Saturday, April 27, 2024

Transportation Chemical Incidents – Week of 3-23-24

Reporting Background

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

Incidents Summary

• Number of incidents – 478 (451 highway, 20 air, 7 rail)

• Serious incidents – 3 (3 Bulk release, 0 injuries, 0 deaths, 0 major arteries closed)

• Largest container involved – 30,049-gal DOT DOT111A100W1 railcar (Acetone) Loose top closure. 20-gal spilled.

• Largest amount spilled – 1323-lbs (Calcium Hypochlorite, Hydrated or Calcium Hypochlorite, Hydrated Mixtures, With Not Less Than 5.5% But Not More Than 16% Water) plastic container damaged in material handling.

Most Interesting Chemical: Trichloroisocyanuric Acid, Dry. A white slightly hygroscopic crystalline powder or lump solid with a mild chlorine-like odor. Said to have 85 percent available chlorine. Decomposes at 225°C, producing chlorine gas and oxygen. Moderately toxic by ingestion. May irritate skin and eyes. Active ingredient in household dry bleaches. Used in swimming pools as a disinfectant. Strong oxidizing agent.

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