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November 2011


Again a successful Stage 2 (Practical) CROIERG/NBTA Training Course was held at the Transport Industries Skills Centre (TISC) Training Complex, Sutton Road, Canberra over three days on October 24th-25th

For information on the Stage 2 Course go to:


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Stage 1 November 23rd-25th and December 12th-14th

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Phone: (02) 6297 7187
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A revised and more accessible version of the Australian Code for the Transport of Dangerous Goods by Road and Rail, 7th Edition (ADG7) has been made available on the NTC website from today.

The document is now available to download as a single PDF file which is fully searchable, making it more accessible and user-friendly.

The revised version also corrects various printing errors that occurred in the initial production of the document.

For more information or to download the ADG7, please visit the dangerous goods code section of the NTC website.


September 16, 2011 Canberra ACT

Canberra fire from a distance

Canberra fire from a distance

Canberra toxic fire

Canberra toxic fire

Smoke plume from Mitchell ACT fire

Smoke plume from Mitchell ACT fire

The ACT Government has published details of soil and water tests for toxic pollutants from the recent Mitchell chemical fire, but has not published details of air pollution monitoring from the smoke plume.

One of Australia's top advisers on chemical pollutants, Mariann Lloyd-Smith, said although the two test reports showed no evidence of ''gross contamination'', they also contained no details of tests for highly toxic dioxins. ''Dioxins are what people are most worried about, and the information they want is just not there,'' Dr Lloyd Smith said.

''They seem to have tested for a puzzling grab-bag of things, like pesticides, which are not really relevant to the impact of the fire.''

The ACT Environment and Emergency Services Minister Simon Corbell said the tests results showed some residue in the immediate vicinity of the fire site contained sodium hydroxide and sodium carbonate. ''This poses no risk to human health but may cause pocking of soft metals such as aluminium,'' Mr Corbell said.

The fire, which broke out last week at the Energy Services Environmental hazardous waste treatment plant, has led to renewed calls for tougher pollution enforcement regulations to stop companies evading financial liability for toxic clean-up operations.

The company is licensed to receive and treat polychlorinated biphenyl (known as PCBs) contaminated waste from several major electricity utilities, including Transgrid.

The ACT Government has confirmed that when the fire broke out, the plant was storing approximately 420,000 litres of oil containing PCBs.

In response to questions from The Canberra Times, an ACT Environment Directorate spokeswoman said yesterday the ACT Environment Protection Authority did not ask the company to post a bond to cover potential clean-up costs as part of its licence conditions. The Government has the legal right to ask for ''financial assurance'' under the ACT Environment Protection Act. The spokeswoman said the EPA ''was satisfied that no financial assurance was required'' when it assessed the company's licence application to treat toxic waste.

The spokeswoman also confirmed contaminated oil from the Mitchell site was taken to a depot in Barrier Street, Fyshwick ''to be stored in fit-for-purpose tanks, appropriately approved by the EPA''.

A spokesman for Energy Services Environmental said the company was preparing to make a statement about the fire, but declined to comment further.

Australian Conservation Foundation environmental law adviser Charles Berger has warned taxpayers could be left to foot the bill for the Mitchell fire clean-up if the company goes into voluntary liquidation.

''We have seen companies avoid liability in the past by playing a shell game to avoid corporate responsibility for serious environmental liabilities. We need governments to take a tougher stance to make sure the public do not pay for serious environmental stuff-ups,'' Mr Berger said.

Australian National University environmental law lecturer James Prest said the ACT Environment Protection Act gave the Government the power to enforce ''quite stringent penalties'' for offences. There was also a legal precedent in the United States to make banks liable to pay for environmental breaches incurred by companies to which they had loaned money, Dr Prest said. ''The Government's first obligation is to protect the public ... not to solve the company's clean-up problems,'' he said.



October 5, 2011 Gothenburg, Sweden

A massive explosion, followed by an "inferno" has been reported from the E6 highway north of Gothenburg on Wednesday morning, in what police believe to be a collision between a truck and a tanker.

"It was an enormous amount of smoke and general chaos," said head of emergency services Håkan Lundgren to the TT news agency.

The emergency services have found it hard to get close due to the heat and smoke coming from the location of the crash. The proximity to a major power line also made it harder for the fire brigade to get the fire under control.

"It was difficult for us to use water due to a power line that runs across the E6 just where the vehicles collided. We had to wait for the power to be shut down before we could start putting out the fire," Lundgren said.

