25 August 2008 17:25 [Source: ICIS news]
PPG said hydrochloric acid (HCl) and ethylchloroformate (ECF) vapours began leaking from a railcar at the facility at about 3:00 am Houston time (8:00 GMT).
The company said it connected the railcar to a thermal oxidiser, which it said destroys ECF vapour.
ECF is a compound used in the production of antibiotics and crop-protection chemicals, PPG said, adding that its fumes can irritate the eyes and respiratory system.
PPG said local authorities closed a street adjacent to the plant and also issued a shelter-in-place directive to residents in the area.
The company said it expects the impact in the region to be minimal.To discuss issues facing the chemical industry go to ICIS connect
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