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July 26, 2012
There is much concern in the U.S. about energy sources and our dependence on foreign oil. Hydraulic fracturing or fracking of shale may be a partial solution to this issue of energy independence. That's the good side of fracking. There's also a potentially bad side, and that is the contribution of exposure to chemicals associated with fracking to the decline of human health in communities, particularly rural communities. In her recent op-ed ("The hidden health risks of fracking," July 20)
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | September 3, 2014
Anne Arundel County fire officials said Wednesday that a hazardous chemical incident that forced about 20 people from their Glen Burnie apartment complex Tuesday night was created by a neighbor who took his own life. Firefighters were called to the Burwood Gardens Apartments on Shelly Road at 4 p.m. Tuesday to check out a report of an odor of gas. Firefighters determined the smell was sulfur, not gas, and forced their way into a first-floor apartment, officials said. There, they found a note on a bathroom door warning that a hazmat suit would be required to enter.
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May 24, 2010
In their op-ed "Rethinking chemical safety" (May 23), Brenda Afzal and Jenny Levin appropriately alert us to the health risks related to chemicals in our environment. However, they might have also included the biggest proven chemical danger to our health, namely cigarettes. In their article they discuss many of the most hazardous chemicals in our food, water, air and consumer products but failed to mention the dangers of cigarettes and tobacco smoke, which contain about 4,000 chemicals, at least 50 of which are known to cause cancer.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | August 25, 2014
The only signs investigators found of the chemical-laden railroad hopper car that exploded after it derailed last year in Rosedale were twisted and deformed pieces of its aluminum shell that shot out like shrapnel, landing as far as 370 feet away. "Of the larger wreckage pieces recovered along [adjacent] Lake Drive, was a brake valve weighing about 70 pounds, a piece of aluminum rail car frame, and a fractured piece of burnt rail tie," wrote Paul L. Stancil, the National Transportation Safety Board's senior hazardous materials investigator, in a factual report on the explosion released Monday.
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By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | July 7, 2014
A team of chemists and engineers from Aberdeen Proving Ground has begun to neutralize chemicals from Syria's weapons stocks, the Pentagon said Monday. The work is taking place aboard the container ship MV Cape Ray under heavy security at an undisclosed location in international waters. The ship left Gioia Tauro, Italy, with 600 tons of chemicals, including the World War I blister agent sulfur mustard and the sarin precursor DF. The team of some 64 civilians from the Edgewood Area of Aberdeen Proving Ground, who developed a special system for neutralizing the chemicals aboard a ship, had waited months to get started.
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By Pamela Wood and Tim Prudente, The Baltimore Sun | July 9, 2014
Thirty-five people were hospitalized Wednesday after being sickened by chemicals at a swimming pool at YMCA Camp Letts in Edgewater, Anne Arundel County fire officials said. Of the 35 patients, 31 were children age 6 to 16. None of the injuries were life-threatening, officials said. The incident was caused by a malfunctioning pump that regulates chemicals in a camp swimming pool, said Carla Larrick, vice president of operations for the YMCA of Metropolitan Washington. "The pump went out, probably due to the storm that took place [Tuesday]
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By Timothy B. Wheeler | February 3, 2010
Lawmakers in Annapolis are being asked to ban products containing two chemicals that have triggered serious concerns about toxicity. On Tuesday afternoon, the House Health and Government Operations Committee aired HB33, which would ban the sale, manufacture or distribution of children's toys or child-care articles such as baby bottles made with bisphenol-A, or BPA. The bill, sponsored by Del. Jim Hubbard, a Prince George's County Democrat, would...
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By Knight Ridder/Tribune | July 15, 2005
Newborn babies begin life with dozens of man-made chemicals in their blood, according to a report released yesterday by the Environmental Working Group in Washington. Blood from the umbilical cords of 10 infants born in U.S. hospitals in 2004 showed an average of 200 industrial compounds, pollutants, pesticides and other chemicals, according to the study. Newborn blood has been analyzed before, but never for such a broad array of chemicals, said Jane Houlihan, the group's vice president for research.
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January 16, 1991
A public meeting to update neighbors on the removal of chemicals from a Patapsco Drive home will take place at 7 p.m. Feb. 11 at the Sykesville-Freedom District Fire Hall.The store of chemicals left behind when Phillip Small died Dec. 16 should be removed by Friday, saidLeanne Nurse, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.Nurse said the approximately 1,000 containers, ranging in size from 2 ounces to 2 gallons, have all been sealed or contained in plastic, impermeable drums.
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By Consella A. Lee and Consella A. Lee,SUN STAFF | February 3, 1997
A leaking valve or gasket is suspected of causing a chemical spill at a Brooklyn Park pharmaceutical plant that led residents to complain about a strong stench, a spokesman for the Maryland Department of the Environment said Friday.Quentin W. Banks, the spokesman, said MDE's emergency response team was notified about 5 p.m. Thursday of a spill at Consolidated Pharmaceuticals Group Inc. in the 6100 block of Robinwood Road. The plant produces penicillin."The Consolidated Pharmaceutical people were emptying a storage tank into a tank they use for waste material" when the spill occurred, Banks said.
