Several Nucor-Yamato Steel Co. workers were treated at a local
hospital after a chlorine-related incident Nov. 17,
Blytheville, Ark., fire chief Mike Carney said.
department treated about 19 people who had complained about
symptoms of exposure.
Nucor Corp., the
Charlotte, N.C.-based joint-venture partner in the structural
steel producer with Japans Yamato Kogyo Co. Ltd.,
confirmed Nov. 18 that Nucor-Yamato "experienced a release of
chlorine dioxide" at 8:30 a.m. Sunday.
"At the current time,
everyone has been released from the hospital, except for one
individual who remains for observation," Nucor said, adding
that it is conducting a review of the incident.
The release of
chlorine dioxide, which is used to control bacterial growth in
water-treatment systems, was "contained to a single building,"
The treated workers
also included people employed by outside contractors, who were
at the plant in connection with a scheduled maintenance
shutdown, Carney said.
to operate and the incident resulted in "no environmental
impact," Nucor said, adding that all of the equipment involved
in the release was taken out of service.
"We were assured at
the hospital by Nucor personnel that they had the problem taken
care of" and there was "no need for us to go out there," Carney
said, adding that further investigation of the incident is
likely but wont be performed by the fire department.