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Date: January 28, 2013 11:18:38 AM EST
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Chemical Safety Headlines From Google
Monday, January 28, 2013 7:56:09 AM

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Table of Contents (15 articles)

NEWHAM COUNCIL IN COURT OVER TEENAGER'S FIREBALL HORROR
Tags: United_Kingdom, education, follow-up, injury, other_chemical

EMPLOYEES RETURN TO WORK AFTER CHEMICAL FIRE
Tags: us_OH, industrial, fire, response, unknown_chemical

EXPLOSIVE MATERIALS DETONATED AT STUDENT FARM
Tags: us_CA, laboratory, follow-up, environmental, explosives

BARGE WITH 80,000 GALLONS OIL HITS BRIDGE, LEAKS
Tags: us_MS, transportation, release, response, petroleum

SEWAGE RELEASE FROM TRUCK
Tags: us_CA, transportation, release, response, other_chemical

TRUCK SPILLS CHEMICAL ON U.S. 301 NEAR APOLLO BEACH
Tags: us_FL, transportation, release, response, ammonium_nitrate

HAZMAT SCARE FORCES EVACUATIONS IN SIMI VALLEY
Tags: us_CA, public, fire, response, unknown_chemical

FIRE ERUPTS IN CHEMICAL FACTORY IN NW TURKEY
Tags: Turkey, industrial, fire, response, unknown_chemical

TOXIC CHEMICAL FOUND IN CONDO; MAN STOLE CHEMICAL FROM EMPLOYER
Tags: us_IL, public, discovery, response, cyanide

ROCKFORD PLANT EVACUATED FOR CHEMICAL SPILL
Tags: us_IL, transportation, release, response, ammonia

DOT SECRETARY'S UPDATE--HAZMAT EMERGENCY? PHMSA HAS AN AN APP FOR THAT
Tags: transportation, follow-up, response

CHEMICAL FIRE IN MOUND HOUSE
Tags: us_NV, industrial, fire, response, sodium

POTENTIALLY EXPLOSIVE CHEMICALS REMOVED FROM YUBA CITY SITE
Tags: us_CA, public, discovery, environmental, acids, cyanide

UC DAVIS CHEMIST ARRAIGNED ON EXPLOSIVES, WASTE DISPOSAL, AND FIREARMS CHARGES
Tags: us_CA, laboratory, discovery, response, illegal, waste

PROJECT TRACKING FLOW OF HAZARDOUS MATERIALS KICKS OFF IN WEST-CENTRAL WISCONSIN
Tags: us_WI, transportation, follow-up, response


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NEWHAM COUNCIL IN COURT OVER TEENAGER'S FIREBALL HORROR
http://www.hse.gov.uk/press/2013/rnn-ldn-02113.htm
Tags: United_Kingdom, education, follow-up, injury, other_chemical

A London borough council has been sentenced for a serious safety breach after a 15 year-old girl was engulfed in a fireball from a cooking stove during a school camping expedition.

The teenager, then a pupil at East Ham's Plashet School, was caught in a flashover when another girl poured methylated spirits on to the cooking stove as she believed it was going out.

The erupting flames set fire to the girl's clothing and headscarf. She suffered severe burns to her hands, arms, face, neck and legs and was in Chelmsford Hospital's Special Burns Unit for three weeks. She has since had to have a skin graft and has permanent scarring.

The teenager, who has asked not to be named, was one of 25 girls on a three-day Duke of Edinburgh's Silver Award camping trip near the West Sussex village of Henfield. The incident, on 9 July 2011, was investigated by the Health and Safety Executive, which brought a prosecution against Newham Council for safety failings.
Southwark Crown Court was told today (25 Jan) that HSE found the incident could have been avoided if basic precautions had been taken. Fuel should have been kept in the correct containers, safely stored and simple procedures followed for lighting the stove.

