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Subject: [DCHAS-L] Chemical Safety headlines from Google (6 articles)
Date: March 21, 2013 7:28:22 AM EDT
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Chemical Safety Headlines From Google
Thursday, March 21, 2013 7:27:59 AM

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Table of Contents (6 articles)

HAZMAT TEAM CALLED IN FOR AMMONIA LEAK AT PECUNIT STREET WATER TREATMENT PLANT
Tags: us_MA, industrial, release, response, ammonia

CHEMICAL-LADEN TRUCK CATCHES FIRE
Tags: India, transportation, fire, response, hydrogen, sodium_hydroxide

FOUR WORKERS INJURED IN PEKIN PLANT EXPLOSION
Tags: us_IL, industrial, explosion, injury, unknown_chemical

MAINTENANCE WORKER AT HIGH BRIDGE MANUFACTURING PLANT HOSPITALIZED BY PRESSURIZED OXYGEN BLAST
Tags: us_NJ, industrial, explosion, injury, oxygen

BLEACH SPILL RESOLVED WITH USE OF CHEMICAL DECHLORINATION
Tags: us_GA, public, release, response, bleach

CHEMICAL FIRE AT WHEAL JANE LAB NEAR TRURO
Tags: United_Kingdom, laboratory, fire, response, unknown_chemical


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HAZMAT TEAM CALLED IN FOR AMMONIA LEAK AT PECUNIT STREET WATER TREATMENT PLANT
http://canton.patch.com/articles/hazmat-team-called-in-for-ammonia-spill-at-pecunit-street-water-treatment-plant
Tags: us_MA, industrial, release, response, ammonia

A hazmat team has been called in for a tier 2 situation at the Pecunit Street Water Treatment Plant in Canton.

According to Canton Firefighter Brian Leary, there is an ammonia leak from a tank within the treatment plant at 19 Pecunit Street. Leary said he is unsure if it is a 25 or 100 gallon tank.

"They have it isolated to a small room in the area," Leary said.

Leary said the situation should have no effect on Galvin Middle School, which is one tenth of a mile away from the plant. The school started on a two hour delay today because of the storm.

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CHEMICAL-LADEN TRUCK CATCHES FIRE
http://www.thehimalayantimes.com/fullNews.php?headline=Chemical-laden+truck+catches+fire&NewsID=369934
Tags: India, transportation, fire, response, hydrogen, sodium_hydroxide

PARASI: Soap making chemicals worth thousands of rupees were gutted as a moving truck on which they were loaded caught fire at Gyaukhola, Dumkibas of the district on Tuesday afternoon.

The truck (NA 4 KHA 8788), which was on its way from Swastik Transportation Service to the Butwal-based Shuva Laxmi Soap Industry, was also damaged in the sudden blaze.

Police said that the truck was carrying Caustic Soda and Hydrogen used for making soap.

The highway which the ill-fated truck was plying on witnessed a blockade for two hours until the fire engines from Chitwan and Parasi took control over the blaze.

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FOUR WORKERS INJURED IN PEKIN PLANT EXPLOSION
http://www.pjstar.com/news/x1037524867/Explosion-at-Enviro-Safe-in-Pekin-reportedly-injures-4-people
Tags: us_IL, industrial, explosion, injury, unknown_chemical

PEKIN
Investigations began quickly Tuesday in the wake of a powerful blast that tore through the aging brick walls and roof of a chemical pressure-bottling plant and injured four workers, three seriously.

Shortly after 3 p.m., a corner of the Enviro-Safe Refrigerants plant, 100 Caroline St., blew off in the explosion that reportedly took place near an assembly line and may have stemmed from a gas line malfunction.
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Initial investigation at the scene included the possibility of a malfunctioning gas line that, fed by an unknown ignition source, produced the explosion.

Local entrepreneur Randy Price converted the "century-old" structure into a bottling facility for his company that produces environmentally safe refrigerants in several renovated buildings in the city.

Price said it was too early Tuesday night to talk about the explosion's possible cause. He will continue working with investigators to review what security cameras in the building recorded, he said.

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MAINTENANCE WORKER AT HIGH BRIDGE MANUFACTURING PLANT HOSPITALIZED BY PRESSURIZED OXYGEN BLAST
http://www.app.com/article/CN/20130314/NJNEWS/303140031/Maintenance-worker-High-Bridge-manufacturing-plant-hospitalized-by-pressurized-oxygen-blast?gcheck=1&nclick_check=1
Tags: us_NJ, industrial, explosion, injury, oxygen

HIGH BRIDGE A maintenance worker at a borough manufacturing plant was hospitalized with severe injuries Thursday afternoon when a blast of pressurized oxygen knocked him off his feet, authorities said.

Police, fire and rescue personnel responding to a report of a worker injured in an explosion rushed to the Custom Alloy Corporation on Washington Avenue just after 1:30 p.m. Thursday to find the 27-year-old victim, according to police. Company officials told first responders that the man was performing maintenance on an oxygen line in the welding section of the plant, elevated about 12 to 15 feet off the ground in a lift, when a blast knocked him down onto the lift's platform.

There was no evidence indicating any ignition source or fire, but the release of pressurized gas reportedly was powerful enough to cause serious injury to the employee, whose identity was not released. The man was treated at the scene for initial effects of the gas release, which caused soot to disperse throughout the area, then transported via medical helicopter to Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, police said. A second employee also was treated at the scene for minor injuries caused by the blast.

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BLEACH SPILL RESOLVED WITH USE OF CHEMICAL DECHLORINATION
http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/metro/2013-03-18/bleach-spill-resolved-use-chemical-dechlorination
Tags: us_GA, public, release, response, bleach

A spill that sent 300 gallons of bleach into a storm drain was cleaned up during the weekend to avoid adverse impacts to nearby Rocky Creek.
The accident occurred Friday at the Augusta Utilities Department's Peach Orchard Road office, when a pump failed to turn off after loading 12.5 percent bleach solution from a large tank into a smaller one.
Cleanup crews added a dechlorination agent to the storm drain and flushed the area with water to push the chemical through the system, said Al-len Saxon, the department's assistant director for facility operations.
The storm drain empties into a ditch that crosses Georgia Hwy. 56 and empties into Rocky Creek, he said, but the chemical was not detectable at the Hwy. 56 crossing and no adverse impacts were observed in the creek.

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CHEMICAL FIRE AT WHEAL JANE LAB NEAR TRURO
http://www.thisiscornwall.co.uk/Chemical-Wheal-Jane-lab-near-Truro/story-18461111-detail/story.html#axzz2NzD5A8vV
Tags: United_Kingdom, laboratory, fire, response, unknown_chemical

A chemical fire broke out at a laboratory near Truro.

Specialist hazardous material teams had to be sent out to deal with the dangerous incident.

A chemical fire broke out at the Wheal Jane Mine near Truro.

The blaze was discovered at the Wheal Jane Mine laboratories near Baldhu yesterday morning.

Cornwall Fire Service dealt with the fire and the chemicals were safely disposed of.

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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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