Airborne Chem Leak Contained at NJ Plant

Tuesday, July 12, 2016 @ 01:07 PM gHale


An airborne vapor released at a chemical manufacturing plant in Edison, NJ, ended up contained.

An equipment leak at 4:30 a.m. Thursday caused the release of a vapor cloud on the company’s property, said Michael Waldron, a spokesman for LyondellBasell Industries. The airborne material contained a whitening pigment used in sunscreen, paint and toothpaste.

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Edison firefighters and HazMat specialists worked with LyondellBasell’s emergency response team to contain the vapor cloud on the site as it dispersed, said Fire Capt. Andy Toth, township emergency management coordinator.

“The leak was contained to the plant site,” Toth said. “We are confident there was no threat to public health, safety or the environment.”

Emergency personnel cleared from scene around 7 a.m. Thursday.

“The plant’s response team quickly isolated the equipment and stopped the cause of the leak. We have begun the repair process,” Waldron said.

LyondellBasell is a plastics, chemical and refining company. The Edison plant makes chemical catalysts used in the production of polyethylene plastic resins, officials said.