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Friday, August 10, 2012 8:14:13 AM

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Table of Contents (14 articles)

SILLIKER LAB SET TO LEAVE CHICAGO HEIGHTS
Tags: us_IL, laboratory, follow-up, environmental, unknown_chemical

HAZMAT TEAM CALLED TO REMEDY CHLORINE LEAK
Tags: us_PA, industrial, release, injury, chlorine

LEAKING VALVE CAUSED HAZMAT EVENT IN CAROLINE
Tags: us_VA, public, release, response, ammonia

1,000 GALLONS OF FUEL SPILLED ON MIAMI BEACH STREETS
Tags: us_FL, public, release, response, gasoline

CHEMICALS INVOLVED IN RALEIGH HOME EXPLOSION
Tags: us_NC, public, explosion, injury, unknown_chemical

HAZMAT CREWS WORKED 8 HOURS TO CONTAIN TANKER TRUCK FIRE IN MILLVALE
Tags: us_PA, transportation, fire, response, gasoline

HAZMAT TEAMS RESPOND TO CHLORINE LEAK
Tags: us_PA, public, release, injury, chlorine

OFFICER SICKENED BY SPILL DURING TRAFFIC STOP
Tags: us_PA, transportation, release, injury, solvent

HAZMAT TEAMS DEALING WITH AMMONIA LEAK IN CAROLINE
Tags: us_VA, public, release, response, ammonia

UNIV. POLICE GIVE ALL CLEAR FOR HAZMAT INCIDENT ON CAMPUS
Tags: us_md, education, release, response, natural_gas

GAS LEAK SENDS 3 PEOPLE TO HOSPITAL
Tags: us_IN, industrial, release, injury

IPL EXPLOSION INJURES 2 WORKERS
Tags: us_IN, industrial, explosion, injury, dust

THREE HURT IN FIRE AT SOYBEAN PLANT
Tags: us_MN, industrial, explosion, injury, dust

WWW.PHILLYBURBS.COM: PALISADES: FIREFIGHTER, CHEMICALS, HAZMAT, SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP, TOWNSHIP FIRE MARSHALL
Tags: us_PA, public, fire, response, ag_chems


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SILLIKER LAB SET TO LEAVE CHICAGO HEIGHTS
http://chicagoheights.patch.com/articles/chicago-heights-business-as-silliker-lab-moves-out-some-worry-crime-will-move-in
Tags: us_IL, laboratory, follow-up, environmental, unknown_chemical

As laboratory giant Silliker, Inc. prepares to leave its Chicago Heights site this Friday, some residents are nostalgic, but others assert they've endured years of obnoxious odors wafting from their corporate neighbor—and are glad to see it go.

And, they say they now fear Silliker's former lab will be left unguarded against thieves and filled with chemicals.

"Our whole house smells like garbage because of this place, just smells awful," said resident Sue Wallace, who says she's lived in her home near the intersection of 13th and Halsted since 1988.

"We can't even go in our own backyard and barbecue without being bothered by the smell."

Wallace said brown liquid had often oozed from drains near the building, and that last April, she and her husband contacted the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency after discovering a bag of discarded syringes in her yard.

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HAZMAT TEAM CALLED TO REMEDY CHLORINE LEAK
http://standardspeaker.com/news/hazmat-team-called-to-remedy-chlorine-leak-1.1356413
Tags: us_PA, industrial, release, injury, chlorine

A Conyngham Borough Authority employee required medical treatment after getting blasted with chlorine vapor while checking on a well house Wednesday morning.

The leak also forced the closure of Banks Avenue, from Main Street in Conyngham to state Route 93 in Sugarloaf, for about three hours as emergency responders assessed and neutralized the leak.

A small leak in a hose at the well across the street from 42 Banks Ave. built up chlorine vapor in the cold well house, which is about 6 feet tall, said Kenneth Temborski, authority board chairman. The well house, which resembles a vault, is mostly underground; inside is a 100-gallon drum of water-diluted chlorine to which the hose is attached, he said. However, the tank was not full.

The employee, who has not officially been named, was overcome by chlorine vapors after opening the door of the well house. The employee was taken by ambulance to Hazleton General Hospital for treatment after experiencing a respiratory issue.

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LEAKING VALVE CAUSED HAZMAT EVENT IN CAROLINE
http://blogs.fredericksburg.com/carolinecrossroads/2012/08/09/leaking-valve-caused-hazmat-event-in-caroline/
Tags: us_VA, public, release, response, ammonia

Leaking valve caused hazmat event in Caroline
A leaking valve on an anhydrous ammonia tank caused a hazmat event in Caroline County Wednesday.

Caroline Fire & Rescue units arrived at the Russell Stover Candy Distribution Center in Carmel Church early Wednesday afternoon and found that the alarm detection system was activated for the room where the ammonia is stored, fire officials said.

