Records show some reports of problems at plant
BATON ROUGE- Records obtained by WBRZ News 2 show reported problems at the Williams Olifens plant in Geismar in previous years; although, no issues were found on the most recent site visit by state inspectors.
In January 2009, hazmat crews were called for a leak of six chemicals that eventually caught on fire. Two of those chemicals were ethylene and propylene, the same mixture that burned Thursday. Then, crews had to use special valves to keep the fire contained.
In 2010 and 2011, the facility was being monitored for leaks after there were reports of consistent leaks of ethylene gas and liquid.
In December 2012, there was a report of what the state categorized as a "fugitive... Emission of propylene." 514 pounds of the chemical were released, blamed on a small pipe that corroded.
Most recently, in March where no problems were reported, the plant received a full satisfactory rating.
Williams Olifens executives did not return requests for comment on this story.
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