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Date: April 3, 2013 8:27:23 AM EDT
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Wednesday, April 3, 2013 8:23:59 AM

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CHEMICAL SPILL AT SPRINGER PUBLIC SCHOOLS CAFETERIA
Tags: us_OK, education, release, response, unknown_chemical

FIREFIGHTERS EXTINGUISH CHEMICAL FIRE AT WEST SIDE BUSINESS
Tags: us_IN, transportation, fire, environmental, waste

FIRE DAMAGES GREATER NOIDA CHEMICAL FACTORY
Tags: India, industrial, fire, response, unknown_chemical

ONE PERSON INJURED IN TRAVELERS REST PLANT EXPLOSION
Tags: us_SC, industrial, explosion, injury, unknown_chemical

EXPLOSION AT NORTHSTAR METAL PRODUCTS SHEET METAL PLANT IN GLENDALE HEIGHTS
Tags: us_IL, public, explosion, injury, aluminum_dust

1 HURT IN EXPLOSION, FIRE AT MARATHON FACILITY NEAR MARTINSVILLE
Tags: us_IL, transportation, explosion, injury, petroleum

CHEMICAL LEAK AT ALCOA SENDS TWO TO HOSPITAL
Tags: us_IL, industrial, release, injury, chlorine

CHLORINE LEAK AT TYLER WATER TREATMENT PLANT SENDS 1 TO HOSPITAL
Tags: us_TX, industrial, release, response, chlorine, water_treatment

AMMONIA LEAK IN NORTH VISALIA KEEPS RESIDENTS INSIDE ON EASTER MORNING
Tags: us_CA, public, release, response, ammonia

DUST EXPLOSION IN CEDAR RAPIDS
Tags: us_IA, industrial, explosion, response, dust

STATE HAZMAT TEAM CALLED TO SALEM MERCURY SPILL
Tags: us_MA, public, release, response, mercury

LESSONS LEARNED FROM METH LAB FIRE
Tags: us_OH, public, explosion, response, meth_lab

HAZMAT EVACUATES BUILDINGS AFTER AMMONIA LEAK DISCOVERED DOWNTOWN
Tags: us_TX, public, release, response, ammonia

HAZMAT TEAM RESPONDING TO CHEMICAL SPILL AT HAYWARD BUSINESS
Tags: us_CA, laboratory, release, response, hydrochloric_acid

CP TRAIN DERAILMENT CAUSES OIL SPILL IN MINNESOTA
Tags: us_MN, transportation, release, response, petroleum

COURT UPHOLDS CSB AUTHORITY ON GULF BLOWOUT
Tags: us_TX, public, follow-up, response


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CHEMICAL SPILL AT SPRINGER PUBLIC SCHOOLS CAFETERIA
http://www.kten.com/story/21848724/chemical-spill-at-springer-public-schools-cafteria
Tags: us_OK, education, release, response, unknown_chemical

SPRINGER, OK-- Parents and students are concerned after a dangerous chemical was spilled in a school cafeteria.

Workers at Springer Public Schools somehow exposed the brand new cafeteria to a hazardous chemical.

Students at the school were told they had to temporarily go back to their old cafeteria because the chemical was so powerful, it was eating through equipment.

We contacted the superintendent and she declined to go on camera. She said the school is taking care of the issue and assures that no student is in danger.

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FIREFIGHTERS EXTINGUISH CHEMICAL FIRE AT WEST SIDE BUSINESS
http://fox59.com/2013/04/03/firefighters-extinguish-chemical-fire-at-west-side-business/#axzz2POyMNFwH
Tags: us_IN, transportation, fire, environmental, waste

INDIANAPOLIS — Wayne Township firefighters responded to a fire at a chemical processing company early Wednesday morning.

According to Wayne Township PIO Mike Pruitt, the fire broke out at Heritage Environmental in the 7900 block of West Morris Street around 4:45 a.m..

Pruitt said the fire was contained to a semi trailer holding hazardous waste.

It took firefighters about 20 minutes to put out the fire, but they remained on scene afterward to go through a decontamination procedure.