The fire brigade deems the fire to be under control and hopes to have it out by mid-morning, when the work to decontaminate the area will begin. Traffic is currently held up on the E6 in both directions.

The police remain uncertain as to what the crashed tanker was transporting. Emergency services are therefore urging residents in the area to stay indoors and close windows. Those stuck in traffic have been advised to close off the external flow on their car fans.

Anna Svensson, a driver who was close by when the accident occurred, told local paper Göteborgsposten (GP) that smoke continues to emanate from the site of the crash.

"It is insane to stand here. Black smoke is billowing and there is still a massive fire. The whole road in both directions," Svensson told GP.



September 20, 2011Kirksville, Missouri

One man was injured and Highway 6 was closed to traffic after a tractor trailer leaked hundreds of gallons of ethanol when it overturned in an accident east of Kirksville yesterday.

The driver of an SUV, 24-year-old Joseph Chatfield, sustained moderate injuries in the crash. He was traveling eastbound when he suffered from a medical condition that caused his vehicle to cross the lane divider and strike a tractor trailer carrying 30,500 litres of ethanol.

The driver of the truck, 34-year-old Patrick Cordes, did not sustain injuries in the collision, according to the crash report from the Missouri Highway Patrol. Workers at the scene were preparing to re-open the road around 11 p.m. Sunday.

Michael Weiseman, a radio operator for the Missouri Highway Patrol, said he estimated that 2,000 litres of fuel spilled from the trailer throughout the day.

At 10 p.m. Sunday, Weiseman said that highway patrol and the Adair County Sheriff's Department were helping to pump the remaining fuel to another trailer. Weiseman said the highway patrol has responded to fuel spills in the past, but they are generally much smaller, between 50 to 100 gallons.



This year we are going to experience four unusual dates:

1/1/11, 1/11/11, 11/1/11, 11/11/11, and that's not all!

Take the last two digits of the year you were born and the age you will be this year and the result will add up to 111 for everyone

Test it? Born in 1960. Now aged 51 (60+51=111)

Also, this year, October will have 5 Sundays, 5 Mondays & 5 Saturdays; this happens only once every 823 years.


September 29, 2011 Corunna, Indiana USA

The driver of a tanker truck in northern Indiana was seriously injured when he struck a cow in DeKalb County. Indiana State Police said the crash happened about 9:30 p.m. on State Road 327, near County Road 10.

Investigators said that as Kevin Grate, 52, of Corunna, crested a hill, he saw the cow.

"Despite his efforts, Grate was not able to avoid hitting the cow," ISP said in a news release.

The tanker went off the road and hit a utility pole before it flipped and plunged into a water-filled ditch, police said.

Grate was taken to a Fort Wayne hospital in serious condition, suffering from a head injury, fractured rib and punctured lung, investigators said. He was wearing a seat belt.

State Road 327 was closed for several hours after the crash.



September 30, 2011Charlton UK

Crews resurface road after oil spill

Crews resurface road after oil spill

Environment experts were called in last week after an oil tanker crashed and spilled its 5,000 litre consignment of kerosene heating oil.

The road between Farthinghoe and Charlton has been closed since last Wednesday when the Ackerman and Niece vehicle 'flipped over'. Road mending crews have been resurfacing the lane which has been closed to traffic.

Nicholas Adamson, managing director of the company, offered his thanks to the police, emergency services and a local farmer for their fast responses.

"The lorry was making a delivery to Charlton and met a car driving towards him on the narrow lane. He went onto the verge to let the other vehicle through but the lorry sank a bit in the turf and while trying to steer off, the weight of the oil made the vehicle flip over," he said.

"The driver cracked a couple of ribs and was taken to the Horton but was not kept in. A farmer came very quickly with a digger and piled up soil to stop oil spreading."

Mr Adamson said any contaminated soil or road surface has been removed and a new surface was being reapplied this week.

"The emergency plans were put into operation and it's all tidied up and cleared. The road should be back open this week," he said.



October 7, 2011 Bureau County, Illinois USA

Illinois train fire

Illinois train fire

A freight train loaded with ethanol crashed and exploded Friday, sending up bright orange flames and plumes of smoke that could be seen miles away and forcing the evacuation of a small town in northern Illinois.

Capt. Steve Haywood of the Ottawa Fire Department said the train's tanker cars were shipping ethanol for Decatur-based corn processor Archer Daniels Midland, and possibly other materials and chemicals, when it crashed and derailed. At least six tanker cars burned, he said.

