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Subject: [DCHAS-L] CHAS Tweets and Chemical Safety headlines (11 articles)
Date: Fri, 22 Nov 2013 07:39:00 -0500
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acsdchas ACS GCI: Enhancing microalgae growth to boost green energy production http://t.co/J4PRZDXDks http://t.co/58pegSzne6

labsustain ES&T: Nationally Representative Levels of Selected VOCs in Canadian Residential Indoor Air http://t.co/z3tbSz3NUj http://t.co/nxJkbaz3Bh

acsdchas ACS GCI: Green Chemistry Principle #11 Real-time analysis for Pollution Prevention http://t.co/X4B9YtOWzT

labsustain http://t.co/Q37jDHKs6k Massachusetts bans businesses from putting food and plant waste in the trash." http://t.co/oNfY8Orv4T

labsustain ES&T: A New Porous Material to Enhance the Clathrate Process: Precombustion CO2 Capture http://t.co/zOplHfTl4P http://t.co/74uP2JBrKE

labsustain ACS GCI: Toxics - A Systemic Issue http://t.co/XcRZimiABF

acsdchas ACS GCI: More Than Hot Air: Finding Ways to Reuse Carbon Dioxide http://t.co/TNFtGjRCH9 http://t.co/MFdZSCrAH4

labsustain C&EN: Biofuels Gets Hot: heat-based decomposition process to turn biomass into fuels http://t.co/kQyj8J6IVo http://t.co/rTiYSL9HFU

labsustain ES&T: Effects of Climate Change on the Risk of Infection by Water-Transmitted Pathogens http://t.co/nosfhbY3aT http://t.co/dYqnfDiCXu

acsdchas ES&T: Developing a Reference Material for Diffusion-Controlled Formaldehyde Emissions Testing http://t.co/AZs8GncSEl http://t.co/zS2lfIqLOR

labsustain Sus Chem & Eng: Cycle Carbon Footprint of Re-Refined versus Base Oil That Is Not Re-Refined http://t.co/uRqgRTSnKd http://t.co/3GpZl86jiI

acsdchas C&EN: Study finds 8-nm particles are better CO2 electroreduction catalysts and explains why http://t.co/Ey9bvGaxPf http://t.co/bD8mJZOPSp

acsdchas Calif proposed rules for fracking: state permits, testing of groundwater and notification of neighbors http://t.co/zJh6h71JPo

labsustain ES&T: Fate of ZnO Nanoparticles in Soils and Cowpea http://t.co/tttZyzvnY7 http://t.co/3GG8FrMFlM

labsustain ES&T: Engineered Nanoparticles May Induce Genotoxicity http://t.co/l3b9YFA6tc

acsdchas Sus Chem & Eng: CoCl2 Designed as Excellent Pseudocapacitor Electrode Materials http://t.co/ucGhECMlux http://t.co/Ofq41jNTji

acsdchas EHE Blog: Encouraging Prompt Injury and Illness Reporting in a Biomedical Laboratory http://t.co/cRgaooSrEt

acsdchas Alternative Assessments: Strategies for Sustainable Product Development ACS Webinars Dec 5 http://t.co/GjNpJPUKrw http://t.co/smCbTFaHOW


Table of Contents (11 articles)

AT LEAST 3 DEAD, 48 INJURED IN MASSIVE EXPLOSION NEAR CHINESE CHEMICAL PLANT
Tags: China, industrial, explosion, death, oils, petroleum

NEWS BRIEFS SMALL FIRE PUT OUT AT HOLLY
Tags: us_UT, industrial, fire, environmental, gasoline, sulphur

WORKERS SENT TO HOSPITAL AFTER LEAK AT ARK. PLANT
Tags: us_AR, industrial, release, injury, chlorine_dioxide

INDUSTRY CHEMIST IS NEW ACS PRESIDENT-ELECT
Tags: other, discovery, environmental

