Intel Brief

150,000 gallons of wastewater leak in DeWitt, Iowa.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources reported that around 150,000 gallons of untreated wastewater were discharged into Silver Creek in DeWitt Nov. 9. Officials were working to repair the issue and redirect wastewater into the city lagoon.

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Evacuations follow chlorine gas leak in Port Allegany.

McKean County Emergency Services officials reported that roughly 48 pounds of chlorine gas leaked from a faulty valve on a water well in Port Allegany, Penn., forcing the evacuation of up to 100 people from the area for several hours Nov. 7. No injuries were reported and officials stated that the borough water system was not affected by the chemical release.

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Propane gas leak forces evacuation.

Officials issued a 5-mile evacuation zone in Jackson Township, Penn., Nov. 8-Nov. 9 after a construction crew struck a 36-inch propane gas line, prompting the response of emergency and HAZMAT crews.

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OSHA finds New Jersey cleaning products manufacturer exposed workers to chemical, other safety and health hazards.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited Santec Inc. with 11 serious and one other-than-serious violation Nov. 4 after Federal inspectors received information about chemical hazards associated with the insufficient labeling of chemicals manufactured at the Linden, NJ, facility, prompting a May 2016 inspection that revealed that the company failed to appropriately label hazardous chemicals, exposed personnel to electrical hazards, and failed to address confined space exposure, among other violations. Proposed penalties total $83,375.

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Hundreds of gallons of ammonia spill at Toledo warehouse.

Roughly 10 employees were evacuated from a Chemtrade Logistics, Inc. warehouse in Toledo, Ohio, Nov. 8, after about 300 gallons of ammonia spilled when a container fell from a forklift. A HAZMAT team opened a water valve to prevent future issues with the firm’s large mixing tank.

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Some schools closed Nov. 8 due to Ada precautionary boil water advisory.

Schools in Ada, Latta, and Byng, Okla., were closed Nov. 8 after Ada officials issued a precautionary boil water advisory for the water system due to high levels of sediment in the main water storage facility at Ada’s water treatment plant, which created the potential for contamination. Officials state that the advisory would remain in effect until further notice.

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Gas leak forces Buckhead residents to be evacuated.

Around 20 homes in Buckhead, Ga., were evacuated for several hours Nov. 7 after a contractor struck a 4-inch gas line, sending natural gas into the sewer system. Residents were allowed to return home after Southern Company Gas crews repaired the leak.

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Construction back on track with Hope Mills dam.

The Board of Commissioners in Hope Mills, NC, announced Nov. 7 that construction of the new, $8.8 million Hope Mills Dam has begun following delays from Hurricane Matthew and other heavy rainfall. As part of the project, crews built a new cut-off wall to decrease water pressure on the dam after Hope Mills Lake is replenished.

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Multiple crashes cause delays on the Gene Snyder in Middletown.

Four separate crashes prompted the closure of Interstate 265 in Louisville, Ken., for about 2 hours Nov. 8.

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Salmonella outbreak in Hawaii linked to seaweed in raw fish.

Hawaii Department of Health officials reported Nov. 7 that 14 people have been infected by a salmonella outbreak since October that is potentially linked to seaweed produced at an unidentified farm on Oahu. State health officials advised anyone who has eaten poke containing seaweed and has developed symptoms of salmonella infection to seek medical attention and alert their doctor to the potential exposure.

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