Wednesday, September 13, 2000

40 workers treated after chemical spill

Accident evacuates plastics plant

The Associated Press

        BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — At least 40 workers at a plastic-coating plant were treated at a hospital Tuesday after a chemical spill forced its evacuation.

        The spill at S&R of Kentucky happened just before 11 a.m. EDT. Sulfuric acid mixed with an amnionic shield conditioner, said Ray Bowman of the state Emergency Management office in Frankfort.

        Doris Thomas, vice president of Commonwealth Health Corp., said 40 workers were taken to the Medical Center at Bowling Green after experiencing respiratory problems and other effects of the fumes. All were released, said Ms. Thomas.

        A decontamination facility was established; workers were being hosed down and contaminated clothing replaced where necessary, Mr. Bowman said.

        A state fire marshal was investigating, along with officials from Emergency Management and Natural Resources and Environmental Protection.

        Nearby Warren East high and middle schools were not evacuated, officials said.


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