Hazardous Material Incidents

A hazardous materials incident is the unintentional release of a hazardous material from its container or package in a sufficient concentration to pose a threat.   Hazardous materials may be explosive, flammable, combustible, corrosive, reactive, poisonous, biological or radioactive, as well as solid, liquid or gaseous.  Currently Franklin County has nearly 300 facilities classified as housing extremely hazardous substances.

There are a large number of chemicals manufactured, used, stored and transported in Franklin County.  The Chemical Emergency Preparedness Advisory Council (CEPAC) serves as the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) for Franklin County.  CEPAC receives over 600 chemical inventory reports each year.  In addition to fixed site facilities, Franklin County, located in the center of the state, is the crossroads for major interstate highways and railways transporting hazardous materials every day.  

Almost any chemical could be transported through the county at any time.  Some of the most commonly reported transported chemicals include:

  •     Liquefied Petroleum Gases
  •     Anhydrous Ammonia
  •     Denatured Alcohol
  •     Fuels, gasoline, diesel, jet fuel
  •     Corrosive materials, acids, hydroxides, etc.

Most of the spills reported in Franklin County involved petroleum products such as transformer oil, diesel, fuel oil, gasoline, jet fuel and others.  These are the most common hazardous materials used and transported in the county.  Ethylene glycol, the most reported material spilled, is used for deicing aircraft.  During periods of severe winter weather, when daily discharge amounts exceed the allowed limits, it must be reported.

For more information about hazardous material incidents visit: 

Ready.gov: www.ready.gov/hazardous-materials-incidents

Chemical Emergency Preparedness Advisory Council: publichealth.columbus.gov/cepac.aspx