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Subject: [DCHAS-L] Chemical Safety headlines (8 articles)
Date: Mon, 13 Jul 2020 07:49:21 -0400
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Chemical Safety Headlines From Google
Monday, July 13, 2020 at 7:49:07 AM

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Table of Contents (8 articles)

21 INJURED IN FIRE ABOARD SHIP AT NAVAL BASE SAN DIEGO
Tags: us_CA, industrial, explosion, injury, cleaners

POST OFFICE REOPENS AFTER ODOR SENDS TWO EMPLOYEES TO HOSPITAL WITH BREATHING PROBLEMS
Tags: us_RI, public, release, injury, unknown_chemical

HAZMAT SITUATION IN BLOOMFIELD TWP. AFTER TANKER FLIPS, CATCHES FIRE
Tags: us_MI, transportation, fire, response, other_chemical

I-476 REOPENS IN LOWER MERION AFTER CHEMICAL SPILL ON ROADWAY
Tags: us_PA, transportation, release, response, bleach

CHEMICAL LEAK SHUTS DOWN I-65 NORTHBOUND JUST NORTH OF DOWNTOWN
Tags: us_TN, transportation, release, response, sodium_hydroxide

VIZAG GAS LEAK: FIRE DEPARTMENT REACHED LG POLYMERS 16 MINUTES LATE, STATES HIGH-POWER COMMITTEE FIN- THE NEW INDIAN EXPRESS
Tags: India, industrial, follow-up, environmental, plastics

FIREFIGHTERS CALLED TO MAGNET LEISURE CENTRE FOLLOWING SUSPECTED CHEMICAL LEAK
Tags: United_Kingdom, industrial, release, response, other_chemical

MAHARASHTRA TRUCK CARRYING CHEMICAL OVERTURNS IN THANE-ANI
Tags: India, transportation, release, response, methyl_methacrylate


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21 INJURED IN FIRE ABOARD SHIP AT NAVAL BASE SAN DIEGO
https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-07-12/fire-uss-bonhomme-richard-naval-base-san-diego
Tags: us_CA, industrial, explosion, injury, cleaners

SAN DIEGO ?? A three-alarm fire on the amphibious assault ship Bonhomme Richard in San Diego injured 17 sailors and four civilians Sunday morning, and multiple agencies battled the blaze throughout the day.
A spokesman for Navy Region Southwest said the cause and location of the blaze and the extent of damage were not known as of Sunday afternoon.

The 17 sailors and four civilians were sent to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, according to a statement from Naval Surface Forces in San Diego.
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San Diego Fire Chief Colin Stowell told CNN that all fire personnel immediately withdrew from the ship and a nearby pier was evacuated following an onboard explosion that was traced to a 55-gallon drum filled with a chemical used for cleaning tools. He said that explosive ordnance was on the ship and that firefighters had to be especially cautious.

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POST OFFICE REOPENS AFTER ODOR SENDS TWO EMPLOYEES TO HOSPITAL WITH BREATHING PROBLEMS
https://www.providencejournal.com/news/20200711/post-office-reopens-after-odor-sends-two-employees-to-hospital-with-breathing-problems
Tags: us_RI, public, release, injury, unknown_chemical

PROVIDENCE ?? The main post office on Corliss Street in Providence was back in business by around noon Saturday after a short-lived evacuation to investigate a ??foreign odor.??

Two post office employees were taken to the hospital Saturday morning with reported breathing difficulties after a supervisor detected an odor ??similar to automobile gasoline,?3 according to post office spokesman Stephen Doherty.

At that point, he said, the entire building was evacuated, and a HazMat team was called to the scene to determine the source of the odor.

All of the employees were allowed back in the building around noon, after a hazardous inspection team searched and found nothing that would explain the odor, during a time of day when garage doors were open to the parking area, according to Deputy Providence Fire Chief Stephen Capracotta.

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HAZMAT SITUATION IN BLOOMFIELD TWP. AFTER TANKER FLIPS, CATCHES FIRE
https://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/oakland-county/2020/07/11/semi-truck-flips-near-75-business-loop-fuel-burns-road-closed/5422875002/
Tags: us_MI, transportation, fire, response, other_chemical

Bloomfield Township ?? A hazmat situation has been declared after a tanker has flipped over on the Square Lake Road ramp to Interstate 75 spilling an estimated 13,500 gallons of fuel on the roadway and catching fire.

The Bloomfield Township Police encouraged anyone in the area feeling ill to call 911. If you live nearby, you are being told to shelter in place.

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I-476 REOPENS IN LOWER MERION AFTER CHEMICAL SPILL ON ROADWAY
https://patch.com/pennsylvania/norristown/i-476-reopens-lower-merion-after-chemical-spill-roadway
Tags: us_PA, transportation, release, response, bleach

LOWER MERION, PA ?? Traffic was limited to one lane Friday morning on I-467 in Lower Merion after a tractor trailer spilled hazardous materials on the roadway.

