturer Bostik, Inc., over workplace safety citations related to a March 2011 explosion at its plant north of Boston.

Four workers had nonlife-threatening injuries. Investigators said a valve had accidentally been left open, causing acetone vapors to fill the building and ignite. The explosion rattled a surrounding neighborhood, and damaged two buildings at the plant complex in Middleton.

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WDTV.COM 5 NEWS: UPDATE: ONE FLOWN AFTER EXPLOSION AT LOCAL AIRPORT
http://www.wdtv.com/wdtv.cfm?func=view§ion=5-News&item=UPDATE-One-Flown-After-Explosion-At-Local-Airport2911
Tags: us_WV, transportation, explosion, injury, oxygen

An explosion at the North Central West Virginia Airport burned one man so bad that he was flown to West Penn Hospital Wednesday morning.

Bridgeport Police say that two KCI Aviation employees were servicing an oxygen tank on a personal aircraft around 8:45 a.m. when something malfunctioned and caused a chemical explosion.

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FIRE BEHIND THE MEDINA STEAKHOUSE
http://www.wtam.com/cc-common/news/sections/newsarticle.html?feed=122520&article=10130547
Tags: us_OH, industrial, fire, response, solvent

(Medina)- The Medina Fire Department along with three other area fire departments battled a blaze behind the Medina Steakhouse on W. Liberty Street.

Fire Chief Bob Painter says the fire started around 10:30am Wednesday at an unoccupied warehouse used by the company Free Oil. The building housed chemical solvents. Forty-five firefighters worked to put out the fire.

No one was injured but the building is a total loss. The walls collapsed and even melted some of the siding at the steakhouse and a nearby home.

It's not known yet what caused the blaze.

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FRONT ROYAL FIRE CLAIMS FAMILY'S HOME, INJURES TWO FIREFIGHTERS
http://www.nvdaily.com/news/2012/05/fire-destroys-familys-home-in-front-royal.php
Tags: us_VA, public, fire, response, urethane

FRONT ROYAL -- An early Wednesday morning fire in Front Royal destroyed a house, injured two firefighters and sent all four family members jumping through first floor bedroom windows to safety outside.
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Warren County Fire Marshal Gerry R. Maiatico said he would issue an official finding on the cause of the fire later today. Maiatico said the leading theory is that a polyurethane wood finisher mixed with sawdust started the fire through a heated chemical reaction.

Martocci said he was using polyurethane wood finisher while installing hardwood floors in his home and stored the residual sawdust and wood finisher in a bag.

The fire is the second since Saturday in which wood finisher mixing with

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CHEMICAL RELEASE CONTAINED AT LUBRIZOL
http://news-herald.com/articles/2012/05/17/news/nh5492691.txt
Tags: us_OH, industrial, release, response, hydrazine

Painesville Township Fire Department and Lubrizol Corp. emergency personnel responded to the release of a chemical compound Wednesday at the company's Painesville Township plant.

According to a Lubrizol news release:

About 8 a.m., the fitting on top of a tank truck was damaged while positioning the truck for unloading. As a result, a small amount of hydrazine vapor was released.

Emergency personnel responded immediately and implemented existing emergency procedures, including activation of a water deluge safety system.

The incident was under control by 8:54 a.m. Representatives from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and Public Utilities Commission of Ohio inspected the site and were satisfied with response and management of the incident.

There were no reported injuries and there was no evidence of any vapors leaving the plant property.

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LFR HAZMAT TEAM RESPONDS TO CHEMICAL SPILL AT HOSPITAL
http://journalstar.com/news/local/lfr-hazmat-team-responds-to-chemical-spill-at-hospital/article_65a2fd54-b470-57b6-9eb0-8e4e5b302165.html
Tags: us_NE, laboratory, release, response, ethylene_oxide

Members of Lincoln Fire and Rescue's Hazardous Materials Team responded Wednesday night to a chemical spill at Saint Elizabeth Regional Medical Center.
Monitoring equipment mounted in the hospital's lab detected a small amount of ethylene oxide, which is used to sterilize equipment, at 9:52 p.m., Lincoln Fire and Rescue Assistant Chief Pat Borer said.
The amount detected was below the guidelines for permissible levels set by the Occupational Safety & Health Administration, he said.
Borer said the staff was calibrating equipment when the chemical was detected. While the lab was evacuated, the rest of the hospital continued to operate normally.
Hazmat team members entered the room to monitor for the chemical but did not detect any. They allowed the room to be reoccupied and left the scene after 45 minutes, Borer said.

