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Monday, February 11, 2013 8:05:25 AM

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Table of Contents (16 articles)

'BIGGEST CHEMICAL SPILL' CLOSES M62 IN EAST YORKSHIRE
Tags: United_Kingdom, transportation, release, response, flammables

AUSTRALIA POST WORKERS IN HOSPITAL AFTER CHEMICAL LEAKS FROM PACKAGE
Tags: Australia, transportation, release, injury, unknown_chemical

CHEMICAL ALERT AT SYDNEY FIRE STATION
Tags: Australia, public, fire, response, other_chemical

AFD HAZMAT, CITY CREWS RESPOND AFTER 100 GALLONS OF DIESEL SPILLS
Tags: us_TX, transportation, release, response, diesel

PUPILS EVACUATED AFTER POOL CHEMICAL MIX-UP
Tags: New_Zealand, education, release, injury, pool_chemicals

1 DEAD, 1 INJURED AFTER EXPLOSION AT TEXAS CHEMICAL PLANT
Tags: us_TX, industrial, explosion, death, carbon_dioxide, gas_cylinders, nitrogen

HAZMAT CREW CLEANS UP DOLLAR TREE MERCURY SPILL
Tags: us_CA, public, release, response, mercury

HAZARDOUS 1600 POUND BATTERY ACID SPILL ON WYOMING STREET
Tags: us_CA, transportation, release, environmental, batteries, sulfuric_acid

LBNL SAFETY CULTURE TAKES TO THE ROAD
Tags: us_CA, laboratory, discovery, response

CHEMICAL SPILL CLOSES HWY. 99 RAMP TO HWY. 58
Tags: us_CA, transportation, release, response, antifreeze

HAZMAT SITUATION ENDS QUICKLY ON 264 STREET ON FRIDAY
Tags: Canada, transportation, release, response, oxygen

FOUR KILLED DURING TANKER TRUCK EXPLOSION IN LAURENS COUNTY
Tags: us_GA, transportation, explosion, death, unknown_chemical

UNIVERSITY CITY HAZMAT SITUATION PLACED UNDER CONTROL
Tags: us_PA, laboratory, discovery, response, unknown_chemical

WHAT FACULTY INTERVIEWS REVEAL ABOUT MEANINGFUL LEARNING IN THE UNDERGRADUATE CHEMISTRY LABORATORY
Tags: laboratory, discovery, response

OLIVER SPRINGS, TENN. FIREFIGHTERS RESPOND TO SULFUR DIOXIDE LEAK
Tags: us_TN, industrial, release, response, sulfur_dioxide

WORKER KILLED IN EXPLOSION IN ELIZABETH
Tags: us_NJ, industrial, explosion, death, acetylene


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'BIGGEST CHEMICAL SPILL' CLOSES M62 IN EAST YORKSHIRE
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-humber-21397306
Tags: United_Kingdom, transportation, release, response, flammables

Part of the M62 motorway in East Yorkshire was closed for a second night because of a chemical spillage.

A tanker overturned on Friday evening between junction 34 near Selby and junction 35 near Goole.

A 300m (980ft) cordon was put in place around the scene, which the fire service said was the "biggest chemical spill in the region for a decade".

The Highways Agency said the tanker was leaking a "toxic and flammable chemical". The road has now reopened.

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AUSTRALIA POST WORKERS IN HOSPITAL AFTER CHEMICAL LEAKS FROM PACKAGE
http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/australia-post-workers-in-hospital-after-chemical-leaks-from-package-20130211-2e7ff.html
Tags: Australia, transportation, release, injury, unknown_chemical

Five Australia Post employees have been taken to hospital after being exposed to an unknown chemical, believed to be acid, at a package sorting facility in Sydney's north.

One worker suffered burns to his hands after a liquid spilled from a three-kilogram satchel that had been sent through the mail to the Frenchs Forest Delivery Centre just after 8am on Monday.

A Fire and Rescue NSW spokesman said firefighters, including a hazmat unit, responded to a triple-0 call to the Rodborough Road facility where a number of people had been exposed to the liquid.

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One Australia Post worker had removed the satchel from the building to prevent other workers being exposed. That person is then believed to have taken himself to Manly Hospital for treatment of burns to his hands.

He had been isolated in Manly Hospital until the liquid chemical was identified, the Fire and Rescue NSW spokesman said.

The substance is believed to be acid, and police have launched an investigation into the incident.

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CHEMICAL ALERT AT SYDNEY FIRE STATION
http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/2013/02/11/16/01/chemical-alert-at-sydney-fire-station
Tags: Australia, public, fire, response, other_chemical

A container full of chemical tablets has sparked an alert at a fire station on Sydney's northern beaches.

An exclusion zone was set up around Mona Vale fire station on Monday morning after officers found the canister of aluminium sulphide tablets.

A member of the public is thought to have dumped the canister at the fire station on Sunday night or early on Monday morning, while the building was unattended.

