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Date: May 22, 2013 8:09:20 AM EDT
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Chemical Safety Headlines From Google
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 8:08:56 AM

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Table of Contents (11 articles)

UPDATE: NO INJURIES IN CHEMICAL ACCIDENT AT AK-CHIN PLANT
Tags: us_AZ, industrial, release, response, sodium_chloride, water_treatment

CHEMICAL SAFETY BOARD SHUT OUT OF WEST PROBE BY ATF
Tags: us_TX, industrial, follow-up, death

HAZMAT SPILL CLOSES ROUTE 113
Tags: us_MD, transportation, release, response, hydrochloric_acid

WORLD WAR II MUNITIONS WITH MUSTARD AGENT FOUND AT DESERET CHEMICAL DEPOT
Tags: us_UT, industrial, discovery, environmental, mustard_gas

EXPLOSION LEADS POLICE TO METH LAB
Tags: us_PA, public, explosion, response, meth_lab

UPDATE: POOL CHEMICAL SPILL IN GLADWYNE SENDS ONE TO THE HOSPITAL
Tags: us_PA, public, fire, injury, pool_chemicals

TANKER CATCHES FIRE, CAUSES CHEMICAL SPILL IN CHAPPELLS
Tags: us_SC, transportation, fire, response, ammonium_nitrate

CLASSES TO RESUME AFTER BLASTS AT BAKERSFIELD HIGH
Tags: us_CA, education, explosion, response, bomb

FALMOUTH EXPLOSION FEAR FROM AMMONIUM NITRATE STORE
Tags: United_Kingdom, public, follow-up, environmental, ammonium_nitrate

WEST BLAST REVEALS EMERGENCY PLANNING WEAKNESSES
Tags: us_TX, public, follow-up, death, ammonium_nitrate

HAZMAT CREWS RESPOND TO ACID LEAK
Tags: us_CO, transportation, release, response, sulfuric_acid


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UPDATE: NO INJURIES IN CHEMICAL ACCIDENT AT AK-CHIN PLANT
http://www.inmaricopa.com/Article/2013/05/21/akchin-multiple-fire-agencies-no-injuries-chemcial-accident
Tags: us_AZ, industrial, release, response, sodium_chloride, water_treatment

Multiple fire agencies were on scene Tuesday in response to a dangerous chemical mix at the Ak-Chin Water Treatment Plant on Farrell Road west of John Wayne Parkway.

No injuries were reported after two employees accidentally mixed two chemicals together that produced harmful fumes. Standard operating procedures dictate that nearby fire departments send emergency response crews to provide aid.

"There isn't an update on his condition currently, but one employee was taken to the hospital as a precaution," Ak-Chin Community spokeswoman Rachel Brockway said.

There is no remaining danger from the accident.

"This is a pretty rare thing," said Bart Smith, another spokesman for the Ak-Chin Community. "It's unfortunate that some chemical containers look very similar.

"It was a mistake and will be handled internally."

Mutual-aid units were sent from Chandler, Gila River, Tempe, Phoenix and Sun Lakes.

Initial reports suggested a "serious leak" of sodium chloride - used in softening water - that can be harmful in a gaseous state.

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CHEMICAL SAFETY BOARD SHUT OUT OF WEST PROBE BY ATF
http://www.wacotrib.com/news/greater_waco/west/chemical-safety-board-shut-out-of-west-probe-by-atf/article_f50b3b00-54cd-5ed9-b433-e5740f5426fb.html
Tags: us_TX, industrial, follow-up, death

The chairman of a federal agency charged with investigating industrial chemical accidents says the ATF and State Fire Marshal's Office virtually shut out his investigators from the explosion site in West and severely hampered his agency's investigation.
In a plea to U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., Rafael Moure-Eraso, chairman of the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board, asks the senator to help his agency obtain evidence that remains under ATF control that he contends is essential to the board's investigation into the April 17 West
explosion.
"To date, the CSB has experienced significant obstacles that potentially compromise and delay our ability to complete the ‘comprehensive investigation' that you have rightly demanded, and that we would very much like to produce," Moure-Eraso wrote.
Boxer, chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, has said she intends to conduct hearings on the West explosion, which killed 15 and injured 200 others.

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HAZMAT SPILL CLOSES ROUTE 113
http://www.delmarvanow.com/article/20130521/NEWS/305210051/Hazmat-spill-closes-Route-113?gcheck=1
Tags: us_MD, transportation, release, response, hydrochloric_acid

BERLIN — Authorities in Worcester County shut down Route 113 for two and a half hours this morning in response to a hazardous materials spill from a truck carrying hydrochloric acid.

It happened about 9 a.m. today. Maryland State Police say the truck for Poolside Plastering, a Philadelphia-area swimming pool contruction firm, was carrying a trailer with 80 gallons of hydrochloric acid. The driver, Clifford S. Hall, 32, drove off the road to the left side, struck a guardrail, and ended up in the median.

The accident punctured the containers holding the acid, and led to a minor spill. Members of the Berlin Fire Department, Worcester County Hazmat and the Maryland Department of Environment responded to the scene to assist with handling the clean-up.

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WORLD WAR II MUNITIONS WITH MUSTARD AGENT FOUND AT DESERET CHEMICAL DEPOT
http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865580362/World-War-II-munitions-with-mustard-agent-found-at-Deseret-Chemical-Depot.html
Tags: us_UT, industrial, discovery, environmental, mustard_gas

STOCKTON, Tooele County — Authorities have confirmed that 11 World War II-era cartridges discovered during the environmental cleanup of Deseret Chemical Depot contain liquid blister agent.

