Saturday, February 17, 2024

Transportation Chemical Incidents – Week of 2-8-24

Reporting Background – See this post for explanation.

Data from PHMSA’s online database of transportation related chemical incidents that have been reported to the agency.

Incidents Summary

Number of incidents – 25 (24 highway, 1 rail)

Serious incidents – 1 (1 Bulk release, 0 injuries, 0 deaths, 0 major artery closed)

Largest container involved – Railcar (Hydrocarbons, Liquid, N.O.S.) about 1-gallon leaked from improperly installed sample valve on top of car),

Largest amount spilled – 150-gallons (Corrosive Liquid, Acidic, Inorganic, N.O.S.) from 250-gallon IBC due to forklift strike.

Most Interesting Chemical: Toluidines, liquid (UN 1708). Similar in usage to the term ‘xylenes’ this term refers generically to any or all three of the following: o-toluidine, p-toluidine, and/or m-toluidine. The chemical structure is a benzene ring with an attached methyl group (CH3) and an attached amine group (NH2). It is combustible and toxic by inhalation.

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