Further investigation into La Porte DuPont plant reveals multiple violations

Over the weekend, a chemical leak at a DuPont plant killed four workers. While the plant had been cited previously for safety violations, federal inspectors hadn’t inspected the facility since 2007. The 2007 inspection, performed by inspectors from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), cited four serious safety violations, including violations of safe management for hazardous chemicals.

In the chemical leak this past weekend, an estimated 100 pounds of methyl mercaptan leaked throughout the plant. Unfortunately, even the smallest amount of exposure can be fatal. It has since been discovered that this toxic chemical leak was caused by a faulty valve.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) also brought formal enforcement actions against the DuPont plant for 2012 and 2014 violations that cost the plant $117,375 in penalties.

DuPont stated that they are taking steps to make sure the area is safe to access. With regards to the multiple safety violations, DuPont states they “are committed to meeting or exceeding all applicable state and federal regulatory requirements.”

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