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4 Dead in Texas Plant Chemical Leak

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Jarod Cassidy3 years ago

Four people were killed Saturday morning during a chemical leak at a DuPont chemical refinery in La Porte, Texas, about 20 miles outside of Houston.

About the Fatal Accident

According to the Daily News, four workers were killed and a fifth was hospitalized after a valve on a container of methyl mercaptan failed, resulting in a leak.

The incident occurred around 4 am Saturday. Plant worker Robert Tisnado, 38, and plant supervisor Wade Baker, 60, rushed to a colleague’s aid after hearing her call for help. When Robert’s brother, Gilbert Tisnado, 48, failed to get a response from his co-workers over the radio, he too rushed into the contaminated area, using his gas mask to try and revive his brother.

Law enforcement officials were notified by DuPont that there were “unresponsive individuals” at the plant around 6:30 am. All four had died at the scene. A fifth worker was taken to the hospital following the accident – their condition was not immediately available.

Officials Investigate DuPont Chemical Leak

The Houston Chronicle reports that local, state, and federal authorities are investigating the incident. The Chronicle also reports that the plant has been cited and fined by regulators in the past.

Over the past five years, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has ordered the facility to pay fines six times, and a seventh penalty is pending. In 2012, Texas levied a $91,125 fine against the company after two reviews showed the plant had failed to limit its emissions of residual chlorine, methomyl and other compounds.


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