ENCOURAGING PROMPT INJURY AND ILLNESS REPORTING IN A BIOMEDICAL LABORATORY
Tags: laboratory, discovery, environmental

REPORT OF CHEMICAL EXPLOSION BRINGS HAZMAT TEAM TO CONRAD HIGH IN NORTHEAST DALLAS
Tags: us_TX, education, explosion, response, other_chemical

THE SUN NEWSCHEMICAL EXPLOSION ROCKS ONDO, KILLS 3, INJURES 10
Tags: Nigeria, public, explosion, death, gas_cylinders, water_treatment

HAZARDOUS CHEMICALS DUMPED NEAR COLORADO FLOOD ZONE
Tags: us_CO, public, release, response, cyanide, illegal, waste, zinc

CREWS EXTINGUISH KEROSENE DRUM FIRE IN SE OKC
Tags: us_OK, industrial, fire, response, kerosene

WAREHOUSE FLOOR COLLAPSES, TRIGGERS HAZMAT CALL
Tags: us_WA, industrial, release, response, flammables

KION NEWS LOCAL NEWS: HAZMAT SITUATION AT SALINAS GREENHOUSE, ACID SPILL
Tags: us_CA, industrial, release, response, nitric_acid


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AT LEAST 3 DEAD, 48 INJURED IN MASSIVE EXPLOSION NEAR CHINESE CHEMICAL PLANT
http://www.seattlepi.com/technology/businessinsider/article/At-Least-3-Dead-48-Injured-In-Massive-Explosion-5000812.php
Tags: China, industrial, explosion, death, oils, petroleum

At least three people are dead and another 48 are injured after a massive explosion ripped through an industrial area in Quingdao, China, South China Morning Post is reporting.

The explosion happened near the Lidong Chemical Plant early Friday local time, according to SCMP.

A fire and explosion occurred as workers were attempting to repair a petroleum pipeline around 3 a.m., Xinhua reports.

SCMP reported the Quingdao government as saying the oil pipeline ruptured and caused an oil spill.

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NEWS BRIEFS SMALL FIRE PUT OUT AT HOLLY
http://www.davisclipper.com/view/full_story/24089525/article-News-Briefs--Small-fire-put-out-at-Holly-?instance=secondary_stories_left_column
Tags: us_UT, industrial, fire, environmental, gasoline, sulphur

WEST BOUNTIFUL ? Holly Refinery is investigating the cause of a small fire Monday that started in a unit that removes sulphur from heavy hydrocarbon product to be used as gasoline.

The fire started about 2:30 p.m. as the result of a leak in a a flange on a pipe, according to Mike Astin, environmental manager for the plant.

?Operators immediately recognized the problem and got water on it right away,? Astin said, explaining the water wasn?t meant to put out the blaze, but to cool the system down as operators shut the unit down.

They also sounded the evaluation alarm for that unit, so no one was hurt, Astin said.

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WORKERS SENT TO HOSPITAL AFTER LEAK AT ARK. PLANT
http://www.wxvt.com/story/23996950/workers-sent-to-hospital-after-leak-at-ark-plant
Tags: us_AR, industrial, release, injury, chlorine_dioxide

BLYTHEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - Authorities in northeast Arkansas say 18 people were sent to hospitals after a suspected chlorine dioxide leak at a steel mill in Blytheville.

Blytheville Fire Chief Mike Carney says the fire department responded to Nucor Steel at about 10 a.m. Sunday. Carney says the department's hazardous materials team decontaminated the workers and contractors who were exposed to the gas before sending them to a hospital.

Carney says most of the workers were released from the hospital later Sunday, but a few were admitted for observation.

