May 19, 1990 |
A judge found a man guilty of first-degree murder in the sulfuric acid poisoning of his infant son in what prosecutors said was a scheme to sue a commercial baby formula manufacturer. Ricky Irby Sr., 29, could face the death penalty. Lake County Associate Judge Harry Hartel, who presided over a two-week, non-jury trial in Waukegan, Ill., set a sentencing hearing for June 29.
July 3, 1993 |
A half-sunken Norwegian tanker has leaked about 100 tons of sulfuric acid into the waters off the Mexican state of Michoacan, an official said Friday. "From the start there was a small leak, and it's lost about 100 tons of acid," said the official, who asked not to be identified.
July 14, 1993 |
Salvage workers hired to unload cargo from a beached tanker said Tuesday that it leaked 4,000 tons of sulfuric acid after being tipped on its side by Hurricane Calvin last week. The 10,033-ton Norwegian-flagged Betula has been lodged on a beach off the Michoacan state after becoming incapacitated while unloading the acid.
January 4, 2001 |
A Union Pacific train derailed on the outskirts of a southern Arizona town, spilling about 10,000 gallons of sulfuric acid and forcing 96 residents to evacuate overnight. Hazardous material crews used bulldozers and dump trucks Wednesday to clear out dirt soaked with sulfuric acid. Railroad spokesman Mike Furtney said the contaminated dirt would be moved to a nearby mine so the acid could be recaptured and used in the mining of copper.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 20, 1989
The city of Torrance will hire a consultant to analyze the potential cost if Councilman Dan Walker's initiative to end the use of hydrofluoric acid at the Mobil Oil Corp. refinery becomes law. The City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to pay an accounting firm $5,000 for a preliminary report, which is due May 2. The council will then decide whether to request a more detailed analysis, which could cost between $30,000 and $40,000, city officials said. The Walker initiative would limit the storage of acutely toxic hydrofluoric acid to 250 gallons.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 6, 1990 |
Andres Chaidez, 22, came to the United States from Mexico five years ago in search of a better life but his prospects were dashed last September, when a robber threw a cupful of sulfuric acid in his face after Chaidez refused to give him money. Chaidez is blind, and doctors say he will never regain his sight. His face is badly disfigured. Instead of working, the former auto mechanic just sits at his mother's home in Huntington Park. "I can't do anything.
July 28, 1993 |
The Richmond chemical company that is responsible for a sulfuric acid cloud that forced more than 5,600 people to seek medical treatment had been fined nearly $265,000 in the past year for environmental and worker safety violations, authorities said Tuesday. General Chemical Corp.
June 22, 1989 |
After a fire and three toxic sulfur trioxide leaks from Stauffer Chemical Co., Carson Mayor Michael Mitoma said he is not satisfied with plant safety procedures and wants them reexamined. "We need to look at the plant," Mitoma said. Stauffer officials defended their safety program but acknowledged that they are changing the design of a pipe-heating unit to reduce the risk of the corrosion that they blame for the sulfur trioxide releases. The 33-acre Stauffer plant, a part of the oil refinery complex in Carson for more than 60 years, purifies huge amounts of contaminated sulfuric acid used by the refineries.