Emergency Permit For One Time Treament At Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Of Fluorine Gas Contained In A 12 Ounce Cylinder

Summary

SCH Number
2000088020
Lead Agency
Toxic Substances Control, Department of (Department of Toxic Substances Control)
Document Title
Emergency Permit For One Time Treament At Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Of Fluorine Gas Contained In A 12 Ounce Cylinder
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Received

Document Description
The Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) has granted an Emergency Permit in accordance with Title 22, California Code of Regulations, Section 66270.61 to Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) to allow one time treatment of a hazardous waste on either July 31 or August 1, 2000. The waste, discovered during an inspection in a storage area a LBNL, consist of the contents of a 12oz (5.5 inch length X 4.5 in. diameter) steel cylinder labeled as containing fluorine gas. The gas, if present is a hazardous material because it is highly reactive and as such it needs to be handled before it starts leaking from the cylinder.

Contact Information
Tony Natera
Department of Toxic Substances Control
700 Heinz Avenue, Suite 300
Berkeley, CA 94710

510-540-3951

Location

Cities
Berkeley
Counties
Alameda

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
15308
Reasons for Exemption
The project will not have a significant environmental effect for the following reasons: 1. The treatment activity is a one-time event and the Emergency Permit will be valid for the span of two days only. 2. The quantity of waste to be treated is very small, and the activity will occur under very strict and detailed safety procedures. 3. The dilution of fluorine into nitrogen, and the reaction with potassium hydroxide does not produce any dangerous reactions, gases or fumes. 4. The treatment will be conducted in a laboratory within a self contained treatment apparatus. 5. The location of treatments is more than 1/2 mile from any residence or sensitive receptor. 6. Public emergency response agencies will be notified of the date, time and location of the activities so that they may be prepared to assist if any need occurs. 7. Since the amount treated is small and the activity will be conducted under highly controlled conditions, no threat to the public will take place.
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