BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – The Baton Rouge Fire Department Hazmat Team is at the scene of a Hazmat situation.
At this time, BRFD reports there is “no outside impact at this time.”
The BRFD Hazmat Team is going to continue to monitor the situation and more information will be shared as it becomes available.
Eco Services released this statement:
Technicians at Eco Services’ Baton Rouge plant are investigating the cause of an incident which occurred earlier today.
The incident occurred at approximately 10:30 a.m. today, when a pipeline ruptured resulting in a small vapor release of nitroethane. Workers were clearing the line at the time of the incident. The release was brought under control by 11:30 a.m.
A second release occurred at 1 p.m., when another pipeline ruptured containing residual Nitroethane. On-site emergency responders suppressed the vapors and brought it under control around 2:30 p.m. An on-site shelter-in-place is still in place for employees out of an abundance of caution. All employees are safe and accounted for.
No injuries have been reported. Air monitoring is taking place at the facility’s fence line by On-site emergency responders and Baton Rouge Fire Department Hazmat team and no readings of vapors have been recorded. There is no offsite impact.
Plant personnel are presently assessing the damage and determining the cause of the incidents.
Eco Services’ Baton Rouge plant, at 1301 Airline Highway, produces and regenerates sulfuric acid used in refining and many other industrial applications.