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Taking Hazardous Spills

December 23, 1988|Clipboard researched by Susan Davis Greene, Henry Rivero and Rick Vanderknyff / Los Angeles Times. Graphics by Thomas Penix / Los Angeles Times

The Orange County Hazardous Materials Team, administered by the county Health Care Agency division of environmental health, responds to calls on chemical spills and other incidents involving hazardous materials. Sometimes it goes to the site, other times it advises citizens or local fire departments over the phone.

Of 17 local fire departments in Orange County (16 city departments plus the county), 3 have hazardous materials units covering the county through mutual aid agreements-- Anaheim, Huntington Beach and the county station in Irvine. HAZMAT is called in most, but not all, incidents. Following is HAZMAT's spill response log for November.

Date: Nov. 2 Location of Incident: Delec Inc. 1470, N. Batavia St., Orange Material Handler: Unknown Materials Involved: Dumpster fire; unknown Date: Nov. 4 Location of Incident: Imperial Highway at Prospect Avenue, Yorba Linda Material Handler: Unknown Materials Involved: Unknown white powder Date: Nov. 4 Location of Incident: 7400 Fenwick Lane Westminster Material Handler: Unknown Materials Involved: Transformer oil Date: Nov. 14 Location of Incident: Huntington Beach State Park Material Handler: U.S. Navy Materials Involved: Vials Date: Nov. 14 Location of Incident: 1301 W. Tolliver St. Santa Ana Material Handler: Unknown Materials Involved: Transformer oil Date: Nov. 14 Location of Incident: Western Diesel 1995 S. Harbor Blvd., Costa Mesa Material Handler: Same Materials Involved: Carburetor cleaner Date: Nov. 16 Location of Incident: 1343 Simpson Circle, Anaheim Material Handler: Unknown Materials Involved: Abandoned organic and inorganic formulating chemicals--resins and asbestos Date: Nov. 17 Location of Incident: 16505 Harbor Blvd., Huntington Beach Material Handler: Citizen's boat Materials Involved: Gasoline Date: Nov. 16 Location of Incident: Construction site, Tustin Material Handler: Unknown Materials Involved: Unknown Date: Nov. 18 Location of Incident: University Oldsmobile 2850 Harbor Blvd., Costa Mesa Material Handler: Same Materials Involved: Unknown solvent Date: Nov. 18 Location of Incident: Pinata Foods 2125 E. Orangewood Ave., Anaheim Material Handler: Same Materials Involved: Ammonia Date: Nov. 21 Location of Incident: 1669 W. Cerritos Ave., Anaheim Material Handler: Unknown Materials Involved: Infectious waste Date: Nov. 21 Location of Incident: 2117 Grand Ave., Santa Ana Material Handler: Unknown Materials Involved: Unknown Date: Nov. 23 Location of Incident: Beach Boulevard and Warner Avenue, Huntington Beach Material Handler: Unknown Materials Involved: Infectious waste Date: Nov. 26 Location of Incident: County beaches Material Handler: Unknown Materials Involved: Vials Date: Nov. 28 Location of Incident: Rich Life Inc. 353 N. Euclid Way, Suite A, Anaheim Material Handler: Unknown Materials Involved: Waste oil Date: Nov. 29 Location of Incident: Juice Tree Inc. 12151 Monarch St., Garden Grove Material Handler: Same Materials Involved: Water base ink Date: Nov. 30 Location of Incident: Orange Unified School District yard 726 W. Collins Ave., Orange Material Handler: School district Materials Involved: Diesel fuel Source: Orange County Health Care Agency, environmental health division

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