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Transport trailer involved in Nederland chemical leak removed, lingering odors may remain

Some materials and equipment utilized during the remediation remain on-site. Their removal is in process, but will not occur until next week

NEDERLAND, Texas — The transport trailer involved in the Nederland hazmat incident, which held a product known as Lubrizol 1389, was transported off-site Wednesday.

(EDITOR'S NOTE: The video above is from a December 20, 2021 newscast.)

The transport trailer leak was first reported on Sunday, Dec. 12, but began Saturday, Dec. 11 afternoon. 

The leaking product produced a low level of hydrogen sulfide gas, according to a news release. Lubrizol 1389 is a mineral oil blend used as a lubricant additive.

The majority of all materials and equipment that were utilized to remediate this incident have been transported off-site. Some materials and equipment utilized during the remediation remain on-site. Their removal is in process, but will not occur until next week, according to a news release.

The remaining materials and equipment are not producing odors. Lingering odors may remain and will take time to dissipate.

The Texas Commission of Environmental Quality and The Center for Toxicology and Environmental Health conducted air monitoring while the transport trailer was transported off-site. 

In a separate news release, Nederland Mayor Don Albanese sent his thanks to the Nederland Fire Department, Nederland Police Department, Public Works Department and City Administration for their efforts responding to this incident.
 

Related: No injuries reported after Nederland chemical leak, city to remove trailer soon to minimize emissions

Related: Nederland residents say city did not properly inform them about ongoing hazmat situation

From a City of Nederland press release: 

This afternoon, the transport trailer involved in this incident, which held a product known as Lubrizol 1389 (a mineral oil blend) was transported off-site. In addition, the majority of all materials and equipment that were utilized to remediate this incident have been transported off-site. Some materials and equipment utilized during the remediation remain on-site; their removal is in process but will not occur until next week. The remaining materials and equipment are not producing odors. Lingering odors may remain and will take time to dissipate. TCEQ and the private air monitoring firm (CTEH) conducted air monitoring while the transport trailer was transported off-site. CTEH will continue to conduct air monitoring for six hours after the trailer’s transportation off-site. Following the trailer being transported off-site, emergency officials from the City have closed the operational period for this incident.

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