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FIRE DAMAGES GREATER NOIDA CHEMICAL FACTORY
http://www.newstrackindia.com/newsdetails/2013/04/03/101-Fire-damages-Greater-Noida-chemical-factory-.html
Tags: India, industrial, fire, response, unknown_chemical

Greater Noida (Uttar Pradesh), Apr 3 (ANI): A raging fire has damaged a chemical factory in Uttar Pradesh's Greater Noida area.
At least 20 fire tenders were required late on Tuesday evening to douse the fire that spread quickly and damaged most parts of the unit.
Greater Noida's Chief Fire Officer Mahesh Sharma said the reason for the blaze is still being ascertained.
"We are investigating the cause of the fire," he said.
In most places across the country, fire safety regulations are lax, rarely implemented and not periodically reviewed, which results in the breaking of major fires, resulting in loss of life and material, and damage to property. (AN

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ONE PERSON INJURED IN TRAVELERS REST PLANT EXPLOSION
http://www.trtribune.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=6062:one-person-injured-in-travelers-rest-explosion&catid=1:latest-news&Itemid=316
Tags: us_SC, industrial, explosion, injury, unknown_chemical

TRAVELERS REST, S.C. - One person was injured in an explosion at a Travelers Rest textile plant on Monday.

The explosion occurred at Aurora Specialty Textiles Group Inc., located at 19 Page Court, around 2:30 p.m.

Firefighters with the Travelers Rest Fire Department, EMS personnel and the Greenville County Emergency Response Team (ERT) responded to the scene.

One employee was transported to Greenville Memorial Hospital after suffering chemical and thermal burns to approximately 20 percent of his head and upper body, according to initial reports.

Travelers Rest Fire Chief Richard Johnson said the explosion was caused by a rupture in a chamber in a steam-powered dying machine and resulted in significant structural damage.

"It was a force that caused a large amount of damage inside the plant," Johnson said.

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EXPLOSION AT NORTHSTAR METAL PRODUCTS SHEET METAL PLANT IN GLENDALE HEIGHTS
http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/local&id=9048672
Tags: us_IL, public, explosion, injury, aluminum_dust

April 1, 2013 (GLENDALE HEIGHTS, Ill.) (WLS) -- Two people were hurt in an apparent explosion at a Glendale Heights sheet metal plant.

It happened around noon at the Northstar Metal Products facility in the 500-block of Mitchell.

Smoke was seen coming from inside the building, but no exterior damage was immediately apparent.

An employee says it appeared aluminum dust in the company's grinding room may have ignited to trigger the explosion, but the exact cause is still under investigation.

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1 HURT IN EXPLOSION, FIRE AT MARATHON FACILITY NEAR MARTINSVILLE
http://jg-tc.com/news/hurt-in-explosion-fire-at-marathon-facility-near-martinsville/article_97ff3c64-9b02-11e2-901f-001a4bcf887a.html
Tags: us_IL, transportation, explosion, injury, petroleum

MARTINSVILLE (JG-TC) — One injured employee was transported Monday from the scene of an explosion and fire at the local Marathon Pipeline facility, according to a police press release.

At 9:32 a.m., an explosion and active fire was reported at the Marathon Pipeline facility west of Martinsville, the release stated. The fire was extinguished by crews responding from Martinsville Fire Protection District and Casey Fire Department.

The employee's injuries are non-life-threatening, police said.

The incident involved the explosion of a crude oil product at a below-grade sump during maintenance activities, the report stated. The container's purpose is to allow equipment to drain petroleum-based products in the sump for containment. The product is pumped to another storage location on the premises.

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CHEMICAL LEAK AT ALCOA SENDS TWO TO HOSPITAL
http://www.whbf.com/story/21845614/chemical-leak-at-alcoa-sends-two-to-hospital
Tags: us_IL, industrial, release, injury, chlorine

A chemical leak at ALCOA sent two people to the hospital Monday morning.

The incident happened around 4 A.M. when a coupling failed and began leaking chlorine at the plant.

ALCOA spokesperson John Riches says the small leak was shut down as soon as it was discovered. Two employees were taken to the hospital for treatment and later released.

Riches says the plant is back to normal operations.

