01 April 2011 17:11 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS)--The explosion that killed one worker and injured three others at the KMTEX chemical processing plant in ?xml:namespace>
However, workers believed that all of the solvent had been removed from the line, according to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.
The explosion occurred around 14:00 hours local time (19:00 GMT) on Thursday afternoon. By the time Port Arthur Fire Department firefighters arrived at 14:15, the fire had already burned out, the department said.
US Chemical Safety Board (CSB) spokeswoman Hillary Cohen said Friday morning that its incident screener was still gathering additional information, and would have an update by the end of the day as to whether it would investigate.
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According to the KMTEX website, the plant specialises in the custom processing of petrochemicals, specialty chemicals, oleochemicals, agricultural chemicals and food-grade chemicals.
The company’s services include terminal storage and expert project management in materials handling, distillation, filtration, molecular sieve and reaction chemistry, it says.
KMTEX did not respond to a request for comment.
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