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At least 2 people are dead after a chemical leak at the LyondellBasell plant in La Porte, officials said Tuesday. In addition to the two fatalities at the scene, there were 35 people who suffered minor symptoms, five who were transported to the hospital with more serious symptoms and two people who were in critical condition, Neutzler told CNN. The leak involved a chemical acid used in food grade vinegar, Harris County Fire Marshal Laurie Christensen said during a news conference.

LAPORTE, Texas (AP) — Two people are dead after a chemical leak Tuesday evening at plant in La Porte, Texas , company officials said. The incident happened about 7:35 p.m. and involved an acetic acid leak at the LyondellBasell facility in the La Porte Complex, company spokesperson Chevalier Harris County Fire Marshal Laurie Christensen confirmed at least three more injuries during a news conference Tuesday night. Christensen said one person was life flighted to a hospital and one was sent by ambulance. Five others were treated at the scene and dozens were being monitored for symptoms

Officials confirmed there was no risk of air contamination after a chemical leak at the LyondellBasell plant near Houston, the Associated Press reported. The leak, which occurred around 7:35 p.m. Tuesday, killed two people and injured dozens more, according to officials.

a factory with smoke coming out of it: A chemical leak at the LyondellBasell plant in Texas killed two people and injured dozens more Tuesday night. The refinery is seen near the Houston Ship Channel, part of the Port of Houston, on March 6, 2019 in Houston, Texas. © Loren Elliott/AFP via Getty Images A chemical leak at the LyondellBasell plant in Texas killed two people and injured dozens more Tuesday night. The refinery is seen near the Houston Ship Channel, part of the Port of Houston, on March 6, 2019 in Houston, Texas.

The company said that air quality monitoring "continues to demonstrate no levels of concern for the community," and the leak was fixed and cleanup was in progress. It also said it was collaborating closely with responders to make sure all employees and contractors who were working in the area of the plant with the leak were accounted for, the Associated Press reported.

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At least two people “sustained fatal injuries” after a leak at a chemical plant in La Porte, in the US state of Texas , company officials said. Four others sustained burns during the incident at the LyondellBasell facility in the La Porte Complex near the city of Houston on Tuesday night, company Harris County Fire Marshal Laurie Christensen said at a news conference one person was air -lifted to a hospital and one was sent by ambulance. Five others were treated at the scene and dozens were being monitored for symptoms that could include difficulty breathing and swallowing and irritants or burns to

Two people were dead and dozens were injured after a leak at a Texas chemical plant Tuesday night, authorities said. The chemical company LyondellBasell said in a statement Wednesday that about 100,000 pounds of a mixture which included acetic acid was released at its La Porte complex near "We do know the impact was contained here to the plant ," Harris County Fire Marshal Laurie Christensen said at a news conference Tuesday night. LyondellBasell said an investigation into the leak was underway and the company was cooperating with authorities. "We deeply regret this incident

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo issued a statement on Twitter after learning of the deaths.

"Heartbroken to hear of the two fatalities at the Lyondell Basell facility in La Porte. Our county and other first responder agencies are working to support the other workers impacted and to verify that the incident is contained. Grateful to all responders," the statement said.

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The incident involved an acetic acid leak at the facility in the La Porte Complex, company spokesperson Chevalier Gray said in a statement. Emergency responders from the City of La Porte and Channel Industries Mutual Aid were on the scene.


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The plant makes organic peroxides used in plastic resins, polystyrene, paints and other products. The blasts sent up a 30-40ft flame and a plume that the administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (Fema), Brock Long, said was hazardous. The Texas commission on environmental quality urged people in the area to stay indoors with windows closed and air The Arkema plant was shut down last Friday in anticipation of the storm, though 11 employees stayed on site. Those workers were evacuated on Tuesday after the facility lost power late on Monday night.

Officials with the city's Office of Emergency Management said a 'process upset incident' sparked a chemical release at the plant which makes polyethlene products. It is also the world's third-largest producer of glacial acetic acid, a food preservative that is flammable and corrosive. The leak was isolated and Harris County Pollution Control was on the scene to conduct air monitoring but there was no apparent threat to the community. 'There is no shelter in place or other protective actions being recommended for the La Porte community at this time,' La Porte EMS said in a statement.

Gray said two people "sustained fatal injuries" and four others sustained burns at the plant. The Harris County Fire Marshal's Office later confirmed dozens more were injured. The two who died were contractors, the company said, and their names weren't immediately released.

Harris County Fire Marshal Laurie Christensen said at a news conference Tuesday night one person was life flighted to a hospital and one was sent by ambulance. Five others were treated at the scene and dozens were being monitored for symptoms that could include difficulty breathing and swallowing and irritants or burns to the skin.

"Sometimes the terminology in these situations when there's a leak, you think of something pouring out. A leak could also be something exploded off the top and the chemical came out. So once we get into the investigation, we'll be able to specifically detail that out," Christensen said.

Officials Confirm No Risk of Air Contamination After Leak at Texas Chemical Plant

  Officials Confirm No Risk of Air Contamination After Leak at Texas Chemical Plant The leak, which occurred around 7:35 p.m., killed two people and injured dozens more Tuesday night. The refinery is seen near the Houston Ship Channel, part of the Port of Houston, on March 6, 2019 in Houston, Texas. The company said that air quality monitoring "continues to demonstrate no levels of concern for the community," and the leak was fixed and cleanup was in progress. It also said it was collaborating closely with responders to make sure all employees and contractors who were working in the area of the plant with the leak were accounted for, the Associated Press reported.

An explosion Saturday morning at a Texas chemical plant left multiple people injured, the company said in a statement. The explosion happened around 10.43am central time at Kuraray America, Inc's EVAL facility in Pasadena. The company, which specializes in ' chemical , fiber and resin production' ' Officials with Kurary america, Inc. confirm that a fire occurred at the company's EVAL facility in Pasadena, Texas . The fire has been extinguished and there is no threat to the surrounding area,' the statement read. 'The company is fully cooperating with all local authorities and emergency response

The cause was under investigation, the company said.

La Porte is located about 25 miles (40 kilometers) southeast of Houston. The plant is in an unincorporated part of Harris County, adjacent to La Porte, according to a statement issued by La Porte EMS, and no shelter in place or other protective actions were recommended for the community.

a group of people standing in front of a flag: The LyondellBasell leak killed two people and injured dozens more, according to officials. An employee of US chemical group LyondellBasell waves a French flag as the employees gather during a new general meeting to protest against the closing of their plant in Berre l'Etang, southern France, on September 29, 2011. Anne Christine Poujoulat/AFP via Getty Images © Anne Christine Poujoulat/AFP via Getty Images The LyondellBasell leak killed two people and injured dozens more, according to officials. An employee of US chemical group LyondellBasell waves a French flag as the employees gather during a new general meeting to protest against the closing of their plant in Berre l'Etang, southern France, on September 29, 2011. Anne Christine Poujoulat/AFP via Getty Images

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