Saturday, March 16, 2024

Transportation Chemical Incidents – Week of 3-5-24

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 – 137 (127 highway, 6 air, 4 rail)

Serious incidents – 2 (2 Bulk release, 0 injuries, 0 deaths, 0 major artery closed)

Largest container involved – DOT 117R100W railcar (Gasoline Includes Gasoline Mixed with Ethyl Alcohol, with not more than 10% Alcohol) about 1-gal leaked through damaged manway gasket.

Largest amount spilled – 330-gallons (Bisulfites, Aqueous Solutions, N.O.S.) from 330-gal plastic IBC due to forklift strike.

Most Interesting Chemical: Ammonium bifluoride, UN 1727. White, deliquescent crystals [may dissolve in atmospheric moisture] that are corrosive to most materials. Ammonium bifluoride is used as an etchant for Glass and Aluminum. Decomposition temperature: 240° C with HF as byproduct.

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