26 June 2009 00:11 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS news)--A chemical leaked at Tronox's Savannah plant in Georgia, according to Savannah Fire & Emergency Services.
Tronox officials did not immediately return calls for further comment on the incident, but did report that the chemical - titanium tetra-chloride, a respiratory irritant - spilled from an out-of-service tank near the centre of the industrial site late on Wednesday.
The chemical is used to make titanium dioxide (TiO2).
The chemical intermediate formed a vapour cloud that was visible over the Savannah river, officials said. Although nearby residents were warned to remain in their homes, no evacuations were necessary, the department said. No injuries were reported
As repairs were completed, the vapour cloud dissipated.
TiO2 capacity at the plant is 110,000 tonnes/year, but it had been running at less than 90% of capacity since February.
Production was trimmed in March to 15,000 tonnes/year, and 116 employees were laid off in response to dwindling demand for TiO2.
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