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EMPLOYEES RETURN TO WORK AFTER CHEMICAL FIRE
http://www.daytondailynews.com/news/news/breaking-news/employees-return-to-work-after-chemical-fire/nT75f/
Tags: us_OH, industrial, fire, response, unknown_chemical

DAYTON — No injuries were reported after an industrial chemical fire broke out Sunday afternoon in the Tech Metal building east of downtown Dayton.
Dayton fire crews were called to 400 Springfield St. near the intersection of North Findlay Street about 11:30 a.m. There was a report of smoke coming from an industrial structure. Upon arrival, crews determined the fire was confined to a small area approximately 10 by 20 feet and was coming from a chemical rack.
The fire was knocked down by 12:37 p.m., and was completely out by 12:55 p.m., according to authorities. Multiple doors were used to clear the smoke. There is no estimate on the damages

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EXPLOSIVE MATERIALS DETONATED AT STUDENT FARM
http://www.theaggie.org/2013/01/28/explosive-materials-detonated-at-student-farm/
Tags: us_CA, laboratory, follow-up, environmental, explosives

On the night of Jan. 17, eight explosions were heard by residents of the on-campus living community the Domes and surrounding complexes.

These explosions were the result of materials detonated at the site of the UC Davis Student Farm by police and other officials.

The materials were among those recovered from 418 Russell Park, home of chemistry researcher David Snyder, earlier that day. Snyder, in police custody under charges of possession of explosives and firearms, was injured in a chemical explosion occurring in the early hours of Jan. 17.

The Yolo County Bomb Squad, after searching and clearing his apartment, recovered multiple hazardous materials.

"Experts on the scene decided that some substances were not safe to transport a long distance, so bomb technicians found a safe space, off of Orchard Park, where they could destroy the substances safely," said UC Davis Chief of Police Matt Carmichael in a Jan. 19 press conference.

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BARGE WITH 80,000 GALLONS OIL HITS BRIDGE, LEAKS
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/01/27/barges-hit-bridge-miss/1868309/
Tags: us_MS, transportation, release, response, petroleum

A barge carrying 80,000 gallons of oil hit a railroad bridge in Vicksburg, Miss., on Sunday, spilling light crude into the Mississippi River and closing the waterway for eight miles in each direction, the Coast Guard said. A second barge was damaged.

Investigators did not know how much had spilled, but an oily sheen was reported as far as three miles downriver of Vicksburg after the 1:12 a.m. incident, said Lt. Ryan Gomez of the Coast Guard's office in Memphis, Tenn.

Authorities were still trying to determine the source of the leak, but it appeared to be coming from one or two tanks located at the stern of the first barge, Gomez said. He said there was no indication that any oil was leaking from the second vessel, and said it was still unclear whether the second barge also hit the bridge or was damaged through a collision with the first.

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SEWAGE RELEASE FROM TRUCK
http://www.cbs47.tv/news/local/story/Bass-Lake-Hazmat/NMuLQtoeOkeyEP7k2qjkzQ.cspx
Tags: us_CA, transportation, release, response, other_chemical

A Madera County truck carrying 1600 gallons of sewage sludge overturned at Bass Lake.

Some of the sewage may have gotten into the water.

Folks with the enviromental department are investigating.

Crews are working to clean the mess.

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TRUCK SPILLS CHEMICAL ON U.S. 301 NEAR APOLLO BEACH
http://www.tampabay.com/news/publicsafety/accidents/truck-spills-chemical-on-us-301-near-apollo-beach/1272498
Tags: us_FL, transportation, release, response, ammonium_nitrate

APOLLO BEACH — A semitrailer truck overturned Saturday night after the driver turned too quickly, authorities said, spilling more than 20,000 pounds of a chemical on U.S. 301 east of Apollo Beach.

The Dillon Transport truck was stopped at 301 and Big Bend Road about 8:30 p.m., according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

The driver — Orlando Soto, 28, of Ruskin — turned to go west on Big Bend Road but went too fast, the patrol said, and the truck flipped on its side.

The truck had carried 87,800 pounds of ammonium nitrate, the patrol said, and about one-fourth poured out, closing two lanes on southbound 301.

Soto was cited for failure to use due care.

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HAZMAT SCARE FORCES EVACUATIONS IN SIMI VALLEY
http://ktla.com/2013/01/26/hazmat-scare-forces-evacuations-in-simi-valley/#axzz2JCK4CUhu
Tags: us_CA, public, fire, response, unknown_chemical

SIMI VALLEY (KTLA) - A hazmat scare involving some smoking, foaming barrels of chemicals forced the evacuation of a dozen residents in five homes in Simi Valley early Saturday morning (Jan. 26).

