Accident Description

Accident: DPC Enterprises Glendale Chlorine Release

Location: Location: Glendale, AZ

Accident Occurred On: 11/17/2003 | Final Report Released On: 02/28/2007

Accident Type: Release

Investigation Status: The CSB's final report was issued at a news conference in Glendale on February 28, 2007.

On November 17, 2003, there was a release of chlorine gas from the DPC Enterprises chlorine repackaging facility in Glendale, Arizona, near Phoenix. Fourteen people, including ten police officers, required treatment for chlorine exposure. The release occurred when chlorine vapors from a rail car unloading operation escaped from a system designed to recapture the material, known as a scrubber. Owing to the exhaustion of absorbent chemicals in the scrubber, chlorine gas was released.