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Category: Hazmat


Truck carrying 50 gallons of acetone crashes in Kent

A semi-truck carrying 50 gallons of acetone lost control and struck a sign on state Route 167 in Kent early this morning, according to the Washington State Patrol.

The collision occurred about 12:15 a.m. in the southbound lanes of SR 167  just north of South 212th Street.

Troopers said the 39-year-old driver hit the sign and damaged the trailer carrying the hazardous material, which was carefully loaded onto another trailer before the semi was towed.

It did not appear that any acetone leaked during the accident.


Firefighters investigating hazardous materials spill at PLU

UPDATE as of 9:16 p.m.: Hazmat crews calling it a night after finding nothing, Stephens reports.

UPDATE as of 9:08 p.m.: A search of the storage room revealed nothing, Stephens said. Crews moving to other parts of the building now.

PREVIOUS POST: Hazmat crews from Central Pierce Fire & Rescue are on the scene of a chemical spill at Pacific Lutheran University.

The spill is in a storage room in a campus science building, according to a tweet from assistant chief Randy Stephens.

The building has been evacuated. There are no injuries reported.


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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Mount Rainier plant operator charged with dumping 200,000 gallons of sewage into waterway

A treatment plant operator at Mount Rainier National Park has been charged with dumping 200,000 gallons of sewage into a river that winds through the park.

James Barber will appear in federal court Friday morning to enter a plea. He has been charged with violating the Clean Water Act, which is a misdemeanor.

Barber worked at a treatment plant that handles waste from the Paradise Visitor Center and the Paradise Inn. Because the park sees fewer visitors in the winter, operators do not treat the sewage as often as they do in the warmer months.

Federal prosecutors contend Barber failed

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Boat leaking fluids sinks in Foss Marina

A 32-foot boat that was leaking fluids sank in the Foss Marina this morning while tied to its slip, according to the Tacoma Fire Department.

Firefighters responded at 7:45 a.m. to 821 Dock St. and found the vessel listing. Crews stabilized the boat and used absorbent pads to contain the leaking fluids, which were not identified.

This is the second sinking incident in the last two months, fire spokesman Joe Meinecke said.


Tacoma fire responding to a hazmat situation in North End

UPDATE: A longer, updated version of this story can be found HERE.


Firefighters are at North 36th and North Warner Lawrence in Tacoma, where a dump truck apparently has gone over an embankment and is leaking diesel fuel.

No reports of injuries, One person taken to the hospital, and the state Department of Ecology and hazardous material teams have been called in to assess the situation and initiate a cleanup.

You can read the Tacoma Fire Department’s account here.




Crews cleaning up oil spill in Steilacoom

Crews using vacuum trucks spent Friday cleaning up diesel fuel that spilled in Steilacoom, the state Department of Ecology reported.

Ecology officials were notified about 10 p.m. Thursday of fuel in storm drains and ditches. Investigators tracked the source of the fuel to a residence on Nisqually Avenue. The cause of the spill remained unknown Friday afternoon, Ecology spokeswoman Linda Kent said.

Officials said a small amount of diesel sheen may occur at the outfall near the landing for the Steilacoom-Anderson Island Ferry at 56 Union Avenue in Steilacoom.


Hazmat team called to Sumner business after employee gets sick

An employee at a Sumner business was hospitalized today after inhaling possibly hazardous chemicals, fire officials said.

The Pierce County Hazardous Materials Incident Team was called to Northwest Health Care Linen at 3107 142nd Avenue East just before noon after a worker became ill while handling linens from a hospital.

The hazmat team evacuated nearby businesses as a precaution and investigated the scene.

East Pierce Fire & Rescue Chief Jim Jaques said the illness was likely caused by several mop heads coated with cleaning chemicals.

The chemicals were sent to the Department of Ecology to be analyzed.