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Dow Chemical Leak Plant Site of Problems in Past

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A Louisiana environmental group is claiming that a storage tank at a Dow Chemical plant in Hahnville, Louisiana that was involved  in a leak of the chemical ethyl acrylate last week has a problematic past.  According the the Louisiana Bucket Brigade, ethyl acrylate was released from the tank twice before.

According to the New  Orleans Times-Picayune, the group cited the two other leaks at a news conference yesterday.  The two  incidents were  reported to the the state Department of Environmental Quality by Dow Chemical on Oct. 20, 2008, and April 22, 2009. The October incident involved a 14-hour release of ethyl acrylate, which sent 168 pounds of the chemical into the air. The cause was determined to be multiple valve failures since the valves were not part of regular maintenance.  The  second  incident involved a two-hour release that sent  24.8 pounds of the chemical into the air.  Dow reported the release after a neighbor called and complained, the Louisiana Bucket Brigade said.

The group also complained that  the public does not yet know how much of the chemical was release last week. “Dow has tried to play down this release by calling it a bad odor,” said Anna Hrybyk, the organization’s program manager, said. “The fact is that it was a chemical release and we do not know how much of the chemical was released. We do know that people were treated at the hospital because of this accident and that Dow has a serious, ongoing problem with this chemical. It’s not a simple odor.”

The Dow chemical spill occurred early last Tuesday morning, and forced evacuation of the area around the Dow Chemical plant. Some residents were forced out of their homes until Wednesday afternoon. Because of winds and storms in the area, ethyl acrylate fumes were carried as far away as New Orleans, and St. Bernard’s Parish. Dozens of people were treated at the hospital for ethyl acrylate side effects. The foul-smelling chemical is known to cause nausea and headaches, and can irritate the skin, eyes, nose and throat

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