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Subject: [DCHAS-L] CHAS Tweets and Chemical Safety headlines (7 articles)
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 07:30:18 -0400
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Table of Contents (7 articles)

CSB INVESTIGATION FINDS NO RECORD OF INSPECTIONS ON FREEDOM INDUSTRIES CHEMICAL STORAGE TANKS
Tags: us_WV, industrial, follow-up, response, other_chemical

HAZMAT CREWS CLEANING UP I81 IN WYTHEVILLE, EXPECT DELAYS
Tags: us_VA, transportation, release, response, flammables

AURORA HAZMAT TEAM RETRIEVES PURE SODIUM FROM HOUSE
Tags: us_CO, public, discovery, response, sodium

CHARLESTON, W.VA.: $2.9M SETTLEMENT PROPOSED FOR CHEMICAL SPILL CASES
Tags: us_WV, industrial, follow-up, injury, other_chemical

EVACUATION LIFTED AFTER FIRE, CHEMICAL LEAK AT ONT. FOOD-PROCESSING PLANT
Tags: Canada, industrial, fire, response, ammonia

ALLEGED DRUNKEN DRIVER CAUSES HAZMAT SITUATION
Tags: us_MA, transportation, release, injury, flammables, waste

HAZARDOUS MATERIAL CLEANED UP AFTER SLUDGE LEAK IN DARTMOUTH
Tags: Canada, transportation, release, response, unknown_chemical


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CSB INVESTIGATION FINDS NO RECORD OF INSPECTIONS ON FREEDOM INDUSTRIES CHEMICAL STORAGE TANKS

Tags: us_WV, industrial, follow-up, response, other_chemical

Charleston, West Virginia ? In an update on the investigation into the chemical storage tank leak that contaminated the drinking water of up to 300,000 residents of nine West Virginia Counties, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) reported it has thus far found no record of a formal, industry approved inspection performed on any of the chemical storage tanks at Freedom Industries prior to the massive leak which occurred on January 9, 2014. Informal inspections may have occurred, preliminary findings indicate, but investigators have found a lack of appropriate engineering inspections with prescribed frequency and rigor of inspections.

The CSB commissioned an inspection of tank 396 and similar tanks at Freedom Industries, scanning the tank interior and the surrounding topography of the river bank. Investigators oversaw the recent extraction of metal for metallurgical analysis.

The investigation found that two small holes ranging in size from about 0.4-inch to 0.75-inch in the bottom of the 48,000-gallon tank 396 were caused by corrosion, likely resulting from water leaking through holes in the roof and settling on the tank floor. Furthermore, the CSB inspection found a similar hole penetrating the bottom of nearby tank 397, containing the same chemical at the facility, located in Charleston. Other tanks also showed multiple signs of pitting and metallurgical damage, investigators said. The growing corrosion in these tanks went unnoticed until the bottom of 396 was breached and up to an estimated 10,000 gallons of the chemical 4-methylcyclohexane methanol (MCHM), mixed with propylene glycol phenyl ethers, or PPH, made their way through the underlying mixture of soil and gravel under the facility and into the Elk River on January 9, 2014.

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HAZMAT CREWS CLEANING UP I81 IN WYTHEVILLE, EXPECT DELAYS

Tags: us_VA, transportation, release, response, flammables

10:00 a.m. update: Wythe County Emergency Management officials say that a tractor and trailer hauling two Fed-Ex containers wrecked on the northbound side of Interstate 81 in Wytheville at mile marker 73.3.

The accident occurred Saturday morning at the I-81 / I-77 split.

According to first responders on scene, the wrecked cargo included paint, which spilled onto the roadway.

Due to the fact that paint is flammable and harmful to the environment, Virginia HAZMAT officials are helping with the containment effort.

We're told the public is not danger, however, responders on the scene say that traffic will be an issue for motorists traveling on the northbound side of I-81 throughout much of the day; crews will be working to clean up the spilled paint.

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AURORA HAZMAT TEAM RETRIEVES PURE SODIUM FROM HOUSE

Tags: us_CO, public, discovery, response, sodium

A woman who recently split up with a boyfriend called Aurora police late Saturday to report he had threatened to put pure sodium into the Aurora Reservoir, police said.

