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Subject: [DCHAS-L] Chemical Safety headlines (8 articles)
Date: Fri, 2 Oct 2020 07:02:49 -0400
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Chemical Safety Headlines From Google
Friday, October 2, 2020 at 6:58:16 AM

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Table of Contents (8 articles)

LANCASTER CO. ANIMAL HOSPITAL EVACUATED FOLLOWING HAZMAT INCIDENT
Tags: us_SC, public, release, injury, cleaners

ARKEMA, EXECUTIVES ACQUITTED OF CHARGES FROM 2017 CHEMICAL FIRE
Tags: us_TX, industrial, follow-up, environmental, peroxide

I-59/20 EB CLOSED AT I-65 SB INTERCHANGE IN BIRMINGHAM
Tags: us_AL, transportation, release, response, corrosives

FIRE IN PLANT, NO ONE INJURED
Tags: India, industrial, fire, response, solvent

EXPLOSION AT CHINESE CHEMICAL FACTORY KILLS SIX FOLKS, INJURES FOUR
Tags: China, industrial, explosion, death, unknown_chemical

GAS ISSUE AT GORE SPORTS VENUE RESOLVED
Tags: New_Zealand, public, release, response, unknown_chemical

FIRE AT CHEMICAL UNIT IN PUNE; 12 WORKERS RESCUED, NONE HURT
Tags: India, industrial, explosion, response, solvent

SMART SHOPPING CAN REDUCE EXPOSURE TO HARMFUL CHEMICALS CALLED ENDOCRINE DISRUPTORS
Tags: public, discovery, environmental


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LANCASTER CO. ANIMAL HOSPITAL EVACUATED FOLLOWING HAZMAT INCIDENT
https://www.wbtv.com/2020/10/01/lancaster-co-animal-hospital-evacuated-following-gas-leak/
Tags: us_SC, public, release, injury, cleaners

LANCASTER COUNTY, S.C. (WBTV) - Employees and animals had to be evacuated Thursday morning after a hazmat incident at an animal hospital in Lancaster County.

Fire officials told WBTV that 12 people were treated for symptoms but no one was taken to the hospital. Those symptoms included dizziness, nausea and respiratory issues.

Crews responded to Southern Paws Animal Hospital, on Highway 521, in Lancaster County.


Lancaster County Emergency Manager Darren Player told WBTV that cleaning chemicals were mixed together and created a hazardous gas.

Officials say all of the animals and employees had to evacuate the building.

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ARKEMA, EXECUTIVES ACQUITTED OF CHARGES FROM 2017 CHEMICAL FIRE
https://www.businessinsurance.com/article/20201001/NEWS06/912336971/Arkema,-executives-acquitted-of-charges-from-2017-chemical-fire#
Tags: us_TX, industrial, follow-up, environmental, peroxide

(Reuters) ?? A Texas judge on Thursday acquitted the U.S. arm of French chemical maker Arkema SA and a top executive of criminal recklessness stemming from a 2017 blaze that injured 21 people, a verdict that ended all charges against its managers.

The company's Crosby, Texas, plant became waterlogged and lost power needed to keep organic peroxide chemicals from igniting after Hurricane Harvey dumped more than 50 inches of rain on the area. The untended chemicals caught fire and burned for days, injuring 21 safety workers and forcing residents from their homes.

Arkema Inc. and former plant manager Leslie Comardelle were found not guilty in a directed verdict by Judge Belinda Hill on Thursday. On Wednesday, she dismissed an endangerment charge against Arkema's U.S. chief executive officer, Richard Rowe, saying prosecutors had not presented enough evidence to support the charge.

Prosecutors last month separately dropped a criminal assault charge against Arkema and former logistics executive Michael Keough over smoke inhalation injuries suffered by public safety workers assigned to guard the plant.

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I-59/20 EB CLOSED AT I-65 SB INTERCHANGE IN BIRMINGHAM
https://abc3340.com/news/local/overturned-18-wheeler-on-interstate-in-birmingham-contains-toxic-chemical
Tags: us_AL, transportation, release, response, corrosives

An 18-wheeler carrying toxic material overturned on I-59/20 in downtown Birmingham Thursday afternoon.

The crash happened on I-59/20 north at the I-65 exit around 2:00 p.m. causing major traffic delays.

