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Category: Chemical leak


Listing barge dumps scrap cars into Commencement Bay, crews work to stabilize vessel


A Canadian barge listing along Marine View Drive on Sunday appeared to dump some of the scrap metal cars it was carrying into the water near Browns Point as crews tried to stabilize it, according to the state Department of Ecology.

The vessel was reported as listing Sunday morning, at which point the company expecting the metal hired a private group to salvage the barge, DOE specialist Ron Holcomb said.

Holcomb said he believed the owner of the barge had been contracted to deliver the cars to metal recycler Schnitzer Steel’s location along the Hylebos Waterway.

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Hazmat team responding to Federal Way apartments

A regional hazardous materials team from South King, Renton and SeaTac fire departments was responding to a Federal Way apartment complex tonight after several residents reported a foul odor was making them ill.

Gordie Olsen, South King’s assistant chief, said two persons had been transported to area hospitals for observation and a dozen others including two firefighters were being watched at the scene for further ill effects.

The hazardous materials specialists were investigating a chemical that apparently was spread on the lawn at the Azalea Apartments in the 30800 block of 16th Place Southwest.

The hazmat team had yet to

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Attempted theft appears cause of ammonia leak in Kent

Attempted theft of ammonia gas perhaps by old-school methamphetamine cookers appears to be the cause of a leak in a cold storage plant in downtown Kent this morning.

Investigators found that someone had taken the cap off an outside valve that was no longer used.

Kent Fire Department responded to a 6:45 a.m. report of a strong chemical smell in the 300 block of Railroad Ave. N. at Washington Cold Storage. Ammonia is used in the plant’s refrigeration process and is considered toxic.

Firefighters quickly cordoned off an area surrounding the business and Kent Police closed West James Street in

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