DuPont Statement on Recent Incidents
Here is the text of DuPont's statement to the media today about its Belle plant:
The DuPont Belle site has responded to a series of three process incidents which occurred at the site on Friday and Saturday, 1/22 and 1/23.
"DuPont is committed to working safely and sustainably. We are bringing site employees together for a 'safety pause' to reinforce the importance of this situation and maintain our focus on safe work," said Bill Menke, plant manager.
There was no off-site exposure or material environmental impact as a result of these three events. One DuPont employee was transported to a local hospital for overnight observation as a result of one of the incidents. Per our normal procedure, we are undergoing a thorough investigation of the units involved in the incident.
The three incidents were:
-- On Friday afternoon the site discovered a rupture disc which had released up to 1,900 pounds of Methyl Chloride vapor over a period of up to five days. This release was contained on Friday.
-- On Saturday morning the site released less than 20 pounds of sulfuric acid to the atmosphere from the site's spent acid recovery process. This release was quickly contained.
-- On Saturday afternoon a site employee was exposed to Phosgene from a leaking transfer hose. The hose was not in service when the leak occurred but did contain a small amount residual Phosgene from an earlier use. The employee was transported to the hospital by the Kanawha County Ambulance Authority for treatment and observation as part of the standard protocol for exposure to this material.