Chlorine-car derailment in North Platte
October 15, 2009

The North Platte Bulletin is reporting that a set of rail cars containing chlorine gas derailed at the Bailey Yard in North Platte early this month. The yard is the world's largest railroad classification yard, so it handles an unusually high volume of rail traffic. While chlorine gas is a very effective disinfecting agent that can be safely dispensed on-site, it does create a safety and health risk when transported in bulk. Many communities along rail lines train their hazmat crews and civil-defense crews to react to the danger of a major derailment and release of chlorine gas, and Federal officials have devoted considerable attention to the risk posed by chlorine-gas transport by rail throughout the country, especially in the post-9/11 era. But chlorine gas can pose a danger on a small scale, as well -- as it did in a spill in Clear Lake, Iowa, this week.

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