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Dow Chemical Plant, Pittsburg, California

The Dow Chemical Plant was built in 1939 in Pittsburg, California as the first Dow Chemical Company plant outside of Michigan. This plant operates 24 hours per day every day of the week creating agricultural products like fertilizer as well as paper products, pesticides, latex, carpet and flooring, and personal care items.

Recent Accidents

The Dow Chemical Plant utilizes a variety of dangerous chemicals to produce the aforementioned products. Chemicals regulated by the California Accidental Release Prevention Program (CalARP) include:

  • Anhydrous ammonia
  • Aqueous ammonia
  • Chlorine
  • Hydrogen chloride
  • Hydrogen fluoride
  • Sulfur dioxide

In the past several years, CalARP has recorded two accidents at the Dow Chemical Plant. In April 2005, a line opened and released about a pound of chlorine vapors, injuring two workers. In June of 2005, a loosely bolted flange allowed 186 pounds of chlorine to escape, requiring three people to seek medical treatment.

Asbestos in Chemical Plants

The U.S. government did not largely ban asbestos until the 1980s, so buildings constructed before this time typically contain asbestos. This is especially true with chemical plants because asbestos insulates against heat, flame, electricity, and chemicals. This material was added to vinyl flooring, concrete, and wall insulation, among other things.

Whenever a chemical plant has an accident or spill, it can release asbestos fibers into the air as well as chemicals. This puts plant workers and nearby communities at risk for asbestos exposure, which can cause mesothelioma, asbestosis, lung cancer, and other health issues.

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If you have worked or lived near a chemical plant, you should talk to your doctor about asbestos-related health problems and early cancer detection methods. For more information regarding asbestos and mesothelioma, please fill out the contact form located at the top of the page, and please contact the asbestos attorneys of Williams Hart today.

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