A Montgomery County Department of Public Safety supervisor told Patch the incident was reported around 4:30 a.m. Friday as a tractor trailer on fire.

In a Facebook post, the Lower Merion Fire Department said the incident was later classified as a HazMat scene when first responders noted the trailer was leaking Sodium Hypochlorite.

The DPS spokesperson told Patch the incident was turned over to PennDOT around 11:15 and later to The Lewis Group, a company dealing with environmental challenges, for cleanup. No injuries were reported.

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CHEMICAL LEAK SHUTS DOWN I-65 NORTHBOUND JUST NORTH OF DOWNTOWN
https://www.wsmv.com/news/chemical-leak-shuts-down-i-65-northbound-just-north-of-downtown/article_75fb48f0-c305-11ea-8632-9b807b649a99.html
Tags: us_TN, transportation, release, response, sodium_hydroxide

NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) - Interstate 65 northbound near Fern Avenue just North of downtown is closed after a tractor trailer started leaking a chemical.

Metro Police say the chemical sodium hydroxide, also known as lye, began leaking from the tractor trailer onto the interstate.

The Nashville Fire Department hazmat team has responded to the scene and TDOT is currently assisting as well.

The incident is expected to be cleared by 9 p.m

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VIZAG GAS LEAK: FIRE DEPARTMENT REACHED LG POLYMERS 16 MINUTES LATE, STATES HIGH-POWER COMMITTEE FIN- THE NEW INDIAN EXPRESS
https://www.newindianexpress.com/states/andhra-pradesh/2020/jul/11/vizag-gas-leak-fire-department-reached-lg-polymers-16-minutes-late-states-high-power-committee-findings-2168262.html
Tags: India, industrial, follow-up, environmental, plastics

VISAKHAPATNAM: On the fateful day of the Vizag gas leak, the Fire Department took 21 minutes to respond to the emergency call, instead of five minutes, as stipulated by the Standing Fire Advisory Council (SFAC). Besides, the available strength of the AP State Disaster Response and Fire Service Department in Visakhapatnam is highly inadequate. These were some of the findings of the High-Power Committee (HPC) that probed the gas leak that left 15 people dead and hundreds hospitalised.

The HPC said the Fire Department received its first call about the mishap at 3.30 am on May 7, and the fire tender from Marripalem reached the LG Polymers plant ?? four km away ?? at 3.51 am, as per a report from the Fire Department. SFAC norms stipulate a response time of five minutes in urban areas and 20 minutes in rural areas, with a 10 km area to be covered in urban areas and 50 sq km in rural areas.

The HPC advised the state government to take steps to equip the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) for all types of calamities and accidents by providing the necessary infrastructure. It recommended that the SDRF become an integral part of on-site and off-site mock drills and implementation of emergency plans of all hazardous industries. It should be a member of the state, district and local crisis group, the panel said.

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FIREFIGHTERS CALLED TO MAGNET LEISURE CENTRE FOLLOWING SUSPECTED CHEMICAL LEAK
https://www.maidenhead-advertiser.co.uk/news/maidenhead/159911/firefighters-called-to-magnet-leisure-centre-following-suspected-chemical-leak.html
Tags: United_Kingdom, industrial, release, response, other_chemical

Firefighters were called to a suspected chemical leak at the Magnet Leisure Centre last night.

Crews from Maidenhead, Windsor and Whitley Wood were called to the scene at about 5.45pm.

When they arrived, they discovered water had been leaking from the pool area into the plant room, endangering stored chemicals and electrics.

Firefighters had to wear breathing apparatus, full PPE and protective suits to investigate the issue.

They stayed on site for more than three hours making the scene safe.

A spokeswoman for the Royal Borough said: ??Staff discovered the Magnet Leisure Centre Pool was leaking yesterday afternoon following a routine inspection. Royal Berkshire Fire & Rescue Service were called to assist with removing the water, the police were also called to ascertain if it was caused by criminal activity.

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MAHARASHTRA TRUCK CARRYING CHEMICAL OVERTURNS IN THANE-ANI
http://www.businessworld.in/article/Maharashtra-Truck-carrying-chemical-overturns-in-Thane/11-07-2020-296380/
Tags: India, transportation, release, response, methyl_methacrylate

Thane (Maharashtra) [India], July 11 (ANI): A truck carrying chemical named Methyl Methacrylate overturned on Ghodbunder road near Gaimukh Chowpatty in Thane on Saturday.
The truck was travelling from Surat in Gujarat to Ambarnath in Maharashtra.
Regional Disaster Management Cell (RDMC) and fire brigade have reached the spot, an official said.
"A TATA tanker carrying Methyl methacrylate chemical of 9,00,195 kg topple down on Ghodbunder road near Gaimukh Chowpatty, Gaimukh, Thane," said RDMC officials.
No casualty has been reported in the incident and rescue operation is underway, the official added.
On Friday, a truck carrying LPG cylinders overturned near Gaimukh Chowpatty on Ghodbunder Road.

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