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Taking Hazardous Spills

May 05, 1989|Clipboard researched by Rick VanderKnyff / Los Angeles Times. Graphics by Doris Shields / 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), 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 March.

Date: March 3 Location of Incident: McGaw & Von Karman avenues, Irvine Material Handler: Unknown Materials Involved: Two unknown materials in drums

Date: March 3 Location of Incident: 7677 Center Ave., Huntington Beach Material Handler: Memorial Hospital Materials Involved: Ethylene oxide

Date: March 3 Location of Incident: 414 E. Palmyra Ave., Orange Material Handler: Homeowner Materials Involved: Chemicals used to make rocket fuel

Date: March 6 Location of Incident: 2895 E. Treeview Place, Fullerton Material Handler: Unocal Materials Involved: Crude oil

Date: March 8 Location of Incident: O'Neill Park, Trabuco Canyon Material Handler: Unknown Materials Involved: Unknown (5-gallon can)

Date: March 8 Location of Incident: 11540 Panay St., Cypress Material Handler: Homeowner Materials Involved: 10 gallons gasoline

Date: March 10 Location of Incident: 921 S. Euclid St., Anaheim Material Handler: Unknown Materials Involved: Waste oil

Date: March 13 Location of Incident: 6772 Westminster Blvd., Westminster Material Handler: General Telephone Materials Involved: Roofing material

Date: March 15 Location of Incident: 10401 Orrey Place, Garden Grove Material Handler: Unknown Materials Involved: Unknown

Date: March 15 Location of Incident: Thorton Park, 1801 E. Segerstrom Ave., Santa Ana Material Handler: Unknown Materials Involved: Muriatic acid, sodium hypochlorite

Date: March 16 Location of Incident: 16252 Construction Circle East, Irvine Material Handler: Lewis Manufacturing Materials Involved: Cyanide, metal sludge

Date: March 16 Location of Incident: Warner Avenue & Asari Lane, Huntington Beach Material Handler: Unknown Materials Involved: Infectious waste

Date: March 19 Location of Incident: Irvine Center Drive, Irvine Material Handler: Unknown Materials Involved: Muriatic acid

Date: March 20 Location of Incident: 1 Smoketree Ave., Irvine Material Handler: Unknown Materials Involved: Muriatic acid

Date: March 21 Location of Incident: 20101 Golden West St., Huntington Beach Material Handler: Shell Oil Materials Involved: Hydrogen peroxide

Date: March 21 Location of Incident: 1315 W. Brasher St., Anaheim Material Handler: Reliable Recovery Materials Involved: Zinc dust

Date: March 22 Location of Incident: Garfield Avenue near Ward Street, Huntington Beach Material Handler: Unknown Materials Involved: Chlorine or hydrochloric acid

Date: March 22 Location of Incident: 15744 Golden West St., Huntington Beach Material Handler: Golden West College Materials Involved: Picric acid

Date: March 22 Location of Incident: 7292 Slater Ave., Huntington Beach Material Handler: General Telephone Materials Involved: Chlorine

Date: March 25 Location of Incident: 25142 Front St., El Toro Material Handler: Unknown Materials Involved: Pharmaceuticals

Date: March 27 Location of Incident: Arroyo Park, Palm Drive & Rose Drive, Placentia Material Handler: Unknown Materials Involved: Unknown gas cylinder

Date: March 28 Location of Incident: Imperial Highway, north of Prospect Avenue, Placentia Material Handler: Unknown Materials Involved: Gasoline

Date: March 28 Location of Incident: Price Club, 33961 Doheny Park Road, Dana Point Material Handler: Calgon, Roadway Trucking, Southern California Edison Materials Involved: Hydrazine

Date: March 29 Location of Incident: 920 E. Imperial Highway, Brea Material Handler: Unknown Materials Involved: Hydrochloric acid, phenol crystals

Date: March 30 Location of Incident: Brookhurst Street, Westminster Material Handler: Unknown Materials Involved: Unknown; 6 leaking drums

Date: March 31 Location of Incident: East Bluff Drive & Vista del Oro, Newport Beach Material Handler: Unknown Materials Involved: Aviation fuel (plane crash)

Date: March 31 Location of Incident: 12156 Adrian St., Garden Grove Material Handler: Apartment tenant Materials Involved: Methamphetamine

Date: March 31 Location of Incident: Chapman Avenue & Manchester Place, Orange Material Handler: Unknown Materials Involved: Paint

Date: March 31 Location of Incident: 6952 Garden Grove Blvd., Garden Grove Material Handler: Unknown Materials Involved: Unknown

Source: Orange County Health Care Agency, environmental health division

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