Three hospitalised after Canada chemical leak
23 March 2015
A leak of titanium tetrachloride from the Kronos chemical plant in the Montreal suburb of Varennes, led to a number of homes and industrial premises being evacuated on March 21. According to CBC News, three workers at a nearby factory were taken to hospital for treatment and two others were affected but not hospitalised.
On March 22, Varennes fire Chief Alain Pharland said employees inside the plant had diverted the contents of a leaking reservoir to another container. Authorities said the leak was caused by a break in equipment.
Kronos produces pigments and chemicals at the Quebec plant. Titanium tetrachloride is used to make titanium dioxide, a main ingredient in paint.
Titanium tetrachloride, when mixed with water, turns into hydrochloric acid. When the leaking chemical reacted with snow, it caused an acrid white cloud to form over the plant and surrounding area.