Hydrochloric Acid Fumes Temporarily Halt Shipping


Hydrochloric acid fumes leaking from a rail car at a Texas chemical plant temporarily halted shipping at the Port of Freeport, Texas, on Wednesday, reports Yahoo.

Hydrochloric acid fumes over port

A leaking rail car containing hydrochloric acid sent a plume over Venator Materials Plc’s operations early Wednesday and caused the nearby Port of Freeport to temporarily suspend vessel traffic.

Investigation underway

There were no injuries at the site and the leak was halted when Venator employees depressurized the tank car, said Brent Powers, Venator’s Freeport site manager. The cause of the leak is under investigation, he said.

A coordinator the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s National Response Center was at the scene, an EPA spokesperson said. No further details were immediately available.

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