I'm not kidding when I say these chemical plants put us at risk.I write about it a couple times a week because that's how often it happens!
Just a week and a half ago FOUR incidents occurred over a period of just two days at a DuPont Chemical Plant in Belle, WV. To make matters even scarier for nearby residents, this is just 20 miles south of the Bayer Crop Science facility I blogged about a few weeks ago…you know, the one that received FOUR citations for improper maintenance of storage tanks?
Prior to Saturday’s fatal accident, 1,900 pounds of toxic methyl chloride leaked from a storage tank on Friday, January 22. Unbelievably, this leak went undetected for almost one week! We should be very concerned about facilities housing toxic chemicals yet operating with such a poor safety program in place – how could this leak could go on for almost a week!?
In addition to this (almost) week long leak, on Saturday morning there was sulfuric acid leak and later that night there was a small fire which was later labeled as an electrical “arcing.” A small fire and three chemical leaks, one of which led to a death, all in 48 hours? DuPont’s doing such a bang-up job of following safety protocol that there is now a federal investigation of the facility.
What a scary scenario for residents…a chemical leak in your town followed by a bunch of government officials checking things out. Sounds freaky.
You can read the full story here.