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NEW Video Available for Preventing NARs from Caustic Railcars
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.

CI Comments on EPA’s Biologically Based Dose Response (BBDR) 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
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 Responds to CI’s Inquiry
OSHA responded to a letter from CI, sent in November 2015, asking for clarification on the conflicting (now rescinded) June 5, 2015 memorandum claiming any concentration of hydrochloric acid is subject to Process Safety Management (PSM) regulation.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.

The Jack Rabbit Tests: Catastrophic Releases of Compressed Liquefied Gases
Millions of tons of chlorine are shipped annually throughout the United States. Despite the excellent record of safe transportation, bulk chlorine shipments represent a low-frequency/high-consequence response scenario that will challenge virtually all emergency response agencies. Compounding the vulnerabilities transportation emergencies present is the use of chlorine as a terrorist weapon in Iraq, Syria, and other Middle East countries. Knowing the behavior of chlorine in a large-scale release scenario is critical in applying a risk-based response (RBR) process for these scenarios, which is critical to successfully managing a hazardous materials incident. National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 472, Standard for the Competence of Responders to HM/WMD Incidents, defines RBR as a systematic process in which responders analyze a problem involving hazmats; assess the hazards; evaluate the potential consequences; and determine appropriate response actions based on facts, science, and the incident’s circumstances. Knowing the behavior of the container involved and its contents are critical in determining whether responders should and can intervene.

For emergency responders, this article is an overview of the Jack Rabbit program, which is designed to help further understand the behavior and the consequences of large-scale chlorine and anhydrous ammonia releases.

To read more, type the name of the article (above) or copy this link http://www.fireengineering.com/articles/print/volume-169/issue-11/features/the-jack-rabbit-tests-catastrophic-releases-of-compressed-liquefied-gases.html into a web browser to view the full article or register with the Fire Engineering Training Network to access the article.

Recycling and Chlor-alkali Industries Join Forces to Promote Compressed Gas Container Safety Press Release 
(Washington, DC) – As part of its outreach efforts during National Safety Month, the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), in collaboration with The Chlorine Institute, announced the release of an educational toolkit to help recyclers safely handle hazardous compressed gas containers entering their facilities. The toolkit promotes the message, “Stop, Look, Think, Call,” educating workers in the recycling industry to better identify potential hazards, determine the situation, and call appropriate emergency responders or experts if necessary. Read more...

CI Promotes Robyn Kinsley to VP, Transportation and Emergency Preparedness, Hires New Director of Outreach, Erica Bernstein Press Release
Arlington, VA (June 22, 2016) – CI President Frank Reiner announced the promotion of Robyn Kinsley to Vice President, Transportation and Emergency Preparedness and the appointment of Erica Bernstein to the new position of Director of Outreach. Read more...

New Revision Released - Pamphlet 95, Gaskets for Chlorine Service
The latest revision of Pamphlet 95, Gaskets for Chlorine Service, is now available for download from the members-only portion of the website as well as the bookstore.  This revision was updated to include rail car gaskets and other gasket updates.

TRANSCAER Reaches 30-Year Milestone Helping Keep Emergency Responders, Communities Safe.
This year marks the 30th anniversary of TRANSCAER (Transportation Community Awareness and Emergency Response), a vital safety initiative that has provided countless first responders with invaluable training to help them respond to transportation incidents involving hazardous materials. Read More...

Allied Universal's Jim Palmer Named Chairman of The Chlorine Institute

Arlington, VA (May 10, 2016) - President and CEO Jim Palmer of Miami, FL-based Allied Universal Corporation was elected chair of The Chlorine Institute at this year's board meeting. He succeeds outgoing chair John Brenon of Occidental Chemical Corporation, whose term concluded in April.

"The board, our members and our staff are very pleased that Jim will assume the duties of chairman," CI President Frank Reiner said. "We thank John for his outstanding service, and recognize that Jim's leadership, business experience, and commitment to the Institute's safety mission, make him the right choice to guide us as CI members continue to ‘Aim for Zero' incidents, releases and injuries."

