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Dow reports gas release at area facility

2 years 1 month 5 days ago April 20, 2015 Apr 20, 2015 Monday, April 20 2015 April 20, 2015 9:04 PM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Trey Schmaltz

PLAQUEMINE - Dow said there was a release of pyrolysis gasoline, or Pygas, from its chemical plant in Iberville Parish Monday evening.

"The release has been stopped and Dow is in the process of recovering the product," a spokesperson said in an email with WBRZ.

The company was monitoring the air around the facility and said there was no offsite detection of the product but since Pygas has a very low odor threshold, people will be able to smell it even at low concentrations.

People who live near the plant reported smelling a gas-like smell after the release.

"We regret any inconvenience to the community around us," the company said.

It was not clear what caused the release.

Pygas is a byproduct of ethylene and propylene production.

Read more about pygas from Dow HERE.
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