July 27, 2011

EnergySolutions Tanker Leaked Hazardous Waste on Utah Highway

Source:, April 24, 2009

A half-gallon of hazardous waste leaked from an EnergySolutions tanker in Carbon County last month. But the incident has only now come to light. The company held an extensive media roundtable earlier this week but failed to mention the incident. Spokesman Mark Walker says the company followed standard reporting procedure by notifying the state.

“When our team arrived and did the assessment, there was no contamination found and there was no safety or health compromised to the environment or to the residents of Carbon County,” Walker says. “We followed the procedures that we are required to follow and ensured that there was no contamination.”

The waste was labeled flammable, hazardous waste and toxic upon inhalation. It was a byproduct of Department of Energy radioactive waste processed at EnergySolutions’ Clive, Utah, facility. The radioactive part of the waste was removed and stored, while the hazardous chemical byproduct was transported to a waste facility in Tennessee.…

July 6, 2011

Van Nuys metal plater to pay hazardous waste fine

Source: Los Angeles Times, June 30, 2011
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A Van Nuys metal-plating business has agreed to pay a $100,000 fine to settle charges that it mishandled hazardous waste.

Inspectors from the Environmental Protection Agency and the Los Angeles County Fire Department found that Crown Chrome Plating, a division of TMW Corp., a supplier of transportation services, had multiple hazardous wastes on site without a permit in April 2009, a violation of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. There were also four other waste-handling violations associated with having the materials in the facility.

The hazardous materials included paint wastes, alkaline and acidic corrosive liquids, and sludges containing heavy metals such as chromium and lead that the EPA said were not properly stored or handled. Staff members also were not trained in proper handling of the materials, the EPA said.

“The toxic wastes and sludges at the Crown Chrome facility have the potential to pose a danger to employees, the surrounding community and the environment,” said Jared Blumenfeld, the EPA’s regional administrator for the Pacific Southwest.

The county pursued state violations and the EPA pursued federal violations, filing a complaint against the corporation in August 2010. The case was settled Tuesday.

TMW Corp. is complying with federal law and will pay a fine of $100,000, according to the EPA. Representatives from the company did not respond to requests for comment.

Mimi Newton, an EPA associate counsel, said officials warn facilities when they will be inspecting.

“You need to look at federal and state regulations,” Newton said. “There is a lot of them; but when you’re in the metal-plating business, it’s your responsibility to know them.”

Newton attributed many of the violations to mismanagement but said the EPA thought the violations were “big enough failures” to warrant penalizing the company.…

June 22, 2011

Gasoline spill cleanup continues in Wallagrass with no sign of water contamination

Source: Bangor Daily News, June 21, 2011
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Nearly three weeks after a tractor-trailer accident caused 5,000 gallons of gasoline to spill out onto the ground, officials with the state Department of Environmental Protection and additional crews continue to oversee the cleanup effort.

Samantha Depoy-Warren, spokesperson for the DEP, said there are no confirmed reports of contaminated wells, but gasoline has been leaching out of the ground in ditches about a quarter-mile away on both sides of the spill.

The spill took place in early June after a tractor-trailer belonging to the John T. Noble trucking company of Caribou overturned on Route 11. Deputy Mike Montpetit of the Aroostook County Sheriff’s Department said that a medical problem led the driver of the truck, Joe Nichols, to lose control of the vehicle after it drifted into the soft shoulder of the roadway and became unstable.

The truck was hauling 8,000 gallons of gasoline for Daigle Oil Co. of Fort Kent at the time of the crash. An estimated 5,000 gallons spilled and seeped into the ground when a tank was breached.

Depoy-Warren said the DEP is working with private contractors to collect and treat any gasoline-contaminated water and to pull gasoline from the ground. Officials have said the gas could be in the bedrock above the water table or in another area. Eventually, gas in the bedrock will degrade.…

June 13, 2011

Insurance could ease Big Dig costs

Source: The Boston Globe, August 1, 2006

The Big Dig has at least $800 million in insurance coverage that would pay for much of the repair bills, inspection costs, and lawsuits stemming from the deadly Interstate 90 connector tunnel ceiling collapse, according to a memo that circulated yesterday among state lawmakers.

The memo, from the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority, was given to key legislators worried about the financial fallout from the July 10 death of Milena Del Valle. The ongoing repair effort, scheduled to last months, could grow in scope and cost as inspections reveal more flaws.

