What is The Chlorine Institute?
The Chlorine Institute (CI) founded in 1924, is a technical trade association of companies involved in the safe production, distribution and use of chlorine, sodium and potassium hydroxides and sodium hypochlorite, the distribution and use of hydrogen chloride and the distribution of vinyl chloride monomer.
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The Transportation Issue team has developed a video that provides guidance for preventing non-accident releases (NARs) from caustic (sodium hydroxide solution (NaOH) and potassium hydroxide solution (KOH)) railcars. Topics covered include the definition of an NAR, U.S. Department of Transportation incident reporting requirements, loader and unloader responsibilities, best practices to reduce caustic railcar NARs and available guidance and resources, such as additional Chlorine Institute guidance. This video is now available in the CI Bookstore.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a Request for Public Comments To Be Sent to EPA on Peer Review Materials To Inform the Safe Drinking Water Act Decision Making on Perchlorate in the Federal Register on Friday, September 30, 2016. The EPA's draft model report entitled “Biologically Based Dose Response Models for the Effect of Perchlorate on Thyroid Hormones in the Infant, Breast Feeding Mother, Pregnant Mother, and Fetus: Model Development, Revision, and Preliminary Dose-Response Analyses” is available electronically and can be accessed using the Public Docket at http://www.regulations.gov. (Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OW-2016-0438).
The Chlorine Institute submitted a comment letter on November 23, 2016 with comments related to the draft model. The full letter may be viewed by clicking here.
OSHA responded to a letter from CI, sent in November 2015, asking for clarification on the conflicting (now rescinded) June 5, 2015 memorandum claiming any concentration of hydrochloric acid is subject to Process Safety Management (PSM) regulation. Although the issue was resolved in the July 2016 superseding memorandum, CI received a direct answer to its letter in early December 2016. The full letter may be viewed by clicking here.