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Subject: [DCHAS-L] Chemical Safety headlines from Google (10 articles)
Date: March 18, 2013 7:26:18 AM EDT
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Chemical Safety Headlines From Google
Monday, March 18, 2013 7:25:51 AM

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Table of Contents (10 articles)

HAZMAT TEAM RESPONDS TO CALL AT ALBANY STATE UNIVERSITY
Tags: us_GA, laboratory, release, injury, unknown_chemical

2 INJURED FOLLOWING HAZMAT SPILL IN THE DELAWARE RIVER
Tags: us_PA, industrial, release, injury, phenol

CHEMICAL PLANT EXPLOSION
Tags: us_WI, industrial, explosion, response, unknown_chemical

PA. INVESTIGATES WATER SPILL FROM FAULTY GAS WELL
Tags: us_PA, public, release, environmental, waste

HAZMAT TEAMS CLEANING UP BIG MESS AT BUSH INTERCONTINENTAL AIRPORT
Tags: us_TX, transportation, release, injury, petroleum

NO INJURIES IN INDUSTRIAL FIRE IN NORTH DAKOTA OIL PATCH
Tags: us_ND, industrial, fire, response, toxics

RIG CATCHES FIRE NEAR STARVATION
Tags: us_UT, industrial, fire, response, petroleum

KOREA: SEVEN PEOPLE KILLED IN EXPLOSION OF CHEMICAL-STORING TANK
Tags: Republic_of_Korea, industrial, explosion, death, unknown_chemical

COURT DOCUMENTS DETAIL WEAPONS, EXPLOSIVES FOUND AT UC DAVIS RESEARCHER'S APARTMENT AFTER EXPLOSION
Tags: us_CA, public, follow-up, response, explosives

EXPLOSIVES CASE CONTINUED FOR FORMER UC DAVIS CHEMIST DAVID SNYDER
Tags: us_CA, education, follow-up, injury, bomb, waste


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HAZMAT TEAM RESPONDS TO CALL AT ALBANY STATE UNIVERSITY
http://www.mysouthwestga.com/sports/story.aspx?id=872584#.UUb5MIlevPc
Tags: us_GA, laboratory, release, injury, unknown_chemical

ALBANY, GA --
The Albany Fire Department Hazardous Materials Response Team, EMS officials and Albany State University police officials were on the scene at a hazmat situation on the Albany State University campus Friday afternoon that occurred around 12 PM.

ASU campus police decided to evacuate the building by setting off the fire alarm.

Battalion Chief Daniel Potter said they originally received a call from ASU officials saying that a person had minor irritation and nausea to a chemical in the ACAD building and wanted the hazmat team to come out and make sure that it was not going to spread and affect staff and students in the building.

The building was evacuated and a hazmat station was setup on the campus, taking about 45 minutes.

At around 1 PM, two men in hazmat gear entered the building to asses the situation as a result of strong odor occurring when two assistants and a professor were in a lab working with chemicals when they started to notice the odor.

The men found a stain on the ground, but they can't confirm that it was a chemical spill.

Potter says they cannot confirm what the chemical is at this point, but a second team was sent in after the first came out as a fresh pair of eyes on the situation.

EMS officials also responded to treat the staff member suffering from irritation and nausea as three others drove themselves to the hospital for treatment.

Albany State officials say they decided to err on the side of caution because with dozens of other people in the building they wanted to make sure no on else was going to fall ill. After determining there was no threat, the building was reopened to students and staff.

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2 INJURED FOLLOWING HAZMAT SPILL IN THE DELAWARE RIVER
http://abclocal.go.com/wpvi/story?section=news/local&id=9031218
Tags: us_PA, industrial, release, injury, phenol

PORT RICHMOND - March 18, 2013 (WPVI) -- Officials say two people were injured following a hazmat spill in the Delaware River near the Port Richmond section of Philadelphia late Sunday.

The incident happened around 11:00 p.m. along the 3300 block of North Delaware Avenue.

Authorities told Action News that 50 gallons of Phenol spilled after an equipment malfunction at the Kinder Morgan Company.
Two workers were exposed to the chemical and taken to the hospital in stable condition, officials say.
The situation has been placed under control.

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CHEMICAL PLANT EXPLOSION
http://www.cbs58.com/news/local-news/Shed-storing-chemicals-explodes-198695371.html
Tags: us_WI, industrial, explosion, response, unknown_chemical

SHEBOYGAN --- A chemical plant in Sheboygan went up in flames early Sunday morning after a hazardous explosion.
The Sheboygan Fire Department responded to Hexion Specialty Chemicals around 4:45 a.m. By time fire crews arrived, the explosion had extinguished itself.
Firefighters shut down the plant to check for any chemical leaks as a precaution.
Officials say the explosion caused around $25,000 in damage.
There was one worker in the plant at the time of the explosion but no one was hurt.
Fire crews are working to determine the cause of the explosion.

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PA. INVESTIGATES WATER SPILL FROM FAULTY GAS WELL
http://www.njherald.com/story/21649853/pa-investigates-water-spill-from-faulty-gas-well
Tags: us_PA, public, release, environmental, waste

TUNKHANNOCK, Pa. (AP) - State environmental officials are looking into the cause of a waste water spill from a faulty natural gas well in northeastern Pennsylvania that allowed thousands of gallons of fluid waste to escape, forcing the evacuation of nearby residents.

