Apr 20, 2011 12:24 PM by Greg Boyce

BNSF: Emptying the tanker car could take 10 hours

The BNSF Railroad reports the train with the tanker problem was stopped, heading north to Denver when a southbound train crew noticed fumes coming from a tanker car.  That happened around 1 a.m.

The first crew confirmed the leak and then started hazardous materials procedures. Under federal rules they could not move the train once a leak has been discovered.

BNSF is bringing in a monitoring company which will check air quality in an around the Monument area.  This will help determine the boundaries of the evacuation area.

A wax coating has been placed on the damaged tanker car which has significantly slowed the leak.  Next a magnetic patch will be placed over the leak which should stop it entirely.  After that the hydrochloric acid will be moved to another container, a process that could take up to 10 hours.




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