Monday, February 26, 2024

Transportation Chemical Incidents – Week of 2-15-24

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.

NOTE: I normally report on this on Saturday’s, but the PHMSA database was under maintenance this weekend.

Incidents Summary

Number of incidents – 41 (33 highway, 7 air, 1 rail)

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

Largest container involved – Railcar (Fuel Oil) about 1-quart leaked from improperly closed manway.

Largest amount spilled – 330-gallons (Flammable Liquid, N.O.S.) from 330-gallon IBC due to forklift strike.

Most Interesting Chemical: Lithium hydroxide (LiOH). White corrosive powder. Lithium hydroxide in used the in manufacture of alkyd resins and for the production of lithium salts. It is also used as a sorbent for Carbon dioxide especially in spacesuits.

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