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  • Support our Petition To Eliminate C Kit - go to www.petitonchlorineckit.com  for comments and blogs.

    Christopher J. Weir

    Port Orange, Florida Fire Marshall

    Department of Fire and Rescue

    First Responders Petition

    Federal Railroad Administration to Eliminate “C” Kit

    Releases from Rail Tank Cars Transporting Toxic Gas

    Cause More than 8,000 Exposures per Year.

    The Only Repair Option Currently Available for Use

    by First Responders Is the “C” Kit.

    “The Superior Fire Department is one of the Regional Hazardous Materials Response teams in Wisconsin. Putting on a C kit on a tank car is not only dangerous to our responders but extremely difficult to do in a Level A suit. Adding this protection to the fittings will make our job safer and give additional protection to the citizens that surround the area where a release could happen.”

    Tad Matheson - Superior, WI - City of Superior Fire Department

    “Please increase the safety of tank cars. Help protect the first responders in your area (Police, Firefighters, Ambulance crews). It is very dangerous and difficult to place the chlorine A or B kit on a tanker.”

    Fernando D. Valenzuela - Mesa, AZ - Fire Department

    “Releases are real and a concerted attack on multiple cars in a response area would be beyond devastating. If a protection action is available it must be pursued pro-actively. Anything less, such as reactive implementation of these devices after a devastating event is not acceptable. Any team that has climbed a chlorine tanker car with a “C” kit for training let alone a real world situation will tell you that there has to be a better way.”

    Christopher R. Tantlinger - Greensburg, PA

    “Please strongly consider Tank Car Top Fitting Protection. I’ve been witness to case study, and accident, involving chlorine and anhydros ammonia rail cars in my career. Specifically, with an incident inside the city limits of Camas, Washington, in 1997 whereas a rupture disc inside an operating facility failed and remote valve operations failed to shut off the flow of Cl gas. This incident caused an extensive local evacuation with luckily only one reported injury. The distance from the source problem (rupture disk) and public right of way whereas active business was in progress was no less than one hundred and ten feet. Due to sanctions set forth by the State of Washington, and lucky for the community, the operating facility decided to eliminate the use [of] chlorine directly from up to six 90-ton rail cars stored in the heart of downtown Camas.

    “Further, I support this retrofit to enable the likelihood of ensuring the valve assemblies withstand damage and release as a direct result of accident. Tampering due to any kind of terrorist activities while cars are ‘staged’ or ‘in use’ in ABC community of the United States would see an additional reduction. Use of chlorine and other chemicals in our county will certainly continue as they are integral into so many parts of American life. Once the cost vs. benefits are realized, I’m confident all respective associations applicable to transportation, storage and use of this type of rail car system, will see known or potential liabilities reduce to dramatic proportions.

    “Lastly, as one individual who’s trained repeatedly with C-Kits on rail cars in all types of weather, day and night, I know the hazards associated with the responders and limited visibilities. Any action that pulls the need to put humans directly into an emergency before it stabilizes itself is a good thing for the American public.”

    Wesley Wade Long - Worland, WY

    “Please strongly consider Tank Car Top Fitting Protection. Releases are real and a concerted attack on multiple cars in a response area would be beyond devastating. If a protective action is available it must be pursued proactively. Anything less, such as reactive implementation of these devices after a devastating event is not acceptable. Any team that has climbed a chlorine tanker with a “C” kit for training let alone a real world situation will tell you that there has to be a better way.”

    Henry Charles Dawson - Mount Prospect - Mount Prospect Fire Department

    “Secondary containment will provide safety for responders and public. This is a necessary improvement that must be implemented.”

    Karl J. Zink - Corrales, NM - Local Government Agency

    “As fire marshal, certified fire & explosion investigator, and hazardous material specialist for 27 years, I support the docket for the safety and interest of safer transportation of chlorine with this most impressive fail safe device. No more will C kits and entry in encapsulated level A suits be a necessary function. No more will an inexperienced first responder turn a valve that usually turns a scene from hazardous release to community catastrophe. I support the new technology for the best interests of all stakeholders who advocate safety each day. I am most impressed with fail safe secondary containment without expending resources that may prove more harm than good. This is a win-win for all and mostly for the community that may be affected in the unimaginable event of a terrorist event or accidental derailment.”

    “How is this a win-win? If you have ever had the experience in lugging a C Kit down a rail line wearing a Level A suit in the heat of summer to contain a chlorine vapor leak, you know that it is extremely labor-intensive, both physically and mentally. The vapor in itself has ruined the integrity of encapsulated Level A gear, incurring a great expense in replacement costs and putting stress on an already tight fire budget. Fire service professionals know by experiences that most vapor releases in chlorine tank cars or from large storage cylinders, for example, occur in relief valve or perhaps a broken or malfunctioned valve assembly.

    “Oftentimes, we see the relief valve may be functioning properly, but we notice that the filling integrity ratio of liquid to vapor space times outside thermal temperature for transport may not be compatible. The relief valve then expels chlorine gas when the ratios are not balanced. With this in mind, the TGO system, installed over existing valves, is nothing more than second containment system replacing the C Kit concept. These fail-safe secondary devices assure that if one valve system fails, a secondary system abates the problem. The dome is sealed to assure no release of toxic vapors ever reach the exterior and endanger affected communities and responders.”

    Christopher J. Weir - Port Orange, FL - Fire Marshal - Department of Fire and Rescue

  • The previous website address is not correct.

    The correct address is www.petitionchlorineckit.com

  • HazMat Experts and Firefighters petition Dow Chemical and Union Pacific for safe rail tank cars transporting gas chlorine. Secondary containment is a necessary improvement that must be implemented. See--PETITION C KIT for First Responders Comments.