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"Toxic Nightmare"

When a hose broke while workers were unloading pressurized chlorine gas from a railway tank car at a plant, about 48,000 pounds of chlorine gas was released over a three-hour period. Conforming with industry standards, the tank car was equipped with a chlorine detector and emergency valves that automatically shut down when high levels of chlorine are detected. However, once the chlorine release occurred, the valves did not shut down automatically and further attempts by the operation manager to shut them off manually failed as well. Experts must uncover what caused the hose to break and why the emergency valves failed to shut.




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