One Person Dead In Valero Plant Incident

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(Memphis) News Channel 3 has confirmed with the Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration that one person has died after a chemical exposure incident at the Memphis Valero Refinery.

Three other people, including two firefighters, were hurt.

The Memphis Fire Department said the incident involved the chemical Hydrogen Chloride.

At last report, one Valero employee (or contractor) was in stable condition. 

Two firefighters were exposed to the chemical while performing CPR on an employee, both firefighters are in non-critical condition.

According to the fire department, "Employee's were working on a pump sight glass when the sight glass ruptured."

Past Valero Incidents: 

Valero Statement: At approximately 9:20 a.m., the Valero Memphis Refinery experienced a failure of a small sight glass at the plant’s alkylation unit shattered, injuring one employee. Trained emergency responders from both the refinery and local fire department arrived to handle the incident. The injured employee has been transported to the hospital. There was no expected environmental impact to neighboring communities from this incident, and refinery operations have not been affected. There was no explosion and no fire at the plant. The refinery has notified appropriate regulatory agencies. The accident remains under investigation.

Bill Day

Executive Director of Media Relations