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2 dead, several hospitalized after chemical leak at LyondellBasell plant

HOUSTON – At least two people have died and several others have been hospitalized after a chemical leak at the LyondellBasell Industries in La Porte. 

The chemical plan is located at 1515 Miller Cut-Off Road.

According to the city’s Office of Emergency Management, two people died at the scene and several people have been sent to the hospital for treatment. 

Authorities said methyl Iodide, hydrogen Iodide and methyl aspartate were the chemicals that leaked in the facility, which are used in the food grade vinegar.

Exposure to these chemicals may cause severe burns, harmful if swallowed, toxic if inhaled, and can cause burns to the skin.

Officials believe the leak has been isolated and does not pose a risk to the surrounding communities.

“As of 10 p.m. on Tuesday, July 27, 2021, we have accounted for all personnel who were working within the acetyls unit area of our La Porte Complex, where the leak occurred. This unit was shut down earlier today for planned maintenance. The leak is stopped and clean-up is in progress. Air monitoring continues to demonstrate no levels of concern for the community. All appropriate regulatory agencies have been notified,” LyondellBassel said in a statement issued early Wednesday morning.

“We are saddened to confirm two contractors were fatally injured in this incident. Five contractors and a LyondellBasell employee were transported to local hospitals for treatment. Our thoughts and prayers go out to these individuals and their families.”

LyondellBassel appreciated the assistance of emergency responders from the City of La Porte and Channel Industries Mutual Aid who responded to the incident. 

An investigation into the cause of this incident is underway.

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