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Cleanup Ongoing At Dow Chemical Plant In Bristol

Bucks County officials said teams are working around-the-clock to ensure the safety of the site and community after a three-alarm fire caused two tanks to release chemicals in the air.

Officials said clean-up efforts at the Dow Chemical Plant in Bristol are ongoing after .

Odors from the two chemicals, Ethyl Acrylate and Butyl Acrylate, were released into the air following the incident, according to Bucks County officials. 

Dow Chemical officials said the material is contained, but as cleanup moves forward to completion odors may still be a factor in the region.

Deputy Director Juliet E. Kelchner -- Bucks County Commissioners' Office of Public Information -- said county officials said the vapors are currently at acceptable levels, and may continue until the clean-up is complete and the air has time to clear.

The offending odor is made more obvious in the evening hours, when the air cools or air direction changes, according to officials. 

County officials said teams are working around-the-clock to ensure the safety of the site and community.

Area residents are advised that while the chemicals have the potential to cause minor throat or eye irritation, headaches and nausea, these symptoms will continue to lessen as the air clears, and the smell dissipates. Continuing air monitoring is taking place.

The county said it will continue to provide updates as available.

Dow Chemical opened a community hotline to provide residents and others with updates on the cleanup efforts in Bristol. The number is 215-781-4600. 

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joey bashwinger May 21, 2012 at 03:24 PM
if the chemicals are not toxic then why do the firefighters have to be tested for cancer every 6 months now?
mariann mckamey May 21, 2012 at 07:54 PM
Who are these Bucks County officials that are saying the chemical vapors are at acceptable levels?!!!!!!!!!!!
Saliqa Khan May 22, 2012 at 04:44 AM
Mariann: Deputy Director Juliet E. Kelchner, with the Bucks County Commissioners' Office of Public Information released this information.
Rudolph S Caparros Jr December 11, 2012 at 11:20 PM
HazMat Experts and Firefighters petition Dow Chemical and Union Pacific for safe rail tank cars transporting gas chlorine. Secondary containment is a necessary improvement that must be implemented. See--PETITION C KIT for First Responders Comments.
Jim Gerard December 27, 2012 at 10:31 PM
TOXIC TRAIN SAFETY - A First Responders Petition caused The Chlorine Institute to conduct a five-month study comparing the safety of secondary containment to the chlorine “C”-Kit for chlorine tank cars. The study proved secondary containment to be, by far, the safest technology for containing and preventing releases of chlorine gas. To see secondary containment - search “CHLORTANKER.”
Rudolph S Caparros Jr January 14, 2013 at 09:31 PM
WARNING: FIRST RESPONDERS’ use of THE CHLORINE INSTITUTE “C” KIT may cause the catastrophic failure of a chlorine tank car, instantly creating a toxic gas plume with a distance of not less than seven miles. The first mile will have chlorine concentrations of 1,000 ppm, causing death after one or two breaths with no opportunity for escape. To learn more, see PETITION C KIT, click on “First Responder Warnings.”

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