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Chemical Safety Headlines From Google
Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at 6:09:59 AM

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Table of Contents (14 articles)

CHEMICAL ODOR AT SUNEAGLES GOLF CLUB SENDS 4 TO HOSPITAL
Tags: us_NJ, public, release, injury, unknown_chemical

CHILDREN WERE PLAYING WITH LIQUID MERCURY AT LYSANDER HOUSE, FIRE CHIEF SAYS
Tags: us_NY, public, release, response, mercury

800 GALLONS OF SULFURIC ACID SPILLED AT MSU POWER PLANT
Tags: us_MI, transportation, release, response, sulfuric_acid

7 OHIO STUDENTS GO TO HOSPITAL AFTER CHEMICAL SPILL IN CLASS
Tags: us_OH, laboratory, release, injury, pesticides

BOOM! THESE BIG EXPLOSIONS CAME FROM HOUSEHOLD ITEMS (VIDEO)
Tags: us_NJ, public, explosion, environmental, explosives, pool_chemicals

VIDEO: AUTHORITIES DETONATE ILLEGAL EXPLOSIVE CHEMICALS FOUND INSIDE OHIO HOME
Tags: us_OH, public, explosion, injury, explosives

TWO HURT IN SMALL CHEMICAL EXPLOSION IN ST. PETE
Tags: us_FL, industrial, explosion, injury, resin

HOMEMADE SKATEBOARD ROCKET EXPLODES, KILLS STUDENT
Tags: us_CA, education, explosion, death, unknown_chemical

CURLING CLUB IN ST. BONIFACE EVACUATED AFTER AMMONIA LEAK
Tags: Canada, public, release, response, ammonia

18 HOSPITALIZED AFTER BECOMING SICK AT OFFICE BUILDING IN NW MIAMI-DADE
Tags: us_FL, public, release, injury, unknown_chemical

NEW LAW WILL BAN 5 CHEMICALS FROM KID'S PRODUCTS, FURNITURE
Tags: us_WA, public, discovery, response, toxics

CONGRESSMEN PRESS EPA ON CHEMICAL EXPOSURE
Tags: us_PA, public, discovery, environmental, other_chemical

UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII HAS SAFETY EXPERTS REVIEW LAB EXPLOSION
Tags: us_HI, laboratory, follow-up, injury, hydrogen, oxygen

CHINA: CHEMICAL PLANT BLAST KILLS 2, INJURES 5
Tags: China, industrial, explosion, death, water_treatment


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CHEMICAL ODOR AT SUNEAGLES GOLF CLUB SENDS 4 TO HOSPITAL
Tags: us_NJ, public, release, injury, unknown_chemical

A chemical odor in the basement of a building at Suneagles Golf Club sickened four people who were taken to a local hospital, state police said.

Gibbs Hall at the former Fort Monmouth was evacuated.

The person who detected the odor in the basement of the building called 911 about 2:13 p.m., said Sgt. Jeff Flynn of the New Jersey State Police.

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CHILDREN WERE PLAYING WITH LIQUID MERCURY AT LYSANDER HOUSE, FIRE CHIEF SAYS
Tags: us_NY, public, release, response, mercury

LYSANDER, N.Y. -- Firefighters responded to a house in northern Onondaga County Tuesday night for a report of a hazardous chemical being spilled.

Onondaga County 911 said Phoenix firefighters, GBAC Ambulance and sheriff's deputies responded around 9:30 p.m. to a house at 3249 Greenleafe Drive in the town of Lysander.

Chief John McDonald said a man got a vial of liquid mercury from his neighbor, whose father had it from working for Carrier. The man's children got into the mercury and were playing with it in their hands when they dropped it, McDonald said.

The children were exposed to the mercury, but had showered afterward, were checked out at the scene and not transported to the hospital, he said.

Firefighters were able to sweep up the liquid mercury, which looked like silver BBs, and double-bag it. Some clothing and a rug that the mercury touched were also disposed off. McDonald said he did not know what the man who had the mercury planned to use it for.

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800 GALLONS OF SULFURIC ACID SPILLED AT MSU POWER PLANT
Tags: us_MI, transportation, release, response, sulfuric_acid

EAST LANSING - About 800 gallons of sulfuric acid leaked from a tanker Tuesday morning inside the TB Simon Power Plant on Michigan State University's campus, causing the majority of workers to be evacuated, officials said.

The chemical spill happened around 8:30 a.m., and Service Road between Harrison Road and Farm Lane was closed before reopening around 11 a.m., MSU police Capt. Doug Monette said. No injuries were reported.

The spill was largely contained to the room with the tanker, university spokesman Jason Cody said, but a small amount leaked into a basement aisle and into a storm sewer system. He added that the university contacted the East Lansing wastewater treatment plant.

