Germany authority orders plant to remain shut down after TDI accident

21 August 2012 20:11  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--A German regulatory authority will not allow a foam products firm to restart its plant near Wiesbaden before the cause of an accident last week involving a leak from a damaged toluene di-isocyanate (TDI) tank has been clarified, officials said on Tuesday.

“Production can only be restarted after the cause of the accident has been determined and after it has been ensured that the plant does not pose a danger for residents,” Regierungsprasidium Darmstadt said.

The accident at Koepp Schaum’s site in Oestrich-Winkel, west of Wiesbaden, occurred on 13 August. Koepp uses TDI to make foam products.

The town of Oestrich-Winkel said on Tuesday that there has been no contamination of nearby residents' properties from the accident.

However, in response to worries among residents, the town offered to take soil tests at properties, if residents should request this, it said.

According to police, 26 people suffered injuries and were hospitalised for a short period following the accident.

The accident caused fears in the scenic wine town on the Rhine river. The 1984 Bhopal disaster, which ranks the world's worst chemical accident, involved the leakage of an isocyanate.

By: Stefan Baumgarten
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