Residents near the Plaquemine, LA chemical complex were told to shelter in place for five hours during the incident.

John S. Forrester, former Managing Editor

April 19, 2022

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Residents near a Dow Chemical complex in Plaquemine, LA were told to shelter-in-place Monday evening after a fire and chlorine leak occurred at a plant operated Olin Corp., local news organizations reported.

Officials with the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality told the Baton Rouge Advocate that the chlorine leak happened after a fire ignited in a compressor. The liquid pooled on the floor and became a gas.

“There is a fire/chlorine spill at the Olin plant on Dow’s Plaquemine site. Everyone south and east of Dow should shelter in place,” the Iberville Parish Sheriff’s Office said in a Facebook post Monday night. “Please turn your AC units off and close doors and windows.”

First responders were called to the site at about 8:40 p.m., coverage by Reuters said. The shelter-in-place order lasted about five hours. Olin stated that there were no injuries or offsite exposure.

Olin’s Plaquemine location supports the firm’s Chlor Alkali business.

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John S. Forrester

former Managing Editor, Powder & Bulk Solids

John S. Forrester is the former managing editor of Powder & Bulk Solids.

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