Scott House, the city's director of public works, said the city has been in contact with the university and has been running tests throughout the day with no negative impacts.

Crews were still working Tuesday afternoon to clean up the spill, test the air and return the affected area to a safe condition for workers, university spokesman Jason Cody said. That process was expected to be completed Tuesday evening.

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7 OHIO STUDENTS GO TO HOSPITAL AFTER CHEMICAL SPILL IN CLASS
Tags: us_OH, laboratory, release, injury, pesticides

A chemical spill inside an Ohio high school classroom has sent seven students and two staff members to a hospital.

A fire official in Ansonia (an-SOHN'-yuh) says none of the illnesses is considered serious.

Ansonia fire Assistant Chief Dusty Brunner tells the Dayton Daily News a small amount of a pesticide used to treat fruit trees spilled Tuesday at Ansonia High School in the agriculture room.

Besides the nine people who went to the hospital several other students were treated at the school, about 50 miles northwest of Dayton.

The school building was closed afterward to allow firefighters to ventilate it.

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BOOM! THESE BIG EXPLOSIONS CAME FROM HOUSEHOLD ITEMS (VIDEO)
Tags: us_NJ, public, explosion, environmental, explosives, pool_chemicals

On a bright, sunny and chilly Tuesday afternoon a series of loud and powerful bomb blasts rocked a section of Edison.

Law enforcement did not respond to the scene " because they were already there, setting off the explosive devices themselves.

The FBI"s Newark office held an explosives forum and demonstration for state and local law enforcement personnel, first-responders, representatives from private sector manufacturing and chemical companies and the media.

Bomb experts explained how common products like Vaseline, brake fluid, cooking oil and chlorine used in swimming pools can be combined with various other chemicals to create highly powerful and dangerous explosive devices.

The FBI requested media not share the particular combinations used " there"s enough such information already out there for people planning on causing trouble or harm. Forum participants " some of whom sell or handle such chemicals daily in their work " got a lot more specifics.

Timothy A Gallagher, special agent in charge of the FBI in Newark, said it"s important to bring law enforcement, first-responders and private sector leaders together "to physically and visually look at something. It gives you more of an idea of how dangerous these chemicals can be."

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VIDEO: AUTHORITIES DETONATE ILLEGAL EXPLOSIVE CHEMICALS FOUND INSIDE OHIO HOME
Tags: us_OH, public, explosion, injury, explosives

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) " COLUMBUS Several agencies are investigating the discovery of illegal chemical found inside an east Columbus home after a man was hurt from an explosion.

Members of Columbus fire (including the bomb squad), police, and a terrorism task force are in HazMat suits assessing the the chemicals they found inside a South Hampton Drive residence. Officials said they could be used for making drugs like meth or explosives.

The man hurt in the explosion reportedly called 911 and said something exploded in his hands. He was rushed to the hospital with serious injuries, but is expected to survive. His friend is being questioned by authorities.

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TWO HURT IN SMALL CHEMICAL EXPLOSION IN ST. PETE
Tags: us_FL, industrial, explosion, injury, resin

Two employees suffered minor injuries Tuesday when a small chemical explosion occurred in the rear of a pool decking company"s box truck in St. Petersburg, fire officials said.

At 1:45 p.m., St. Petersburg Fire and Rescue was called to 6191 51st St. S. When crews arrived, they found that a pool decking company had mixed a resin and a hardener in a 55-gallon drum, creating an explosion, fire officials said. No one in the neighborhood was injured.

One of the injured employees was taken to Palms of Pasadena Hospital, and the other was treated on scene and released, fire officials said.

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HOMEMADE SKATEBOARD ROCKET EXPLODES, KILLS STUDENT
Tags: us_CA, education, explosion, death, unknown_chemical

Investigators on Tuesday were trying to figure out what caused a homemade rocket attached to a skateboard to explode, killing a Southern California high school student and injuring his friend.

Bernard Moon, 18, of Thousand Oaks died after the blast Monday night. A 17-year-old had minor injuries and was released from the hospital Tuesday.

The two senior honor students were from Thousand Oaks High School. The blast took place in a courtyard at Madrona Elementary School in Thousand Oaks.

The teens were experimenting with a skateboard attached to a homemade rocket as an engine, authorities said. The rocket was about a foot long and three-quarters of an inch in diameter, Ventura County sheriff's Capt. Garo Kuredjian said.

"It wasn't meant to go up into the sky," he said of the rocket. "It was meant to go horizontally to propel a skateboard."

The blast appeared to be "a tragic accident," he said.

It was unclear whether anyone was trying to ride the skateboard at the time, he said.

Details of the rocket's design and the chemicals used were not immediately released.

