Fire News from Around the World
- Mandeville, LA: Fire code bars Port Marigny foes from Mandeville council meeting
- Tennessee: TN Deputy State Fire Marshal Writes Children's Fire Safety Book
- Harrisburg, PA: Bill Proposes New Path for Updating Pennsylvania Building Codes
- Sidney, Australia: New South Wales Fire Certification to Undergo Total Overhaul after Damning Review
- Coity, Wales: Fire at Wood Chip Waste Plant Could Bun for Days
- Dubai: Intensive inspections will help reduce tower fires, Dubai forum hears
- Savannah, GA: Editorial: Loss of the city's veteran and respected fire mashal is an alarming development
- Houston, TX: Where are the most dangerous chemicals in Houston? Don't ask the Fire Department.
- Houston, TX: Houston officials want action on chemical hazards
- Dubai: Stronger enforcement of fire safety rules 'will give residents more time to escape'
- Contractor Online: Use of combustible piping materials requires frank discussion, code review
- Thunder Bay, ON: $730k for Improved Fire Safety in Region
- Bloomingburg, NY: Bloomingburg juggles lawsuits over Chestnut Ridge road width
- Colorado Springs, CO: Trump campaign and fire department trying to avoid replay of first visit
- Spokane, WA: Moving From Suggestions To Mandates To Cut Wildfire Risk For Rural Homes
- Winnipeg, ON: July's fatal rooming house fire sparks plans for a tip line for bad landlords
- Memphis, TN: City Could Review Building And Safety Codes Following Fatal Fire
- Tennessee: Tennessee State Fire Marshal urges public to join the fight against fire in wake of Memphis tragedy
- Sebring, FL: Repairing historic buildings too costly?
- Rochester, MI: 4 Rochester community schools shut down by state fire marshal
- Shelton, CT: Report: Most Shelton High code violations fixed
- Shelton, CT: SHS fire code violations to be resolved by Aug. 2017
- Sandy Springs, GA: Georgia Community Alters Building Codes to Ban Tall Wood-Frame Construction - Fire Safety
- Purchase, NY: Mandate fire sprinklers in dorms, and beyond: Letter
- Hagersville, ON: Hagersville fire caused by spontaneously combusting shredded rubber
- Loudon County, VA: Fire officials: Proposed Va. fire code changes put public at risk
- Maryville, MO: Lightning Protection Institute Joins State Fire Marshals in Effort to Reduce Fire Risk Present
- Toronto, ON: No batteries in smoke alarm in Scarborough apartment where fire left man dead, Toronto Fire says
EPA Research Shows Moderate or Severe Corrosion in Majority of Diesel Fuel Underground Storage Tank Systems Studied
In a report on corrosion inside diesel fuel underground storage tanks (USTs), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) found moderate or severe corrosion that could affect metal components inside both steel and fiberglass underground tank systems. Corrosion inside USTs can cause equipment failure by preventing proper operation of release detection and prevention equipment. If left unchecked, corrosion could cause UST system failures and releases, which could lead to groundwater contamination.
Underground tank releases have historically been a leading cause of groundwater contamination. Groundwater is a source of drinking water for almost half of the people in the U.S.
EPA’s report shows that 35 of 42 – or 83 percent – of the USTs studied exhibited moderate or severe corrosion, but less than 25 percent of owners were aware of corrosion prior to the internal inspection.
Although EPA cannot project the actual percentage of USTs storing diesel that are affected by corrosion nationwide, the Agency is alerting owners of USTs storing diesel fuel about risks from corrosion. EPA’s notification recommends owners check inside their tank systems and further investigate the condition of their diesel fuel tanks. Owners’ awareness and early actions could help protect them from higher repair costs and help protect the environment from contamination from releases. EPA’s UST website provides information on actions tank owners can take to minimize corrosion and associated risks.
As part of EPA’s ongoing collaboration with the UST community, the Agency responded to concerns about reports of severe corrosion in USTs storing diesel fuel by working with industry and scientific experts to develop this research. The results are leading to a fuller understanding of the issue and possible causes, as well as laying the groundwork for future research efforts for identifying a solution.
Scientific evidence has not identified a specific cause of corrosion in diesel tanks, although microbiologically-influenced corrosion is suspected to be involved. EPA is continuing to work collaboratively with partners in the UST community, industry, and scientific experts on additional laboratory research about the cause of corrosion.
More information on underground storage tanks (USTs) and today’s report: https://www.epa.gov/ust
More information on corrosion in USTs storing diesel fuel here.
2016 Kansas City Habitat Build Day
Members of the Women in Code Enforcement and Development (WICED) will participate in the Habitat build day on Saturday, October 15, 2016 in Kansas City. The workday will be from 8 am - 3:30 pm, not including travel time to and from hotel. (Transportation will be provided, leaving from conference hotels.) Participants are required to sign a release form during sign-up. Work clothes and sturdy-soled shoes such as work boots or tennis shoes will be needed. Sandals or thin-soled tennis shoes will not be allowed on the job site. Participants will also need to provide their own work gloves.
For additional information about volunteering for the Habitat Build Day, please contact: Eirene Knott at Eirene.email@example.com
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Are you registered to vote online with cdpACCESS?
The next generation of building and fire safety codes will be decided through online voting. The International Code Council’s new cdpACCESS empowers you to vote on these 2018 Group A Codes, even if you can't attend the code hearings.
But first, you must be an ICC Voting Member before March 20th to vote online. Registration for 2015 starts January 1.
✓ Is your department is an ICC Governmental Member and signed up to vote online?
✓ Are your department's list of "Designated Voting Representatives" current? (This list must be completed annually because it maintains your voting eligibility.)
For more information, you may contact your state’s ICC Government Relations Representative.
You may also email Governing Committee Members of the ICC Fire Service Membership Council, listed below.
Governing Committee of the ICC Fire Service Membership Council
Robert Barnet, International Association of Fire Fighters (Southwest Division), LA
Fulton Cochran, Clark County Building and Fire Prevention Department, NV
Sean DeCrane, International Association of Fire Fighters, OH
Timothy Diehl, City of Rockville, MD
Jackie Gibbs, International Association of Fire Chiefs (Southeastern Division), GA
Rick McCullough, International Association of Fire Chiefs (Canadian Division), Canada
George Michehl, International Association of Fire Chiefs (Great Lakes Division), IL
Richard Miller, National Association of State Fire Marshals, MI
Ernie Misewicz, International Association of Fire Chiefs (Western Division), AK
Kelly Nicolello, National Association of State Fire Marshals, AK
Marc Sampson, International Association of Fire Chiefs (Missouri Valley Division), CO
Michael Sinsigalli, International Associateion of Fire Chiefs (New England Division), CT
Jim Yates, International Association of Fire Chiefs (Eastern Division), NJ
Adolf Zubia, Clark County Building and Fire Prevention Department, NV
Robert Neale, Vice President of National Fire Service Activities, Government Relations
Jim Brown, ICC Board of Directors
Questions on the Council? Contact Karla Higgs.