RACHEL'S HAZARDOUS WASTE NEWS #25
---May 18, 1987---
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SOLVENT SPILL KILLS ONE, HARMS FOUR; ONE THOUSAND EVACUATED.
A spill of solvents at a warehouse in Utah April 14 killed the plant manager, injured four emergency
response personnel, and caused the evacuation of about 1000 people in a neighboring industrial park.
About 900 gallons of trichloroethylene (TCE) and 300 gallons of xylene spilled from a storage tank in a
warehouse when a ladder slipped and broke off a 3/4" valve; the plant manager was overcome by fumes and
never recovered. The warehouse is owned by the Hodson Chemical Construction Corp. of North Salt Lake
--Peter Montague, Ph.D.
Descriptor terms: ut; spills; tce; death; solvents; xylene; storage tank; hodson chemical construction;