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Resource ID: #11052
Subject: Hazardous Waste
Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer
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Date: July 28

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The Plain Dealer reports that of the 5,589 toxic chemical spills that occurred in Ohio in 1990, 121 threatened lives and property. The chemical accidents occurred when trucks hauling toxic chemicals wrecked on highways, above ground chemical tanks exploded, warehouses and plants caught fire, and workers made critical mistakes. The analysis also found that most companies involved did not report the accidents to the county emergency response team or the state Environmental Protection Agency. Residents living near plants did a better job reporting chemical emergencies than most companies at fault.

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