Ascend’s Texas acrylonitrile plant reports emission

24 July 2012 00:24  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Ascend Performance Materials would not comment on Monday about a propylene emission reported at a plant near Houston in Texas.

About 100 lbs (45kg) of propylene was released to the atmosphere on Saturday at the Chocolate Bayou Plant, Ascend said in a regulatory report filed with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ).

Ascend officials would not comment on the incident.

The report to TCEQ report said a reactor for one of the acrylonitrile (ACN) units tripped a temperature indicator that caused a waste heat boiler to trip and release the propylene to the air.

Plant personnel contained and remedied the issue within an hour.

Ascend uses propylene to make ACN at the Chocolate Bayou Plant, south of Houston.

By: Wesley Busch
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