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incidents since fertilizer plant disaster in West, Texas: April 17, 2013

 

On April 17, 2013, a massive explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas killed 15 people, 12 of whom were volunteer firefighters. This tragedy brought the dangers of chemical facilities to the national consciousness. A few months later, President Obama issued an Executive Order, which directed the EPA to act to make chemical facilities safer. Despite the Executive Order and the nationwide pattern of chemical incidents that continue to cause injury and death, we still don’t have a strong national rule to protect our communities from dangerous chemical facilities.
Please note that the following list is a conservative estimate of the number of chemical incidents that have occurred, and we are continually updating it to include more recent incidents.

Liquid Transfer Terminal explosion

Bainbridge, GA

August 19, 2015

1 killed, 4 injured

reported by WCTV

Hydrite Chemical Co. spill

Terra Haute, IN

August 17, 2015

none injured

reported by RT

DrillChem Plant Fire

Conroe, TX

August 8, 2015

none injured

reported by KHOU

CMC Recycling plant fire

Waco, TX

June 25, 2015

14 injured

reported by Houston Chronicle

 

Poet Biorefining plant explosion

Glenville, MN
June 21, 2015
2 injured
reported by Albert Lea Tribune

 

Antioch’s Prewett Family Water Park chemical exposure

Antioch, CA
June 18, 2015
34 injured
reported by ABC7

 

 

Wescon Plastics explosion

Wichita, KS
June 17, 2015
2 injured
reported by Washington Times

 

 

Commercial Metal Company explosion

Odessa, TX
June 17, 2015
No casualties
reported by CBS7

 

NA Industries chemical leak and fire

Chattanooga, TN
June 17, 2015
5 injured
reported by WTVC

 

 

Olin Chlor Alkali Products Division Plant chlorine spill

Charleston, TN
June 17, 2015
No casualties
reported by Cleveland Daily Banner

 

Andersen Eagle paint booth fire

Dubuque, IA
June 16, 2015
No casualties
reported by THonline

 

 

Koch Foods ammonia leak

Chicago, IL
June 16, 2015
3 injured
reported by WGN

 

 

UTC Aerospace Systems chemical spill

Windsor Locks, CT
June 16, 2015
1 injured
reported by Hartford Courant

 

USA Metal Recycling explosion

Neosho, MO
June 15, 2015
1 killed, 1 injured
reported by Springfield News-Leader

 

Coca-Cola Bottling Plant ammonia spill

Speedway, IN
June 15, 2015
No casualties
reported by WBIW

 

North Charleston Boeing Plant nitrogen line rupture

North Charleston, SC
June 11, 2015
No casualties
reported by The Post and Courier

 

Pennex Aluminum fire

Wellsville, PA
June 11, 2015
No casualties
reported by York Dispatch

 

 

Miller Chemical plant fire

Hanover, PA
June 8, 2015
No casualties
reported by WGAL

 

Holiday Inn Express chlorine gas release

Mason City, IA
May 30, 2015
13 injured
reported by globegazette.com

 

Lite Metals magnesium fire

Ravenna, OH
May 30, 2015
No casualties
reported by 19 Action News

 

Agrium U.S. Inc. gas leak

Borger, TX
May 28, 2015
10 injured
reported by The Daytona Beach News-Journal

 

Red Hill Construction Company fire

Santa Ana, CA
May 28, 2015
No casualties
reported by The Orange County Register

 

Liqui-Mark Production Facility chemical leak

Cottage Grove, MN
May 27, 2015
17 injured
reported by Adirondack Daily Enterprise

 

Cottage Grove – 3M Company chemical leak

Cottage Grove, MN
May 26, 2015
1 injured
reported by The Bemidji Pioneer

 

Butane tank explosion

Lake Cachuma, CA
May 26, 2015
3 injured
reported by KEYT

 

Propane tank explosion

Olney, MD
May 25, 2015
3 injured
reported by ABC 7 News

 

Goldfish Swim School chlorine leak

Naperville, IL
May 22, 2015
9 injured
reported by CBS Chicago

 

Granby Farm chemical spill

Granby, MA
May 21, 2015
1 injured
reported by WWLP

 

Propane Warehouse fire

Baltimore, MD
May 20, 2015
3 injured
reported by WBAL

 