Mr. Palmer has more than 35 years of experience in the chemical business, including 21 years at Allied Universal, a leading company in the water treatment chemical and swimming pool industry. At Allied, he served as General Manager, Chief Operating Officer and for the last 11 years, as President and CEO.

A five-year veteran of the CI board, Mr. Palmer is an active member of CI's Product Stewardship Issue Team and the Packager/Sodium Hypochlorite Council. He also has chaired numerous CI Task Groups. Mr. Palmer is actively engaged in other arenas as well, including the National Association of Chemical Distributors, the National Science Foundation and United Way of Broward County (FL). He earned his BS in Chemistry from the University of Evansville.

"I am honored to be The Chlorine Institute's next chair," Mr. Palmer said. "When it comes to safety, The Chlorine Institute means business, and I look forward to working with our members to make sure the business of safety is successful for the entire value chain."

TRANSCAER® News Release
CI Joins in Commemorating the 30th Anniversary of the TRANSCAER® program (TRANSportation Community Awareness and Emergency Response), whose success is "...based on building partnerships that strengthen hazmat emergency preparedness at the community level." Read more...

CI Plays Important Role at Global Summit on Chemical Safety and Security - CHEMSS 2016
CI was part of a U.S. government and industry delegation led by U.S. Ambassador Bonnie Jenkins, the State Department’s Coordinator for Threat Reduction Programs, and David Wulf, DHS Director of Infrastructure Security Compliance to the Global Summit on Chemical Safety and Security in Kielce, Poland. Organized by the International Center for Chemical Safety and Security (ICCSS), the Summit was attended by delegations from 44 countries with over 400 participants.

At the summit, CI President Frank Reiner moderated and made presentations at two panels. For the panel on “Industry Programs to Assist First Responders in an Incident,” CI explained the goals and structure of the CHLOREP® program and CI’s additional outreach activities. This panel included Dr. Shannon Fox of DHS, a representative from the Ammonia Refrigeration Training Institute, and two Polish Fire Service presenters.

The second panel, “Voluntary Transportation Programs,” discussed industry-driven efforts to enhance transportation safety. As Chair of the National TRANSCAER® Task Group, Frank described this multi-faceted program, including the objectives and implementation of CI’s Chlorine Tour. Panelists included Guenter Goodwin from Dow Europe who detailed similar international programs, Peter Newport from the Chemical Business Association of UK and two Polish chemical association representatives.

Dow Chemical was a major sponsor of the Summit and Dow’s Tim Scott had a significant planning role and served on several panels.

CI signed a memorandum of understanding with ICCSS last fall and agreed to share materials and to cooperate wherever appropriate. With so many industrialized and developing countries represented at this Summit, CI was eager to explain how the Institute works with public and private sector partners. The joint effort with ICCSS creates a significant conduit to provide CI materials to those who can benefit from the chlor-alkali industry’s experience.

For a copy of the Summit Declaration regarding international cooperation on chemical safety and security, click here.

CSB and Institute Interview at CI's 2016 Annual Meeting
Chemical Safety Board Chair Vanessa Sutherland and CI President Frank Reiner discussed how the CSB and the Institute can work together in a joint interview with ICIS reporter Bill Bowen at the CI Annual Meeting in Dallas. Read more...

Chlorine Institute Honors 25 North American and 3 International Facilities with 2016 Chairman’s Safety Excellence Award Press Release
Dallas, TX (April 13, 2016) - A select group of 25 North American chlor-alkali producers and packagers and bleach manufacturers received the prestigious Chlorine Institute (CI) Chairman’s Safety Excellence Award at the Institute’s 2016 Annual Meeting today, highlighting the industry’s long-standing commitment to safety performance and continuous improvement. Two facilities in Europe and one in Asia also were recognized. Read more...

Olin Chlor-alkali Products’ Bruce Fleming Named Chlorine Institute 2016 Peter Mayo Award Honoree Press Release
Dallas, TX (April 13, 2016) - Bruce A. Fleming, Fleet Maintenance Manager for Olin Chlor-alkali Products in Cleveland, TN received The Chlorine Institute’s 2016 Peter M. Mayo Award today at the Institute’s Annual Meeting in Dallas. Read more...