The first monitoring indicated levels in that space were "well above dangerous amounts," said Mike Jones, deputy fire chief of the Fredericksburg Fire Department, whose Regional Hazardous Materials Response Team was called to assist at the scene around 1 p.m.

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1,000 GALLONS OF FUEL SPILLED ON MIAMI BEACH STREETS
http://www.wsvn.com/news/articles/local/21008221211595/1-000-gallons-of-fuel-spills-on-to-miami-beach-streets/
Tags: us_FL, public, release, response, gasoline

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (WSVN) -- Hazmat crews are cleaning up after a gasoline leak at a South Florida gas station.

Miami Beach Police and fire rescue responded to the Chevron Gas Station at 1880 Alton Road, just before 5 a.m. Thursday. Crews capped the leak within 10 to 15 minutes.

A station attendant said there could have been too much pressure of the pipes, which caused the spell. However, gallons of gasoline had already spilled into the streets and spread 200 feet from the station, forcing authorities to shutdown Alton Road and West Avenue from Dade Boulevard to 20th Street. By noon, the intersection of 18th Street and West Avenue was blocked off

"It could've been pretty catastrophic. Gasoline will ignite very easily, it travels very easily and evaporates and can go into buildings," Miami Beach Fire Rescue Chief Javier Ortero said. "Certainly, it could've been pretty bad."

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CHEMICALS INVOLVED IN RALEIGH HOME EXPLOSION
http://www2.nbc17.com/news/2012/aug/09/10/homes-evacuated-due-possible-explosion-raleigh-hom-ar-2507528/
Tags: us_NC, public, explosion, injury, unknown_chemical

RALEIGH, N.C. --
HAZMAT, police and fire crews are on-scene at a house explosion in north Raleigh.

Investigators say they responded to an explosion call on Pidgeon Hill Road at approximately 8:52 p.m.

"We had an upstairs fire, " said fire captain Rob Mitchell. "There was evidence of an explosion upstairs. The fire was knocked down and we pulled our people out."

That's because investigators say they found a chemical hazard on the second floor of the house.

The homeowner, Ralph Bradsher, was in the house at the time and was pulled out by fire officials.

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HAZMAT CREWS WORKED 8 HOURS TO CONTAIN TANKER TRUCK FIRE IN MILLVALE
http://triblive.com/news/2370167-74/tunstall-fire-millvale-firefighters-truck-cab-driver-quickly-tractor-trailer
Tags: us_PA, transportation, fire, response, gasoline

Millvale firefighters acted quickly to stop a tractor-trailer fire in Millvale from reaching the 9,000 gallons of gasoline it carried on Tuesday night.

The tractor-trailer was fully engulfed when firefighters were called to the vacant lot where the driver parked it about 8:45 p.m. in the 600 block of Evergreen Road, Millvale Volunteer Fire Department Capt. Jim Tunstall said.

Firefighters evacuated residents and began to deluge the truck with water, he said.

"If it would've exploded, it would have been a catastrophe," Tunstall said.

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HAZMAT TEAMS RESPOND TO CHLORINE LEAK
http://wnep.com/2012/08/08/hazmat-teams-respond-to-chlorine-leak/
Tags: us_PA, public, release, injury, chlorine

CONYNGHAM — Several streets were blocked off Wednesday in Luzerne County after emergency crews were called out to a water treatment plant.
According to the fire chief, an employee at the Conyngham borough water authority was overcome by chlorine fumes after discovering a leak of diluted chlorine of about 30 to 40 gallons.
It happened around 9:30 a.m. Wednesday.
Officials said there is no threat to the public or the safety of the water.
"It's just like if you spilled a bottle of Clorox on the floor. It has the same vapors," said Ken Temborski with the Conyngham sewer water authority.

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OFFICER SICKENED BY SPILL DURING TRAFFIC STOP
http://abclocal.go.com/wpvi/story?section=news/local&id=8765842
Tags: us_PA, transportation, release, injury, solvent

NORTH PHILADELPHIA - August 8, 2012 (WPVI) -- HAZMAT crews were called when someone poured out a substance from a container during a routine traffic stop, the fumes of which sickened an officer.

The incident happened around 9:15 a.m. Wednesday when a Philadelphia police officer pulled over a vehicle with two men inside at the intersection of Germantown and Allegheny avenues.

The fire department tells Action News that one of the men dumped out a liquid from a container he had inside the vehicle outside the passenger side window. The fumes permeating from the spill made the officer nauseous, prompting a call for HAZMAT crews.

The officer was transported to the hospital to be checked out, but is said to be fine.

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HAZMAT TEAMS DEALING WITH AMMONIA LEAK IN CAROLINE
http://blogs.fredericksburg.com/carolinecrossroads/2012/08/08/hazmat-teams-dealing-with-ammonia-leak-in-caroline/
Tags: us_VA, public, release, response, ammonia

Caroline County Fire & Rescue is dealing with an ammonia leak in the Carmel Church area near the Russell Stover plant. They are working to get it under control, officials say.