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CURLING CLUB IN ST. BONIFACE EVACUATED AFTER AMMONIA LEAK
Tags: Canada, public, release, response, ammonia

The Heather Curling Club in St. Boniface was evacuated Monday afternoon after an ammonia leak in its basement.
The hazmat unit was on scene at the club at 120 Youville St.
Ammonia, a colourless gas with a very strong smell, is widely used as a refrigerant. Ammonia leaks can be very dangerous and pose serious health concerns.
Officials said no one was hurt.
There is no word yet on what caused the leak.

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18 HOSPITALIZED AFTER BECOMING SICK AT OFFICE BUILDING IN NW MIAMI-DADE
Tags: us_FL, public, release, injury, unknown_chemical

Eighteen people were hospitalized after suffering symptoms similar to carbon monoxide poisoning at an office building in northwest Miami-Dade Monday, authorities said.
Miami-Dade Fire Rescue workers and a hazmat team responded to the building at the Lennar Corporate Center at 700 Northwest 107th Avenue shortly before noon after people began complaining of nausea and headaches.

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NEW LAW WILL BAN 5 CHEMICALS FROM KID'S PRODUCTS, FURNITURE
Tags: us_WA, public, discovery, response, toxics

VANCOUVER, Wash. -- Washington state took a major step toward keeping toxic chemicals away from kids.

A new law bans several flame retardants from children's toys and furniture.

The chemicals are still allowed in Oregon.

Vancouver mom Jane Goodwin does her best to keep her home as chemical-free as possible.

"I try to buy organic foods and BPA-free bottles and things like that," she said.

But Jane said flame retardants aren't often something she looks for.

"It's not something I've thought about too much," she said.

Fortunately, Washington lawmakers have.

On Friday, Gov. Jay Inslee signed a law banning five chemical flame retardants from children's products and furniture.

House Bill 2545 also directs the departments of Ecology and Health to review whether six additional flame retardants should be considered chemicals of concern to children and recommend whether their use in consumer products should be restricted.

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CONGRESSMEN PRESS EPA ON CHEMICAL EXPOSURE
Tags: us_PA, public, discovery, environmental, other_chemical

Pressure continues to build on the federal government to do more to protect area residents from contaminated drinking water after Congressmen Brendan Boyle and Patrick Meehan co-authored a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency late last week.
Addressed to Shawn Garvin, administrator of the EPA"s Region III office in Philadelphia, the letter urges the agency to finalize a lifetime health advisory for PFOA and PFOS " perfluorinated compounds that have been found in groundwater near a trio of former and current military bases in Warminster, Warrington and Horsham.
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"We strongly urge the EPA to expedite and expand this overdue lifetime analysis to consider the long-term health effects of PFOA and PFOS, and to carefully consider federally regulating (the chemicals) ?| in light of mounting evidence demonstrating links to serious health effects," the letter reads.

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UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII HAS SAFETY EXPERTS REVIEW LAB EXPLOSION
Tags: us_HI, laboratory, follow-up, injury, hydrogen, oxygen

The University of Hawaii has asked independent safety experts to investigate what caused a laboratory explosion last month that seriously injured a visiting researcher.

The school said Monday that the University of California Center for Laboratory Safety will look into the March 16 blast. A team from the center was on the University of Hawaii's flagship Manoa campus last week.

The investigation is expected to be completed by the end of the month.

The university says the explosion occurred when a researcher was growing cells by feeding them a mixture of low-pressure hydrogen, carbon dioxide and oxygen.

The school says the same process has been used almost daily and without incident since 2008 at a lab that's part of the Hawaii Natural Energy Institute.

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CHINA: CHEMICAL PLANT BLAST KILLS 2, INJURES 5
Tags: China, industrial, explosion, death, water_treatment

An explosion at a chemical plant in China"s eastern Shandong Province has left two people dead and five others hospitalized.

State news agency Xinhua reported Monday that the accident occurred when a waste water treatment device blew up Sunday night at the plant in Dezhou City.

It cited the local government as saying that seven victims were transported to hospital, where two of them succumbed to their injuries while the others remain in stable condition.

No chemical leaks were detected at the site owned by Lianhetech, a private high-tech chemical corporation.

Dozens of people are killed in industrial accidents in China each year, raising questions about lax safety regulations in the country.

On Aug. 12 last year, two massive warehouse explosions rocked the northern port city of Tianjin, leaving 173 dead including many firefighters.

In mid-January, at least four workers died in a blast at a machinery factory in China"s largest city Shanghai.

One week later, three people were killed and more than 50 injured when explosions ripped through a fireworks factory in eastern Jiangxi Province, causing the evacuation of 1,000 nearby residents.

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