Hazmat teams from Ventura and Oxnard responded to the call, and discovered two 55-gallon barrels of roofing chemicals bubbling over and emitting a noxious odor.

"If you can picture ‘The Blob' coming out, just a lot of foam bubbling out of the top," said Capt. Mike Lindery with Ventura County Fire. "We all know foam is pretty flammable, so we had fire on top of that. It looked a little surreal."

After a few hours the 12 residents living around the alleyway where the barrels were located — near the intersection of Stearns St. and Cochran St. — were allowed to return to their homes.

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FIRE ERUPTS IN CHEMICAL FACTORY IN NW TURKEY
http://www.nzweek.com/world/fire-erupts-in-chemical-factory-in-nw-turkey-45426/
Tags: Turkey, industrial, fire, response, unknown_chemical

ANKARA, Jan. 27 — A fire erupted in an acrylic fiber factory Sunday morning in Turkey's northwestern Yalova province, local media said.

The fire reportedly started in the depot which was filled with fiber materials. Firefighters from adjacent districts are still exerting all efforts to put down the fire.

No casualty was reported yet.

The burning factory belongs to AKSA Acrylic Chemical Industry, which has a capacity of 308 kt of acrylic fiber.

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TOXIC CHEMICAL FOUND IN CONDO; MAN STOLE CHEMICAL FROM EMPLOYER
http://bolingbrook.patch.com/articles/potassium-cyanide-found-in-woodridge-condo-b3dba5be
Tags: us_IL, public, discovery, response, cyanide

A spokesperson for the Woodridge Police Department said the friend of a condo resident in the 2200 block of Wharf Drive asked police to check on the resident's well being Thursday afternoon - and when police entered the man's home at about 3:30 p.m., he "confirmed/advised" officers of the presence of a dangerous chemical.

Less than one gram of the chemical component was found, the spokesperson said, and investigators have not positively confirmed that the chemical is potassium cyanide, as has been reported in area media.

Police said preliminary investigation does not indicate the man intended to use the chemical in a crime, but criminal charges may be forthcoming pending the outcome of the investigation.

Police have not released the name of the man or the employer from whom he allegedly stole the chemical.

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ROCKFORD PLANT EVACUATED FOR CHEMICAL SPILL
http://www.rrstar.com/updates/x1503808577/Rockford-plant-evacuated-for-chemical-spill
Tags: us_IL, transportation, release, response, ammonia

ROCKFORD — More than 800 gallons of anhydrous ammonia, a colorless but toxic chemical, evaporated Friday at Rockford Heat Treating, 4704 American Road.

Acting Rockford Fire District Chief Frank Fuca said the spill occurred when an outdoor tank was being filled and the valve came off.

The plant, which is in an industrial park, was evacuated, and a hazardous-material team was on standby as the chemical leaked from a quarter-inch pipe.

"We opted for it to disperse itself, rather than put people in harm's way," Fuca said. "There was a good breeze out of the southwest. It vaporized harmlessly."

Employees were ab

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DOT SECRETARY'S UPDATE--HAZMAT EMERGENCY? PHMSA HAS AN AN APP FOR THAT
http://www.newsroomamerica.com/story/342335.html
Tags: transportation, follow-up, response

Each day, there are nearly 1 million hazmat shipments across America. The safety record for these shipments is good, but unfortunately, accidents occasionally happen. And when they do, the first 30 minutes are critical for quickly and safely containing hazardous materials.
That's why our Pipelines and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration distributes an updated Emergency Response Guidebook to our nation's first responders every four years.
And this year, we're releasing free apps for iPhone and Android, making the ERG more accessible than it's ever been...
You can read more about PHMSA's Emergency Response Guidebook app on my Fast Lane blog http://bit.ly/WxveLA
http://fastlane.dot.gov/

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CHEMICAL FIRE IN MOUND HOUSE
http://www.mynews4.com/news/story/Chemical-Fire-in-Mound-House/l0XFY3ncTECpTRtTIvVcaw.cspx
Tags: us_NV, industrial, fire, response, sodium

MOUND HOUSE (KRNV & MyNews4.com) - A chemical fire started around 4am Friday morning at the Kemet Building in an industrial area in Mound House. Crews have the fire knocked down.