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August 21, 2014
The announcement this week that scientists from Aberdeen Proving Ground have successfully completed the destruction of Syria's most dangerous chemical weapons has left the whole world breathing a little easier. If nothing else it ensures these cruel instruments of mass destruction will never be used against the U.S. or its allies - or against the Syrian people, who have been the main victims of the country's four-year civil war, which already has claimed more than 100,000 lives. Make no mistake: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad didn't turn over his country's chemical weapons to international inspectors last year out of any humanitarian impulse.
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By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | August 18, 2014
A team of scientists from Aberdeen Proving Ground has completed the historic mission of destroying the most dangerous of Syria's declared chemical weapons stocks, Pentagon officials said Monday. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel called Navy Capt. Rich Dromerhauser on Monday morning to congratulate the team of some 64 civilians and contractors aboard the MV Cape Ray, Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby said. The chemists and engineers from the Edgewood Area of Aberdeen Proving Ground worked for more than a month aboard the specially fitted container ship to neutralize 600 tons of chemicals, including the World War I blister agent sulfur mustard and the sarin precursor DF. Officials have said the first-ever shipboard destruction of the weapons, performed under heavy international guard in the Mediterranean Sea, could serve as a model for future efforts to eradicate chemical weapons from the world's arsenals.
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July 14, 2014
We were saddened to hear of the accidental exposure of YMCA campers to excessive levels of pool chemicals at Camp Letts in Edgewater ( "Anne Arundel campers sickened by chemicals in pool," July 9). With proper pool design, operation and maintenance, this type of accident is preventable. Ideally, the pool water pump and pool chemical feeders should be operationally linked to prevent sudden influxes of excess chemical following a lull in pumping. Accidents like the one at Camp Letts could be avoided in the future if pools are designed and operated according to specifications in the new Model Aquatic Health Code.
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By Pamela Wood and Tim Prudente, The Baltimore Sun | July 9, 2014
Thirty-five people were hospitalized Wednesday after being sickened by chemicals at a swimming pool at YMCA Camp Letts in Edgewater, Anne Arundel County fire officials said. Of the 35 patients, 31 were children age 6 to 16. None of the injuries were life-threatening, officials said. The incident was caused by a malfunctioning pump that regulates chemicals in a camp swimming pool, said Carla Larrick, vice president of operations for the YMCA of Metropolitan Washington. "The pump went out, probably due to the storm that took place [Tuesday]
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By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | July 3, 2014
— After months of waiting, a team of chemists and engineers from Aberdeen Proving Ground is now ready to begin the historic destruction of Syria's chemical weapons, the Pentagon said Thursday. The work is to take place aboard a container ship specially fitted with equipment to neutralize Syrian stocks of the World War I blister agent sulfur mustard and the sarin precursor DF. The team of some 64 civilians from the Edgewood Area of Aberdeen Proving Ground sailed from Italy on Wednesday for an undisclosed location in international waters, where they plan to destroy the materials under heavy international guard.
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Letter to The Aegis | July 1, 2014
Editor: The Bel Air High School Class of 2014 wants to thank the following Chemical Free Event Sponsors along with the community. Bel Air Bobcats' Post Prom Party was a huge success thanks to you! The Bel Air High School After Prom Party committee would like the thank the following area businesses and individuals for their generous donations, which helped to make our after prom party, held at the Bel Air Athletic Club a success. The seniors and their guest were entertained all night in a safe, chemical free environment.
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December 3, 1993
Navy investigators are probing a break-in last week at the U.S. Naval Academy's chemistry department in which several chemicals that combined to create an explosion were stolen, academy sources said.Academy spokesman Paul Weishaupt confirmed yesterday that the Naval Criminal Investigative Service is investigating the break-in at Michelson Hall, which took place in the early morning hours of Nov. 22 and was discovered later that day.He would only confirm that chemicals were taken, but would not comment on their explosive nature, saying it was all under investigation.
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By Anne Haddad and Anne Haddad,Staff writer | January 6, 1991
Though assured by health officials that chemicals found in the home of a man who died here three weeks ago pose little risk, neighbors reacted angrily to the news and remain concerned that the materials contaminated their own properties.County and state health officials told more than 50 residents at a Wednesday meeting in the Sykesville-Freedom District Fire Hall that they have seen no evidence of any radiation hazards or any leakage or dumping of chemicals kept by PhillipSmall in his Patapsco Road basement and shed.
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June 28, 2014
Are The Sun's editors naive enough to really believe that the last of Syrian chemical weapons have been turned over ( "Muscular diplomacy," June 26)? I think that in the haste to find something to praise President Barack Obama for, you may again find egg on your editorial page. Remember the "red line?" F. Cordell, Lutherville - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
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