NY Chem Plant Leak Injures Worker

Monday, December 17, 2018 @ 01:12 PM gHale

A chlorine gas leak outside a Rochester, NY, chemical plant sparked a fire and HazMat response sent one person to the hospital Wednesday.

The Rochester Fire Department got the call to Arch Chemicals, 100 McKee Road, at 1:21 p.m. for the report of a “Level 1 HazMat incident,” said Amon Hudson, spokesman for the Rochester Fire Department.

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One worker was taken to the hospital for chlorine exposure and is listed in stable condition, Hudson said.

Hudson said the call was triggered by a chlorine gas leak outside one of the buildings. Regina Willis, spokeswoman for the state Department of Environmental Conservation, said there was a release of about 85 pounds of gas into the atmosphere due a leak from a rail car.

“The release was quickly secured,” Willis said. Employees evacuated and firefighters responded.

Firefighters declared a “Level 1 HazMat incident,” because people “were complaining about the smell of chlorine,” Hudson said.

Crews determined the leak was isolated after entering the area. Hudson said the incident was under control by 2:39 p.m.

A Level 1 event occurs when “hazardous materials incident that may adversely impact or threaten life, property or the environment; within an area immediately surrounding the point of release or potential release,” Hudson said.

“The release to the atmosphere was brief and quickly dissipated with no anticipated negative impact to the environment,” Willis said.

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