Joint investigation continues after Westlake Chemical fire

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Posted: Jun 5, 2014 2:52 PM by Brock Sues
Updated: Jun 5, 2014 2:52 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: geismar, westlake chemical, deq, osha, fire, investigation

GEISMAR, La. - DEQ responders, State Police, and OSHA inspectors are on site today at Westlake Chemical in Geismar as a joint investigation begins following Wednesday's fire.

State officials said Westlake Chemical will release a statement seven days after the accident if they exceeded a reportable quantity of regulated substance emitted during the incident.

Emissions will be determined based on air quality measurements taken by DEQ emergency responders on Thursday.

It will be 60 days before information detailing the root cause of the fire and resulting releases will be reported, according to officials.

The fire started just after 11 a.m. in a cooling storage area on the plant's grounds. A plant official said organic peroxide, an additive used to make PVC, is what burned.

Firefighters put it out the fire less than an hour, and no injuries were reported during the incident.

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