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Isobutene Leak on I-10 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

Author: Steve Stage, Atmospheric Physicist/Dispersion Modeler, IEM

Early this morning, a tanker truck full of the toxic chemical isobutene was damaged in an accident on Interstate 10 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

isobutene Hazmat PlacardYou may have noticed diamond-shaped signs, or placards, containing a number on the back of tanker trucks. These placards are required on all trucks carrying hazardous material in the U.S. The identification number on the placard makes it easy for emergency responders to quickly determine what chemical they are dealing with. For this morning’s accident, the placard read “1075,” indicating that the chemical is isobutene. Every chemical tanker truck is also required to carry Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) that describe the chemicals being transported. (more…)