Auto Shop fire

San Jose, CA
May 19, 2015
No casualties
reported by NBC Bay Area

 

Oil Well explosion

Karnes City, TX
May 19, 2015
No casualties, homes evacuated
reported by The Republic

 

Crude Oil Tank spill

Albany, NY
May 19, 2015
2 injured
reported by News 10

 

Fresh Express ammonia leak

Morrow, GA
May 18, 2015
No casualties
reported by Jackson Progress-Argus

 

OmniSource Metal Recycling plant fire

Anderson, SC
May 18, 2015
1 killed, 1 injured
reported by Greenville Online

 

Philadelphia Floor Store and Centex fire

Conshohocken, PA
May 17, 2015
1 injured
reported by Firefighter Nation

 

Apex High School chem lab fire

Apex, NC
May 15, 2015
1 injured
reported by WRAL

 

Calpine – Hay Road Energy Center fire

Wilmington, DE
May 14, 2015
No casualties
reported by WBOC

 

Acton Technologies Inc. fire

Pittston, PA
May 13, 2015
1 injured
reported by Times Leader

 

EC Phillips and Son Inc. ammonia leak

Ketchikan, AK
May 12, 2015
No casualties, area evacuations
reported by KRBD

 

USALCO Plant leak

Fairfield, OH
May 12, 2015
No casualties
reported by Local 12

 

Yorktown High School chemical spill

Arlington, VA
May 11, 2015
No casualties
reported by ABC 7 News

 

Blue Bell Plant ammonia leak

Broken Arrow, OK
May 10, 2015
No casualties
reported by News 9

 

Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant fire

Buchanan, NY
May 9, 2015
No casualties
reported by ABC 7

 

TAMKO Building Products, Inc. fire

Frederick, MD
May 8, 2015
No casualties
reported by Firehouse

 

Toledo University’s Wolfe Hall chemical reaction

Toledo, OH
May 7, 2015
No casualties
reported by The Blade

 

U.S. Oil and Refining Co. fire

Tacoma, WA
May 6, 2015
No casualties
reported by The Spokesman-Review

 

Youngstown Waste Water Treatment Plant chlorine leak

Youngstown, OH
May 4, 2015
No casualties
reported by WFMJ

 

Newport News Harbor spill

Newport News, VA
May 4, 2015
No casualties
reported by WAVY

 

Whitewater River fertilizer spill

Milton, IN
May 3, 2015
No casualties
reported by Pal-Item

 

TEK Recycling plant fire

Fairmont City, IL
May 3, 2015
No casualties
reported by KMOV

 

TFC Plating Inc. fire

Milwaukie, OR
May 2, 2015
No casualties
reported by Oregon Live

 

Tilcon Plant fire

Groton, CT
May 2, 2015
No casualties
reported by WFSB

 

North American Container plant fire

Rowesville, SC
May 2, 2015
No casualties
reported by The TandD

 

Garage fire

Duluth, MN
May 1, 2015
No casualties
reported by KDAL

 

Home Solutions Infusion Therapy chemical leak

Hammonton, NJ
May 1, 2015
10 injured
reported by South Florida Times

 

Columbus Pallet Recycling plant fire

Columbus, OH
May 1, 2015
No casualties
reported by The Columbus Dispatch

 

Synalloy Palmer Facility fire

Palmer, TX
April 30, 2015
No casualties
reported by upstatebizSC

 

Silver Trail Distillery explosion

Hardin, KY
April 24, 2015
1 killed, 1 injured
reported by WPSD Local 6

 

Alfrebro LLC explosion

Monroe, OH
April 17, 2015
1 injured
reported by The New York Times

 

GE Appliances-Louisville fire

Louisville, KY
April 3, 2015
No casualties
reported by NBC 

 

Renewable Energy Group Bio-Fuels Plant fire

Geismar, LA
April 2, 2015
2 injured
reported by The Advocate

 

ExxonMobil Beaumont Chemical Plant fire

Beaumont, TX
March 30, 2015
No casualties
reported by Houston Chronicle

 

Houston Ship Channel chemical spill

Houston, TX
March 10, 2015
No casualties
reported by Houston Public Media

 

Pepsi Bottling Factory ammonia leak

Mesquite, TX
March 3, 2015
1 injured
reported by The Dallas Morning News

 