The Lyon County Sheriff's Office tells us sodium was the chemical involved.

Power was turned off in the area but should by mid-morning.

One home was evacuated as a precaution but residents are clear to return home. Bruce Way was blocked off but was just reopened.

Cause of the fire is unclear.

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POTENTIALLY EXPLOSIVE CHEMICALS REMOVED FROM YUBA CITY SITE
http://www.kcra.com/news/Potentially-explosive-chemicals-removed-from-Yuba-City-site/-/11797728/18278746/-/myofii/-/index.html
Tags: us_CA, public, discovery, environmental, acids, cyanide

YUBA CITY, Calif. (KCRA) —A community was left in the dark while state officials began a cleanup effort in November of potentially explosive chemicals in Yuba City, officials said Friday.

Several homes and restaurants are in the area, but the California Department of Toxic Substance Control did not alert the community because of the stable nature of the chemicals, officials said Friday.

The chemicals contained potentially explosive materials, including acids and cyanide, that if mixed together, could have blown up and created toxic smoke over Yuba City.

"We could have actually had a situation where we had a plume coming from this building that may have gone over the residential neighborhood," said Adam Palmer, a scientist with the Department of Toxic Substances Control, a division of the California Environmental Protection Agency.

Fortunately, there was no explosion, as investigators from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency found the chemicals during a random inspection and started taking enforcement action against Custom Chrome and Bumper at 335 Garden Highway in Yuba City.

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UC DAVIS CHEMIST ARRAIGNED ON EXPLOSIVES, WASTE DISPOSAL, AND FIREARMS CHARGES
http://cenblog.org/the-safety-zone/2013/01/uc-davis-chemist-arraigned-on-explosives-waste-disposal-and-firearms-charges/
Tags: us_CA, laboratory, discovery, response, illegal, waste

UC Davis chemist David Snyder was arraigned this afternoon on three counts of reckless disposal of hazardous waste, three counts of possession of a destructive device or explosive, one count of possession of materials with intent to make a destructive device, and two counts of possessing or bringing a firearm onto campus. All ten counts are felonies.

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PROJECT TRACKING FLOW OF HAZARDOUS MATERIALS KICKS OFF IN WEST-CENTRAL WISCONSIN
http://www.pricecountydaily.com/news/regional/article_1fb4a5b4-6574-11e2-9056-001a4bcf887a.html
Tags: us_WI, transportation, follow-up, response

In the rural reaches of West-Central Wisconsin, volunteer fire departments and law enforcement agencies are typically the first line of response in accidents involving hazardous materials.
National newsfeeds bring to life examples of the dangers that can await emergency services personnel in the aftermath of accidents involving these touchy commodities; fires, chemical-slicked roadways, the release of toxic vapors - they all can be part of the hazmat response equation.
A joint study of transportation infrastructure in Price, Polk, Burnett, Rusk, and Barron Counties aims to get a clearer picture of what potentially dangerous materials move through the region and leave local response teams better equipped to take on the special challenges that arise when dealing with hazmat-related accidents.
The Eau Claire based firm 5 Bugle Training & Consulting LLC is guiding counties through the project, fully funded by a Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness (HMEP) grant. Estimates place the total cost of the project at around $20,000.
It's up to local first responders to secure the scene of hazmat-related accidents and provide whatever information they can to the responding regional hazmat team once they arrive, as Bruce Fuerbringer, owner of 5 Bugle, explained in the HMEP grant proposal.
One part of the study involves gauging hazmat response training levels of first responders in the five-county area and offering recommendations on additional training if necessary. The preparedness and response capabilities of county hazmat teams will also be assessed during the course of the approximately nine-month study period.
In the next part of the project, estimated to run from January-April, 5 Bugle will be conducting random traffic observations to collect data on the types of hazardous materials transported across the counties' major routes. Without dedicated truck routes and Interstate access, U.S. and state highways become the main corridors for transporting hazardous materials over the road in the region creating special safety considerations.

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