I wrote here earlier about a train derailment in Louisville that resulted in the release of butadiene from a tank car. (See my blog on November 2 for background.) Officials unloaded the butadiene car, and a contractor monitored the air. The monitors allegedly said it was safe to proceed, so another contractor began working on the car with a blowtorch. Butadiene fumes exploded, injuring five workers, and a fire burned on for days.
"So at a press conference," Bruggers blogged, "I asked Vincent Smith, the chief of the Pleasure Ridge Park Fire Department, if local officials ever pressed CSX and officials at P&L (whose train derailed) on what they were basing their burn estimate on. He said they did, at a 1:30 a.m. meeting on Thursday.