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December 25, 1999 | From Associated Press
A government panel investigating Japan's worst nuclear accident said Friday that the pursuit of efficiency at the expense of safety directly caused the disaster. In its final report concerning the Sept. 30 accident, the Science and Technology Agency panel urged officials responsible for the nation's nuclear energy program to make efforts to rebuild international trust.
March 29, 2000 | Associated Press
The government on Tuesday revoked the license of a uranium-processing plant for causing Japan's worst nuclear accident, which killed one worker and seriously sickened two others. More than 400 residents were exposed to radiation Sept. 30 at the JCO Co. plant in Tokaimura, about 80 miles northeast of Tokyo. The death was the country's first ever in a nuclear accident. Of the two surviving highly exposed workers, one remains hospitalized in serious condition and the other has been discharged.
September 23, 1988
At least five people were exposed to toxic fumes from a chemical spill Thursday that forced the evacuation of about 400 employees from a Hollywood industrial complex which houses film processing firms. Five fire companies, a helicopter and a standby rescue ambulance were sent to 959 N. Seward St. at 9:52 a.m., according to Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Greg Acevedo. The victims underwent decontamination at the scene, and none were reported to have suffered serious effects.
August 13, 1988
An acid vapor cloud from a Glendale business forced officials to evacuate more than 400 residents Friday morning and injured five persons. The red cloud was caused by an accidental mixture of 200 gallons of nitric acid with other chemicals, Glendale Fire Capt. Craig Moore said. The incident occurred shortly after 9 a.m. at American Metaseal Co. of Southern California, an anodizing firm at 701 W. Broadway.
November 25, 1986
More than 900 gallons of chemicals that had been stored at a residence next to Sunkist Elementary School were safely moved to an industrial area Saturday, fire officials reported. If the chemicals, used to make metallic finishes, had not been moved by Sunday, Sunkist Elementary School might have been closed. "It was not a real major problem, but they could not be left next to a school," county Fire Marshal Michael Doty said.
November 4, 1995 | Reuters
An accident at a Boeing Co. manufacturing plant Friday created a cloud of toxic gas that sent 28 people to the hospital for treatment and forced the shutdown of a facility employing 2,300 people, company officials said. Only one injury was considered potentially serious. The other victims were sent to a hospital as a precautionary measure, a Boeing spokesman said.
December 30, 1997
An industrial acid cloud leaked from a 55-gallon drum Monday, forcing about 125 people to flee businesses, but no injuries were reported, county fire officials said. The cloud that sent the employees of Applied Solar and five downwind businesses into the streets leaked out when the two acids ate through a plastic liner and reacted to the metal of the barrel. The acids were a combination of nitric hydrochloric acid and acetic acid, which is vinegar.
September 25, 1999 | From Bloomberg News
Unocal Corp., an oil and natural-gas explorer, said it will restructure its West Coast fertilizer business as a separate company, Prodica LLC, to make it easier to sell. Brea-based Prodica will be wholly owned by Unocal, which has said it wants to focus on finding and producing oil and gas.
August 31, 1996 | HILARY E. MacGREGOR
A Camarillo-based hazardous waste hauler was ordered to pay $2,700 in a criminal case stemming from a 1995 incident in which noxious fumes escaped from a company truck and forced the evacuation of a Chatsworth business complex. J. Concepcion Carrera, 40, an employee of King Hazardous Waste Co., was transporting 100 gallons of nitric acid and water on Aug. 8, 1995, when the toxic mixture reacted chemically with residue from an earlier load of waste water and sludge.
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