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Records Show, DuPont workers had been exposed to potentially lethal chemical for years

Jan 12th, 2015

By Lise Olsen

DuPont reported regular malfunctions with a multimillion-dollar exhaust and ventilation system inside its La Porte pesticide plant that exposed workers to potentially dangerous fumes for years before a catastrophic release killed four there on Nov. 15, public records obtained by the Houston Chronicle reveal.

The rate of methyl mercaptan released on the day of the accident - 23,000 pounds in a single morning - was far above anything DuPont predicted for routine maintenance activities.

But it appears that no one ever alerted officials with the Occupational Health and Safety Administration about smaller but still significant levels of the toxic gas that DuPont reported releasing during troubleshooting activities for the last six years, according to reports filed with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

Those amounts indicate workers involved in maintenance at the pesticide plant since 2008 could have been exposed to levels of methyl mercaptan far above those that OSHA has deemed unsafe, based on information about the plant, procedures and DuPont's own disclosures.

Sam Mannan, director of Texas A&M University's Mary Kay O'Connor Process Safety Center, said a regular exchange of information about toxic releases could have saved lives.

"These maintenance emissions that you're pointing to … if we looked at them earlier, we might have been able to find the problem and fix the problem before four had to die," he said.

TCEQ has cited DuPont for dozens of emissions violations at the La Porte plant, records show. Terry Clawson, a spokesman for TCEQ, said if agency officials identify "a potential concern that is beyond our jurisdiction, we contact the appropriate local, state or federal agency, such as OSHA."

But there's no record that TCEQ or anyone else filed a complaint that prompted an OSHA inspection. Prior to the deaths, OSHA had not inspected DuPont's plant since 2007, records show. Both agencies are investigating the deaths, along with the Environmental Protection Agency and the Chemical Safety Board.

DuPont refused comment on its workers' potential exposure to methyl mercaptan during maintenance activities prior to the deaths.

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4 New Lawsuits Filed Over the Waco Biker Shooting

May 8, 2017, 11:56 pm

What does Patch Adams have to do with the Waco Biker shooting?

A lot.  The overzealous Waco Police Department clearly stumbled and bumbled through the debacle of the Waco motorcycle tragedy of May 2015 at the Twin Peaks restaurant in what is likely the worst police operation initiated by law enforcement in the history of Texas, including the fiasco of the Branch Davidian storming that killed dozens of innocent women and children outside of Waco over 20 years ago (which resulted in far more civilian casualties than the recent gas attacks by Assad of Syria).  James Harris, a college student in Austin and a devout motorcycle rider, was one of the 200 motorcycle club members from the region taking a relaxing ride to Waco on the morning of Sunday, May 17, 2015, to hear what was going on legislatively in the motorcycling community through a briefing sponsored by the Texas Confederation of Clubs and Independents.


Father of Worker Killed at PCA Plant Explosion Files Multimillion Dollar Suit.

May 2, 2017, 10:02 am

The father of one of the three workers killed in a packaging facility explosion two months ago has now filed suit in Houston.  He explains his feelings and relationship with his son, facts known about the incident to date, and what he hopes to achieve with the lawsuit.  His attorney, Brent Coon of Houston, elaborates on the incident and expresses concern for the possible closing of the CSB, which is charged with investigating fatal chemical explosions across America, something that could significantly change industrial facility operations and increase safety and health risk factors. More details are below, and the office can be contacted for further information on this breaking story


Houston Police Department caught red-handed illegally engaging in a home invasion and covering it up by destroying security system: Damages Suit filed by Law Firm for Homeowner

March 3, 2017, 9:34 am

In one of the most egregious examples of police excess and violation of law perpetrated by HPD in recent times, two separate security systems from two different homeowners caught an HPD police officer and another uniformed officer illegally break into a Harris County home, destroy their surveillance system, illegally search the home with no one there, illegally go through their mail, and leave the home with the door open before the homeowners arrived back to their residence.


Jury Awards War Hero Over 1 Million Dollars

November 9, 2016, 3:22 pm

Today a jury verdict was returned regarding a lawsuit filed against Woven Metal Products, Inc. on behalf of Jacob Matthew Cadriel, who was killed on the job by a co-worker, Steven Damien Young.  This tragic incident took place on April 1, 2015. On that date and on Woven Metal Products, Inc.’s workplace premises, co-worker Steven Damien Young reached into his waistband, pulled out a 38-caliber handgun and shot and killed Jacob.  Young was arrested and charged with murder, and is now serving a 45 year sentence.


Deepwater Horizon Film Puts Spotlight on Disaster

October 3, 2016, 5:11 pm

The motion picture depicting the 2010 Gulf oil spill hits theaters nationwide this weekend.  So what, if anything, has changed since the Deepwater Horizon blast killed 11 oil rig workers?

Attorney Brent Coon represented one of the workers who escaped the rig; he hopes the film brings more attention to what really happened and how little regulation there is in the drilling industry still today.


Used cars with recalls being sold with 'no open recalls'

August 17, 2016, 8:49 am

Buying a used car instead of a new one almost always makes good economic sense, unless you end up in Ann Nogast's old 2011 Honda Pilot.

"Because it's going to be some innocent family that ends up the next possible fatality," Nogast said.


Seven injured in Explosion

August 14, 2016, 11:23 pm

Seven people were injured, including four critically, in an explosion at a Texas crude-oil plant, authorities said.


A Flood of Oil Spill Lawsuits Expected Against BP this Month

May 9, 2016, 9:02 am

Despite the $20 billion settlement BP PLC struck with the U.S. Department of Justice over the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, tens of thousands of lawsuits could hit the courts this month, adding to the oil company’s ballooning costs.


STATEMENT TO THE TAXPAYERS OF JEFFERSON COUNTY AND THE MEDIA

May 2, 2016, 6:22 pm

Those who have followed the Jefferson County Appraisal District (JCAD) case and story for the last year should be already aware that we have spent the duration of that period attempting to collect information and data on what we believed was an unfair rescheduling of  1.5 level homes.


Wall Street Journal: BP Results Still Hurt by Gulf of Mexico Spill

April 27, 2016, 8:57 am

Six years after a deadly blowout sent a slick of oil floating along the Gulf Coast for months, BP PLC disclosed almost $1 billion in fresh charges that bring its total bill from the disaster to more than $56 billion and counting.



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