Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Report Examines Fire Problem at Treatment, Storage & Disposal Facilities

A new Fire Protection Research Foundation report, “Hazardous Waste Treatment, Storage and Disposal Facility Fire Code Gap Analysis,” discusses the regulatory framework of hazardous waste; examines the treatment, storage and disposal facility (TSDF) fire problem; identifies gaps that contribute to the fire problem; and provides recommendations to address those gaps.

According to the report, numerous losses have occurred involving hazardous waste at TSDFs, and the fire problem ranges from small storage facilities to large TSDFs that handle numerous hazardous materials. According to the report’s author Elizabeth Buc, “This report could be used to support the logic of developing new text in NFPA 400 Hazardous Materials Code, in the form of a new chapter or annex material, where clarification is needed or specific guidance is lacking.” In addition, the report is said to compile and examine existing research on the environmental impact of fire and document the knowledge gaps for future work.