From: Secretary ACS DCHAS <secretary**At_Symbol_Here**dchas.org>
Subject: [DCHAS-L] CHAS Tweets and Chemical Safety headlines (8 articles)
Date: Wed, 30 Oct 2013 07:43:16 -0400
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labsustain RT **At_Symbol_Here**TuftsOOS: Oil companies drill on taxpayer-owned land for less than the cost of a Starbucks coffee - http://t.co/PkTe0Nb6tf via **At_Symbol_Here**Newsweek 11 hours ago

acsdchas The C word. Why are people scared of chemicals + what can we do about #chemophobia? Our latest feature: http://t.co/65y1Cyc3gG ()

acsdchas ES&T: Activated Carbon Mitigates Mercury and Methylmercury Bioavailability in Contaminated Sediments http://t.co/XKvZPYpSov

labsustain ES&T: Effects of Material Morphology on the Phototoxicity of Nano-TiO2 to Bacteria http://t.co/BFMxx3KZEq http://t.co/QYWfP6O4Jx

acsdchas An Ultrasensitive, Carbon-Based Probe For Biomolecules http://t.co/9aYxKxcrj1 http://t.co/IVNz7UTko3

acsdchas C&EN: Semiconductor Solution: Uncommon solvent system may lead to low-cost liquid-phase processing" http://t.co/MkITFIU3he

acsdchas C&EN: Acrimony In Canadian Science: Funding shifts, curbs on scientists? speech lead researchers to rare protests http://t.co/uSDo2MtJQc

OccHealthSafety OSHA Issues Notices After Army Facility's Explosion http://t.co/xVLZeq6EPk 1 day ago retweeted by acsdchas

OccHealthSafety Texas Company's Former President Sentenced, Fined for Employee Deaths http://t.co/lKboLdUxQ7 1 day ago retweeted by acsdchas

acsdchas RT **At_Symbol_Here**JChemHealthSafe: The Sep/Oct issue of JCHAS now up on **At_Symbol_Here**sciencedirect **At_Symbol_Here**acsdchas 9 hours ago

acsdchas C&EN: U.S Reports Record Drop For Carbon Emissions: Emissions in 2012 fell 3.8% http://t.co/CBTfoKSDah

acsdchas C&EN: Protecting Workers: OSHA pushes a volunteer program for chemical substitution and exposure limits http://t.co/KcUz5KbYiM

acsdchas ES&T: Retention and Remobilization of Stabilized Silver Nanoparticles in an Loamy Sand Soil http://t.co/ozDry51SP3 http://t.co/ff1LBqlJRd

acsdchas C&EN: Smaller Hole In The Ozone Layer http://t.co/qloP58BXhY

acsdchas GreenSpace: P&G, Walmart, and Target are taking a stand on consumer products, to environmentalists' delight. http://t.co/GsgoqPPN2v

acsdchas The Economist scientists like to think of science as self-correcting. To an alarming degree, it is not http://t.co/tmlN9uH0MH

labsustain C&EN: Regulating Greenhouse Gas Emissions: The Supreme Court will review EPA?s program for limiting releases of CO2 http://t.co/buGwmAOQCA

acsdchas C&EN: A fire in a Va tire pile 30 years ago helped advance fire-monitoring methods and spark a recycling revolution http://t.co/HxxciP7JYD

labsustain RT **At_Symbol_Here**QuakerEarthcare: Jim Cason: I think divestment is going to have a huge impact, because of the public discussion it starts 21 hours ago

acsdchas C&EN: Neonicotinoid Boosts Viral Levels In Bees: pesticide impairs bee immunity in collapsed colonies http://t.co/SbWoN3TIpw

acsdchas Why lithium-ion-batteries fail http://t.co/E3tGKglVeD

labsustain C&EN: Capturing Carbon Dioxide With A Small pH Change: An electrochemical device captures 80% of the greenhouse gas http://t.co/rfsBKX7mcf

Table of Contents (8 articles)

CHEMICAL SPILL EVACUATES BUILDING ON UT CAMPUS
Tags: us_TN, laboratory, fire, response, corrosives

OSHA ISSUES NOTICES AFTER ARMY FACILITYS EXPLOSION
Tags: us_IN, industrial, follow-up, response, other_chemical

BROKEN HOPPER RELEASES CEMENT DUST ON TUCSON'S NORTHWEST SIDE
Tags: us_AZ, industrial, release, injury, calcium_carbonate, dust