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CHLORINE LEAK AT TYLER WATER TREATMENT PLANT SENDS 1 TO HOSPITAL
http://www.kltv.com/story/21844181/chlorine-leak-at-tyler-water-treatment-plant
Tags: us_TX, industrial, release, response, chlorine, water_treatment

TYLER, TX - The City of Tyler Water Department announced this morning that they experienced a leak in a chlorine pipe at the Lake Palestine Water Treatment Plant. A hazardous materials unit from the Tyler Fire Department responded to the scene and was able to secure the area and ensure the chlorine that leaked had dissipated.

"At approximately 6:45 a.m. an alarm at the plant alerted staff that there was a leak," said Managing Director of Water Utilities Greg Morgan. "In accordance with standard protocol, the Fire Department was notified to begin response and plant workers donned emergency breathing apparatus and were able to close the emergency shut off valves - stopping the leak."

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AMMONIA LEAK IN NORTH VISALIA KEEPS RESIDENTS INSIDE ON EASTER MORNING
http://www.visaliatimesdelta.com/article/20130331/NEWS01/130331003/Ammonia-leak-north-Visalia-keeps-residents-inside-Easter-morning?gcheck=1&nclick_check=1
Tags: us_CA, public, release, response, ammonia

An Easter morning ammonia leak forced some north Visalia residents to stay inside until early afternoon.

The leak occurred at 7:46 a.m. at Milk Specialties Global at 715 N. Divisadero St., according to the Visalia Fire Department. It was discovered when the department was called to respond to a strong odor of ammonia at Mooney and Goshen.

The Visalia Fire Department said it used the Alert Tulare County notification system to send out 1700 automated messages to warn residents within a one-half mile radius to the north and west of the leak to stay inside their homes, shut the windows and not use their heaters or air conditioners until it was safe.

After the leak was fixed, the system was used again to inform residents that it was safe to go outside again, the department said.

No injuries were reported.

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DUST EXPLOSION IN CEDAR RAPIDS
http://www.fs-world.com/Show.asp?ID=13604&Form=1
Tags: us_IA, industrial, explosion, response, dust

The Cedar Rapids Fire Department is investigating what caused an explosion and fire at a fiber plant in the morning of Mar. 29. The sprinkler system knocked down the fire. No one was injured.

The Fire Department was called to J Rettenmaier USA shortly after 9 a.m. when two employees working on the second floor thought they smelled smoke. They had investigated the smell, but had found nothing. After the employees had walked to the other side of the plant, a dust explosion occurred, sparking a fire. Firefighters arrived and worked to put out hot spots.

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STATE HAZMAT TEAM CALLED TO SALEM MERCURY SPILL
http://salem.patch.com/articles/state-hazmat-team-responds-to-mercury-spill
Tags: us_MA, public, release, response, mercury

A mercury spill at North Shore Cardiovascular Associates Monday forced Salem firefighters to seal off an examination room and enlist the support of a state Hazardous Materials Response team.

At 12:19 p.m., police and fire units responded to the Highland Avenue cardiovascular practice after receiving word that a blood pressure unit had broken loose from the wall and spilled mercury onto the floor, Deputy Fire Chief Gerry Giunta said.

"It somehow ended up tipped upside down and its contents spilled out onto the floor," Giunta said. "It just looked like a bunch of small metal ball bearings."

At the time of the spill, the state's Hazmat team was conducting a monthly exercise in Dracut, so their response time was "significantly delayed", Giunta said.

While waiting for the Hazmat team, local firefighters cordoned off the examination room and sealed the area with tape.

Once on scene, members of the Hazardous Materials Response Unit used a mercury vacuum to clean up the spill and a professional cleaning company was called in to finish the task and make sure mercury levels were back to normal.

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LESSONS LEARNED FROM METH LAB FIRE
http://www.norwalkreflector.com/article/2419816
Tags: us_OH, public, explosion, response, meth_lab

Friday's fire at an active methamphetamine lab in a Bouscay Avenue apartment could have been "much worse."

Based on interviews, authorities determined the fire at 37C Bouscay Ave. was started by various chemicals used to manufacture meth.

"It is very flammable during the cooking process," Norwalk Police Chief Dave Light said. "It would only take a spark to get that going," he said.
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Prince reportedly admitted he knocked over a container with chemical byproducts that started the fire. Light said Prince didn't knock over one of the larger containers, a 2-liter pop bottle, but did knock over a couple others.

