Hazards Associated with Acrylonitrile

Release Date: 8/8/2015

Learn More About This Dangerous Substance!!!

Thank you for your interest in our ‘Acrylonitrile Tech Brief’ prepared by the experts and engineers at AristaTek, Inc. Our company was founded by experts in the fields of chemistry and hazardous materials, and we have been developing software solutions and expert commentary for responders and planners dealing with hazardous materials for nearly 20 years. This brief was prepared in response to a recent incident in Tennessee involving acrylonitrile and the lack of awareness by responders and planners alike to the multiple hazards possible from this flammable substance.

On July 2, 2015, 5,000+ people were awakened and evacuated during the middle of the night due to a train derailment and fire near Maryville, Tennessee (Blount County). A railcar carrying acrylonitrile caught fire during the derailment releasing toxic black smoke including hydrogen cyanide. A mandatory evacuation was ordered for everyone within a 1.5 mile radius of the fire. The fire was extinguished almost 24 hours later. This brief is intended to help planners and responders understand the multiple hazards, not just smoke, associated with acrylonitrile to assure they are better prepared to protect their communities.

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PLEASE NOTE: This brief is not available for immediate download. While it helps address questions regarding Acrylonitrile incidents, communities face many other threats from hazardous materials and WMD. This brief will be delivered in conjunction with an online presentation given by a member of the AristaTek team. A member of the AristaTek team will contact you to set up this meeting. The purpose of the meeting is to add context to the brief and also demonstrate how PEAC-WMD, our flagship product, may be used to help model the public safety consequences of other chemical, explosive, and radiological hazards in your community. After the online meeting, the brief will be delivered to you via email in a PDF format.
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