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2 killed in La Porte chemical leak identified

Posted on Friday, July 30th, 2021 at 7:38 pm    

LA PORTE, TX – Authorities have released the names of the 2 employees killed in a chemical leak at LyondellBasell Tuesday, reports the Associated Press.

Dustin Day, 36, and Shawn Kuhleman, 32, were killed in the industrial accident which released 100,000 pounds of a mixture containing high levels of acetic acid into the atmosphere. Acetic acid is toxic when inhaled and can burn skin.

In addition to the deaths of the 2 men, 30 other workers were hospitalized. As of Thursday, 2 people still remained in the hospital.

Though the exact cause of the leak is not yet known, preliminary investigations indicate it may have been caused by a cap that had burst on a pressurized line of acetic acid.

Multiple agencies, including OSHA, the EPA, the Chemical Safety Board, and HCSO, are investigating the incident.
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