Dow reports reactor upset at Texas polymers plant

01 June 2012 16:28  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Dow Chemical shut down a reactor at its adhesive polymers plant in Freeport, Texas, following a release of ethylene, the comany said in a regulatory filing on Friday.

The process control computer shut down the process and vented the reactor to prevent catastrophic damage to personnel and equipment, the company said in a Friday filing with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ).

It was not clear whether the unit had been restarted, or whether there was any lost production at the plant. A company spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

By: Michelle Klump
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