The accidental release of a quantity of toxic chemicals into the environment as a result of fire, explosion or leakage. This can occur during the manufacturing, storage, transportation or usage of the chemical. Chemical incidents hold significant short and long term impacts on health, infrastructure and the natural environment.

Image: Fire at the Barton Solvents chemical distribution facility, Des Moines, Iowa, 29 October 2007, United States Chemical Safety Board

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Name Category Location Date
Chemical Chemical - Varanus Island Gas Explosion, Western Australia 2008 Chemical Western Australia 03/06/2008 view resource
Chemical Chemical - Newcastle Toxic Fume Leak 2006 Chemical New South Wales 30/03/2006 view resource
Chemical Chemical - Hazardous Material Incident, Melbourne Airport 2005 Chemical Victoria 21/02/2005 view resource
Chemical Chemical - Tullamarine Chemical Spill, Victoria 2004 Chemical Victoria 29/10/2004 view resource
Chemical Chemical - Kakadu Mine Uranium Leak, Northern Territory 2004 Chemical Northern Territory 23/03/2004 view resource
Chemical Chemical - MV Nego Kim, Western Australia 2001 Chemical Western Australia 18/11/2001 view resource
Chemical Chemical - Bellevue Hazardous Waste Fire, Western Australia 2001 Chemical Western Australia 15/02/2001 view resource
Chemical Chemical - HMAS Westralia (II), Western Australia 1998 Chemical Western Australia 05/05/1998 view resource
Chemical Chemical - Coode Island, Victoria 1991 Chemical Victoria 21/08/1991 view resource
Chemical Chemical - Cairns, Queensland 1987 Chemical Queensland 17/08/1987 view resource

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A Document Chem Services: the leader in hazardous substance management Bell T, 2005 link Journal articles view resource
A Document Fact Sheet: How Australia responds to oil and chemical spills in the marine environment Australian Maritime Safety Authority 2012 link Websites view resource
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A Document Report of the Board Enquiry into the fire in HMAS Westralia on 5 May 1998 Royal Australian Navy 1998 application/pdf Commissions & Inquiries view resource
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A Document Westplan: Marine Oil Pollution Western Australian Government, Department of Transport 2010 link Reports view resource