Department of Environmental Protection spokeswoman Colleen Connolly says the well in Wyoming County was brought under control early Thursday afternoon. It had begun malfunctioning around 6 p.m. Wednesday and worsened overnight.

Connelly says about 227,000 gallons of the fluid was captured in tanks. Four families were asked to evacuate.

The Times-Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/13ZTD3s ) she says there was no gas buildup or explosion and investigators are looking into the cause. Crews found no evidence of volatile chemicals or methane, but are continuing to look into any soil or water impacts.

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HAZMAT TEAMS CLEANING UP BIG MESS AT BUSH INTERCONTINENTAL AIRPORT
http://abclocal.go.com/ktrk/story?section=news/local&id=9028481
Tags: us_TX, transportation, release, injury, petroleum

HOUSTON (KTRK) -- HazMat teams are still cleaning up a big mess at Bush Intercontinental Airport.

A tanker truck lost control on a ramp near a cargo area of the airport around 10:15 last night. The truck flipped, spilling a portion of the 5,000 gallons of fuel it was carrying.

The driver was taken to the hospital with cuts and bruises.

Crews say the spill would have been much worse if the weather was warmer and the fuel was thicker.

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NO INJURIES IN INDUSTRIAL FIRE IN NORTH DAKOTA OIL PATCH
http://www.wday.com/event/article/id/76873/group/News/
Tags: us_ND, industrial, fire, response, toxics

WATFORD CITY, N.D. (AP) Fire and health officials are investigating a blaze at an industrial building in the western North Dakota oil patch.

The Dickinson Press reports that Steve's Spray Foam about a mile southeast of Watford City caught fire Tuesday morning, sending multi-colored smoke into the air.

Some nearby homes and a crew camp were evacuated as a precaution. McKenzie County Emergency Manager Jerry Samuelson says residents were allowed back in a few hours and no injuries were reported.

The company provides insulation for tanks used in the oil fields. Samuelson says company officials told authorities there were no toxic chemicals on site.

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RIG CATCHES FIRE NEAR STARVATION
http://www.ubstandard.com/stories/Well-catches-fire-near-Starvation,11675?content_source=&category_id=&search_filter=&user_id=&event_mode=&event_ts_from=&list_type=&order_by=&order_sort=&content_class=1&sub_type=stories&town_id=&page=
Tags: us_UT, industrial, fire, response, petroleum

DUCHESNE - A rig caught fire early Wednesday morning near Starvation Reservoir.

Mike Lefler, the director of emergency management for Duchesne County, said the rig caught fire around 5 a.m. and was brought under control about 6:30 a.m. The Duchesne Fire Department and other agencies responded, Lefler said.

There were were workers at the rig site, about a half-mile east of Starvation Bridge north of Highway 40 when the fire broke out, but no one was injured, Lefler said.

The cause and full extent of damage are still under invesetigation, Lefler said.

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KOREA: SEVEN PEOPLE KILLED IN EXPLOSION OF CHEMICAL-STORING TANK
http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/national/2013/03/14/90/0302000000AEN20130314013000315F.HTML
Tags: Republic_of_Korea, industrial, explosion, death, unknown_chemical

YEOSU, South Korea, March 14 (Yonhap) -- Seven workers were killed and 13 others injured Thursday when a chemical storage tank exploded in an industrial plant in the southern coastal city of Yeosu, fire fighters said.

The tank storing polyethylene exploded in the plant owned by Daelim Industrial Co. around 9:00 p.m., according to the fire fighting authorities.

The explosion killed seven South Korean workers and seriously injured 13 others, they said, adding that those injured were sent to a nearby hospital.

Welding work was being done when the tank exploded, the fire-fighters said.

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COURT DOCUMENTS DETAIL WEAPONS, EXPLOSIVES FOUND AT UC DAVIS RESEARCHER'S APARTMENT AFTER EXPLOSION
http://www.news10.net/news/article/235761/2/Documents-show-chemicals-seized-at-UCD-researchers-home
Tags: us_CA, public, follow-up, response, explosives

SACRAMENTO, CA - David Snyder kept quiet and calm in court as he faced 10 counts of possessing firearms and explosives at his arraignment Thursday.

The UC Davis researcher was arrested after an explosion at his campus apartment. When police searched the home, they found firearms and explosives, according to court documents. Synder has been out on bail since February.

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EXPLOSIVES CASE CONTINUED FOR FORMER UC DAVIS CHEMIST DAVID SNYDER
http://cenblog.org/the-safety-zone/2013/03/explosives-case-continued-for-former-uc-davis-chemist-david-snyder/
Tags: us_CA, education, follow-up, injury, bomb, waste

The UC Davis chemist accused of possessing and intending to make explosive devices on the University of California, Davis, campus appeared in court again today for a pre-hearing conference. The case was continued to another pre-hearing conference set for April 30, says Michael J. Cabral, assistant chief deputy district attorney at the Yolo County District Attorney's Office.

Snyder, 32, injured his hand in an explosion in his on-campus apartment in January. He faces 17 charges of possession and intent to make destructive devices, reckless disposal of hazardous waste, and possession of firearms on campus.

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

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