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Spill creates dust cloud at Dow Seadrift, 3 sent to hospital to be examined

By ADVOCATE STAFF REPORT
April 19, 2011 at 4:03 p.m.
Updated April 18, 2011 at 11:19 p.m.


A spill occurred at Dow Seadrift on Tuesday afternoon creating a dust cloud and sending three people to the hospital.

Trish Ritthaler, the community relations manager for Dow Seadrift, said it is unknown what caused the spill. The incident occurred when a sand-like silica product was being unloaded.

Ritthaler said they do not know what type of silica was spilled or how much of it was spilled.

According to the Dow website, Dow Seadrift produces different types of plastics and chemicals. Silica is commonly used to make plastic.

Three people went to the hospital to be examined, but there were no reported injuries.

A news release issued by Ritthaler stated that there were no environmental impacts or effects to the community.

The incident is under investigation.

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