Blast at US Veolia fuel blending facility injures two

04 May 2009 17:26  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS news)--Two workers were injured in an overnight explosion at a fuel blending facility in West Carrollton, Ohio, a spokeswoman for the city said on Monday.

“The fire is not out yet,” spokeswoman Erika Mattingly said. “Two workers at the plant were injured, but there have been no fatalities.” The conditions of the two are unknown. 

“This morning some hot spots flared up, and the fire is still burning,” the city spokeswoman said. “They are treating the fire with foam to help put it out.”

The blast occurred at a Veolia Environmental Services facility, but the cause of the fire is yet unknown, authorities said.

Veolia Environment Services, a subsidiary of France-based Veolia Environment, one of the world’s largest waste management and industrial cleaning companies, did not return calls seeking comment.

The facility takes hazardous waste, often industrial solvents, and distils the chemicals before packaging and reselling them, said Heather Lauer, a spokeswoman for the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA).

The facility also stores hazardous waste before sending it off in bulk amounts and has a total tank capacity of 400,000 gal (1.51bn litres) for the site, the Ohio EPA said.

The agency said it has set up air monitoring for volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and is monitoring a nearby creek.

Solvents recycled by Veolia at its three company-owned facilities in the US include butyl acetate (butac), recycled acetone, perchloroethylene (perc), methyl ethyl ketone (MEK) and methylene chloride.

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