EMA officials warn about dangerous chemicals - WAFF-TV: News, Weather and Sports for Huntsville, AL

EMA officials warn about dangerous chemicals

Posted: Updated:
? When it comes to business and industry, EMA officials are required by law to report dangerous chemicals to the state. ? When it comes to business and industry, EMA officials are required by law to report dangerous chemicals to the state.
  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Madison police seek tips on burglary suspect

    Madison police seek tips on burglary suspect

    Thursday, August 28 2014 6:59 PM EDT2014-08-28 22:59:53 GMT
    Police are asking for tips on the location of 38-year-old Julius Kareem Townsend, who is approximately 5'6, 175 pounds with short hair.More >>
    Police are asking for tips on the location of 38-year-old Julius Kareem Townsend, who is approximately 5'6, 175 pounds with short hair.More >>
  • Animal Services director on administrative leave

    Animal Services director on administrative leave

    Thursday, August 28 2014 6:57 PM EDT2014-08-28 22:57:50 GMT
    To either keep or fire Carol Wicks as Director of Animal Services will be a decision made by the city council. If it comes to that, it would be put on a Decatur City Council meeting agenda for further review.So far, it is not on the agenda for their next meeting on Sep 2. If the issue comes before the city council, that's when we hope to find out why Mayor Kyle decided to put Wicks on paid administrative leave.He will not comment on it, saying he cannot talk about a pending personnel issue. W...More >>
    To either keep or fire Carol Wicks as Director of Animal Services will be a decision made by the city council. If it comes to that, it would be put on a Decatur City Council meeting agenda for further review.So far, it is not on the agenda for their next meeting on Sep 2. If the issue comes before the city council, that's when we hope to find out why Mayor Kyle decided to put Wicks on paid administrative leave.He will not comment on it, saying he cannot talk about a pending personnel issue. W...More >>
  • 119 traffic citations issued in Huntsville DUI checkpoint

    119 traffic citations issued in Huntsville DUI checkpoint

    Thursday, August 28 2014 6:48 PM EDT2014-08-28 22:48:32 GMT
    Officers set up in the southbound lanes of the parkway at the Martin Road overpass for a DUI checkpoint. (Source: WAFF)Officers set up in the southbound lanes of the parkway at the Martin Road overpass for a DUI checkpoint. (Source: WAFF)
    A few people are in jail after another overnight DUI checkpoint in Huntsville.More >>
    A few people are in jail after another overnight DUI checkpoint in Huntsville.More >>
MARSHALL COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -

In Marshall County where there are many chicken plants, chemicals used there bring about certain concerns.

Emergency Management Agency officials feel it doesn't always have to explode to be dangerous.

Plants can have industrial chemicals that can be very dangerous, but EMA Director Anita McBurnett said people should stay aware because dangerous chemicals are really everywhere.

It was July 2011 when some 20 people were evacuated from the Americold Logistics Plant in Albertville after an ammonia line ruptured.

EMA officials say the danger of ammonia is that a person can inhale it, making their mucus membranes burn and causing a fluid buildup in the lungs that can drown a person.

However, trucks carry hazardous chemicals on the roadways, barges on the waterways. Chlorine tanks at your local pool cause a significant danger, and even chemicals in your home can cause dangerous violent reactions: like chlorine bleach and ammonia, which should never be mixed or even stored together.

But when it comes to business and industry, McBurnett said they are required by law to report such dangerous chemicals to the state.

That helps first responders know what they're dealing with when they arrive to give the appropriate treatment.

Copyright 2013 WAFF. All rights reserved. 

Powered by WorldNow

1414 North Memorial Parkway
Huntsville, AL 35801
256-533-4848

WAFF Is a Proud Member
of the Raycom Family of Stations


FCC Public File
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WAFF. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.