Archive for July, 2015

Maryland, TN Update: Fire extinguished at 7p.m.

Maryland, TN Update: Fire extinguished at 7p.m.

July 3, 2015 | Knox News | As of 7 p.m. Thursday, CSX reported that the fire had been extinguished and company personnel were assessing the rail car and others as part of the ongoing recovery process. The train operator, working in coordination with emergency responders and other officials, has removed 35 of the unaffected […]

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What is Acrylonitrile?

July 2, 2015 | WVLT |We are learning more about the chemical burning in a Blount County train derailment. It’s full name is acrylonitrile, but it’s also referred to as AN or vinyl cyanide. When burned, it releases fumes of hydrogen cyanide. [Read the entire article here.]

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Emergency workers decontaminated after exposure from Blount County train derailment

July 2, 2015 | Commercial Appeal | Authorities have decontaminated 10 emergency workers exposed Thursday to a toxic substance released during a train derailment and the resulting fire, and another dozen first responders are expected to undergo the cleansing operation. Blount Memorial Hospital spokesman Josh West said three of the first responders had been decontaminated […]

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Was it a DOT-103 or DOT-111 carrying Acrylonitrile?

Was it a DOT-103 or DOT-111 carrying Acrylonitrile?

DOT-111 Reader | July 2, 2015 | I’m sure we’ll get more details as to this morning’s derailment near Knoxville, TN continues. Reviewing hazmat guides, it appears that acrylonitrile is carried in either DOT-103 or DOT-111 tank cars.    

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Tennessee Train Derailment: 5,000 Residents Evacuated From Maryville

Tennessee Train Derailment: 5,000 Residents Evacuated From Maryville

July 2, 2015 | NBC News| More than 5,000 residents were evacuated after a freight train carrying a “highly flammable and toxic gas” partly derailed and caught fire early Thursday just outside Knoxville, Tennessee, officials said. Seven officers were hospitalized after breathing in fumes from the blaze, Blount County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Marian O’Briant told […]

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At least 5,000 people under evacuation following Blount Co. train fire

At least 5,000 people under evacuation following Blount Co. train fire

July 2, 2015 | WBIR | Authorities said at least 5,000 people are under a mandatory evacuation Thursday morning following a train fire in Blount County. According to a Blount Memorial Hospital spokesperson, 12 emergency responders are supposed to be decontaminated. [Read the entire article here.]  

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Rail yard pollution in Kansas City, Kan., requires a closer look by the EPA and BNSF

Rail yard pollution in Kansas City, Kan., requires a closer look by the EPA and BNSF

June 30, 2015 | Kansas City Star| Many neighbors of the BNSF rail yard in Kansas City, Kan., have worked diligently to evaluate the air diesel exhaust pollution that wafts their way day after day, week after week. With assistance from environmental groups, the neighbors have established in studies they did in 2014 and this […]

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No damage to highway bridge in train derailment south of Butte

No damage to highway bridge in train derailment south of Butte

June 30, 2015 | KTVQ|BUTTE – Crews spent Monday trying to remove the tangled wreckage of a Union Pacific train that derailed Sunday afternoon near Glen, about 40 miles south of Butte. The derailment occurred under a I-15 highway overpass and inspectors with the Montana Department of Transportation were there to insure the bridge was […]

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California oil train risks worse in minority areas: report

June 30, 2015 | Reuters |  Californians most exposed to the risks of oil train derailments or fires overwhelmingly live in poorer, minority neighborhoods, two environmental groups in the state said on Tuesday. The report, the first of its kind to explicitly link issues of class and race to the ongoing oil train safety debate, […]

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