[Federal Register Volume 74, Number 166 (Friday, August 28, 2009)]
[Page 44349]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E9-20949]



Sunshine Act Meeting--September 15, 2009--6 p.m.

    In connection with its investigation into the cause of a December 
19, 2007, explosion and subsequent chemical fire at the T2 
Laboratories, Inc., a chemical manufacturer in Jacksonville, Florida, 
the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board announces that it 
will convene a public meeting on September 15, 2009, starting at 6 p.m. 
at the Marriott Hotel located at 4670 Salisbury Rd in Jacksonville, 
Florida in ``The Florida Room.''
    At the meeting CSB staff will present to the Board the results of 
their investigation into this incident. Key issues involved in the 
investigation concern reactive hazard recognition, hazard education, 
emergency preparedness, and process design and scale-up. This will be 
followed by a public comment period prior to a Board vote on the 
    Incident Description: On December 19th, T2 Laboratories, Inc. was 
producing a batch of methylcyclopentadienyl manganese tricarbonyl 
(MCMT). A problem soon occurred and the process operator had an outside 
operator call the owners to report a cooling problem and request they 
return to the site. Upon their return, one of the two owners went to 
the control room to assist. A few minutes later, the reactor burst and 
its contents exploded, killing the owner and process operator who were 
in the control room and two outside operators who were exiting the 
reactor area. It also injured 32, including four employees and 28 
members of the public who were working in surrounding businesses. 
Debris from the reactor was found up to one mile away, and the 
explosion damaged buildings within one quarter mile of the facility.
    Following the staff presentation and the conclusion of the public 
comment period, the Board will consider whether to approve the final 
report and recommendations. All staff presentations are preliminary and 
are intended solely to allow the Board to consider in a public forum 
the issues and factors involved in this case. No factual analyses, 
conclusions or findings presented by staff should be considered final. 
Only after the Board has considered the final staff presentation, 
listened to the witnesses and the public comments and approved the 
staff report will there be an approved final record of this incident.
    The meeting will be open to the public. Please notify CSB if a 
translator or interpreter is needed, at least 5 business days prior to 
the public meeting. For more information, please contact the Chemical 
Safety and Hazard Investigation Board at (202) 261-7600, or visit our 
Web site at: http://www.csb.gov.

Christopher W. Warner,
General Counsel.
[FR Doc. E9-20949 Filed 8-26-09; 4:15 pm]