The evacuation was strictly precautionary and there was no immediate danger, said Les Grant, a spokesman for Bureau County Emergency Management. The fire has been contained and no injuries have been reported, Grant said.

"Pretty much things are under control right now. ... The initial threat has been addressed," he said.

Authorities said evacuees from Tiskilwa, a village of about 800 people about 100 miles west of Chicago, were taken to a nearby high school.

Witnesses reported hearing explosions, and the glow from the fire could be seen from miles away.

"There's a lot of fire and big flames," said Amanda Knight, who told the Chicago Sun-Times that the train derailed about 500 feet from her home.

Knight said she heard several explosions coming from the accident scene. "It sounds like a jet coming over the town. That's all I can compare it to," she said.

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency sent a representative to the scene to make sure waterways and the environment are protected, said spokeswoman Maggie Carson.

What's known about the derailment so far - that the train's tanker cars were presumed to be carrying ethanol - suggests fumes will burn off and there won't be long-term effects for residents, Carson said. If other chemicals are involved the EPA will reevaluate the situation, she said.

Twenty-six cars on the 131-car train derailed, including seven to nine loaded with ethanol, according to Mick Burkart, chief operating officer of Iowa Interstate Railroad.

The fire prevented officials from immediately getting close enough to the train to determine what caused the accident, Burkart said.

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(October 7, 2011)  Washington

In the wake of the derailment in northern Illinois of a train reportedly including ethanol tanker cars, the Renewable Fuels Association has released the following statement:

"Safety is priority number one for America's ethanol industry.  We are committed to ensuring the safe production, transportation, and use of fuel ethanol.  Importantly, the RFA continues to work with first responders all across the country to provide them with the tools and knowledge necessary to effectively respond to the rare instance of an ethanol-related emergency."

According to data from the Federal Railroad Administration and the Association of American Railroads, 50 tank cars out of 315,718 total shipments of ethanol were involved in incidents in 2010.  That means 99.999% of all ethanol shipments were completed safely.  

"Ethanol is the largest volume hazardous material transported by rail today, with approximately 75% of all ethanol produced in the U.S. moving by rail.  Incidents of release or fire as reported today are quite rare," the RFA underscored. 

"We encourage all first responders and those in the ethanol and fuel business to take this unfortunate incident as a reminder to ensure they have the proper safety planning, training, and materials in place to respond effectively to an ethanol-related emergency."


Cleanup contractors equipment on site

Emergency crews, environmental specialists and railroad accident investigators remained on the scene of a derailed train on the east edge of Tiskilwa all weekend, and cleanup operations were getting under way more than two days after the accident.

"The situation right now is the fire suppression is under control," Tim DePaepe, a railroad investigator with the National Transportation Safety Board, said on Saturday.

DePaepe said the railroad and its repair contractors were beginning to remove train cars on Saturday, which had the potential of ignite some new small fires.

Water and foam suppression had been used to put out flames and slowly cool the ethanol-filled train.




October 1, 2011 South Gate California USATanker after train collison in California

A slow-moving freight train struck a tanker truck in South Gate today, resulting in a minor injury to the trucker and the spill of about 100 gallons of non-toxic lubricating oil, authorities said.

The accident occurred about 11:50 a.m. at Salt Lake Avenue and Ardine Street, the Los Angeles County Fire Department reported.

The spilled oil, which was not flammable, was diked by firefighters, and there was no health hazard, said county fire Inspector Matt Levesque. Authorities were investigating the cause of the crash.




October 4, 2011 Tahlequah, Oklahoma USA

Two people were killed Monday evening in a crash between a passenger car and a tanker truck loaded with diesel fuel.

Tahlequah police, Tahlequah-Cherokee County Emergency Management and other agencies were still at the Grand Avenue-Bertha Parker Bypass intersection late Monday working on cleanup of several thousand gallons of fuel.

The crash occurred shortly before 6 p.m. The names of the victims were not known at press time. Both of the fatalities were in the passenger car, and the driver of the tanker truck was reportedly flown to a Tulsa hospital.

Diesel tanker crash in which two people died

Diesel tanker crash in which two people died

Dr. Tom Cottrill, owner of TLC Motors, said he didn't witness the actual crash, but saw the immediate aftermath. TLC Motors is located at the same intersection.

"I saw the tanker rise up 10-15 feet in the air," he said. "I have no idea if it hit the car, or if the car wound up underneath the tanker or the tanker landed on the car." Cottrill said two elderly people were in the car.

