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Williams Olefins pays fine of $200,000 for Louisiana plant explosion and other incidents

11 December 2014

The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality has fined Williams Olefins $194,306 for 32 penalty events from 2008 to the present, including the June 2013 blast which killed two and injured more than 100 at the company’s plant at Geismar near Baton Rouge. The explosion occurred when a heat exchanger ruptured. 

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Williams has expanded the plant, and plans to resume operations by the end of the year.

Four of the violations relate to the fatal 2013 fire. They include the release of air pollution from a tower during the fire; air pollution released from a flare; release of pollution from a safety relief valve; and issues with a flare that was receiving a lot of material while the facility was trying to clear product out of equipment during the fire.

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