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|State Police #||05-01731|
|Pollutant||Duration||Point Source||Greenhouse Gas||Criteria Pollutant||Ozone forming chemical||Amount of Release|
|Chloroform||Transfer hose||YES||NO||NO||1,253.0 pounds|
Accident Classified As: Reportable Quantity
An operator who was unloading a chloroform railcar notices a leaking hose. The leak had started between the hours of 3:15 am, when the unloading began, and 6:45 am, when the leak was stopped. The cause of the leak was a gasket failure on the transfer hose.
Prior to unloading the railcar, the operator checked the hoses and found no leaks. Once the leak was discovered, the chloroform transfer was terminated to stop the leakage from the hose. The facility's emergency response team isolated the leak and cleaned up the area. The waste material was placed in an approved DOT container. The facility stated in its letter that it plans to conduct a detailed analysis of the gasket, the unloading operation, and others.