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AFD HAZMAT, CITY CREWS RESPOND AFTER 100 GALLONS OF DIESEL SPILLS
http://bigcountryhomepage.com/fulltext?nxd_id=570132
Tags: us_TX, transportation, release, response, diesel

The Abilene Fire Department's Hazmat unit was called in after a hundred gallons of diesel fuel spilled early Sunday morning.

A tanker truck leaked the fuel into the parking lot of the Best Western on Ridgemont Dr. overnight, according to AFD's Public Information Officer, Greg Goettsch.

The driver was hauling drums from South Dakota to Austin and stopped in Abilene for the night.

Early Sunday morning, officials noticed one of the barrels was leaking and had spilled approximately 100 gallons of diesel.

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PUPILS EVACUATED AFTER POOL CHEMICAL MIX-UP
http://www.3news.co.nz/Pupils-evacuated-after-pool-chemical-mix-up/tabid/423/articleID/286354/Default.aspx
Tags: New_Zealand, education, release, injury, pool_chemicals

The Fire Service has been called to a Manurewa school after the mixing of pool chemicals went wrong.

A man, believed to be the caretaker, was decontaminated by the fire service and treated by ambulance staff.

Several children are also being assessed.

The fire service says the man was mixing cleaning chemicals for the school pool at the time when a reaction occurred.

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1 DEAD, 1 INJURED AFTER EXPLOSION AT TEXAS CHEMICAL PLANT
http://wtvr.com/2013/02/10/1-dead-1-injured-after-explosion-at-texas-chemical-plant/
Tags: us_TX, industrial, explosion, death, carbon_dioxide, gas_cylinders, nitrogen

LA PORTE, Texas (KRPC) Investigators are trying to determine what caused a deadly fire and explosion at a chemical plant in Texas Saturday morning.
The blast rocked the southeastern Texas city of La Porte Saturday around 8 a.m.
The blast blew apart a building at the Air Liquide cylinder plant leaving a smoking hole in the ground.
An Air Liquide spokesperson said 20 employees were inside when the blast occurred.
One person was unaccounted for and another worker was airlifted to hospital with serious burn injuries.
Investigators said 30-year-old Javier Ortiz, an Air Liquide technician, was pulled from the debris about 12 after the blast.
City officials said that residents were never in any danger from the plant that mixes nitrogen and carbon dioxide.

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HAZMAT CREW CLEANS UP DOLLAR TREE MERCURY SPILL
http://www.appeal-democrat.com/news/hazardous-123191-inside-clean.html
Tags: us_CA, public, release, response, mercury

A hazardous materials cleanup continued on Saturday at the Dollar Tree store on B Street in Marysville.

Marysville police Sgt. Chris Sachs said an unidentified man apparently spilled an undetermined amount of mercury on Friday afternoon inside the store at 1409 B St.

Details were sketchy on Saturday.

"We're trying to identify the person and figure out why he had (the mercury)," Sachs said.

Little was known about the man who caused the spill. Police said he may have been a miner or construction worker.

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HAZARDOUS 1600 POUND BATTERY ACID SPILL ON WYOMING STREET
http://pleasanton.patch.com/articles/firefighters-stop-battery-acid-spill-on-wyoming-street
Tags: us_CA, transportation, release, environmental, batteries, sulfuric_acid

On February 8, 2013, the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department (LPFD) responded to a hazardous materials leak at the intersection of Wyoming Street and Washington Street in Pleasanton... Upon arrival, the LPFD crew found a mid-size delivery truck that was carrying an approximately 1600 lb. commercial battery that had fallen over during its transport and was leaking battery acid.

First arriving firefighters created a dam to prevent the acid from contaminating the storm drain and requested the Battalion Chief and Hazardous Materials unit to respond to the scene. Firefighters made a hazardous materials entry into the truck to stop the active leak by repositioning the battery. The entry was a "Level B" entry where firefighters wear self contained breathing apparatus, a chemical resistant splash suit, rubber boots and rubber gloves. The LPFD was able to contain the leak to the truck and the adjacent gutter. Wyoming Street was closed between Washington Street and Utah Street for approximately 45 minutes while fire crews made the hazardous materials entry.

Contact was made with the battery and the truck owners at the scene, and a private hazardous materials clean-up contractor from Oakland was requested by the owners to complete the clean up and handle the disposal. Fire crews remained on scene until their arrival at 7:00 p.m.

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LBNL SAFETY CULTURE TAKES TO THE ROAD
https://commons.lbl.gov/display/sc/2013/02/06/LBNL+Safety+Culture+Takes+to+the+Road
Tags: us_CA, laboratory, discovery, response

How does an organization move the concept of safety culture from something hypothetical to an integral part of an organization's fabric? That's what the 15 members of the City of Berkeley's Safety Committee wanted to know after hearing a presentation about how Berkeley Lab approached the subject.

