Issue 6 and Volume 144.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Rollover tanker With regard to “Rollover Tanker Puts Training to the Test” by Joe Schumacher and Nick Nuanes in the March 1991 issue, I was very impressed with the way Amoco and the Denver Fire Department worked together to neutralize a potentially lethal situation. However, one aspect of the disaster was not addressed in the article. Specifically, my concerns lie in the manner in which removal and transfer operations were conducted. The article states that “with all possible precautions taken, haz-mat teams began removal and transfer operations.” Flammable product then was removed with a pump driven via a PTO on a tank truck adjacent to the overturned tanker. Using a pump driven by a PTO (which is presumably driven by a diesel engine-powered tractor) near an overturned gasoline tanker is tantamount to inviting a diesel runaway. Using a diesel engine-driven PTOpowered pump in gasoline transfer operations…

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