BASF shuts down Canada plasticizer site after storage tank incident

29 August 2013 16:27  [Source: ICIS news]

TORONTO (ICIS)--BASF has shut down operations at its plasticizer site in Cornwall, Ontario, following an incident at a storage tank this week, a company spokesperson said on Thursday.

“At this point, we have not restarted [the plant]”, Carole Smargon, a spokesperson at BASF’s North American offices in New Jersey, told ICIS. She could not say when the facility will be restarted.

The incident on Tuesday morning occurred when a storage tank containing phthalic anhydride over pressurised, causing a loud noise and a release of the chemical into the atmosphere. There were no injuries.

BASF’s Cornwall site produces and distributes plasticizers for the polyvinyl chloride (PVC) industry, according to information on the company’s website. The plant’s capacity is 28,000 tonnes/year. BASF employs 27 full-time workers at the site.

By: Stefan Baumgarten
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