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Safety Recommendation R-99-011
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Synopsis: ABOUT 12:37 P.M. EASTERN DAYLIGHT TIME ON SATURDAY, JUNE 20, 1998, 30 OF THE 148 CARS MAKING UP EASTBOUND CSX TRAIN Q316 DERAILED AT COX LANDING, WV. OF THE DERAILED CARS, THREE WERE LOADED WITH HAZARDOUS MATERIAL, AND EIGHT OTHERS CONTAINED HAZARDOUS MATERIAL RESIDUE. TWO OF THE LOADED CARS WERE DAMAGED IN THE PILEUP AND LEAKED A COMBINED VOLUME OF ABOUT 21,500 GALLONS OF FORMALDEHYDE SOLUTION. NO ONE WAS INJURED DURING THE DERAILMENT OF THE TRAIN; HOWEVER, 15 PERSONS REPORTED MINOR INJURIES AS A RESULT OF THE RELEASE OF FORMALDEHYDE. TOTAL DAMAGES IN THE ACCIDENT EXCEEDED $2.6 MILLION.
Recommendation: NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT MOUNTAINEER GAS COMPANY: IN COOPERATION WITH CSX TRANSPORTATION, INC., DEVELOP AND IMPLEMENT INCIDENT COORDINATION PROCEDURES THAT WILL ENSURE THAT SAFETY-CRITICAL OPERATIONS DURING WRECKAGE-CLEARING ACTIVITIES ARE COORDINATED WITH ALL PARTIES INVOLVED IN THOSE ACTIVITIES.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Railroad
Location: cox landing, WV, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: ATL98FR021
Accident Reports: Derailment of CSX Freight Train Q316 and Subsequent Hazardous Material Release
Report #: RAR-99-01
Accident Date: 6/20/1998
Issue Date: 7/16/1999
Date Closed: 7/25/2001
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: Mountaineer Gas Company (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s):

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: Mountaineer Gas Company
Date: 4/15/2002
Response: Thank you for the copy of the completed revisions to the Emergency Plan section of Allegheny Power Company's Gas Operation and Maintenance Plan that Mr. Haney enclosed with his letter. Safety Recommendation R-99-11 was classified "Closed--Acceptable Action" on July 24, 2001, at which time we requested these revisions. No additional information is required. The Safety Board appreciates your responsiveness to our recommendation and to our request for this additional information. Thank you for your commitment to comprehensive training of your gas personnel, and for your ongoing commitment to transportation safety.

From: Mountaineer Gas Company
To: NTSB
Date: 1/3/2002
Response: Letter Mail Controlled 02/06/2002 3:48:07 PM MC# 2020119 From: Haney, James R. Organization: Allegheny Power has completed the revisions to the Emergency Plan Section of the Operation and Maintenance Plan (Manual) that is on file with the West Virginia Public Service Commission, Transportation Division, Gas Pipeline Safety Section. A copy of the revised Manual is enclosed. This revision includes the additional language to address multiple response emergencies like the incident at Cox Landing. On December 14, 2001 the revised Manual was reviewed with the Gas Pipeline Safety Section, and approved for implementation. In January 2002, Allegheny plans to begin comprehensive training of our gas personnel to ensure that the revised Manual is fully understood and properly implemented. Please notify this office if additional information is needed. Allegheny Power remains committed to high standards and expectations for occupational safety and health.

From: Mountaineer Gas Company
To: NTSB
Date: 10/10/2001
Response: Letter Mail Controlled 10/17/2001 9:59:03 AM MC# 2010855

From: NTSB
To: Mountaineer Gas Company
Date: 7/25/2001
Response: Your letter indicated that Allegheny Power is a member of the West Virginia One Call system and, in the future, Allegheny Power will include CSX on the distribution list of its emergency contact information. You also indicate that your revised emergency response procedure will emphasize that, for incidents caused by a third party and being controlled by a third party, the gas company emergency coordinator will contact and work closely with the incident commander. If no incident commander is designated, then the gas company coordinator will notify local emergency response officials about the gas company information, site control plans and requirements, and whom to contact when they are needed at the site. As Allegheny Power's response indicates full cooperation with CSX HazMat field managers, the Board believes that the goal of the Board's recommendation has been met. Consequently, Safety Recommendation R-99-11 is classified "Closed--Acceptable Action." Please provide us with a copy of your revised emergency response procedures.

From: Mountaineer Gas Company
To: NTSB
Date: 5/9/2001
Response: Letter Mail Controlled 05/14/2001 6:03:50 PM MC# 2010409 Mountaineer Gas Company, recently acquired by Allegheny Power. In an effort to better control any potential exposure to natural gas at a railroad accident site, we have reviewed our emergency response procedures and are planning to make appropriate revisions. We are currently required by the Department of Transportation to annually update and distribute emergency contact information to local and state emergency response teams in our service areas. We have 24-hour dispatch capability and are a member of the West Virginia One Call system. The One Call system in West Virginia is MISS UTILITY l-800-245-4848. Anyone can call this toll free number and request an emergency facility location by any member-utility in the area. In the future, Mountaineer Gas plans to include CSX on the distribution list of our emergency contact information. At any incident scene, every railroad and emergency response group should be aware of the utilities present. In our post incident discussions with CSX HazMat Field Managers, we learned that CSX does maintain a list of One Call system contacts in their emergency procedure for each state in which they have rail service. We feel it would be beneficial for CSX and other rail carriers to advise the incident commander to request emergency on-site locations of all utilities with facilities in the area if they haven't already taken this important step to control the incident site. Our revised emergency response procedure will emphasize that, in the case of an incident that was caused by a third party and is being controlled by a third party, our emergency coordinator is to contact and work closely with the incident commander. If there isn't an incident commander designated, then our coordinator will notify local emergency response officials about our facility information, site control plans and requirements, and who to contact -when we are needed at the site. We also learned from the Cox Landing incident that understanding the meaning of industry-specific language is vital to effective communications at the site. We will stress to personnel that they are to thoroughly explain the status of our facilities so that everyone involved, especially the incident commander, understands the precautions necessary when working near our facilities.

From: NTSB
To: Mountaineer Gas Company
Date: 3/22/2001
Response: To date, the Safety Board has received no response from Allegheny Energy (Mountaineer Gas Company), and would appreciate learning what action, if any, has been taken or is planned to implement Safety Recommendation R-99-11. A copy of the recommendation letter is enclosed. Please address your response to Ms. Carol J. Carmody, Acting Chairman, and refer to the above recommendation number in your response.