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TWO KILLED IN EXPLOSION IN CHEMICAL CARRYING TRUCK, IBN LIVE NEWS
http://ibnlive.in.com/generalnewsfeed/news/two-killed-in-explosion-in-chemical-carrying-truck/999605.html
Tags: India, transportation, explosion, death, unknown_chemical

Barwani (MP), May 16 (PTI) Two persons were killed and 11 others were injured today in an explosion in a truck carrying chemicals at Balsamund Check Post, police said. The truck was on its way to Indore from Mumbai. The explosion took place as the driver had parked it at the post and gone out for clearing paper work. Thirteen persons, standing around the truck, were injured seriously. Deepak Pancholi and one Pal died. The rest were admitted to Barwani hospital, police said adding that cause of the fire was not yet known.

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FIVE-ALARM FIRE AT DOYLE MANUFACTURING COMPLEX IN QUINCY
http://www.wgem.com/story/18429883/three-alarm-fire-at-4001-broadway
Tags: us_IL, industrial, fire, response, flammables

QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) - Fire investigators return to the scene Wednesday of a five-alarm fire at the Doyle Manufacturing complex at 40th and Broadway in Quincy.
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A Doyle spokesman says the fire was in a building where they paint fertilizer equipment.

Tipton says that building contained flammable materials like aerosol cans, which led to several explosions inside.

"It's always a dangerous situation when you come on a manufacturing facility because you don't know what's inside at first and the first moments are a little bit anxious when you first start," said Tipton.

Tipton says the metal roof on that building collapsed on top of the fire, making it difficult to fight the flames.

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AMMONIA LEAK AT LAMB WESTON/CON AGRA IN BOARDMAN
http://www.kndo.com/story/18432830/ammonia-leak-at-lamb-westoncon-agra-in-boardman
Tags: us_OR, industrial, release, injury, ammonia

BOARDMAN, Ore. - Morrow County Sheriff's Deputies say an ammonia leak at a food processing plant in Boardman, Oregon sent seven people to the hospital overnight. The seven people were working at frozen food processor Lamb Weston/Con Agra on Columbia Avenue around 9:45 Tuesday night when the leak was reported. All seven were taken to Good Shepard Hospital in Hermiston. They were treated for respiratory distress and nausea and were released after a few hours. Crews had the leak contained and clean up complete around midnight. No word on a cause or if the processing plant will be open Wednesday.

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FIRE INJURES 3 IN FAIRFAX COUNTY
http://www.wusa9.com/news/virginia/article/205544/188/Fire-Injures-3-In-Fairfax-County
Tags: us_VA, laboratory, explosion, injury

LORTON, Va. (WUSA) -- The Fairfax County Fire Department has brought a fire under control that injured three people at a business in the Lorton area of the county. The injuries were described as minor.

Firefighters got the call about 10:45 a.m. Wednesday for a report of a fire and explosion at 10440 Furnace Road. A spokesperson says the fire broke out at a chemical lab. The site houses several businesses including a Five Guys, Stuart Kitchens and American Systems Corp.

Renee Stilwell with Fairfax County Fires says there was a malfunction in an air-handling unit at the lab and no chemical was involved. The business however, does handle what was described as a "petroleum based product" so a hazmat unit was dispatched to the scene.

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2 ENERGY WORKERS BURNED IN SOUTH TEXAS EXPLOSION
http://www.victoriaadvocate.com/news/2012/may/16/ap_nixon_explosion_051712_176575/?breaking&local-news
Tags: us_TX, industrial, explosion, injury, natural_gas

NIXON, Texas (AP) - Emergency officials say a fiery explosion at an energy company site in South Texas has left two workers with burns.

The Gonzales County Sheriff's Office says the explosion happened early Wednesday at a Vann Energy location near Nixon.

A sheriff's dispatcher says the workers were hurt during the fracturing process known as fracking. Chemically treated water is used to crack shale and release natural gas.