OCT. 28 FIRST NEWS: HAZMAT INCIDENT IN DOWNTOWN SANTA FE CLOSES STREETS AND BUSINESSES. (LISTEN)
Tags: us_NM, public, release, response, hydrogen_peroxide, petroleum

EX-CHEMICAL FIRM EXEC GETS PRISON FOR WORKER DEATH
Tags: us_TX, transportation, follow-up, death, hydrogen_sulfide, waste

HAZMAT CREWS CALLED TO NC STATE'S CAMPUS
Tags: us_NC, laboratory, release, response, liquid_nitrogen

CHLORINE LEAK CONTAINED AT SEVEN SPRINGS TREATMENT PLANT
Tags: us_PA, industrial, release, injury, chlorine, water_treatment

DRILLING SPILL DAMAGES HOUSE, ENTERS W.VA. CREEK
Tags: us_WV, industrial, release, environmental, other_chemical


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CHEMICAL SPILL EVACUATES BUILDING ON UT CAMPUS
http://www.wbir.com/story/news/local/downtown-ut/2013/10/29/chemical-spill-evacuates-building-on-ut-campus/3307151/
Tags: us_TN, laboratory, fire, response, corrosives

A science experiment gone wrong forced Knoxville firefighters to evacuate a building on UT's campus for two hours Tuesday due to a toxic gas.

Around 3:45 p.m., Knoxville Fire Department said they received an emergency call at the Science and Engineering Research Facility on Circle Drive.

KFD spokesperson, DJ Corcoran, said students were experimenting with the gas boron trichloride.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's website, "Boron trichoride is a colorless gas with a pungent odor. Fumes irritate the eyes and mucous membranes. Corrosive to metals and tissue and is toxic. Under prolonged exposure to fire or intense heat, the containers may rupture violently and rocket. Used as a catalyst in chemical manufacture, in soldering fluxes, and for many other uses."

KFD said when the students heated up a small amount of the gas, the glass container holding it broke and caused it to leak into the lab. Corcoran said the heat burned up most of the gas but transformed it into hydrogen chloride which also created danger.

Corcoran said one student ran back inside to make sure the gas was turned off, helping to keep the situation under control.

No one was injured, but KFD sent the four students involved to UT Medical Center as a precaution. Fifty people in other parts of the building were evacuated for about two hours.

KFD's Hazardous Materials Unit used fans to ventilate the lab and tested the PH levels to make sure the lab was safe before reopening the building.

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OSHA ISSUES NOTICES AFTER ARMY FACILITYS EXPLOSION
http://ohsonline.com/articles/2013/10/29/osha-issues-notices-after-army-facilitys-explosion.aspx
Tags: us_IN, industrial, follow-up, response, other_chemical

OSHA announced it has issued 36 notices of unsafe or unhealthful working conditions to the Crane Army Ammunition Activity after an explosion and fire injured workers there March 28. The incident in the pyrotechnic building sent five workers to the hospital, where they were treated and released, according to the agency?s news release.

"The Crane Army Ammunition Activity failed to ensure the facility was in compliance with established safety and health procedures," said Vanessa Martin, director of OSHA's Indianapolis Area Office. "All employers are responsible for recognizing hazards in their facilities and addressing them by following OSHA standards. Thankfully, the hospitalized workers survived this unacceptable lapse in workplace safety."

The explosion and fire occurred in two dust collectors in the building as workers were cleaning the production area. This facility receives, stores, ships, renovates, demilitarizes, and produces conventional ammunition, missiles, and related components. "Multiple violations of OSHA's Process Safety Management standards for facilities that use highly hazardous materials and chemicals were found at the facility," according to OSHA.

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BROKEN HOPPER RELEASES CEMENT DUST ON TUCSON'S NORTHWEST SIDE
http://www.tucsonnewsnow.com/story/23805734/possible-hazmat-situation-on-the-north-west-side-this-morning
Tags: us_AZ, industrial, release, injury, calcium_carbonate, dust

UCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -
Four workers were taken to a local hospital for treatment after being covered by cement dust when a hopper malfunctioned at a plant on the northwest side.

Two workers with the Staker Parson Cement Plant were covered when the hopper malfunctioned, according to Northwest Fire Department officials. Two more were covered by the dust when they went in to fix the broken valve.

