07 August 2009 20:58 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS news)--The US Chemical Safety Board (CSB) will investigate the causes of a propane and hydrogen flouride leak that injured a worker at an ExxonMobil refinery in Joliet, Illinois, the board said on Friday.
The release occurred mid-day Thursday, and came from the vicinity of a pump in the alkylation unit, which uses hydrogen flouride as a catalyst, according to the CSB.
The leak did not ignite a fire, but one worker was taken to a local hospital for chemical burns, the CSB said.
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“Because of its high toxicity, any loss of primary containment for hydrogen fluoride is a serious matter,” he added.
The other reported releases include the CITGO refinery in
The CSB said it currently has an investigative team at the
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