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January 23, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
An overturned truck that spilled 10 tons of liquid ammonia forced the evacuation of 1,500 residents, a state-run newspaper said. No injuries were reported. Rescue workers cordoned off the area near Zhongxing village in Guizhou province and were trying to neutralize the ammonia, the China Daily said.
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April 23, 2014 | By a Times staff writer
A San Clemente man who poured ammonia and rubbed raw eggs on women as part of a “spiritual cleansing” ritual has been convicted of rape and other sexual assault charges and could be sentenced to up to 75 years in prison. Alberto Flores Ramirez, 36, was accused of luring two women to a Santa Ana motel where he performed a “spiritual cleansing” ritual that he said would rid them of their negative energy and improve their loves lives. One of the women sought his help in getting her children safely to California from Mexico, the Orange County district attorney's office said.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 6, 2000 | JENIFER RAGLAND, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
First there was the discovery of waste oil polluting the 91-acre property. Then came the unearthing of a rare plant that had to be protected. Mucked-up paperwork caused another delay.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 3, 2013 | By Angel Jennings
An ammonia leak at a South Gate cheese factory sent two workers to the hospital early Tuesday morning, according to authorities. Los Angeles County firefighters responded to the report of an ammonia leak at 5 a.m. in the 5600 block of East Imperial Highway . The building, which manufactures Saputo Cheese USA , was evacuated and cordoned off after a worker reported falling ill, said L.A. County Fire Supervisor Michael Pittman.  The...
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March 28, 1996 | DAVID REYES
More than 135 residents have sued a cold-storage facility where a toxic ammonia gas leak last summer forced the evacuation of nearly 1,000 people. The lawsuit was filed in Orange County Superior Court on Monday against Christian Salvesen Inc. at 375 S. Cypress St., from which noxious fumes escaped Aug. 7. Investigators and fire officials said the accident occurred when a gauge broke off a pipe connected to an ammonia tank used in refrigeration, causing about 100 gallons of the liquid to leak.
WORLD
March 24, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
A Kremlin critic running for mayor of the city hosting the 2014 Winter Olympics said he was doused with ammonia in an attack he blamed on the government. Boris Nemtsov told Echo of Moscow radio he suspected Kremlin-backed activists carried out the attack in response to his criticism of Russia's plans for the Winter Games in the Black Sea resort city of Sochi. A Kremlin spokesman declined to comment on the allegation. Nemtsov was attacked outside his campaign headquarters in Sochi, spokeswoman Olga Shorina said by telephone.
NEWS
August 19, 1995 | DEBORAH SCHOCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Air quality officials are citing owners of a La Habra cold-storage warehouse for causing a public nuisance because of an Aug. 7 ammonia leak that injured nine people and forced 1,000 residents from their homes. Christian Salvesen Inc. has been issued a notice of violation by the South Coast Air Quality Management District, which investigated the leak of an estimated 140 gallons of anhydrous ammonia from the company's Cypress Street warehouse.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 13, 1995 | DEBORAH SCHOCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Just days ago, most of Orange County thought of ammonia simply as the smelly but useful household cleaner stashed in a bottle under the kitchen sink. But then a noxious ammonia cloud wafted from a food-storage warehouse into a La Habra neighborhood, leaving in its wake a new wariness of the chemical's potential dangers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 8, 1995 | TINA NGUYEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An ammonia cloud loomed over a wide stretch of the city Monday night, forcing more than 1,000 residents to evacuate their homes. The leak from Christian Salvesen, a cold-food storage facility in the 300 block of Cypress Street, sent teams of Orange County sheriff's deputies, hazardous-materials units and Fullerton and Brea police to the scene, said La Habra Police Sgt. Ray Breur. "It's still expanding," Breur said late Monday night. "The situation is still ongoing.
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April 23, 2014 | By a Times staff writer
A San Clemente man who poured ammonia and rubbed raw eggs on women as part of a “spiritual cleansing” ritual has been convicted of rape and other sexual assault charges and could be sentenced to up to 75 years in prison. Alberto Flores Ramirez, 36, was accused of luring two women to a Santa Ana motel where he performed a “spiritual cleansing” ritual that he said would rid them of their negative energy and improve their loves lives. One of the women sought his help in getting her children safely to California from Mexico, the Orange County district attorney's office said.
SCIENCE
August 1, 2013 | By Tony Barboza
An Ontario, Calif., food processing plant operator has agreed to pay $157,000 in fines in connection with a release of toxic ammonia, the Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday. Ventura Foods was cited for failing to immediately notify authorities after its equipment leaked anhydrous ammonia, a poisonous gas, and for deficiencies in its accident prevention and emergency response plans. EPA investigators logged more than two dozen anhydrous ammonia releases at the facility since 2007, including a September 2010 leak into the air and sewer line that was large enough that the company should have reported it immediately under federal environmental laws meant to protect the community.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 13, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
A street in Long Beach was reopened Monday after an ammonia leak at a storage center near the 710 Freeway shut down the neighborhood for several hours. Firefighters received an alarm from the building in the 600 block of Anaheim Street about 3 a.m., officials said. At the scene, the first responders could smell the ammonia even before they got inside the building, said Long Beach Fire Department spokesman Matt Dobberpuhl. Several small leaks were found, and authorities shut down Anaheim Street for blocks in both directions, officials said.
