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Letter to House Committee on Energy and Commerce Urging Congress to Let EPA Finish Its Asbestos Risk Evaluation Unimpeded

There are currently two bills (in the House and Senate) seeking to ban all uses of asbestos, despite the ongoing risk evaluation currently being conducted by the EPA.  EPA’s risk evaluation is an extensive process, as described on its website:

“EPA must use the risk evaluation as a basis to determine whether or not the chemical presents an unreasonable risk to health or the environment under the chemical’s conditions of use.  [The law] prohibits EPA from considering non-risk factors (e.g., costs/benefits) during risk evaluation. This includes risks to subpopulations who may be at greater risks than the general population, such as children and workers. The risk evaluation process has the following components:

  • a scope document that provides the public with information on the focus of the risk evaluation;
  • hazard and exposure assessments and a risk characterization to inform the risk determination; and
  • a risk determination stating whether or not a chemical substance presents an unreasonable risk to health or the environment under its conditions of use.”

CI responded to a request for comment from the House Committee on Energy & Commerce by noting how asbestos is used in chlorine production, the controls in place to protect workers, how chlorine is used throughout the economy, and urging Congress to let EPA continue it’s work and not override the EPA risk evaluation through a hurried legislative action.  The full letter is available on the HESS Government Activity webpage.

Olin Corporation’s Arthur Hamby Jr. Named Chlorine Institute 2018 Peter Mayo Award Honoree

Mr. Arthur Hamby Jr., North American Equipment Logistics manager for Olin Corporation in Cleveland, TN, received The Chlorine Institute’s 2018 Peter M. Mayo Award at the Institute’s 2019 Annual Meeting in Houston. Read more

Safety Recognition
The Chlorine Institute recognizes 12 North American and international facilities for "Diamon Level" safety and environmental performance. Read more...



TRANSCAER® Members and Partners Ensure the Safety Train Makes It Home

On January 22, Joe Caponio of ERCO Worldwide put a call out to the Ontario Regional TRANSCAER® Committee for help in getting the beloved Safety Train, the CCPX 911, to its new home at the Fire and Emergency Services Training Institute (FESTI) at Pearson International Airport in Mississauga, Ontario. Read More...


Matt Fridley and Robyn Brooks Honored for Service on the CSCC

Matt Fridley (Brenntag) and Robyn Brooks (CI) were honored for their service on the DHS Chemical Sector Coordinating Council (CSCC). The Council provides a forum for private companies to coordinate on sector strategy, policy, information sharing, regulations, and risk management activities. This award highlights the importance of the relationship between the private industry and government partners as they strive for chemical security and safety together. Matt served as Vice Chair and will lead as CSCC Chair in 2019. Robyn served as Assistant Vice Chair. Please join us in congratulating Matt and Robyn! Pictured: Robyn Brooks (CI), Matt Fridley (Brenntag), Steve Harris (Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Director for Infrastructure Security, DHS).


CI Featured in Local Mississippi Newspaper
Robyn Kinsley, VP of Transportation and Emergency Preparedness, covered the longstanding partnership between The Chlorine Institute and the Mississippi State Fire Academy (MSFA) that has been instrumental in raising the level of industry emergency preparedness. The article was featured in a local Mississippi newspaper, The Rankin County News, and will be featured on the Fire Engineering website (fireengineering.com) in the near future. Read More...

CI's 2018 TRANSCAER® Tour Makes a Stop in Houston, TX
CI offers emergency response training and earned coverage from the Houston Chronicle.  Read more...

Firefighters in Grand Falls-Windsor Learn How to Mitigate Chlorine Leaks
Canadian news broadcasting company NTV spoke with Erica Bernstein, CI's Director of Outreach, about the purpose of chlorine emergency response training. Watch the video.

2018 CHLOREP® Team Training - Another Successful Year!
The Chlorine Institute hosted its annual CHLOREP® Team Training at the Mississippi State Fire Academy (MSFA) in Jackson, MS from April 30 - May 4, 2018. 2018 marks the 12th consecutive year that the training has been held at MSFA. Read more...

The Chlorine Institute Receives 2017 TRANSCAER® Awards
The Chlorine Institute received the 2017 TRANSCAER® National Achievement Award on May 10, 2018. This award was given in appreciation for the Institute’s outstanding commitment to helping emergency responders across North America. Read more...

Safety Recognition
Chlorine Institute Recognizes 10 North American and International Facilities For "Diamond Level" Safety and Environmental Performance. Read more...


Allied Universal’s Robin Bolte Named Chlorine Institute 2018 Peter Mayo Award Honoree
Ms. Robin Bolte, Manager of Regulatory Affairs for Allied Universal Corporation in Doral, FL, received The Chlorine Institute’s 2018 Peter M. Mayo Award at the Institute’s Annual Meeting in Tampa. Read more...

Preventive Maintenance is Not a Static Plan
On February 20, 2018, U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) Chairwoman Vanessa Allen Sutherland and CI President Frank Reiner issued a joint safety statement stressing the importance of reviewing and updating preventive maintenance programs, "Preventive Maintenance is Not a Static Plan."  The statement marks the launch a collaboration between CI and the CSB to help improve safety awareness and performance. Read more...

