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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation I-95-001
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Synopsis: ON 6/6/94, A CONDUCTOR FOR THE NORFOLK SOUTHERN RAILWAY COMPANY DETECTED PRODUCT LEAKING FROM THE BOTTOM OF TANK CAR UTLX 79211 IN THE NORFOLK SOUTHERN HARRY DEBUTTS YARD IN CHATTANOOGA, TENNESSEE. THE TANK CAR CONTAINED 12,184 GALLONS OF A 75-PERCENT CONCENTRATION OF ARSENIC ACID, WHICH IS CLASSIFIED AS A POISONOUS MATERIAL & ALSO DESIGNATED AS A MARINE POLLUTANT UNDER THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTAION HAZARDOUS MATERIALS REGULATIONS.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE CITY OF CHATTANOOGA & HAMILTON COUNTY EMERGENCY SERVICES: COORDINATE WITH & INVOLVE REGIONAL & LOCAL TRANSPORTERS OF HAZARDOUS MATERIALS, SUCH AS RAILROADS & TRUCKING COMPANIES, IN PLANNED EMERGENCY RESPONSE DRILLS & EXERCISES.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Intermodal
Location: Chattanooga, TN, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA94SZ011
Accident Reports: ‚ÄčTank Car Failure and Release of Arsenic Acid
Report #: HZM-95-01
Accident Date: 6/6/1994
Issue Date: 3/2/1995
Date Closed: 3/31/1995
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: State of Tennessee, City of Chattanooga (Closed - Acceptable Action)
State of Tennessee, County of Hamilton, Emergency Services (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s): Hazmat

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: State of Tennessee, City of Chattanooga
Date: 3/31/1995
Response: THE BOARD NOTES THAT THE CITY OF CHATTANOOGA & HAMILTON COUNTY ARE PROCEEDING WITH PLANS TO COORDINATE WITH & INVOLVE REGIONAL & LOCAL TRANSPORTERS OF HAZARDOUS MATERIALS IN PLANNED EMERGENCY DRILLS & EXERCISES, & THAT SUCH AN EXERCISE IS NOW SCHEDULE FOR MAY 1995. THE JOINT ACTIONS OF THE CITY & THE COUNTY SHOULD ENHANCE THE CAPABILITY OF REGIONAL & LOCAL EMERGENCY AGENCIES TO RESPOND TO ANY FUTURE RELEASES OF HAZARDOUS MATERIALS RESULTING FROM A TRANSPORTATION ACCIDENT OR INCIDENT. THE BOARD COMMENDS BOTH THE CITY & COUNTY FOR THEIR PROMPT ACTION TO IMPLEMENT THIS RECOMMENDATION. I-95-1 IS CLASSIFIED "CLOSED--ACCEPTABLE ACTION."

From: State of Tennessee, City of Chattanooga
To: NTSB
Date: 3/7/1995
Response: THE CITY OF CHATTANOOGA & HAMILTON COUNTY EMERGENCY SERVICES ARE PROCEEDING WITH PLANS TO ASSURE COORDINATION WITH REGIONAL & LOCAL TRANSPORTERS OF HAZARDOUS MATERIALS, SUCH AS RAILROADS & TRUCKING COMPANIES, IN PLANNED EMERGENCY RESPONSE DRILLS & EXERCISES.

From: NTSB
To: State of Tennessee, County of Hamilton, Emergency Services
Date: 3/31/1995
Response: THE BOARD NOTES THAT THE CITY OF CHATTANOOGA & HAMILTON COUNTY ARE PROCEEDING WITH PLANS TO COORDINATE WITH & INVOLVE REGIONAL & LOCAL TRANSPORTERS OF HAZARDOUS MATERIALS IN PLANNED EMERGENCY DRILLS & EXERCISES, & THAT SUCH AN EXERCISE IS NOW SCHEDULE FOR MAY 1995. THE JOINT ACTIONS OF THE CITY & THE COUNTY SHOULD ENHANCE THE CAPABILITY OF REGIONAL & LOCAL EMERGENCY AGENCIES TO RESPOND TO ANY FUTURE RELEASES OF HAZARDOUS MATERIALS RESULTING FROM A TRANSPORTATION ACCIDENT OR INCIDENT. THE BOARD COMMENDS BOTH THE CITY & COUNTY FOR THEIR PROMPT ACTION TO IMPLEMENT THIS RECOMMENDATION. I-95-1 IS CLASSIFIED "CLOSED--ACCEPTABLE ACTION."

From: State of Tennessee, County of Hamilton, Emergency Services
To: NTSB
Date: 3/10/1995
Response: HAMILTON COUNTY EMERGENCY SERVICES, IN CONCERT WITH THE CITY OF CHATTANOOGA, IS TAKING IMMEDIATE ACTION WITH PLANS TO EFFECT COORDINATION WITH TRANSPORTERS OF HAZARDOUS MATERIALS. TRANSPORTERS TO INCLUDE RAILROADS, RIVER TRAFFIC & TRUCKING COMPANIES, WILL BE INCLUDED IN FUTURE EMERGENCY RESPONSE DRILLS & EXERCISES.