The dispatcher says both men suffered second-degree burns and have been airlifted to a San Antonio hospital. Their names and further details on their conditions weren't immediately available.

The cause of the accident has not been determined. Some nearby homes were evacuated for about two hours, as a precaution.

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FIREFIGHTERS RESPOND TO EXPLOSION IN MASON CITY
http://www.kgan.com/shared/newsroom/top_stories/videos/kgan_vid_11192.shtml
Tags: us_IA, industrial, explosion, response, biodiesel

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) -- No injuries are reported in an explosion at a biodiesel plant in Mason City.

The Globe Gazette in Mason City says the explosion happened late Tuesday afternoon at the Soy Energy plant on the city's southwest side. The newspaper says fire trucks and firefighters are on the west side of the plant, but no damage or smoke was visible. The explosion was reported about 6 p.m.

The fire department had no immediate details on what happened. Soy Energy produces biodiesel from soybeans and corn stillage.

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THINGS I WON'T WORK WITH: SELENOPHENOL. IN THE PIPELINE:
http://pipeline.corante.com/archives/2012/05/15/things_i_wont_work_with_selenophenol.php
Tags: laboratory, follow-up, environmental

Things I Won't Work With: Selenophenol
Posted by Derek
This fine reagent was mentioned here (disparagingly) in the comments the other day, and I knew that it was time to add it to the list. I've had some other selenium entries before, and they're all here for the same reason: their unsupportable stenches. Everyone, even people who've never had a chemistry class in their lives, knows that sulfur compounds are stinky, of course, but it's a problem that continues as you move down Group XVI of the periodic table.

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WASTE CHEMICALS LEFT IN FACTORY
http://www.thisissouthwales.co.uk/Waste-chemicals-left-factory/story-16095646-detail/story.html
Tags: United_Kingdom, industrial, discovery, environmental, waste

HARMFUL chemicals including hydrochloric and sulphuric acid were left in an Ammanford factory creating a high risk for people living nearby.

The Environment Agency Wales (EAW) removed some 500 containers and five chemical lagoons at the former electroplating facility, the exact location of which has not been disclosed.

Kimberley Ekin-Wood, from the EAW, said: "This site posed a high risk to both the local environment and people living in the area so removing the chemicals had to be a priority."

The factory has been empty for several years.

The EAW, alerted by the fire service found the previous landowners had left it full of waste chemicals. These included hydrochloric acid, chromic acid, sulphuric acid and sodium hydroxide.

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LSB SHUTS ARKANSAS CHEMICAL PLANT AFTER EXPLOSION
http://www.hydrocarbonprocessing.com/Article/3029348/Latest-News/LSB-shuts-Arkansas-chemical-plant-after-explosion.html
Tags: us_AR, industrial, explosion, response, nitric_acid

LSB Industries said its El Dorado chemical facility in Arkansas suffered significant damage to the DSN concentrated nitric acid plant and surrounding equipment when a reactor exploded Tuesday morning.

There were no injuries to employees or anyone in the El Dorado community, the company said, adding that it believes there was no environmental release.

LSB is investigating the cause of the event and the extent of the damages, it said.

LSB said it does not have an estimate on the extent of the damages or the repair time. However, the El Dorado facility is out of operation at the present time due to the damage.

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LIGHTNING SPARKS CHEMICAL PLANT FIRE IN BUCKS
http://www.philly.com/philly/news/breaking/151671615.html
Tags: us_PA, industrial, explosion, response

Lightning appparently ignited a fuel tank at Dow Chemical Co. in Croydon early this morning, touching off a three-alarm blaze that sent a large orange ball of flame into the predawn sky.

Firefighters from around the area rushed to the large plant at Routes 413 and State Road in Bucks County, less than a mile from the Burlington-Bristol bridge. The county's hazardous waste material team was also called to the scene,

The fire erupted at about 4 a.m. A large black plume of smoke extended high into the sky above the orange flames. Firefighters battled the blaze not only with water, but with foam.

Robert Miller, 49, of Linden Street in Bristol, said he was awoken by a large noise and was not sure if it was thunder or something else.

"The minute it stopped" he said, referring to the thunder or explosion, "the fire alarm went off immediately. The sirens went off like crazy - like I've never heard them before."

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