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INDUSTRY CHEMIST IS NEW ACS PRESIDENT-ELECT
http://cen.acs.org/articles/91/web/2013/11/Industry-Chemist-New-ACS-President.html
Tags: other, discovery, environmental

The members of the American Chemical Society have elected Diane Grob Schmidt, a section head at Procter & Gamble, as ACS president-elect for 2014. During her three-year succession, Schmidt will serve as president of the society in 2015 and immediate past-president in 2016; she will also serve on the board of directors. The society, which publishes C&EN, also elected or reelected four other board directors.
In the president-elect race, no candidate had a majority of members? first-choice votes. Because Charles E. Kolb Jr., president and chief executive officer at Aerodyne Research, received the fewest first-choice votes, the second-choice votes of members who preferred Kolb were added to the first-choice votes for G. Bryan Balazs, an associate program leader at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and Schmidt, per ACS Bylaws. That gave Schmidt 42% of the total votes for president-elect, compared with 35% for Balazs and 23% for Kolb. Schmidt was a petition candidate, having secured more than 800 nominations to add her name to the ballot.

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ENCOURAGING PROMPT INJURY AND ILLNESS REPORTING IN A BIOMEDICAL LABORATORY
http://www.imakenews.com/bfoster/e_article002832723.cfm?x=bn0R622,b86gdTKG
Tags: laboratory, discovery, environmental

Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) and Occupational Health (OH) professionals strive to educate laboratory workers on the importance of prompt injury and illness reporting in a biomedical laboratory setting. When a laboratory worker sustains an injury such as a needlestick or has an exposure to a chemical or biohazardous material, it?s crucial that the worker immediately report the incident to the institution?s OH and EHS staff.

Prompt assessment, treatment and follow-up are of the utmost importance for worker health and are necessary for compliance with regulatory requirements. Additionally it allows EHS and OH staff to immediately begin follow-up activities in response to the injury or illness and conduct the incident investigation to determine the root cause.

At the June 2012 Occupational Health Colloquium presented by the Eagleson Institute and the Elizabeth R. Griffin Research Foundation titled ?Preventing and Treating Biological Exposures?, there was consensus among OH and EHS professionals that upwards of 70% of the injuries and illnesses in academic laboratories are not reported. There was agreement that in order to reduce this percentage, OH and EHS professionals must increase efforts to reinforce with laboratory workers the requirement for prompt reporting.

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REPORT OF CHEMICAL EXPLOSION BRINGS HAZMAT TEAM TO CONRAD HIGH IN NORTHEAST DALLAS
http://thescoopblog.dallasnews.com/2013/11/hazmat-called-to-northeast-dallas-high-school.html/
Tags: us_TX, education, explosion, response, other_chemical

Dallas Fire-Rescue?s HazMat unit was called to Emmett J. Conrad High School Wednesday afternoon after reports that an unknown chemical had exploded in a balloon.

Dallas Fire-Rescue received a 911 call around 3 p.m. of a possible chemical exposure, which turned out to be peppermint extract, Dallas Fire-Rescue spokesman Jason Evans said.

Evans said in an e-mail peppermint extract, which has a strong odor,had been placed in a balloon-like container and then dropped on the floor.

The strong odor caused a scare at the school and led to the 911 call, Evans said.

There were no injuries reported, although one student was taken to a nearby hospital at the request of a parent.

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THE SUN NEWSCHEMICAL EXPLOSION ROCKS ONDO, KILLS 3, INJURES 10
http://sunnewsonline.com/new/cover/chemical-explosion-rocks-ondo-kills-3-injures-10/
Tags: Nigeria, public, explosion, death, gas_cylinders, water_treatment

Three people including a grandmother and her grandson lost their lives while 10 others were seriously injured in the early hours of yesterday following an explosion that occurred from the facility of the Ondo State Water Corporation in Araromi Obu, Odigbo Local Government Area of the state.

The victims were said to have died of contaminated chemicals they inhaled from one of the cylinders of the corporation that burst at about 11.30 pm on Tuesday.It was gathered that the community located in the far end of the local govern-ment was thrown into pandemonium upon hearing the boom that came from the premises of the water corporation located along Oke Otunba street in the town.
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It was however gat-ered that when the of.cials of the water corporation got to the premises in the morning, it was discovered that one of the cylinders containing some chemicals being used for puri.cation of water got burst forcefully and the content in-.icted health hazard on the people.However, the state government was said to have sent medical personnel to the town to be able to give health assistance to the people.

