I’ve been thinking a lot about the freight train derailment on Tuesday. It’s an unfortunate and unusual event but nevertheless it happened. Accidents are always unexpected, it’s their nature.
So it’s starting to bother me that lead carbonate is being transported in bags through Fremantle.
A bag, even if it is double laminated, water-proof, sieve-proof and designed to withstand pressure six times its own filled weight, could split in a derailment.
As a precaution the lead carbonate within the bags is kept damp and has the consistency of damp sand, it’s safer because it doesn’t dust. I’d speculate that during the summer months this could dry out pretty quickly and the Fremantle Doctor would easily scatter the contents of a split bag over the city before any Emergency Response Plan is initiated.
Update 31/07/09: Make sure you read the comment on this post from John Yeates of Magellan Metals.
Update 06/04/11: Lead-contaminated soil was discovered on a shipping container that reached the Port of Fremantle.