According to Birmingham Fire-Rescue, the truck was carrying 5,000 gallons of sodium hydrosulfide, an extremely corrosive and toxic substance.

The driver of the truck was unharmed and no other vehicles were involved in the crash.

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FIRE IN PLANT, NO ONE INJURED
https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/pune/fire-in-plant-no-one-injured/articleshow/78437168.cms
Tags: India, industrial, fire, response, solvent

Pune: Twelve workers of a solvent and chemical manufacturing company had a narrow escape in the early hours of Thursday after a fire broke out in the firm at Kurkumbh MIDC near Daund, off Pune-Solapur highway and about 75km from the city.
Inspector Sunil Mahadik of the Daund police said the fire broke out around 2am. ??There was no power then. We suspect sparks due to fluctuations may have caused the fire,?? he said. tnn

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EXPLOSION AT CHINESE CHEMICAL FACTORY KILLS SIX FOLKS, INJURES FOUR
https://gruntstuff.com/explosion-at-chinese-chemical-factory-kills-six-folks-injures-four/94993/
Tags: China, industrial, explosion, death, unknown_chemical

Six folks had been killed and four others injured in an explosion Tuesday at a chemical factory close to the Chinese metropolis of Wuhan, in line with a report.

The blast occurred about 5:30 p.m. native time at the factory of the Lanhua Silicone Co. in Xiantao, a Hubei Province metropolis of some 1.5 million residents about 70 miles southwest of Wuhan, the Each day Mail reported.

Greater than 100 first responders ?? together with firefighters, paramedics and environmental officers ?? rushed to the scene to seek for survivors, in line with the information outlet.

Three out of the four injured stay hospitalized.

Some residents within the space stated their home windows had been shattered by the pressure of the explosion, the Each day Mail reported, citing Hubei radio and TV.

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GAS ISSUE AT GORE SPORTS VENUE RESOLVED
https://www.odt.co.nz/regions/southland/gas-issue-gore-sports-venue-resolved
Tags: New_Zealand, public, release, response, unknown_chemical

A reported gas leak at the Gore Multisports Complex has been resolved.
A Fire and Emergency New Zealand spokesman said firefighters were called to the Robertson St site at 12.40pm today, after an alarm activation and reports of the smell of gas.

Two crews went to the complex, which had been evacuated.

There was a smell of some kind of refrigeration gas and crews were trying to determine where it was coming from, the spokesman said.

Power at the facility had been isolated and oxygen levels were showing as normal by 3pm, so firefighters were preparing to pack up and leave, he said.

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FIRE AT CHEMICAL UNIT IN PUNE; 12 WORKERS RESCUED, NONE HURT
https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/nation/fire-at-chemical-unit-in-pune-12-workers-rescued-none-hurt-149362
Tags: India, industrial, explosion, response, solvent

A major fire broke out at a chemical solvent manufacturing unit in Maharashtra's Pune district in the wee hours of Thursday, a fire brigade official said.

No casualty was reported as the plant, located in Kurkumbh industrial area on Pune-Solapur Road, around 80 km from the district headquarters, was closed at the time of the incident, he said.

Twelve workers and two dogs were rescued from the unit, and some vehicles were also moved out of the plant to safety, fire officer Sudhir Khandekar said.

"The fire broke out at Shiv Shakti Oxalate Pvt Ltd, located in the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) area in Kurkumbh, around 1.30 am. Drums containing mixed solvent were kept at the plant and after the blaze they started exploding," the official said.

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SMART SHOPPING CAN REDUCE EXPOSURE TO HARMFUL CHEMICALS CALLED ENDOCRINE DISRUPTORS
https://www.upi.com/Science_News/2020/09/30/Smart-shopping-can-reduce-exposure-to-chemicals-called-endocrine-disruptors/6971601468536/
Tags: public, discovery, environmental

Sept. 30 (UPI) -- Consumers who read labels and do their best to buy products without harmful chemicals aren't wasting their time -- new research suggests smart shopping pays in the form of reduced exposure.

In a new study, published Wednesday in the International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health, researchers surveyed consumers to find people who avoid products with specific endocrine disruptors.

When scientists measured chemicals in their bodies, they found significantly lower levels of those same endocrine disruptors.

Some chemicals are called endocrine disruptors because they interfere with the body's hormone production system. Exposure to endocrine disruptors has been linked with reproductive disorders, thyroid disease, asthma and cancers.

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