Thursday, April 27, 2017
US Nitrogen Restarts Nitric Acid Plant
By Walter F. Roche Jr.
The on-again off-again US Nitrogen nitric acid plant is on-again after a blown gasket caused the emission of dangerous toxic gases.
A spokeswoman for the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation said today that the plant was restarted yesterday and a state inspector was on hand to witness the event.
Kim Schofinski, the spokeswoman, said US Nitrogen officials informed the state that a failed head gasket on an acid heater vent was the cause of last week's emission of nitric acid vapors.
The incident triggered a response from local emergency management officials and an orange haze was visible near the Midway ammonium nitrate facility.
No injuries were reported.
Schofinski said the state investigation of last week's incident is ongoing.