What’s the Problem?
Louisiana State Police are investigating a chlorine leak at the BioLab plant in Lake Charles, Louisiana, which manufactures pool chlorine and cleaning products, according to the Associated Press.
Chlorine is a toxic chemical which can be deadly if inhaled, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The gas can be recognized by its pungent, irritating odor, which smells like bleach. Exposure to chlorine may cause burning pain, blurred vision, and difficulty breathing, CDC said.
The fire occurred as Interstate 10 was already closed from the Texas state line to the Atchafalaya Basin in south central Louisiana due to Hurricane Laura’s impact on the region. The BioLab facility surrounds dozens of chemical manufacturers and oil refineries.
A shelter-in-place order was issued by the local emergency management authority there. Residents of local communities were instructed to close their doors and windows, turn off air conditioning and stay inside.
BioLab’s corporate parent said the facility had been shut down and evacuated ahead of the storm, and that no employees were injured. A police spokesperson said hurricane winds of over 100 mph appeared to be a factor, although the cause remains under investigation.
“In general, these facilities have a long history of not preparing,” said Anne Rolfes, founder of The Bucket Brigades environmental group. “They cry ‘act of God’ but it’s failure to prepare time and again.”
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