Capitol Cement Plant explosion

San Antonio, TX
February 24, 2015
3 injured
reported by Houston Chronicle

 

ExxonMobil Refinery explosion

Torrance, CA
February 18, 2015
4 injured
reported by LA Times

 

TOTAL Petrochemicals & Refining U.S.A. Inc. chemical release

Port Arthur, TX
January 29, 2015
No casualties, shelter in place order issued
reported by Houston Chronicle

 

Magnablend, Inc. chlorine spill

Waxahachie, TX
January 26, 2015
No casualties
reported by The Dallas Morning News

 

Husky Energy refinery explosion

Lima, OH
January 10, 2015
No casualties
reported by The New York Times

 

Sunoco Nederland Terminal exposure

Nederland, TX
January 5, 2015
7 hospitalized
reported by Houston Chronicle

 

Nashua North High School chemical spill

Nashua, NH
December 15, 2014
6 exposed
reported by WMUR

 

Akzo Nobel Polymer Chemicals LLC fire

LaPorte, TX
December 9, 2014
1 injured
reported by Houston Chronicle

 

Santa Clara Waste Water Co. explosion

Santa Paula, CA
November 19, 2014
37 injured
reported by The New York Times

 

DuPont LaPorte Facility gas leak

LaPorte, TX
November 15, 2014
4 killed, 1 injured
reported by The Wall Street Journal

 

Ekco Metals explosion

Riverside, CA
Sept 16, 2014
1 injured
reported by CBS LA

 

Science, Math and Arts Academy Charter High School explosion

Denver, CO
Sept 14, 2014
5 injured
reported by Associated Press

 

Nestle Purina explosion

Flagstaff, AZ
Sept 14, 2014
4 injured
reported by Daily Mail UK

 

Rawayton Trading Company fire

Bridgeport, CT
Sept 11, 2014
No casualties, numerous evacuations
reported by CT Post

 

BP Oil Refinery explosion

Whiting, IN
August 8, 2014
No casualties
reported by The New York Times

 

Contractors Chemical noxious gas release

California
August 26, 2014
No casualties
unreported

 

Cimarron Composites

Huntsville, AL
August 21, 2014
2 injured
reported by AL.com

 

CVR Refining fire

Coffeyville, KS
July 29, 2014
4 injured
reported by The New York Times

 

Forsythe County Water Reclamation Facility chemical spill

Cummings, GA
July 25, 2014
4 injured
reported by Cumming Patch

 

Xcel Energy Facility

CO
July 13, 2014
unreported

 

Evol Foods carbon monoxide leak

Boulder, CO
July 21, 2014
6 injured
reported by Washington Times

 

Oxnard Bakery gas explosion

Riverside, CA
July 20, 2014
1 injured
reported by CBS LA

 

Performance Mineral Corporation explosion

Birmingham, AL
July 18, 2014
1 injured
reported by AL.com

 

Walgreens Pharmacy spill

Birmingham, AL
July 9, 2014
1 injured
reported by Norwich Bulletin

 

AkzoNobel evacuation

Columbus, OH
July 5, 2014
No casualties, area evacuated
reported by WBNS

 

Agridyne LLC plan chemical leak

Perkin, IL
June 24, 2014
2 killed
reported by The Washington Times

 

UTC Aerospace Systems explosion

Foley, AL
June 21, 2014
2 injured
reported by AL.com

 

Swift Transportation hazardous materials release

Riverside, CA
June 6, 2014
35 injured
reported by The Press Enterprise

 

Koch Foods chemical leak

Gainsville, GA
June 6, 2014
4 injured
reported by My Fox Atlanta

 

Hilmar Cheese chemical spill

Los Angeles, CA
June 1, 2014
4 injured
reported by Your Central Valley

 

Escambia County Jail explosion

Pensacola, FL
May 30, 2014
2 killed, 184 injured
reported by USA Today

 

AmRep Inc. chemical fire

Marietta, GA
May 23, 2014
forced evacuations
reported by 11Alive NBC

 

ResinTech Chemical Plant fire

West Berlin, NJ
May 8, 2014
No casualties
reported by CBS Philly

 

Intel chemical leak

Phoenix, AZ
April 26, 2014
12 hospitalized, 43 sickened
reported by Reuters

 

Hess Pumice Plant fire

Malad City, ID
April 24, 2014
1 injured
reported by KTVB

 