Police sent a hazardous materials team to a home along East Fitzsimons Way near Interstate 225 to retrieve about 500 grams of a substance they said the unidentified woman claimed was pure sodium. In its purest form, sodium is a metal that can produce hydrogen gas and heat if in contact with water.

Police said the woman claimed the ex-boyfriend obtained the substance from a hospital where he worked.

In sufficient quantities, pure sodium can cause a fire.

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CHARLESTON, W.VA.: $2.9M SETTLEMENT PROPOSED FOR CHEMICAL SPILL CASES

Tags: us_WV, industrial, follow-up, injury, other_chemical

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- At least $2.9 million could fuel additional studies as part of a proposed settlement between West Virginia businesses and residents and the company that contaminated their water supply.

A deal between lawyers for Freedom Industries and businesses and people who sued Freedom was filed Friday in Charleston federal court. It needs approval in both U.S. district and bankruptcy court.

Attorney Anthony Majestro, representing some plaintiffs, says a board would decide what projects benefiting the public good would receive money. It is unclear who would be on the board.

Long-term medical monitoring for the nine-county area is one possibility, he said.

According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's analysis, people visiting emergency rooms in the two weeks after the spill complained of various ailments, like nausea, rashes, skin irritation and vomiting.

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EVACUATION LIFTED AFTER FIRE, CHEMICAL LEAK AT ONT. FOOD-PROCESSING PLANT

Tags: Canada, industrial, fire, response, ammonia

TECUMSEH, ONTARIO ? People evacuated homes and businesses this morning as a large fire consumed much of an industrial food-processing plant in this small town southeast of Detroit.

A large smoke plume was visible from southeast Michigan after the fire started at roughly 2 a.m. at the Bonduelle plant surrounded by neighborhoods.

At 9:30 a.m., people near the fire received messages declaring emergency evacuations because of a small ammonia leak, according to the Tecumseh Fire Rescue Service Twitter feed. The evacuation was lifted about 312hours later.

About an hour earlier, plant employees were standing west of the fire when the wind started pushing the smoke in that direction. The people scattered, as the smoke had a strong chemical smell. Evacuation centers were set up at Tecumseh Arena on McNorton Street and St. Joseph High School at McHugh and Clover streets in Windsor.

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ALLEGED DRUNKEN DRIVER CAUSES HAZMAT SITUATION

Tags: us_MA, transportation, release, injury, flammables, waste

LOWELL -- Lowell police say a 56-year-old city man was driving drunk at more than twice the legal limit Thursday afternoon on Thorndike Street when he allegedly slammed into the rear of a truck carrying hazardous waste triggering a hazardous materials incident during rush-hour traffic, prosecutors said.

Police allege shortly before 4 p.m. a Lowell police officer was at the traffic light at the intersection of Thorndike Street and YMCA drive with a Triumvirate Environmental truck behind him when he heard a loud crash. A 2006 Toyota Tundra being driven by Thomas Crear was crushed and embedded into the rear of the Triumvirate truck. Police say Crear's truck began leaking fluids from the engine compartment

Crear, who smelled of alcohol, allegedly told police he had been drinking. A portable blood alcohol test registered .18 -- more than twice the legal of limit of .08, according to court documents.

The driver of the Triumvirate truck wanted to seek medical attention, but told police he couldn't leave because he was carrying hazardous waste and flammable materials in the back of his truck. Fortunately, his truck was not leaking any fluids.

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HAZARDOUS MATERIAL CLEANED UP AFTER SLUDGE LEAK IN DARTMOUTH

Tags: Canada, transportation, release, response, unknown_chemical

Halifax regional firefighters dealt with a leaking drum of hazardous material in Dartmouth on Friday.

The material, aluminum sludge, was oozing from a 45-gallon drum in the back of a truck on Neptune Crescent near Research Drive. Firefighters were called just before 11 a.m. about the contents of the drum having some kind of reaction and possibly being under pressure.

?We don?t know exactly what happened or why there was any kind of reaction at all,? divisional commander Mike Blackburn said.

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