Leaking Chemicals At Dow Plant Stopped

Mon, 06/14/2010 - 5:04am

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The leak of a pair of chemicals from a rail car at a Dow Chemical plant in Louisville has been stopped and area residents have been given clearance to go back outside.

The officials said the leak has been contained within the facility and added that the leak may have been caused by the heat. A heat index of 100 to 105 degrees was possible this afternoon, the National Weather Service said.

The Louisville Courier-Journal reports the chemicals, methyl methacrylate, a colorless liquid used in paints delineating the lanes of roads and highways, and ethyl acrylate, which is used in resins and plastics, were noticed leaking at about 12:10 p.m.

Dow Chemical spokeswoman Jana Ziegrye says water was been trained on the valve to lessen the vapor escaping into the air.

Ziegrye said the plant and two neighboring plants were not been evacuated, and the wind direction carried the vapor away from the local residential area.


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