July 15, 2009 | Mark Paradies

US Chemical Safety Board Sends Investigation Team to Fatal Ammonia Release Near Columbia, SC

Press Release from the US CSB…

CSB Investigative Team to Examine Fatal Ammonia Release near Columbia, South Carolina

Washington, DC, July 15, 2009 – The U.S. Chemical Safety Board is deploying an investigation team to the site of an anhydrous ammonia release that occurred earlier today at Tanner Industries, located south of Swansea, South Carolina, the agency announced.

According to media reports a woman driving her car near the facility was overcome by the ammonia vapor and was fatally injured.   Seven other individuals were taken to a local hospital for what were thought to be non-life threatening injuries.

Ammonia is a strong irritant that affects the respiratory system. It is a chemical used in a variety of industries, including the manufacture of fertilizers and in commercial refrigeration systems.

The CSB team will be headed by Investigation Supervisor Robert Hall, PE. Board Member William E. Wright will accompany the team and act as the chief spokesperson.

For more information, contact Public Affairs Specialist Amy McCormick (on location) cell 202.640.8945.
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