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September 8, 2022: (NPRM) Risk Reduction Program

FRA issued a NPRM aimed at gathering information to see if the agency should remove a provision in the RRP final rule. The agency is gathering information to decide whether it will keep or remove a provision in the RRP final rule. The provision in question involves contractors who perform a significant portion of a railroad’s
operations and whether they are considered the railroad’s directly affected employees for purposes of the RRP rule.
Interested parties may submit comments on the proposed rule until November 7, 2022. All comments must include the docket number.

Docket No. FRA–2021–0035, Notice No. 1

September 8, 2022: Hazmat Spill in Mitchell County, NC

Photo: WLOS Staff

A tanker truck hauling hydrofluorosilicic acid was involved in an accident on NC-266. During the accident around 4,500 gallons of hydrofluorosilicic acid spilled onto the roadway.
Emergency Management of Mitchell County and Asheville Hazmat responded to the scene. They contained the spill and are taking additional measures to prevent further impact on the environment. The driver suffered minor injuries and was transported to a local hospital.
Officials believe the tanker truck was either punctured by something on the roadway or an issue with one of the valves.

Hazmat spill closes portion of Mitchell County road overnight, troopers say

September 8, 2022: Large Chemical Spill Closes I-55

Photos by: Dawson Primes

A portion of I-55 in Kentwood, LA was closed for several hours following a hazmat spill. Officials said a delivery truck slammed into the back of a tanker truck hauling a petroleum-based, flammable cleaning solvent. Around 6,000 gallons of the chemical spilled onto the interstate and into Terrys Creek.
One of the drivers suffered substantial injuries. The other driver only sustained minor injuries. Both were transferred to a local hospital for treatment.
Dawson Primes, director of Homeland Security and Emergency Management in Tangipahoa Parish, said the clean-up was expected to take around six hours. Heavy equipment can not be used during the clean-up as the danger of igniting the chemical is too high. Primes added “They are trying to size up what’s needed and where it’s needed. They’ll direct everybody what to do from this point forward. There’s still a little bit of chemical that’s left in the tank, and they’re trying to keep it from spilling out.”

Chemical spill closes I-55 in Kentwood

September 8, 2022: Evacuation Ordered After Hazmat Spill in Ohio

Photo by Guernsey County EMA

An evacuation was ordered after a tanker truck leaked an unknown amount of hazardous materials in Guernsey County, OH. The truck was stopped at a Go Mart on SR 285. The leak contained a mixture of nitric acid and hydrochloric acid. The immediate area was evacuated and local residents were asked to avoid the area while authorities cleaned up the spill. Nitric acid exposure can cause severe burns to the skin.

Hazmat spill led to temporary evacuation, road closure

September 6, 2022: EPA Proposing Safer Communities by Chemical Accident Prevention Rule

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing changes to strengthen the Risk Management Program (RMP). The proposed rule, entitled “Safer Communities by Chemical Accident Prevention Rule”, includes new safeguards aimed at protecting vulnerable communities from potential chemical accidents.
EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan said “Protecting public health is central to EPA’s mission, particularly as we adapt to the challenges of climate change, and the proposal announced today advances this effort, especially for those in vulnerable communities. This rule will better protect communities from chemical accidents, and advance environmental justice for communities that have been disproportionately impacted by these facilities.”
The new rule would require regulated facilities to evaluate the risks associated with natural disasters, climate change, and a loss of power at the facility. It would also require more employee participation, enhanced facility planning and preparedness, and would require third party audits and safer technologies for those with a history of accidents.
EPA is holding three public meetings on the proposed rule. The meetings will be held on September 26-28, 2022.
For more information on the proposed rule: Safer Communities by Chemical Accident Prevention Rule

September 6, 2022: Freight Train Derailed in Hampton, Iowa

Photo by: Derek Gearheart

A Union Pacific freight train derailed in Hampton, Iowa on Monday morning. A total of 44 cars derailed. The derailment occurred around 3:30 am as the train was crossing a bridge over Otter Creek. The bridge was destroyed during the derailment and caused the train to spill asphalt into the creek. There were no injuries reported. The cause of the derailment is currently under investigation.
Robynn Tysver, a spokesperson for Union Pacific, said “During that derailment, some of the tank cars were carrying asphalt, and we had a spill. We have more than 50 personnel on site. We have more en-route. The focus right now is going to be on cleanup and then the focus will return to remediation.”

Train derailment spills asphalt into creek near Hampton