No outside threat from in plant emergency at PPG - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

No outside threat from in plant emergency at PPG

The following is a news release from PPG:

At approximately 9:15 a.m. on Monday, a small release of chlorine gas occurred at PPG's Lake Charles, La. chemicals complex. Normal operations resumed at 10:58 a.m. There are no known injuries. All appropriate government agencies have been notified.

As part of the plant's response plan, all non-essential personnel were evacuated to safe locations within the site. As a precautionary measure, PPG requested a shelter-in-place for the neighboring Praxair facility. The plant ambient air monitoring network confirmed that the extent of the release was within the plant boundary.

PPG plans to conduct a full investigation to determine the cause of the release.

PPG's Lake Charles, La., chlor-alkali and derivates plant manufactures chemicals, primarily chlorine and caustic soda, for use in a variety of applications, including water purification, paper and plastics production and as key building blocks for pharmaceuticals. The plant, which is the company's largest, began operations in 1942 and employs about 1,500 people.

PPG operates safe and healthful workplaces and maintains its  businesses using sound environment, health and safety practices.

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