According to NWFD Capt. Adam Goldberg, dry cement dust was dispensed from the hopper and quickly became airborne. The material that was considered caustic and harmful was crushed and powdered limestone, which is a part of the mixture used in the production of cement. The limestone is still caustic and can cause the irritation and caustic burns. According to NWFD the cloud is traveled north from the 5400 block of West Massingale Road.

Goldberg said the four employees were treated and released from the hospital a few hours later.

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OCT. 28 FIRST NEWS: HAZMAT INCIDENT IN DOWNTOWN SANTA FE CLOSES STREETS AND BUSINESSES. (LISTEN)
http://ksfr.org/post/oct-28-first-news-hazmat-incident-downtown-santa-fe-closes-streets-and-businesses-listen
Tags: us_NM, public, release, response, hydrogen_peroxide, petroleum

A Hazmat incident in downtown Santa Fe over the weekend was instigated when hydrogen peroxide began bubbling up through the street on Montezuma Avenue. It forced authorities to close down some streets and businesses in the vicinity of the district courthouse. Contractors have been using the hydrogen peroxide to clean up decades-old petroleum contamination found in soils throughout the area.

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EX-CHEMICAL FIRM EXEC GETS PRISON FOR WORKER DEATH
http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2013/10/28/ex-chemical-firm-exec-gets-prison-for-worker-death/
Tags: us_TX, transportation, follow-up, death, hydrogen_sulfide, waste

BEAUMONT (AP) ? A federal judge has sentenced the former president of a Port Arthur chemical company to one year in prison for occupational safety crimes that led to an employee?s death.

Matthew Lawrence Bowman is the former president and owner of Port Arthur Chemical and Environmental Services. The 41-year-old Houston man pleaded guilty in Beaumont on May 9 to violating the Occupational Safety Health Act and making a false statement.

The Justice Department says Bowman admitted to not properly protecting employees from exposure to hydrogen sulfide, a poisonous gas. Truck driver Joey Sutter died in December 2008 after exposure.

Bowman also admitted that he told employees to falsify transportation documents to hide that waste water was coming from his company, which was in operation from 2008 to 2010.

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HAZMAT CREWS CALLED TO NC STATE'S CAMPUS
http://abclocal.go.com/wtvd/story?section=news/local&id"04744
Tags: us_NC, laboratory, release, response, liquid_nitrogen

RALEIGH (WTVD) -- Emergency officials were called to a nuclear lab building on North Carolina State University's campus overnight due to a leak.

HazMat crews were called in after a container of liquid nitrogen started leaking gas.

The container was wheeled out of a classroom and is expected to be checked again later in the day.

The incident prompted no evacuations and no one was hurt.

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CHLORINE LEAK CONTAINED AT SEVEN SPRINGS TREATMENT PLANT
http://www.dailyamerican.com/news/local/somerset/chlorine-leak-contained-at-seven-springs-treatment-plant/article_7cbdaf6e-3f74-11e3-8668-001a4bcf6878.html
Tags: us_PA, industrial, release, injury, chlorine, water_treatment

A leak from a 100-gallon chlorine tank at the Seven Springs water treatment plant was contained Sunday morning.
The plant operator was transported to Somerset hospital by Markleysburg ambulance, according to Somerset County Control.
He called 911 to report the leak and complained of dizziness. Somerset County Hazardous Materials Response Team and Seven Springs and New Centerville fire departments responded to the scene at 8:21 a.m. The leak was contained at 9:39 a.m.

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DRILLING SPILL DAMAGES HOUSE, ENTERS W.VA. CREEK
http://www.dailymail.com/News/201310270052
Tags: us_WV, industrial, release, environmental, other_chemical

VALLEY GROVE, W.Va. -- State regulators are investigating spills from a drilling operation in Ohio County that damaged a house and entered a creek.

More than 6,000 gallons of water and a non-toxic clay mixture called drilling mud from a MarkWest operation entered the basement of Becky and John Wieczorkowski's house in Valley Grove last week, media outlets reported.

Drilling mud from the operation also entered Little Wheeling Creek twice last week Department of Environmental Protection. About 30 fish, mostly minnows, died, spokesman Tom Aluise told The Intelligencer and Wheeling-News Register (http://bit.ly/HnljH2">http://bit.ly/HnljH2 ).

The drilling operation, which crossed under the creek and U.S. 40, is part of MarkWest's pipeline infrastructure in Ohio County. Aluise said that the drilling mud infiltrated natural fractures in the rock and entered the creek.

"It happens," he said. "In the industry they call it inadvertent return."

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