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.
“We are concerned about the three apparent releases of hydrogen fluoride from refinery alkylation units in ?xml:namespace>
“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
To discuss issues facing the chemical industry go to ICIS connect
For the latest chemical news, data and analysis that directly impacts your business sign up for a free trial to ICIS news - the breaking online news service for the global chemical industry.
Get the facts and analysis behind the headlines from our market leading weekly magazine: sign up to a free trial to ICIS Chemical Business.
|ICIS news FREE TRIAL|
|Get access to breaking chemical news as it happens.|
|ICIS Global Petrochemical Index (IPEX)|
|ICIS Global Petrochemical Index (IPEX). Download the free tabular data and a chart of the historical index|
Asian Chemical Connections