No one injured in plant's reportedly small leak

Oct. 11, 2017 at 10:18 p.m.
Updated Oct. 12, 2017 at 11:54 a.m.

   MCT Graphic for The Victoria Advocate

A pipe at the Dow Chemical Company in Seadrift leaked 9.3 pounds of ethylene oxide.

The company submitted its final report of the Sept. 27 incident to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality on Wednesday.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration describes ethylene oxide as hazardous, but Dow spokeswoman Gabriella Cone said no one was injured in the incident.

Dow reported the pipe, which leaked the ethylene oxide, was corroded and it's determining why.

The company also reported that the leak was barricaded and firewater was used to suppress the vapors.

The firewater was routed to a wastewater treatment facility on site, the pressure to the pipe was reduced and the pipe was cleared with nitrogen, which stopped the emissions.

The leaking pipe was removed and a new one was installed before the route was used again.


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