Coast Guard enforcing safety zone, pollution responders pre positioned near site of train derailment

Coast Guard enforcing safety zone, pollution responders pre positioned near site of train derailment
ATLANTIC BEACH, Fla. – Coast Guard pollution responders are pre positioned to assist if needed near the site of a train derailment near the Acosta Bridge in Jacksonville, Fla., Tuesday. Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department reports two-to-three gallons of ethanol released on land as a result of the derailment Tuesday morning, but no product has currently reached the waterway. As a precaution,...

Coast Guard responding to train derailment on Schuylkill Arsenal Bridge in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA — The Coast Guard and local agencies are responding Monday to a train derailment over the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia. Local police notified watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay at approximately 1 a.m. and reported a train derailed on the Schuylkill Arsenal Bridge. The rail cars are reported to be carrying crude oil. A 25-foot Response Boat — Small crew from Coast...

Primary Recovery Efforts Completed in East Jefferson Street Bridge Train Derailment

Primary Recovery Efforts Completed in East Jefferson Street Bridge Train Derailment
Paulsboro – The Unified Command announced Monday that three rail cars were successfully transferred from barges, re-railed and transported away from the site. This activity concludes primary recovery operations at the East Jefferson Street Bridge Derailment incident site in Paulsboro. “I am truly thankful for the efforts of the nearly 250 professionals who contributed their expertise, commitment...

Three Rail Cars Removed From East Jefferson Street Bridge Derailment

Three Rail Cars Removed From East Jefferson Street Bridge Derailment
Paulsboro, N.J. – The Unified Command announced Friday that three more rail cars containing vinyl chloride have been successfully removed from the East Jefferson Street Bridge Derailment incident site in Paulsboro, N.J. One of the removed cars was secured to a barge on the Mantua Creek, another was re-railed and moved with its adjoining car away from the incident site. “The first car we...

Status Update for East Jefferson Street Bridge Derailment

Status Update for East Jefferson Street Bridge Derailment
CLARKSBORO, N.J. – The Unified Command continues debris removal Wednesday in preparation for transporting additional derailed cars from the site. Response crews successfully removed the breached rail car Tuesday afternoon and transferred it to a barge. In response to community concerns following Tuesday night’s community informational forum, the Unified Command is distributing information on the...

Unified Command Announces Start of Rail Car Removal

Unified Command Announces Start of Rail Car Removal
CLARKSBORO, N.J. — The Unified Command has announced that operations to remove the breached rail car from Mantua Creek began Tuesday. “Today marks an important step in returning the last Paulsboro residents to their homes,” said Capt. Kathy Moore, the Coast Guard incident commander. “We are committed to continuing cleanup efforts as safely and swiftly as possible.” While heavy equipment...

Operations continue in East Jefferson Street Bridge Derailment response

Operations continue in East Jefferson Street Bridge Derailment response
CLARKSBORO, N.J. — A total of 243 response experts continue to work Sunday to remove debris and prepare the East Jefferson Street Bridge Derailment site over Mantua Creek for rail car removal. Wooden pilings and debris from the rail cars and bridge need to be cleared before the tank cars can be removed. Vinyl chloride has not been detected since Thursday, Dec. 6. So far, air monitors have tested...

Operation Home Safely clears 160+ homes

Operation Home Safely clears 160+ homes
CLARKSBORO, N.J. — The Unified Command announced Saturday that Operation Home Safely returned the residents of more than 160 homes in the Paulsboro evacuation area after air testing showed no detectable level of vinyl chloride. Crews continue Saturday to check in-home air quality and provide air monitoring results. “We are pleased that through Operation Home Safely, we returned the majority...

Unified Command continues response, extends evacuation order following train derailment

Unified Command continues response, extends evacuation order following train derailment
CLARKSBORO, N.J. — The evacuation order for an area of Paulsboro, N.J., put in place following the derailment of seven train cars near the East Jefferson Street Bridge has been extended until Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012 based on the current estimates of the work remaining. Unified command members made the decision to extend the evacuation period, which affects 48 homes, to ensure the continued safety...