01 March 2013 22:58 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS)--AkzoNobel’s surface chemistry plant in Houston returned to normal operations in less than 24 hours after a distribution pump failure caused a unit to be shut down, a company spokesperson said on Friday.
The unit was unexpectedly shut down on Wednesday because of the equipment failure, which caused the release of 200 lbs (91 kg) of ethylene oxide (EO) into the atmosphere. No other damage was reported.
The EO at the Houston plant is used as a raw material for the production of specialty chemicals, but the plant itself does not produce EO, the company said.
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