"That was one of the bigger ones," Light said. "If that one had exploded, it would have been much worse."

The fire was contained the front upstairs bedroom. Firefighters estimated there was a total of $10,000 property and contents damage.

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HAZMAT EVACUATES BUILDINGS AFTER AMMONIA LEAK DISCOVERED DOWNTOWN
http://www.kens5.com/news/Hazmat-evacuates-buildings-after-ammonia-leak-discovered-downtown-200859461.html
Tags: us_TX, public, release, response, ammonia

hen an ammonia leak was found in an downtown ice plant, first responders evacuated the area.
Some Reddy Ice employees called in the leak at around 8 p.m. Sunday.

You can never be too careful when it comes to ammonia because it can cause your eyes, nose and throat to burn, and a large enough exposure can kill.

Hazmat evacuated the Reddy Ice building, as well as Bill Miller's across the street.

Parts of Hoefegen Street was closed as crews monitored nearby homes, looking for larger than normal amounts of the chemical.

They did find the source of the leak and remedied the situation, crews said.

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HAZMAT TEAM RESPONDING TO CHEMICAL SPILL AT HAYWARD BUSINESS
http://www.ktvu.com/news/news/local/hazmat-team-responding-chemical-spill-hayward-busi/nW8zp/
Tags: us_CA, laboratory, release, response, hydrochloric_acid

HAYWARD, Calif. — The Alameda County sheriff's hazardous materials team responded to a chemical spill at a Hayward business Monday morning, a fire captain said.
About 3 or 4 liters of hydrochloric acid spilled onto a counter and the floor at the offices of Forensic Analytical at 3777 Depot Road, around 8:20 a.m., Hayward fire Capt. LaShon Earnest said.
According to the company's website, Forensic Analytical is a lab that analyzes asbestos, lead-based paint, metals, hazardous waste, mold and other materials.
The spilled chemicals, often used for pool cleaning, got onto an employee's shoe, but he was not harmed, Earnest said.

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CP TRAIN DERAILMENT CAUSES OIL SPILL IN MINNESOTA
http://www.canadianmanufacturing.com/distribution-and-transportation/news/cp-train-derails-and-spills-oil-98994
Tags: us_MN, transportation, release, response, petroleum

PARKERS PRAIRIE, Minnesota—Thousands of gallons of oil leaked onto frozen ground after a Canadian Pacific train carrying crude from Canada derailed Wednesday in western Minnesota.

The 94-car mixed cargo train was headed south near Parkers Prairie en route to Chicago, Illinois, when it lost air pressure and went into an emergency braking mode, the Otter Tail County sheriff's office said. Fourteen tankers derailed. Three either leaked or spilled oil. No one was hurt, and a spokesman for the state's pollution control agency said crews were able to control the spill.

It is estimated between 76,000 to 113,000 litres (20,000 to 30,000 gallons) leaked onto the ground, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency spokesman Dan Olson said.

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COURT UPHOLDS CSB AUTHORITY ON GULF BLOWOUT
http://www.idevmail.net/message.aspx?d=86&m=1135&e=Rstuartcih**At_Symbol_Here**me.com&r=5780242
Tags: us_TX, public, follow-up, response

Late this afternoon, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) learned that a Federal Court in the Southern District of Texas has upheld the CSB's legal authority to investigate the tragic April 2010 blowout and explosion in the Gulf of Mexico. U.S. Federal District Court Judge Lee Rosenthal issued an Order that denied a motion by Transocean Deepwater Drilling, Inc. to block the CSB's access to information pertinent to the CSB's investigation.

A number of other companies have cooperated with the CSB's ongoing investigation; Transocean, however, had raised a number of legal arguments and has not provided the CSB with key information even as the accident approaches its third anniversary.

The Court found that "In sum, the CSB has shown that it has jurisdiction to investigate the Macondo incident. The subpoenas the CSB issued are within its authority. Because Transocean raised no challenge to the subpoenas other than the argument that the CSB exceeded its statutory authority, the motion to dismiss or to quash the subpoenas must be denied."

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

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