April 1, 2019

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Valve Failure Causes Chemical Leak at Kentucky Plant
Interplastic Corporation's Fort Wright, KY facility. Image courtesy of Google Maps

Businesses and homes within 1000 the Interplastic Corporation plant in Fort Wright, KY were ordered to shelter-in-place on Sunday morning after a pressure release valve failed in the facility, causing a cloud of a “chemical irritant” to form, the City of Covington, KY said in a press release posted to Facebook. 

Firefighters received a call for “white smoke” at the plant at 12:51 p.m. Several people living near the site told the fire department that they smelled chemicals, according to local officials. The leaked chemical, which can cause irritation to the lungs, formed a cloud that eventually dissipated in the wind.

Personnel from the Fort Wright Fire Department, Kenton County Homeland Security, and the regional HAZMAT team responded to the Internplastic facility. No injuries were logged during the incident. 

Interplastic Corporation is a St. Paul, MN-based manufacturer of thermoset resins, gel coats, and colorants to the composites and cast polymer industries, according to the firm’s website. 

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