3 Back Working after Chlorine Release

Monday, January 5, 2015 @ 03:01 PM gHale

Three workers are now back to work after suffering injuries last Monday morning from exposure to chlorine at a chemical plant in St. Gabriel, LA.

Officials with the Olin Chlor Alkali plant confirmed there was a chlorine release from a product storage tank. A yellow-colored cloud was visible over the plant at the time of the incident.

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Officials with the Iberville Fire Department said there was no off-site impact.

“While we have no indication the release has affected anyone outside of our facility, we did notify neighboring industrial facilities about the situation,” said an official statement from Olin. “We also notified the appropriate regulatory agencies. We will conduct a thorough analysis to identify what led to the release.”

The workers went to Our Lady of the Lake hospital in Baton Rouge where they ended up treated and then released. The workers returned to work by Thursday.

According to the company’s website, the plant produces Chlorine, Hydrochloric Acid, Potassium Hydroxide, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Hypochlorite, and additional co-products.

“Almost every industry in the world depends on these basic chemicals, including healthcare, water treatment, textiles, automotive, food processing, agriculture, telecommunications, even space and technology,” the company‚Äôs website said.

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