Russian authorities investigate Soda Chlorate plant chlorine leak

01 March 2013 10:34  [Source: ICIS news]

MOSCOW (ICIS)--Russian authorities on Friday announced an investigation has begun into a chlorine leak at Soda Chlorate’s chemical plant in Berezniki, Perm region.

The Russian Regional Investigation Committee in Perm region has launched a probe into the incident, which led to 26 employees seeking medical assistance. According to a statement from the Committee, four workers were hospitalised but are understood to be in a stable condition.

The Committee added that the chlorine leak was of no threat to adjacent areas and of no threat to the public.

Soda Chlorate produces potassium hydroxide, potassium chlorate, and sodium metasilicate pentahydrate as well as other chemicals.

The company did not disclose whether its production had been impacted by the leak.

Berezniki is Russia's chemical and fertilizer production hub where Uralkali and other major producers are based. In November 2012, a chlorine leak killed three workers at Berezniki-based VSMPO-Avisma, Russia's largest titanium producer.

By: Sergei Blagov
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