Mosaic's Uncle Sam facility still offline after blower malfunction

15 August 2013 20:56  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Mosaic shut down its Uncle Sam facility in Louisiana on Wednesday after a blower malfunction and release of sulphur dioxide, the US-based fertlizer producer confirmed on Thursday

“A blower in the plant tripped, so there was a brief release of sulphur dioxide,” said David Townsend, a spokesman at Mosaic.

The release impacted 12 employees, who experienced nausea or other irritants, although no one has been hospitalised.

Townsend said the all-clear was given that afternoon, and there are no indications of residual sulphur dioxide.

The cause of the incident is still under investigation as of Thursday afternoon.

Townsend said it is anticipated that the plant could be back online later in the day or by Friday.

By: David Tonyan
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