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HAZARDOUS CHEMICALS DUMPED NEAR COLORADO FLOOD ZONE
http://gazette.com/hazardous-chemicals-dumped-near-colorado-flood-zone/article/1509618
Tags: us_CO, public, release, response, cyanide, illegal, waste, zinc

LYONS ? The Boulder County Sheriff's Office is investigating two incidents of illegal chemical dumping in the flood zone near Lyons.

Authorities say someone dropped off a 30-gallon barrel containing zinc cyanide, an extremely poisonous chemical, at Black Bear Inn in Lyons on Nov. 7. The barrel was found next to flood debris.

Four days later, police say a similar discovery was made at an Environmental Protection Agency dump site. It was later determined the chemical inside the 20-gallon barrel was copper cyanide, which is also extremely toxic.

According to KUSA-TV (http://tinyurl.com/klgmpee">http://tinyurl.com/klgmpee ), investigators believe someone is dumping the toxic waste next to flood debris hoping no one will notice.

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CREWS EXTINGUISH KEROSENE DRUM FIRE IN SE OKC
http://www.news9.com/story/24008697/hazmat-called-to-fire-in-se-okc
Tags: us_OK, industrial, fire, response, kerosene

OKLAHOMA CITY - Firefighters have put out a fire burning in a drum filled with kerosene in the 1800 block of S.E. 40th Street.
The two-alarm fire started around 7:30 a.m. Tuesday at a commercial building. Because of the 2,500 gallons of burning kerosene, both firefighters and hazmat crews were called to the scene.

The fire was extinguished within an hour. The flames did not threaten the structure.

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WAREHOUSE FLOOR COLLAPSES, TRIGGERS HAZMAT CALL
http://www.columbian.com/news/2013/nov/19/floor-collapse-possible-hazmat-incident-vancouver-/
Tags: us_WA, industrial, release, response, flammables

A heavy load of lead collapsed through the main floor of a west Vancouver warehouse Tuesday afternoon, creating a 50-foot hole. The lead fell onto some chemicals stored below, and a thick sheet of concrete wall was pulled down in the collapse, which was reported around 2 p.m.

Vancouver Warehouse and Distribution Co., 1101 W. 11th St., was condemned, and trains were not allowed to pass through the BNSF Railway at the rear of the warehouse, said Vancouver Fire Department Battalion Chief Rick Steele; officials feared the vibrations from passing trains could cause the building to collapse.

Battalion Chief Kevin Griffee said a worker with a forklift had unloaded pallets of lead ingots when the main floor of the building gave way. The worker had backed up the forklift before the collapse and was not injured. About 400,000 pounds of ingots dropped onto about 1,000 gallons of rubbing alcohol that was stored below in plastic containers. Griffee was not sure how much of the flammable liquid was released. One man was treated for chemical exposure.

The building was so unstable that some traffic on the adjacent BNSF Railway was halted.

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KION NEWS LOCAL NEWS: HAZMAT SITUATION AT SALINAS GREENHOUSE, ACID SPILL
http://m.kionrightnow.com/w/localnews/story/103980334/
Tags: us_CA, industrial, release, response, nitric_acid

SALINAS, Calif- The county HAZMAT team is at a greenhouse on Oldstage road after an acid spill happened Tuesday morning. The greenhouse belonged to the Oldstage Greenhouse company. Emergency crews have been on scene all morning working to clean up the spill.

Workers discovered that the 500 gallon tank of Nitric Acid was leaking. Experts on scene said that this acid can eat through almost anything and can cause severe damage to the skin and lungs.

Crews are working to clean up the spill and have set up decontamination stations.

At the moment, crews do not believe that this spill will spread to neighboring properties, but there could be problems if the wind intensifies. There is also a small chance that it could cause an explosion if the gas from the spill ignites, said emergency crews.

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