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On Monday, Sept. 26, around 1:30 p.m., a large, ten-wheel diesel truck the CHP said was traveling at an excessive speed rolled over in a violent accident that sent hundreds of gallons of liquid asphalt spilling across the lanes of Highway 49 near the ecologically sensitive areas of the Mokelumne River watershed.

A report on the incident said the driver, who was not named by the CHP, was traveling southbound on Highway 49 up the Calaveras side of the Mokelumne River canyon when it began to veer into oncoming traffic just past the county-line bridge.

The truck rolled through the air, crashing down on a Honda Civic that was traveling in the opposite direction.

A third vehicle, coming around a bend, managed to avoid a major collision with the twisted mass of steel—

The battered diesel truck spilled a black, tar-like liquid asphalt across the highway. CHP officers on-scene said the driver of the diesel truck sustained injuries and was transported to an area hospital.

The driver of the Honda sustained only minor injuries. CHP, CAL FIRE and the Calaveras County Sheriff's Hazardous Materials Team all responded to the incident, which completely shut down Highway 49 between South Jackson and Mokelumne Hill until around 9 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 27 saw another big rig operator crash his rig after attempting to negotiate a curve on an area roadway at a high rate of speed.


October 1, 2011 Great Yarmouth UK

Horacio Da Silva, 42, pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to dangerous driving and was jailed for eight months, suspended for two years, at Norwich Crown Court today.

Robert Warner, prosecuting, said Da Silva, from Cunningham Avenue, was seen driving at speed in South Denes Road in the town at about 5.15pm on March 28.

Mr Warner said: "He was travelling at about 60mph in a 30mph limit. His Toyota Avensis collided with a diesel fuel tanker and then with a mobile phone cabin. Damage was caused to the front of his vehicle but his injuries were minor. Police attended and he was taken to Gorleston's James Paget Hospital for a check-up and a mental health assessment."

He was arrested and said in interview that his driving was an attempt to take his own life.

Mr Warner added: "He said that he had been to the matrimonial home and was upset at what happened. He heard one of his children call to him, and he lost it. He had the idea to kill himself."

Jonathan Morgans, for Da Silva, said his client had been of good character until earlier this year. He said: "But a series of events in March led him to the point of despair. His motivation was to kill himself." Recorder Guy Ayers told Da Silva that it was a serious example of dangerous driving and that other people might have been injured.



October 12, 2011 Columbus Ohio USA

Part of a major highway around Columbus has reopened after being shut down for more than 17 hours because of a fuel spill after a deadly crash.

A section of the Interstate 270 beltway on the city's northeast side was closed in both directions Tuesday, snarling morning traffic.

Crews were working to clean up several thousand gallons of spilled gasoline that a tanker truck had been hauling before it overturned Monday night, killing the driver.

A spokeswoman for the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency says workers will test for possible groundwater contamination or hazardous gasoline vapours.

Police say it appears the 63-year-old Columbus man driving the truck had trouble exiting the highway to another road. No other vehicles were involved, and no one else was hurt.

Source AP


October 18, 2011 Nambour Queensland

Nambour tanker rollover

A 40-year-old truck driver has been taken by road to Nambour General Hospital after a hinterland rollover this afternoon.

Emergency crews were called to the crash site on the Maleny Kenilworth Road near the Conondale Bridge, three kilometers west of Conondale about 12.30pm.

A Department of Community Services spokeswoman said the man was initially reported to be trapped in the vehicle, but had managed to escape before emergency services arrived.

She said the man suffered a chest injury and was being assessed by paramedics.

Emergency services could not confirm whether there has been any petrol leak as a result of the petrol tanker rollover.

The AGL Action Rescue Service Helicopter initially responded to the crash, but was called off when the truck driver was discovered to have suffered only minor injuries.



October 1, 2011 Katherine NTTanker rollover in the Northern Territory

About 20,000 litres of diesel were spilled on a Territory highway when a road train rolled on Thursday.

Territory police are investigating the spillage that occurred when two-carriage road train rolled as it was overtaking a car on the Carpentaria Highway, 120km east of Daly Waters.

Watch commander Tony Deutrom said the road train was travelling from Darwin to the Macarthur River Mine carrying a total of about 52,000 litres of diesel fuel.

It is believed the accident happened when the truck tried to overtake a car on the single lane road and investigations are continuing.

Borroloola police officers and emergency services units from Katherine attended the crash.



Tanker spill in Victoria

Tanker spill in Victoria

October 23, 2011 Mornington, Victoria

A major environmental operation is continuing after an overnight fuel spill at Tyabb on Victoria's Mornington Peninsula.

