Bayer will not restart W Virginia methyl isocyanate unit

18 March 2011 21:44  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Bayer CropScience will not restart a methyl isocyanate (MIC) plant in Institute, West Virginia, the company said on Friday.

Bayer earlier said it had planned to restart the plant before ending production in 2012.

Under this earlier plan, the company would restart the MIC unit and begin temporary production of its Temik insecticide, the company said.

However, Bayer cannot restart the unit in time to meet demand from this year's growing season, the company said.

In August 2008, an explosion at the plant's methomyl unit, near an MIC tank, killed two workers.

Had fragments from the explosion struck the MIC tank, the damage might have rivalled the 1984 chemical spill that killed thousands in Bhopal, India, according to Congressmen who held hearings on the case.

By: Al Greenwood
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