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Leak prompts evacuation of building

Published: Monday, September 16, 2013 @ 8:30 PM

A HAZ-MAT crew was called to Millard Refrigerated Services in Springfield on Monday after anhydrous ammonia began leaking into the building.

Employees were conducting maintenance in the building at 1985 Airpark Drive when a valve to an anhydrous ammonia tank was accidentally struck by a scissor lift, causing a leak. Censors in the building set off an alarm to notify other workers of the leak, and the building was evacuated, said Capt. Brian Wirth with the Springfield Fire Rescue Division.

“Anhydrous ammonia is a common substance but very dangerous. It can cause asphyxiation (and) burns,” Worth said.

Anhydrous ammonia is used by Millard for refrigeration, Wirth said. It is a colorless gas with a pungent smell. Exposure to ammonia in sufficient quantities can be fatal, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The compound has been cited by experts as a possible culprit for the massive fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas last year, which flattened homes, killing 14 people and injuring 200 others. That plant was also storing ammonium nitrate. Investigators have been unable to determine an exact cause for the explosion.

No one was injured during the leak, which was isolated to one room of the facility. The Springfield Twp. fire department assisted with decontamination. A HAZ-MAT crew entered the building and accessed two release valves to vent the gas outside. Wirth said the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency was notified of the venting.

The company will have to replace the valve, Wirth said. About 40 minutes after the initial call, employees were allowed back into the building.

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Water quality expert: Dayton chemical concerns demand monitoring, attention

Published: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 12:17 PM

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A professor of toxicology and environmental health says Dayton and Montgomery County residents should expect regular monitoring and public updates about water quality in the wake of test results showing the low-level presence of potentially dangerous chemicals.

However, Rita Loch-Caruso, a professor of toxicology in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at the University of Michigan, said it’s too soon to recommend buying new household water filtration systems as a cautionary measure.

Loch-Caruso said similar levels of PFAS have been found in Ann Arbor drinking water, where she lives, and she has not purchased a water filtration system.

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“It certainly is low,” she said. “I would say it’s something for the people and for the city to start to pay attention to, and to keep paying attention to.”

“We certainly don’t know everything there is know about PFAS (polyfluoralkyl substances), and PFAS are a difficult group of chemicals to study because there are so many variations of them,” Loch-Caruso said.

PFAS is a substance once used as a firefighting foam at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. The chemical has infiltrated groundwater and prompted the shutdown of several Dayton water wells and has now been detected in drinking water bound for customers.

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Dayton and Montgomery County are sending customers notices with the results of recent testing of treated water leaving the city’s Ottawa Water Treatment Plant. The results of March testing show PFAS detected at a level of 7 to 13 parts per trillion.

Officials stress that level is significantly below the EPA health advisory limit of 70 ppt (parts per trillion) for lifetime exposure, but it marks the first time PFAS have been detected in water after the treatment process.

Loch-Caruso said that if she lived in Dayton, “I’d pay attention.”

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“I would like to see my city doing regular monitoring and publishing the results of the concentrations,” she said. “I would like to see a plan for monitoring — how is the city going to watch this?”

Michael Powell, director of the city of Dayton Water Department, said Wednesday the city has monitored the situation and will continue to test concentration levels.

“I drink it every day,” Powell said of Dayton’s water.

One part per trillion is comparable to finding one grain of sand in an Olympic-sized swimming pool, he said.

The discovered concentration levels “are right on the edge of the detection levels that the latest tests are able to detect,” he said.

In fact, they are so low, the levels are labeled by testing labs as “estimated,” he said.

Joe Tuss, Montgomery County administrator, said county leaders will work to coordinate with Dayton to make sure testing protocols are consistent.

“As the entity that has the community asset that is the well fields and water treatment facilities, we want to make sure we are working in concert with the city and certainly making sure they are taking the lead in any activities around this whole PFAS issue,” Tuss said.

“This is something that is really a relatively new issue for water systems around the country,” he added, saying he believes it started to emerge in 2014. “So this is a relatively new phenomenon.”

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Storm Center 7’s Kirstie Zontini to fly with U.S. Navy Blue Angels

Published: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 8:26 AM

Kirstie Zontini prepares to fly with U.S. Navy Blue Angels

Storm Center 7 Daybreak meteorologist Kirstie Zontini is scheduled to fly with the U.S. Navy Blue Angels Wednesday afternoon.

Zontini will be meeting with the team early this afternoon and will be going through a training program to learn how the team’s F/A-18C Hornet aircraft perform and what she should expect during her flight.

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Zontini is scheduled to fly with the team this afternoon around 4:30 p.m.

The Blue Angels are making their first appearance at the Vectren Dayton Air Show since 2014.

The fastest speed the team reaches during its performances is about 700 mph.

News Center 7 will bring you the behind the scenes look at the team and Zontini’s flight throughout the day Wednesday.

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NEW DETAILS: Woman, 87, killed in wrong-way downtown Dayton crash

Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 9:20 AM
Updated: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 11:03 AM

A driver is reportedly trapped inside their vehicle following a crash in downtown Dayton on West Fifth Street Tuesday morning.

The woman killed in a wrong-way crash Tuesday in downtown Dayton is 87-year-old Opal Clouse of Dayton, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.

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Police were dispatched on a report of a crash with one person trapped near West Fifth and South Perry streets about 9 a.m. 

Opal Clouse (Courtesy/Family)

According to a Dayton Police Department traffic incident report, a red Toyota Rav driven by Adrian Traylor, 67, was traveling west in the wrong direction on West Fifth. At the intersection of South Perry, Traylor’s vehicle crashed into Clouse’s silver Honda, sending her vehicle into a DP&L pole.  

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Clouse was pronounced dead at Miami Valley Hospital, according to the report. Traylor was not injured. 

Police said excessive speed doesn’t appear to be a factor and it is not uncommon to see drivers travel the wrong way on Dayton’s one-way streets. 

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“With going the wrong way, there is no traffic device to tell you that you should be slowing down for a red light,” Lt. James Mullins said.  “I’m sure the person was driving normal speeds and had the collision.” 

The preliminary report does not show a charge or citation for Traylor. The crash remains under investigation, according to police. 
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Showers, storms to return today

Published: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 4:15 AM
Updated: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 11:02 AM

The chance for more showers and storms continues today in the Dayton area.

QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Few evening showers and storms today
  • Chances for rain/storms continues into weekend
  • Little relief from the heat/humidity

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DETAILED FORECAST

Today: Another hot and humid day is expected. Highs will be in the lower to middle 80s but with the humidity, it’s going to feel more like the upper 80s, according to Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar. The chance for showers and storms returns again this afternoon into the evening. These storms could give way to gusty winds and heavy downpours at times.

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Tonight: Any showers and storms that remain this evening should fade away past sunset. Some fog is possible again overnight with temperatures dropping into the mid-60s.

Thursday: The chance for a few showers and storms returns. Highs will be near 80 degrees.

Friday: The best chance for rain moves in. Showers and storms are expected with highs in the lower 80s.

Saturday: More showers and storms are likely at times, though it won’t be an all-day rain event. Highs to start the weekend will be in the upper 70s to lower 80s. 

>> Cloudy with a chance of podcast

Sunday: More dry time is expected, but there’s still a chance for showers and storms. Highs will be in the lower 80s.

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