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Taking Hazardous Spills

March 25, 1989|Clipboard researched by Rick VanderKnyff / Los Angeles Times. Graphics by Doris Shields / Los Angeles Times

The Orange County Hazardous Materials Team (Hazmat), 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), three have hazardous materials units that cover 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 February.

Date Location of Incident Material Handler Feb. 3 1214 N. Parker St., Orange Unknown Feb. 3 California Street & Toronto Avenue, Unknown Huntington Beach Feb. 4 Seal Beach (address not available) Unknown Feb. 4 24953 Paseo de Valencia, Laguna Hills Dentist Feb. 7 11665 Coley River Circle, Omni Metal Finishing Fountain Valley Feb. 7 1520 N. Main St., Santa Ana Unknown Feb. 7 Highland Avenue & Orchard Drive, Unknown (illegal dump) Placentia Feb. 8 1320 Estate Drive No. 3, La Habra Unknown Feb. 8 1105 E. Sixth St., Santa Ana Unknown Feb. 8 1511 E. Edinger Ave., Santa Ana Unknown Feb. 10 Red Hill Avenue & Sky Park North, Unknown Irvine Feb. 15 Apollo Street & Tamarack Avenue, Brea Unknown Feb. 16 Huntington Harbour Boat owner Feb. 16 13022 Haster St., Garden Grove Dry cleaner Feb. 17 4751 Palm Ave., Yorba Linda Unknown Feb. 18 City Boulevard & Garden Grove Freeway, Shamrock Exterminating Orange Feb. 18 36th Street shoreline, Newport Beach Unknown Feb. 19 McPherson Street & Erna Avenue, Unknown La Habra Feb. 21 11022 Via El Mercado, Los Alamitos Marble Masters Feb. 22 Orange Freeway, south of Imperial Unknown Feb. 24 895 W. Whittier Blvd., La Habra Unknown Feb. 24 17121 Palmdale St., Huntington Beach Property owner Feb. 25 12572 Monarch St., Garden Grove Greg's Food Products Feb. 28 716 N. Eastwood Ave., Santa Ana Unknown Feb. 28 Santa Ana Freeway at Brookhurst Street, Unknown Anaheim

Date Location of Incident Materials Involved Feb. 3 1214 N. Parker St., Orange Water-soluble oil Feb. 3 California Street & Toronto Avenue, Waste oil in ditch Huntington Beach Feb. 4 Seal Beach (address not available) 13 prescription drug containers Feb. 4 24953 Paseo de Valencia, Laguna Hills One quart nitric acid Feb. 7 11665 Coley River Circle, Plating solutions Fountain Valley Feb. 7 1520 N. Main St., Santa Ana Unknown material to dumpster Feb. 7 Highland Avenue & Orchard Drive, Drum of unknown Placentia material Feb. 8 1320 Estate Drive No. 3, La Habra Ether Feb. 8 1105 E. Sixth St., Santa Ana Portable toilet chemicals Feb. 8 1511 E. Edinger Ave., Santa Ana Gas cylinders Feb. 10 Red Hill Avenue & Sky Park North, Unknown corrosives Irvine Feb. 15 Apollo Street & Tamarack Avenue, Brea Waste oil and thinner Feb. 16 Huntington Harbour Gasoline Feb. 16 13022 Haster St., Garden Grove Perchloroethylene Feb. 17 4751 Palm Ave., Yorba Linda Perchloroethylene, toluene, xylene Feb. 18 City Boulevard & Garden Grove Freeway, Diazinon Orange Feb. 18 36th Street shoreline, Newport Beach Unknown 55-gallon drum Feb. 19 McPherson Street & Erna Avenue, Waste paint, solvent La Habra Feb. 21 11022 Via El Mercado, Los Alamitos Resin Feb. 22 Orange Freeway, south of Imperial Diesel fuel Feb. 24 895 W. Whittier Blvd., La Habra Animal fat Feb. 24 17121 Palmdale St., Huntington Beach Epoxy curing agents, triethylene, tetramine Feb. 25 12572 Monarch St., Garden Grove Salad oil Feb. 28 716 N. Eastwood Ave., Santa Ana Diesel spill Feb. 28 Santa Ana Freeway at Brookhurst Street, Diazinon, 25 gallons Anaheim

Source: Orange County Health Care Agency, environmental health division

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