To help pay repair and other costs, Governor Mitt Romney had proposed to shift $31 million from the long-planned Rose Kennedy Greenway to the Big Dig repair budget, but lawmakers rejected that plan overwhelmingly yesterday.

Romney and lawmakers also pledged yesterday not to increase tolls to finance any of the fixes.…

April 11, 2011

Liquid fertilizer spill shuts down SLC intersection

Source:, April 6, 2011
By: Rachel Leigh

The intersection of Midway and Glades Cut-Off roads shut down Wednesday morning following a spill of liquid fertilizer officials said.

Liquid fertilizer reportedly was being transported in a tanker and there was a leak in the tank St. Lucie County Fire District spokeswoman Catherine Chaney said. The fertilizer apparently was being transferred from one tanker to another when one of the tankers ruptured, spilling fertilizer in the area.

Fire District crews went to the area about 8:25 a.m. Wednesday.

An amount of 3,800 gallons of fertilizer spilled.

The chemical is ammonia polyphosphate solution and is acidic according to the St. Lucie County Fire Department. They say no one is in any immediate danger.

The intersection of Midway and Glades Cut-Off roads is shut down, and St. Lucie County Sheriff’s deputies are diverting traffic away from the area.

Officials say a hazardous materials cleanup company is on scene. It was hired by the transport company of the spilled tanker.…

March 14, 2011

Metro removing asbestos from Farragut North, Union Station

Source:, March 9, 2011
By: Kytja Weir

Asbestos has been found during renovations of Metro’s Farragut North and Union Station stops, The Washington Examiner has learned.

Crews have been quietly working during off-hours to remove the cancer-causing flame retardant since last week, according to the transit agency. The remediation work is expected to last until mid-April. The material was found in the jointwork of ducts in mechanical rooms, under platforms and above suspended ceilings, Metro spokesman Steven Taubenkibel said Wednesday.

The agency said air monitoring conducted in the affected areas has shown that airborne fiber concentrations have been well below general industry standards since the work began. …

March 7, 2011

CA Groundwater Cleanup Suit Settled

Read here about how a Burbank, CA airport settled a groundwater contamination lawsuit.…

September 1, 2010

Airport Fueling System Leak

Acknowledgement to Great American

An environmental study performed as part of a regional airport expansion project uncovered two areas of contamination. Leakage was discovered at an airport fueling system. In addition, containment areas for de­icing fluid were found to be inadequate, thereby allowing contaminants to enter a lake adjacent to the airport property. Costly remediation of soils and groundwater was required. Also, the state environmental agency fined the airport for natural resource damages due to the impact on several pairs of bald eagles nesting at the lake.…

September 1, 2010

Union Pacific Train Carrying Chlorine Gas Struck Train and Derails

Acknowledgement to Ironshore Environmental

SAN ANTONIO, Texas, June 28 (Reuters) – At least three people were killed when a Union Pacific Corp. (NYSE:UNP – News) freight train hauling chlorine gas and anhydrous ammonia struck another train and derailed in a rural area on Monday, spreading a hazardous gas cloud.

Two people were found dead in a vehicle near the site of the derailment, San Antonio Fire Department spokesman Randy Jenkins said. The cause of death was not immediately known, but Jenkins said the deaths were related to the derailment.

Union Pacific spokesman John Bromley said one body was found in the wreckage of the train. Emergency officials said it was the train’s missing engineer. The crash occurred in a rural section about 15 miles southwest of San Antonio’s downtown.…

September 1, 2010

Train fire, toxic cargo shut city

Acknowledgement to Ironshore Environmental

Firefighters stymied as CSX freight burns in Howard St. Tunnel; Civil defense sirens wail; I-395, Inner Harbor closed; water main break cuts power

By David Michael Ettlin and Del Quentin Wilber
Sun Staff
July 19, 2001

Civil defense sirens wailed and major highways into Baltimore were closed after a freight train hauling hazardous chemicals caught fire yesterday afternoon in a century-old railroad tunnel under Howard Street, shutting down much of the city’s downtown.

Choking black smoke spewed from both ends of the 1.7-mile Howard Street Tunnel, and fear of an explosion or toxic fumes from a cargo that included dangerous acids prompted authorities to ban pedestrians and vehicles within five blocks of its openings at Camden Yards and Mount Royal Station.…