Olin reports chlorine spill at plant

Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013 4:05 PM
Last updated 7:57 PM
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Olin Corp. is investigating a Friday night chlorine spill at its Augusta manufacturing plant on Doug Barnard Park­way.

“No one was injured and there was no need for evacuation,” spokesman Ken Fields said in an e-mailed response to questions.

The exact amount of chlorine released – which Fields called “a small amount” – is under investigation. The cause was listed as “equipment failure."

The 10:41 p.m. incident was reported to environmental regulators and emergency response authorities, Fields said.

The 48-year-old plant recently completed a multiyear plan to phase out chlorine production and its use of mercury. The plant is being reconfigured for other purposes, including the distribution of caustic soda and manufacture of bleach.

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dichotomy
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dichotomy 01/19/13 - 07:02 pm
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Let me guess....."there is no

Let me guess....."there is no danger to the public......but your car is corroding as we speak'.

Sweet son
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Sweet son 01/19/13 - 07:42 pm
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Chlorine is nothing more than Bleach!

Those guys have a great safety record and are removing mercury from their processes. They have been valuable allies in the manufacture of all of the paper that comes from plants located nearby.

Keep up the good work Olin!

soapy_725
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soapy_725 01/20/13 - 11:05 am
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They have a concept of the size of the spill.
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They are required by law to report "certain amounts". So it was a reportable spill. Certain classifications of spills of hazardous chemicals. The pesky OSHA thingy. So they know. The public must be protected from PANIC. Government cannot control PANIC. It is the worst fear.

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