New Edition of Pamphlet 21, Nitrogen Trichloride – A Collection of Reports and Papers, Now Available for Download!
The latest edition of Pamphlet 21) Nitrogen Trichloride - A Collection of Reports and Papers is now available only in the bookstore for free download.  One major upgrade to this pamphlet is that the entire 350+ page document is now text searchable!  This pamphlet is unique because it does not offer guidance*, but unpublished reference material about nitrogen trichloride.  All the papers in the previous edition remain in the pamphlet.  This edition includes these new works:

  • A detailed nitrogen trichloride incident description
  • A patent that mentions nitrogen trichloride reduction by use of potassium bromide
  • The 2016 presentation, entitled “Nitrogen Trichloride: Its Impact on Chlorine Processing and Handling”
  • The 2015 paper, entitled “On-Line Analysis of Nitrogen Compounds in Brine and Nitrogen Trichloride in Gaseous and Liquid Chlorine”

There were also a few changes to the Forward, including adding a paragraph acknowledging that other literature on nitrogen trichloride exists, but the works contained in Pamphlet 21 are largely unpublished.

* Pamphlet 152) Safe Handling of Chlorine Containing Nitrogen Trichloride offers nitrogen trichloride guidance and is also available for free download from our bookstore.

New Edition of Pamphlet 17, Packaging Plant Safety and Operational Guidelines, Now Available for Download!
The latest edition of Pamphlet 17) Packaging Plant Safety and Operational Guidelines is now available on bookstore for free download.  The pamphlet underwent major changes, including updating guidance on:

  • ventilation (section 2.3),
  • securing cylinders and ton containers (section 2.6.7),
  • repairs and re-tapping (section 3.1.3 and 3.7.10),
  • transporting cylinders short distances (section 3.3.1 and 3.13.6),
  • fusible plug inspections (section 3.8.1),
  • holding areas (section 3.13.6),
  • valve removal (section 4.3),
  • valve spinning (section 4.7),
  • fusible plug inspection (section 5.2),
  • tank car security (section 7.1.1),  and
  • tank car unloading monitoring (section 7.2.7), and regulations (section 12). 

Smaller changes to clarify guidance were added throughout the pamphlet, including additional pictures and figures.  Additionally, section 2.5.6, Facility Maintenance and section 10.2.2, Auto-Refrigeration, and Appendix C – Chlorine Ton and Cylinder Inventory Accountability are entirely new.

CSB Releases Video and Case Study on Accidental Mixing Incident
The Chemical Safety Board (CSB) released its forty-eight page Case Study and eleven-minute video on an accidental mixing incident involving the inadvertent unloading of 30% sulfuric acid into a sodium hypochlorite storage tank. 

The incident is an instructive one, as the Case Study details contributing factors that include: close proximity of fill lines for incompatible materials, indistinguishable fill lines for incompatible materials, insufficient pipe marking/labeling, insufficient and inconsistent unloading procedures, no practice of identifying procedure deviations and ensure compliance with procedures, insufficient training, lack of automatic emergency shutoff for unloading process, poor ventilation system design, improper storage of and access to escape respirators, and  insufficient communication between various parties (driver to operator, at plant shift change, to emergency responders and hospital, to the public).

CI has recommendations on accidental mixing prevention in many of its publications, which address most of the factors noted above:

  • Pamphlet 17) Packaging Plant Safety and Operational Guidelines, section 7.2
  • Pamphlet 49) Recommended Practices for Handling Chlorine Bulk Highway Transports, section 8.3, 9, 11.2, Appendix A
  • Pamphlet 66) Recommended Practices for Handling Chlorine Tank Cars, section 9.2, Appendix A, Appendix B (Sample Checklist)
  • Pamphlet 87) Recommended Practices for Handling Sodium Hydroxide Solution and Potassium Hydroxide Solution (Caustic) Tank Cars, section 9.2, Appendix D (Sample Checklist), Appendix E
  • Pamphlet 88) Recommended Practices for Handling Sodium Hydroxide Solution and Potassium Hydroxide Solution (Caustic) Cargo Tanks, section 10.2, Appendix C  
  • Pamphlet 96) Sodium Hypochlorite Manual, section 8.3.5, Appendix B, Appendix C, Appendix F, Appendix G, Appendix H
  • Pamphlet 98) Recommended Practices for Handling Hydrochloric Acid in Tank Cars, section 9.2, 9.3, Appendix J (Sample Checklist), Appendix M
  • Pamphlet 150) Recommended Practices for Handling Hydrochloric Acid in Cargo Tanks, section 7, 9.1, 9.2, 9.4, Appendix G
  • Pamphlet 170) Hydrogen Chloride, Anhydrous (AHCL), Refrigerated Liquid (UN 2186), Tank Car & Cargo Tank Handling Manual, section 8.2, Appendix Z
  • HCl-DVD) Handling Sodium Hypochlorite Safely
  • HYPO-DVD) Handling Sodium Hypochlorite Safely

All the pamphlets listed above are available for free download on CI's bookstore.  Additionally, the Product Stewardship Issue Team is developing an accidental mixing video which is expected to be completed in 2018.  The Case Study, Video, and additional pictures are available on CSB's website.

Thank you,

Robyn Brooks, Senior Director - Health, Environment, Safety and Security &
Robyn Kinsley, Vice President, Transportation & Emergency Preparedness