September 23, 1996 |
In a flurry of activity, the firefighters hosed down the cement, covering the parking lot of the Cherry Hill Industrial Park with a thick layer of white foam. The action was taken by the members of the Cherry Hill Fire Department's hazardous-materials unit to squelch the vapors spewing from the 2,600 gallons of liquid that had oozed from a gasoline tanker. Only this time, the liquid they were carefully covering was water, not flammable gasoline. And the mood was decidedly calm yesterday as 50 to 60 emergency workers practiced containing a spill from an 8,000-gallon gasoline tanker in a four-hour drill.
June 17, 1990 |
The Arco Chemical Co. of Newtown Square will sponsor its second household hazardous waste collection day on Saturday. The event, which is open to Newtown Township residents and Arco employees, will be held rain or shine in a tented area on Arco grounds, 3801 West Chester Pike. Signs will lead motorists to the West Chester Pike entrance, which will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Facilities manager Gary Wolf said the day was consistent with a responsible follow-up to the message of Earth Day. "Our intent is to make a commitment to our community and to Arco employees," Wolf said.
September 24, 1989 |
West Chester industrial companies that use hazardous and toxic materials are making a joint effort to share information and coordinate emergency response programs. On Sept. 14, officials from Chubb National Foam, Fermtec Inc., Sartomer Co. and Wyeth-Ayerst Labs Inc. met with officials from Chester County Emergency Services, the West Chester Fire Department, Fame Fire Company and East Goshen Township to view aerial slides of their plants and discuss potential hazards and emergency procedures.
June 14, 1992 |
Prospect Park Borough Council has approved two ordinances regulating the transportation and storage of hazardous materials. The ordinances, approved Tuesday, are mandatory for compliance with state and federal regulations that protect the environment, Solicitor John Toal said. The ordinances cover explosives, flammable liquids, flammable solids, poisons and radioactive materials. They do not ban the materials from the borough but regulate the transportation and storage of them above a certain quantity.
December 25, 1987 |
On the night of Oct. 23, Bob Hedden, chief of the Falls Township Volunteer Fire Company Number One, faced a critical - and typical - decision. A leak at a local chemical plant was creating a vapor cloud, and Hedden had no idea what it was. No one from the company, Solkatronic Chemical Inc., was immediately available to tell him. So, as Hedden ordered an evacuation of about 150 residents living near the plant, three specially equipped firefighters...
November 23, 1986 |
The Interboro School District will join a consortium of other county school systems in seeking to comply with new state legislation on hazardous materials. Schools Superintendent Edmond O. Sacchetti said the Pennsylvania State Worker and Community Right To Know Law goes into effect Dec. 1. The law requires the identification and labeling of all toxic substances and hazardous materials on school or work premises, and the training of employees in their proper handling, he said. The Interboro School Board voted 8-0 to join the consortium after Sacchetti told members that complying with the law would be less expensive if the district were part of a group.
January 23, 1995 |
Township Commissioner Alan Kessler has made his professional life slightly more hazardous. Kessler was selected last week as vice chairman of President Clinton's Commission on Risk Assessment and Risk Management, which has been charged with studying hazardous materials and how they should be regulated. "It really is a hot issue," said Kessler, a Wynnewood resident. "It's an issue that was in the Republicans' Contract With America and will consume a large amount of time in Congress.
August 18, 2000 |
Strawberry Mansion residents watched in astonishment yesterday as a swarm of hazardous materials experts began exploring a nearby building loaded with toxic chemicals. "I just came to the door and I seen all the police and all the Fire Department out there," said William Arnold, who lives near the building, on Dauphin Street near 29th, where investigators found more than 300 drums. "They're getting ready to take it out, I guess. " Labels on some of the drums indicated they contained extremely hazardous chemicals, including ammonia and hydrofluoric acid, the Environmental Protection Agency said.
September 1, 1991 |
In response to student interests and expanding career fields, Burlington County College will offer several new academic programs and courses. In the fall, the college will launch certification programs in basic automotive technology and hazardous materials and will offer an associate of applied science degree in quality assurance technology. Offered in cooperation with Burlington County Vocational-Technical Schools, the 30-credit automotive program will cover basic automotive repair as well as business mathematics and related topics.
June 24, 2005 |
A federal crackdown on fraud at state motor-vehicle departments across the country has nabbed more than a dozen illegal immigrants licensed to transport hazardous materials. While none of those apprehended has any known links to terrorism, federal agents said yesterday that the recent busts have revealed a significant threat to homeland security. In one case, a Pakistani man ordered to leave the United States nine years ago was driving a tanker truck filled with gasoline for Exxon.