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Chemical spill contained at Bay City plant; no injuries reported

May 2, 2012 at 12:02 a.m.


A chemical spill early Wednesday morning at a Bay City plant was contained several hours later.

At 6:05 a.m., plant workers reported a butanol leak at the butanol unit at the Oxea Plant near Bay City. Butanol is a solvent used in everyday products, such as paints and coatings.

No one was injured and everyone on site was accounted for, according to a company news release.

The leak was confined to the butanol area.

The area was closely monitored by the company's emergency response team and there was no off-site impact, according to the release. The incident was under investigation and all work has been resumed at the plant.

Oxea is a global manufacturer of oxo intermediates and oxo derivatives, such as alcohols, polyols, carboxylic acids, specialty esters, and amines. These products are used for the production of high-quality coatings, lubricants, cosmetics and pharmaceutical products, fragrances, printing inks and plastics.

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