Joshua Tress Furniture fire

Berkeley, CA
April 12, 2014
No casualties
reported by The Washington Times

 

Rentech Nitrogen LLC explosion

East Dubuque, IL
March 12, 2014
1 injured
unreported

 

Woodrow Wilson High School chemical leak

Washington, D.C.
March 12, 2014
1 injured, school evacuated
reported by My Fox DC

 

Atlantic Coast Recycling Center chemical leak

Ft. Pierce, FL
March 5, 2014
3 hospitalized, homes evacuated
reported by TC Palm

 

Bill Barrett Corp. oil and gas well explosion

Lucerne, CO
March 3, 2014
2 injured
reported by PennEnergy

 

Northside College Prep High School fire

Chicago, IL
February 15, 2014
5 injured
reported by Chicago Tribune

 

Dickerson Frozen Foods chemical release

Sugar City, ID
February 15, 2014
1 hospitalized
reported by Food Logistics

 

Chevron Martinez Refinery chemical release

Tesoro, CA
February 12, 2014
2 injured
reported by Reuters

 

Georgia Port Authority Ocean Terminal

GA
January 8, 2014
unreported

 

Quick Transports Inc. explosion

Clarksville, AR
January 24, 2014
1 killed
reported by 5 News

 

Plainfield Renewable Energy

Plainfield, CT
January 24, 2014
1 injured
reported by Norwich Bulletin

 

Vulcan Inc. Stamping Plant explosion

Foley, AL
January 17, 2014
2+ injured
reported by Industrial Safety Security Source

 

Freedom Industries chemical spill

Charleston, WV
January 9, 2014
356 treated for symptoms, 13 hospitalized, roughly 300,000 affected by water contamination
reported by CDC

 

Greenleaf Biofuels

New Haven, CT
January 8, 2014
unreported

 

Amgen, Inc. explosion

San Francisco, CA
January 8, 2014
2 injured
reported by ABC

 

Phillips 66 Refinery chemical leak

Los Angeles, CA
Dec 31, 2013
11 injured
reported by Daily Breeze

 

Blue Island Phenol LLC explosion

Alsip, IL
December 13, 2013
2 injured
reported by NBC Chicago

 

Mosaic Co. phosphate plant explosion

Tampa Bay, FL
November 23, 2013
12 injured
reported by Tampa Tribune

 

 

Jake Kauffman&Sons Inc. explosion

Loveland, CO
November 11, 2013
12 injured
reported by Reporter Herald

 

American Vinyl Company explosion

Opa Loka, FL
November 7, 2013
1 killed, several injured
reported by NBC Miami

 

Meggit Polymers & Composites plant explosion

Rockmart, GA
October 31, 2013
1 killed
reported by CBS

 

MedStar Washington Hospital Center toxic fumes

Washington, D.C.
October 7, 2013
1 killed
reported by CBS DC

 

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority fire

Washington, D.C.
October 6, 2013
1 killed, 2 injured
reported by NBC

 

Plaskolite West fire

Carson, CA
Sept 23, 2013
4 injured
reported by LA Times

 

Advanced Environmental Recycling Technologies

Springdale, AK
Sept 23, 2013
1 killed, 1 injured
reported by 5 News

 

Danlin Industries Chemical Plant fire

Thomas, OK
Sept 18, 2013
No casualties
reported by NewsOK

 

North Mac Campus chemical leak

Girard, IL
Sept 15, 2013
21 hospitalized
reported by Fox2

 

Inland Plywood fire

Cocoa, FL
Sept 4, 2013
1 injured
reported by Florida Today

 

Saputo Cheese ammonia leak

Los Angeles, CA
Sept 3, 2013
3 injured
reported by NBC LA

 

Simmons Plant No. 2 gas cloud

Siloam Springs, AR
August 28, 2013
34 hospitalized
reported by 5 News

 

Beautyco warehouse chemical fire

Santa Rosa, CA
August 28, 2013
No casualties
reported by NBC LA

 

Waste Water Treatment Facility chemical leak

Madison, FL
August 21, 2013
2 injured
reported by WCTV

 

Perma-Fix of South George, Inc. chemical fire

Valdotsa, GA
August 14, 2013
2 hospitalized
reported by Valdotsa Daily Times

 