Hazmat teams from Fredericksburg have been called in. If citizens smell ammonia, officials say there is no need to worry.

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UNIV. POLICE GIVE ALL CLEAR FOR HAZMAT INCIDENT ON CAMPUS
http://www.diamondbackonline.com/news/univ-police-give-all-clear-for-hazmat-incident-on-campus-1.2883432#.UCOZvPZlQXg
Tags: us_md, education, release, response, natural_gas

University Police have given the all clear following a natural gas leak in the area of the Computer and Space Science Building.

While police and fire responders responded to the Hazmat incident, university officials urged people to avoid the area surrounding the building and take alternate routes than Farm Drive, according to university alerts.

Workers at the construction site on Farm Drive struck a gas line at 2:24 p.m. causing a small natural gas leak, according to University Police Spokesman Capt. Marc Limansky. Washington Gas worked to fix the leak and officials gave the all clear around 3:07 p.m.

Staff writer Fola Akinnibi contributed to this report.

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GAS LEAK SENDS 3 PEOPLE TO HOSPITAL
http://www.wishtv.com/dpp/news/local/marion_county/gas-leak-sends-3-people-to-hospital
Tags: us_IN, industrial, release, injury

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Sixteen people were examined by EMS staff and three people were taken to the hospital after a gas leak at a building at 55 S/. State St. Tuesday morning.

The Indianapolis Fire Department confirms that there was a gas leak inside a warehouse on State Street. Citizens Gas turned off the gas in the building around 8:35 a.m. after they discovered it was at explosive levels on their meters. The 911 system was activated and the building was evacuated immediately.

Sixteen people were then examined on-scene by Indianapolis Firefighters and IEMS staff. 3 People were transported to Methodist Hospital for treatment of headaches, nausea, and dizziness.

Citizens Gas later found the problem was inside the building, therefore the building owners are responsible for the cost of the gas line repair.

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IPL EXPLOSION INJURES 2 WORKERS
http://www.indystar.com/article/20120807/NEWS/120807004/IPL-explosion-injures-2-workers
Tags: us_IN, industrial, explosion, injury, dust

Two Indianapolis Power & Light contract workers were injured early today in an explosion at the utility company's plant at 3700 South Harding.

Both men suffered burns in the 1:30 a.m. incident, said IPL spokeswoman Crystal Livers-Powers, and one also suffered a broken arm and broken leg. The two workers were taken to the hospital, she said. One was treated and released, she said, and the worker who sustained the fractures remained in the hospital as of 7:20 a.m.

The accident occurred in the area of the plant's coal pulverizers, she said, where large pieces of coal are ground into smaller particles. The plant burns coal to generate electricity.

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THREE HURT IN FIRE AT SOYBEAN PLANT
http://www.devilslakejournal.com/newsnow/x442232353/Three-hurt-in-fire-at-soybean-plant
Tags: us_MN, industrial, explosion, injury, dust

FAIRMONT, Minn. (AP) — Three people suffered injuries in a dust explosion and fire at the CHS soybean processing plant in the southern Minnesota city of Fairmont.
Fire Chief Doug Borchardt tells KEYC-TV, an employee of CHS was treated for minor burns, and two firefighters trying to put out the resulting flames received minor injuries as well, one with steam burns, the other from heat exhaustion.
The extent of the damage was not immediately clear, but Borchardt says crews had to tear off equipment and parts of the building while they chased the blaze through the facility. He says crews were worried about the fire spreading into the extraction portion of the facility, which contains explosive hexane gas.

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WWW.PHILLYBURBS.COM: PALISADES: FIREFIGHTER, CHEMICALS, HAZMAT, SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP, TOWNSHIP FIRE MARSHALL
http://www.phillyburbs.com/mytown/palisades/fire-brings-hazmat-response/article30a26a90-88ec-549f-a9da-0a6434e766f9.html
Tags: us_PA, public, fire, response, ag_chems

Landscaping chemicals found Sunday afternoon in the burning garage of a home on Gruversville Road in Springfield, Bucks County, prompted a call for a hazmat team.
Six fire departments were on scene, as well as the hazmat team, which was called in after firefighters found several landscaping chemicals in the garage where the fire started.
The cause of the fire, which broke out around 2:30, is unknown at this time but it has been ruled accidental.
"During suppression, we came across chemicals for landscaping, pesticides and herbicides. We're working with the hazmat team to control that," said Calvin Trovinger, the deputy chief of the Richlandtown Fire Co.
No injuries to firefighters have been reported, but the owner of the house was taken to the hospital for a burn on his arm from an exploding paint can. Everyone inside the house escaped without injury.

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