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CHEMICAL SPILL CLOSES HWY. 99 RAMP TO HWY. 58
http://www.bakersfieldnow.com/news/local/Chemical-spill-closes-Hwy-99-ramp-to-Hwy-58-190404351.html
Tags: us_CA, transportation, release, response, antifreeze

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) An antifreeze spill closed the Highway 99 northbound transition ramp to eastbound Highway 58 on Friday morning.

The California Highway Patrol said the 275-gallon spill would close the ramp for about five hours, which should take the closure into the middle of the afternoon.

The CHP hasn't said what caused the spill.

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HAZMAT SITUATION ENDS QUICKLY ON 264 STREET ON FRIDAY
http://www.langleytimes.com/news/190460491.html
Tags: Canada, transportation, release, response, oxygen

An canister found in a ditch and leaking an unknown gas closed 264 Street for a possible Hazmat situation on Friday morning.

The bottle had fallen off a truck and then was run over by a car which sent the container into a ditch leaking gas into the air.

"We shut the road down as a precaution until we knew what we were dealing with," Township district fire chief Kevin Anderson.

Firefighters quickly identified the gas to be compressed oxygen. The road was re-opened and the canister was expected to be picked up, said Anderson.

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FOUR KILLED DURING TANKER TRUCK EXPLOSION IN LAURENS COUNTY
http://www.newscentralga.com/news/local/Tanker-Truck-Explodes-In-Interstate-Crash-190004861.html
Tags: us_GA, transportation, explosion, death, unknown_chemical

Interstate 16 in Laurens County was shut down to motorists after over a dozen vehicles were involved in an early morning accident.

A spokesperson for the Georgia State Patrol Post in Dublin tells WGXA, troopers responded to the multi-car accident between mile marker 34 and mile marker 37. The GSP spokesperson says a tanker truck involved in the accident exploded during the crash.

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UNIVERSITY CITY HAZMAT SITUATION PLACED UNDER CONTROL
http://abclocal.go.com/wpvi/story?section=news/local&id=8985251
Tags: us_PA, laboratory, discovery, response, unknown_chemical

UNIVERSITY CITY - February 8, 2013 (WPVI) -- Officials say the hazmat situation in University City has been placed under control Friday morning.

Crews were called just before 5:30 a.m. to a University of Penn science building located in the 200 block of South 34th Street.

Officials say, they were investigating a report of an individual mixing chemicals in a 4th floor lab area.

Two people were evacuated but no there were no injuries reported.

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WHAT FACULTY INTERVIEWS REVEAL ABOUT MEANINGFUL LEARNING IN THE UNDERGRADUATE CHEMISTRY LABORATORY
http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/ed300384r
Tags: laboratory, discovery, response

Forty chemistry faculty from American Chemical Society-approved departments were interviewed to determine their goals for undergraduate chemistry laboratory. Faculty were stratified by type of institution, departmental success with regard to National Science Foundation funding for laboratory reform, and level of laboratory course. Interview transcripts that were coded and analyzed using the lens of meaningful learning reveal the importance of cognitive and psychomotor goals relative to affective learning, particularly in organic chemistry and upper-division chemistry laboratory courses. This research reveals that the undergraduate chemistry laboratory offers multiple opportunities for faculty to articulate learning goals across the cognitive, affective, and psychomotor domains. Furthermore, these goals are accessible across the undergraduate chemistry curriculum from general chemistry through organic chemistry and into a wide array of upper-division laboratories. In this stu!
dy, faculty showed a decreasing emphasis on affective goals in organic chemistry and upper-division courses. Whether affective goals should be a part of the organic and upper-division chemistry curriculum remains a question for faculty to discuss.

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OLIVER SPRINGS, TENN. FIREFIGHTERS RESPOND TO SULFUR DIOXIDE LEAK
http://www.firehouse.com/news/10875437/tenn-firefighters-respond-to-sulfur-dioxide-leak
Tags: us_TN, industrial, release, response, sulfur_dioxide

Feb. 06--OLIVER SPRINGS -- Emergency crews from two counties worked together to contain a potentially hazardous leak of sulfur dioxide from Oliver Springs' wastewater treatment plant this morning.

Concentrated amounts of the gas, when combined with water, can form highly corrosive sulfuric acid, Oak Ridge Deputy Fire Chief David Harrington said.

A worker arriving at the Joel Road plant about 8 a.m. heard an alarm sounding inside the building, looked inside a window and saw an indicator showing the gas leak, Harrington said.

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WORKER KILLED IN EXPLOSION IN ELIZABETH
http://www.myfoxny.com/story/21079613/fatal-explosion-in-elizabeth
Tags: us_NJ, industrial, explosion, death, acetylene

NEW JERSEY (MYFOXNY.COM) -
Two workers were working on the refrigeration system in a deli in Elizabeth, N.J., when some sort of explosion happened, officials said.

One worker was killed and the other critically hurt, Fox 5 News has leaned.

The workers were using an acetylene torch, Mayor Chris Bollwage said.

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secretary**At_Symbol_Here**dchas.org
Secretary
Division of Chemical Health and Safety
American Chemical Society

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