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Firefighters Stop Chlorine Leak at Roseville Railyard

A railcar was leaking a dangerous level of chlorine Saturday at Union Pacific J.R. Davis Yard.

The Roseville Fire Department responded to a report of a chlorine odor in the Union Pacific J.R. Davis Yard about 4:40 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14. Firefighters confirmed there was a dangerous level of the gas in the area and stopped the leak. 

Firefighters found that the source of the leak was a leaking valve on a 30,000-gallon railcar. It took four hours and multiple entries into the danger zone for firefighters, dressed in specialized haz mat suits, to apply a special chlorine leak repair kit to the railcar.

No injuries were reported and no evacuations were required, according to the Roseville Fire Department.

Chlorine gas is a heavy, yellow poisonous gas that causes suffocation even at low levels. It is widely used in commerce and is frequently transported over the road and rail to its point of use.

Laura Taylor January 19, 2012 at 07:20 PM
Ah those hazmat suites - do they cost more than just the standard room rate? Spelling is a wonderful thing - spell check, not so much. They probably wore suits. If they tried to get onto the site in a suite - they probably wouldn't have gotten close enough to do any good!
Lauren Gibbs January 19, 2012 at 08:04 PM
Thanks for catching that, Laura.
Rudy Caparros December 18, 2012 at 10:49 PM
WARNING: FIRST RESPONDERS' use of THE CHLORINE INSTITUTE "C" KIT may cause the catastrophic failure of a chlorine tank car, instantly creating a toxic gas plume with a distance of not less than seven miles. The first mile will have chlorine concentrations of 1,000 ppm, causing death after one or two breaths with no opportunity for escape. TO learn more, see PETITION C KIT, click on "First Responder Warnings."
Rudy Caparros December 20, 2013 at 01:37 PM
TOXIC TRAIN WAR - THE CHLORINE INSTITUTE (a trade association of chlorine producers) claims that its “C” Kit, a repair kit for chlorine rail tank cars, is safe to use. Haz-mat experts say The Chlorine Institute “C”-Kit is extremely hazardous and its use must be discontinued. Learn the truth, See--PETITION C KIT for First Responders Comments.

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