Elk Hills oil well explosion

Kern County, CA
August 3, 2013
3 killed
reported by Bakersfield Californian

 

Blue Rhino propane plant explosion

Travarse, FL
July 29, 2013
10+ injured
reported by My Fox Orlando

 

Aimtrac fire

Sumter County, GA
July 11, 2013
No casualties, $3 million damages
reported by WTOC

 

Arizona Intel chemical plant explosion

Chandler, AZ
June 29, 2013
11 injured
reported by RT

 

Voltaix chemical plant explosion

Portland, LA
June 28, 2013
No casualties
reported by Pocono Record

 

Denny’s Restaurant explosion

Valdosta, GA
June 21, 2013
5 injured
reported by The Valdosta Daily Times

 

J&R Used Tire Service, Inc. fire

Hoopeston, IL
June 20, 2013
No casualties
reported by Illinois Public Media News

 

CF Industries chemical plant explosion

Donaldsville, LA
June 14, 2013
1 killed, 8 injured
reported by CNN

 

Williams Olefins chemical plant explosion and fire

Geismar, LA
June 13, 2013
1 killed, 73 injured
reported by Reuters

 

Boise State chemical spill

Boise, ID
June 9, 2013
1 injured
reported by KBOI 2News

 

Appliance Spacesystems chemical spill

Los Alamitos, CA
June 7, 2013
2 injuries, area evacuated
reported by Hews Media Group

 

Atascadero Industrial Complex fire

San Luis Obispo, CA
June 7, 2013
No casualties
reported by Templeton Fire Department

 

Nova-Kem LLC fire

Seward, IL
June 6, 2013
4 injured
reported by WIFR 23

 

Hilmar Cheese chemical spill

Los Angeles, CA
June 4, 2013
4 injured
reported by Your Central Valley

 

Morgan Park Auto Repair Shop explosion and fire

Morgan Park, IL
June 4, 2013
2 injured
reported by ABC7

 

University of Delaware hazardous material incident

Newark, DE
June 4, 2013
2 injured
reported by WDEL

 

NovaChem chemical processing plant explosion and fire

Seward, IL
June 2, 2013
1 injured
reported by State Journal Register

 

Xcel Energy Inc. fire

Comanche, CO
June 1, 2013
No casualties
reported by ABC

 

Exxon Mobile Refinery fire

Torrence, CA
May 30, 2013
No casualties
reported by San Jose Mercury News

 

Buena Vista Biomass Power accident

Buena Vista, CA
May 29, 2013
2 injured
reported by San Jose Mercury News

 

Chemical freight train derailment

Baltimore, MD
May 28, 2013
1 injured
reported by NBC

 

Dept. of Veterans Affairs chemical leak

CA
May 21, 2013
3 injured
unreported

 

Amgen biotechnology fire

San Francisco, CA
May 15, 2013
1 injured
reported by ABC

 

Airgas Gas Plant explosion and fire

Poka, WV
May 13, 2013
2 injured
reported by Huffington Post

 

Hinrichs Trading Co. fire

Craigmont, ID
May 12, 2013
forced evacuation
reported by KBOI2

 

Austin Powder Co. explosion

Sterling, CO
May 10, 2013
1 injured
reported by WFSB

 

Eastern Metal Treating explosion

Enfield, CT
May 7, 2013
2 injured
reported by Associated Press

 

Chemplex explosion and fire

Breckenridge, TX
May 6, 2013
no casualties
reported by Breckenridge American

 

Brenntag Mid-South Chemical Plant chlorine leak

Orange County, FL
May 2, 2013
No casualties
reported by WESH Orlando

 

Southern Perfection Fabrication, Inc. explosion and fire

Byron, GA
May 2, 2013
3 injuries
reported by 13 WMAZ

 

Paramount Farming Company chemical release

Detroit, MI
April 28, 2013
3 hospitalized, 20 sickened
reported by Bakersfield Californian

 

Sherman Brothers Trucking Inc. overexposure death

Crossett, AR
April 29, 2013
1 killed
unreported

 

Marathon Petroleum Plant fire

Detroit, MI
April 27, 2013
no casualties
reported by Wall St JournalDetroit Free Press

 

West Fertilizer Plant explosion and fire

West, TX
April 17, 2013
15 killed, 200+ injured
reported by Wall St Journal