DuPont chemical leak kills 4, alerts residents in Texas

DuPont chemical leak kills 4, alerts residents in Texas

Published time: November 16, 2014 01:28

Four DuPont employees were killed and another injured when a toxic chemical was spilled at its plant in La Porte, Texas, on Saturday morning. Residents of the city complained of a persistent “funny smell” after the incident.

The company would not immediately identify the victims of the spill. The emergency started at around 4 a.m. local time. It took repair crews two hours to replace a ruptured valve in the crop protection unit and contain the chemical. The confirmation of fatalities was released 12 hours after the incident.

The chemical spilled was methyl mercaptan, or methanethiol, which is used to make feed stock for insecticides and fungicides. It is more commonly known for being added to naturally odorless propane and natural gas to give them a distinctive rotten egg smell, making leaks detectable. In high concentration it can cause headaches, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, coma, and death.

 

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Comment by Sweettina2 on November 18, 2014 at 1:51pm

DuPont has been in the killing business for a very long time. They and the oil men own Texas. Whatever they do is okay with the PTB. Thanks, sharing this.

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