The Uniform Fire Code requires that facilities that store chlorine have an emergency management plan to deal with chlorine spills. Though a handful of firms had developed and marketed scrubber systems, none had ever been rigorously or independently tested. In 1992, San Diego-based R.J. Environmental released a ton of chlorine in a specially designed room at the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio and the test went without a hitch. Previous CEO and President of R.J. Environmental, Roop Jain, is now owner of Integrity Municipal Systems LLC (based out of Poway, CA) and currently offers this product for any sites that have a risk of chlorine gas leaks.
IMS wet emergency chlorine scrubber systems are designed to contain and treat accidental releases of chlorine gas. Systems are offered to treat up to three tons of chlorine gas. The IMS wet emergency chlorine scrubber is a three-stage single-pass chemical absorption system with very high efficiency horizontal packed bed sections. An induced draft fan pulls the chlorine gas through the scrubber, where it contacts a recirculation caustic solution. The scrubber system is factory pre-assembled, complete with induced draft fan, recirculation pump, instrumentation and controls.
The system design was subjected to the most demanding testing in an actual full scale one-ton chlorine release and surpassed the requirements of the Uniform Fire Code Section 80.
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