Hazmat Response In The Bluegrass Region

Regional hazardous materials response teams were located throughout Kentucky in the late 1980s. By the end of the 1990s, however, many teams had disbanded for various reasons, leaving gaps in hazmat response. Following an infusion of money from the...


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Hazmat exposures

Hazardous materials fixed-facility exposures in the BERT response area include bulk petroleum fuel facilities, Avantor Performance Materials, GE Lamp and University of Kentucky Research Facilities. Transportation exposures include Interstates 64 and 75 and the CSX, Norfolk Southern and Central Kentucky Line railroads.

Major natural gas and petroleum pipelines are also in the response area. Major chemical exposures include hydrogen fluoride (HF), radioactive waste from Tennessee, mustard and nerve agents from the Bluegrass Army Depot, pesticides, propane, chlorine and anhydrous ammonia.

For additional information, contact BERT President Brian Wescott at 859-582-0570.

ROBERT BURKE, a Firehouse® contributing editor, is a Certified Fire Protection Specialist (CFSP), Fire Inspector II, Fire Inspector III, Fire Investigator and Hazardous Materials Specialist, and has served on state and county hazmat teams. Burke is the author of the textbooks Hazardous Materials Chemistry for Emergency Responders and Counter-Terrorism for Emergency Responders. He can be contacted at robert.burke@windstream.net.