A tanker rolled at a roundabout on the corner of the Western Port Highway and Frankston-Flinders Road at 12.30am.

The CFA's David Gibbs says the tanker has spilled 40,000 litres of diesel and unleaded petrol, which is leaking into the drainways.

"The bulk of the fuel is diesel and diesel doesn't burn very readily so it's been reasonably safe," he said.

"We're quite fortunate it's happened during the night when we've had high humidity and low temperatures so it hasn't been very volatile. "We have had our moments when it got volatile but that's when we covered the product with foam."

Mr Gibbs says fire crews and EPA officers have been working through the night to contain the spill.

"It is causing an environmental problem," he said.

"Any discharge of diesel and petrol into a drain does cause an issue but the company that's responsible for the cleanup is getting all of its equipment here and they're going to be vacuuming it in effect out of the drains and filtering all of that to make it as clean as they can."

The intersection is a major truck route and thoroughfare for the Mornington Peninsula.


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October 8, 2011 Pelham Manor New York USA

A fuel delivery tanker erupted into flames early Friday, burning down a convenience store and damaging an auto repair shop.

Tanker at Pelham Manor servo

Tanker at Pelham Manor servo

The tanker's driver and the gas station attendant escaped from the scene at the Oil City station on Secor Road and were not injured.

The incident occurred across the Eastchester Creek from 39 steel storage tanks with a capacity to hold more than 200,000 gallons (760,000 litres) of petroleum products.

Late Friday, state and county environmental and health officials were still assessing the impact on the creek from the truck's spilled oil, and searching for the cause.

"This had the potential to be an enormous conflagration," Pelham Manor Fire Chief Joseph Ruggiero said from the scene shortly before sunrise. "We had a tanker truck off loading and something went wrong which is yet to be determined, causing a fire in the tanker itself."

The chief spoke with the driver briefly and said a more extensive interview is planned.

"He claims he felt something hot, saw fire and ran," the chief said.

The chief responded shortly before 2 a.m. Friday, saw the fireball, and immediately called for help from Yonkers and White Plains. "We don't know yet whether there was an explosion," he said.

The fire melted parts of the tanker. It burned the tires off the rims and looked as though it cut the storage cylinder in half.

A one-story convenience store no more than 6 feet from the tanker burned and was badly damaged. The chief called it a total loss.

A two-story auto body shop that also caught fire was less severely damaged, according to the chief.

Firefighters from Pelham, New Rochelle, Mount Vernon and New York City were also on the scene.



October 24, 2011 Bexhill, Sussex UK

Some 2,500 litres of domestic oil leaked into a garden in Ninfield Road following an accident on Saturday morning.

A Peugeot collided with the tanker and the impact caused the side of it to split.

A crew from Bexhill community fire station attended the emergency, but because the oil soaked into grass rather than spilled onto the road, firefighters did nothing more than contain the leak and make sure nobody went close to the oil with inflammable material.

They informed relevant authorities including the Environment Agency, which then dealt with the oil spill and its effects.

Sussex Police are investigating and this week searched for the driver of the Peugeot, which apparently left the scene.



October 26, 2011 Gateway, Colorado USA

Hazmat and clean-up crews are racing against Mother Nature in an effort to contain a large oil spill off of Highway 141 near Gateway.

It happened just after 11:00 am Monday when a tanker truck carrying 10,000 gallons of crude oil crashed just north of the small town. Colorado State Patrol says the driver of the Basin Western owned truck was going too fast around a corner and lost control.

The driver was taken to Saint Mary's Hospital with minor injuries.

Quickly, crews turned their attention to the environment.

Early estimates suggested 7,500 gallons, or 75%, of the oil being transported have leaked out of the tanker.

Crews were seen using foam and booms in an effort to contain the spill.

"We sent two crews up, hazmat crews, which is a full hazmat assignment," Mike Page with the Grand Junction Fire Department said. "Three-fifths of our workforce is going to be on duty up here."

GJFD's hazmat team doubles as Mesa County's hazmat agency.

At risk is a nearby creek. As oil continued to seep out of the tanker, it was getting ever-closer to the stream less than 100 yards away.

"We're working on containing the material to this area by putting some blockage in the stream, downstream," Page said.

The creek passes through a series of beaver dams before it connects with the Dolores River on its way to the Colorado. "None of the oil has hit the beaver dams yet," Page said. "Or, if it has, it's done very minor damage and should be cleaned up quickly.

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