Hazardous Chemical Leak at FL Plant

Monday, June 26, 2017 @ 06:06 PM gHale


A faulty gasket was behind a hazardous leak Thursday at a Pace chemical plant in Florida, officials said. 

Monomethylamine was no longer leaking from a storage tank at the company’s Taminco plant in Pace, said Amanda Allman, a spokesman for Tennessee-based Eastman Chemical Co., Thursday.

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“Taminco Pace Operations experienced a leak of monomethylamine from a pressurized tank in the early morning hours of June 22, 2017. The leak has been stopped and did not result in any injuries or equipment damage onsite,” Allman said in an emailed statement. 

Allman said the leak did not result in the release of any vapors, and it did not affect neighbors, she said. 

According to a report from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, an undetermined number of gallons leaked from a tank, which contained 27,475 gallons of the hazardous chemical. 

The leak was first reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at 6:07 a.m. Thursday. 

Brady Smith, a spokesman for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, said agency staff were at the site of the leak Thursday and were monitoring the cleanup.

Smith said the release is believed to have been caused by a faulty gasket.

“Precautions are being taken to control vapors and prevent water from leaving the site. At this time, we are not aware of any impacts to area waterways,” he said.

A report released by FDEP said crews sprayed water on the top of the tank to control the vapors and the tank was drained to reduce internal pressure.

According to a material safety data sheet about the chemical, it is an extremely flammable liquid and vapor that causes severe skin irritation and burns.

“Inhalation of corrosive fumes/gases may cause coughing, choking, headache, dizziness and weakness for several hours. Pulmonary edema may occur with tightness in the chest, shortness of breath, bluish skin, decreased blood pressure and increased heart rate,” said an information sheet produced by the Linde Group Chemical Company.



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