The 4.2-inch mortar cartridges were rusty and non-explosively configured, according to a statement released by the depot.

Technicians with the U.S. Army 20th Support Command Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and High Yield Explosives used a portable device to identify mustard agent in the munitions, which since have been secured in air-tight containers.

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EXPLOSION LEADS POLICE TO METH LAB
http://wnep.com/2013/05/20/explosion-leads-police-to-meth-lab/
Tags: us_PA, public, explosion, response, meth_lab

LANSFORD — A father and son are among three people facing drug charges after an explosion and fire at a home in Carbon County.
Firefighters first responded to an explosion at a home on East Patterson Street in Lansford around 10 p.m. Sunday.
Police said the explosion was caused by a methamphetamine drug operation inside the home.

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UPDATE: POOL CHEMICAL SPILL IN GLADWYNE SENDS ONE TO THE HOSPITAL
http://mainlinemedianews.com/articles/2013/05/20/main_line_times/news/doc519a4e0a1550c095343986.txt
Tags: us_PA, public, fire, injury, pool_chemicals

One man was sent to the hospital to be treated for minor burns Monday after pool cleaner employees shocking a residential pool saw the chlorine explode after they mixed the chemical with water, according to Lower Merion Chief Fire Officer Chas McGarvey.

The incident occured in a five-galloon bucket that the men tried to push into the pool before having to retreat when the reaction happened.

Three employees were working at the pool house in the 1400 block of Beaumont Rd. in Gladwyne. One man was treated by Narberth ambulance and taken to the hospital. He was hosed down and docontaminated by firefighters to keep the chemical from injuring medial staff. One employee left the scene to change his clothes and the other was unharmed.

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TANKER CATCHES FIRE, CAUSES CHEMICAL SPILL IN CHAPPELLS
http://gwdtoday.com/main.asp?SectionID=2&SubSectionID=27&ArticleID=25462
Tags: us_SC, transportation, fire, response, ammonium_nitrate

A tractor trailer carrying granulated ammonium nitrate caught fire and caused evacuation of residents in the area of S.C. Highway 39 and Rose Bud Lane at about 9 p.m. Monday night.

According to officials with the South Carolina Highway patrol, the truck caught fire and caused a chemical spill. Residents within a one mile radius of the incident have been evacuated.

Officials say that the stretch of S.C. Highway 39 between S.C. Highway 34 and S.C. Highway 56 has been closed. Officials say that a detour is being set up, but there is no detour route yet. There is no timetable for the road to be reopened.

Officials are asking motorists to avoid the area and any residents in the area to evacuate to a safe location.

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CLASSES TO RESUME AFTER BLASTS AT BAKERSFIELD HIGH
http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_23285054/3-small-explosions-cause-lockdown-at-calif-school
Tags: us_CA, education, explosion, response, bomb

BAKERSFIELD, Calif.—The principal of Bakersfield High School says classes will resume on schedule Tuesday after the school was placed on lockdown and classes were cancelled after three small explosions on the school's campus Monday.
Officials say there were no injuries and no structures were damaged in the blasts around 11 a.m.
The first explosion was near the school's science building while the second blast went off minutes later inside a boy's bathroom in another building. The third blast took place outside the industrial arts building.
Kern High School District spokesman John Teves says the devices used to ignite the explosions included a bottle, water and a common household chemical, such as baking powder.

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FALMOUTH EXPLOSION FEAR FROM AMMONIUM NITRATE STORE
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cornwall-22603438
Tags: United_Kingdom, public, follow-up, environmental, ammonium_nitrate

Residents fear thousands of tonnes of fertiliser stored in a Cornish town could cause a mass explosion.

Falmouth Docks holds up to 4,500 tonnes of ammonium nitrate - a fertiliser - which, if heated or ignited, can explode.

People in the town said they were concerned it was a "potential risk".

Dock operator A&P Falmouth and Cornwall Council, which issued a storage licence, acknowledged there were risks, but said they were managed.

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WEST BLAST REVEALS EMERGENCY PLANNING WEAKNESSES
http://www.wacotrib.com/news/west_explosion/west-blast-reveals-emergency-planning-weaknesses/article_d9156421-3533-560f-b60c-caca21a77db6.html
Tags: us_TX, public, follow-up, death, ammonium_nitrate

The stockpile of ammonium nitrate at West Fertilizer Co. was well known to farmers and firefighters around West. The explosive potential of that fertilizer was well known to experts for decades, codified in national fire standards.
But nowhere in the years before the April 17 explosion that ravaged West were the dangers of that stockpile reported in local emergency plans.
The explosion that killed 15 people and wrecked 37 blocks has revealed gaps in the federally mandated system for planning for hazardous materials incidents.

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HAZMAT CREWS RESPOND TO ACID LEAK
http://gazette.com/hazmat-crews-respond-to-acid-leak/article/1500998
Tags: us_CO, transportation, release, response, sulfuric_acid

Colorado Springs Fire Department hazardous materials crews are at the scene of a sulfuric acid leak at Rampart Plumbing Supply at 1801 N. Union Blvd.

Fire and hazmat crews discovered a 55-gallon drum on the back of a semi truck was punctured in the 9:30 a.m. incident, and nearly 20 gallons of sulfuric acid had spilled onto the parking lot at Rampart Supply.

Firefighters set up at 150-foot safety perimeter around the spill and employees were briefly evacuated.

Firefighters expect to be at the scene through the afternoon to clean up the spill.

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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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