By Liz Hampton
(Reuters) – Two people were killed and several others injured after an acetic acid leak at a LyondellBasell chemical plant in La Porte, Texas, on Tuesday night, the company said.
The incident occurred after a unit was closed earlier in the day for planned maintenance. Two contractors were fatally injured, while five contractors and a LyondellBasell employee were transported to local hospitals for treatment, according to a company statement.
Lyondell said the leak had stopped and cleanup was in progress. Air monitoring indicated there are no levels of concern for the community and the appropriate regulatory agencies have been notified, LyondellBasell said.
La Porte is located southeast of Houston near the Houston Ship Channel.
An investigation into the cause of the incident is underway, Lyondell said.
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