Friday, November 21, 2014

Air Quality Problems at Canada Oil-Rail Terminal

An Irving Oil storage facility and crude rail cars are photographed at the edge of Courtenay Bay on  in Saint John, New Brunswick, March 9, 2014.  REUTERS/Devaan Ingraham

An Irving Oil storage facility and crude rail cars are photographed at the edge of Courtenay Bay

Irving downplays air quality problems at Canada oil-rail terminal

Reuters     By Richard Valdmanis    Nov 20, 2014 
Irving Oil has told regulators that recent air quality testing it commissioned around its oil-by-rail terminal in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada's largest such facility, shows no cause for public health concern.

Irving commissioned the study after it was flooded with complaints from residents of the eastern province's most populous city last winter about powerful smells wafting toward downtown when trains unloaded their cargoes.....

.... Irving's air quality study, conducted by engineering firm Stantec, used standards used by other provinces because New Brunswick does not have ambient air quality limits for benzene, a known carcinogen found in oil, the documents said. It showed levels of benzene rose above Ontario's 24-hour limit in one out of six tests between March and July, and exceeded Alberta's one-hour limit in one out of 31 tests over the same period.

The summary also provided results for three other pollutants, none of which exceeded other provinces' limits, and said results collected for another 68 pollutants were withheld for the sake of brevity. A Stantec spokeswoman declined to provide the full study to Reuters. An Irving official did not respond to requests for comment.... read more here

What Happened When a Hazardous Substance Train Derailed on a Puget Sound Beach | Sightline Daily

Eric de Place  11/21/14

If you’ve ever wondered how an oil train derailment might go down on the shores of Puget Sound, it might look a bit like the winter night derailment in 2011 that spilled sodium hydroxide on a beach at Chambers Bay south of Tacoma. It was hardly the kind of disaster that has resulted from oil trains derailing, but it still makes for a rather instructive lesson in how these things happen.....
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