Leak Comes from a Product Storage Tank
An ominous yellow cloud hung over the Olin Chlor Alkali plant in St. Gabriel Monday morning, December 29. Chlorine was the source of this uncommon sight, which was released from a product storage tank at the chemical plant. As a result of this hazardous chlorine leak, three workers at the plant were sent to the hospital for immediate care and assessment.
While Iberville Fire Department officials claim that there was no off-site impact, Olin took steps to notify all nearby industrial facilities to make sure they were aware of the leak and the risks of exposure. So far, there have been no claims of individuals outside the facility being affected.
The plant is known to produce not only chlorine, but other elements such as hydrochloric acid, sodium hydroxide, and potassium hydroxide. Orin serves a wide variety of industries, including healthcare, automotive, agriculture, and water treatment.
There has been currently no insight as to what caused the tank leak. Olin claims that it notified all the necessary regulatory agencies about the chlorine leak and will being to conduct an investigation to determine the source of the release of this dangerous chemical.
Exposed Workers' Conditions Remain Unknown
Reports state that the three affected workers were transported to Our Lady of the Lake hospital in the morning, which is located in Baton Rouge. They are still being evaluated and hospital representatives have said that no information regarding their condition can be released at this time.