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May 13, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
Streets in a Long Beach neighborhood were closed early Monday after a cold storage facility in the area began leaking ammonia, authorities said. Firefighters received an alarm from the building in the 600 block of Anaheim Street about 3 a.m., officials said. At the scene, the first responders could smell the ammonia even before they got inside the building, said Long Beach Fire Department spokesman Matt Dobberpuhl. Several small leaks were found, and authorities shut down Anaheim Street for blocks in both directions, officials said.
SCIENCE
May 11, 2013 | By Geoffrey Mohan
Astronauts replaced a leaking component on the International Space Station after a 5-hour, 30-minute spacewalk, NASA reported. Engineers Chris Cassidy and Tom Marshburn completed their spacewalk at 11:14 a.m. PDT Saturday, after gingerly gliding out to one of the station's trusses, where ammonia coolant had been seen leaking since Thursday. The coolant is used to control the temperature of one of eight solar arrays that power the station. The pair, who had worked in tandem during spacewalks twice before, removed the 260-pound pump controller box from the P6 truss and replaced it with a spare stowed nearby.
SCIENCE
May 10, 2013 | By Geoffrey Mohan
  Astronauts on the International Space Station may take a spacewalk Saturday to repair an ammonia leak. The gas, used to cool one of the station's solar arrays, began oozing from the left side of the station's truss structure Thursday, officials said. NASA reported that the six-member Expedition 35 crew, commanded by Chris Hadfield, was not in danger, and that the station is operating normally while crew members and mission managers work to reroute power through another of the station's eight power channels.
SCIENCE
April 18, 2013 | By Geoffrey Mohan
The explosion at a Central Texas fertilizer plant Wednesday night could have been caused by ammonia gas or the more well-known explosive, ammonium nitrate, according to chemists. Neal Langerman, principal chemist with Advanced Chemical Safety, a San Diego industrial consulting firm, said the initial fire could easily have caused anhydrous ammonia to explode catastrophically. “It's really hard to ignite, but it's a flammable gas,” Langerman said. “If a tank containing a liquefied flammable gas is subjected to fire, that tank could fail catastrophically, releasing the gas, which will instantly ignite, causing a catastrophic explosion, as was seen.” A robust fire also would be needed to ignite ammonium nitrate, a well-known explosive used in industry and adopted by terrorists.
NEWS
May 22, 1989
At least 31 employees at a packing company plant in Reedley were treated for headaches, nausea and vomiting after they were exposed to ammonia fumes. Fresno County sheriff's officers said they weren't informed until three hours after the Saturday morning incident that three gallons of ammonia had spilled at the Ito Packing Co. Deputies said they then learned of the spill from an ambulance driver who saw some workers being brought to Sierra Kings Hospital by other workers and packing house officials to be checked.
BUSINESS
April 20, 1994
Most electric power is produced by burning fuel to boil water into steam, which turns the fan-like blades of a turbine, generating electricity. The steam is then condensed back into water for reuse in what is known as a thermodynamic cycle. Traditional power generation relies on the Rankine cycle, which uses ordinary water. But the proposed new Kalina cycle appears to be much more efficient, thanks to a mixture that starts out in the boiler as 70% ammonia, 30% water.
SCIENCE
July 6, 2011 | By Daniela Hernandez, Los Angeles Times
Saturn's Great White Spot, a recurring storm on that planet that has intrigued scientists since it was first observed in 1876, is a windy, towering cloud of ammonia and water spewing out super jolts of thunder and lightning. Now astronomers and NASA's Cassini spacecraft, which has been orbiting Saturn since 2004, have captured the most detailed views to date of the phenomenon. The luminous storm, which may be the gaseous planet's main mechanism for dissipating heat, occurs about once every Saturnian year, the equivalent of about 30 Earth years.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 4, 2011 | By Shan Li, Los Angeles Times
Target Corp. has agreed to pay $22.5 million to settle a multiyear government investigation into the alleged dumping of hazardous waste by the retail chain, according to court documents filed this week. The settlement, pending final approval by a judge, is part of a bigger push by prosecutors throughout the state to crack down on environmental violations by big-box retailers and follows multimillion-dollar settlements in recent years with Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Home Depot. Under the tentative agreement, the Minneapolis-based retail giant admits no wrongdoing but will pay about $3.4 million to the California attorney general's office.
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