Chemical Facility Fire Cleanup

With a proven track record in effective response to some of our nation’s greatest disasters, SWS Environmental Services is a leader in the emergency response industry. SWS was called to assist in extinguishing a catastrophic fire at a chemical facility. After the fire was put out, SWS immediately went to work to stabilize the situation. Crews were onsite 24 hours a day for 3-4 weeks, performing onsite identification of wastes, solidification, and neutralization of the onsite chemicals. We also began the waste characterization process.

The customer had an estimated 750,000 gallons of 114 chemical products onsite at the time of the fire, stored in seven tanks as well as numerous drums, intermodal and tote containers. No fewer than a dozen disposal companies were presented with profiles for what ended up being more than 30 different waste streams. As shipping and disposal arrangements were being made, SWS was onsite, managing the day-to-day activity necessary before the material could be moved responsibly. This included scheduling, paperwork preparation, labeling, loading, etc. Within 11 days of being on the job, profiles were approved and waste was transferred to DOT shippable containers for shipment

Over the next three months, nine different transportation companies brought in 235 Roll Off Containers and 138 Frac Tanks to haul 1500 shipments to a half-dozen different disposal locations. Disposal methods ranged from deep well injection, landfill, fuels blending, incineration and product recycling. The leadership of SWS helped ensure that all the chemicals were handled safely, quickly, and effectively.

Chemical Facility Fire Cleanup
Chemical Facility Fire Cleanup

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Chemical Facility Fire Cleanup Project Details

Business Segments:
Waste Services
Emergency Response
Customer Segment:
Specialty Chemicals
Equipment & Vehicles:
Roll Off Containers
Hazardous Categorization Kits
Track Hoes
Skid Steers
Chemical Transfer Pumps
Containment Boom
Sorbent Boom
Frac Tanks
Pickup Trucks
Vacuum Trucks
Disposal Methods:
Deepwell Injection
Fuels Blending
Wastewater Treatment
Waste Streams:
Non-Hazardous Water
Non-Hazardous Sludge
Soil Vegetation
Spent Personal Protective Equipment
Construction Debris
Crushed Totes w/ Oily Debris
Hazardous Water
Hazardous Sludge
Fuel/Water Mixture
Water/Fuel Mixture
Containerized Materials (Drums and Totes)
Training / Certifications:
Confined Space Entry
CPR/First Aid/AED
Environmental Specialist
ICS 300, 400, 700, 800
ICS for Safety Officer
Medial Surveillance
OSHA 8-Hour HAZWOPER Supervisor
OSHA Outreach Trainers
Specialized Oil Spill Response
Activities Performed:
Waste Identification
Waste Solidification
Waste Neutralization
Waste Characterization
Products Transfers
Transportation and Disposal

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