Union Carbide Chemicals and Plastics.
Union Carbide Chemicals and Plastics of Seadrift, TX, has agreed to
pay a $1.5 million penalty and to ensure a series of workplace safety
procedures at its ethylene oxide production facilities in Texas. The
agreement is in relation to a fire and explosion at the Texas site in
March, 1991. The two main elements Union Carbide has agreed to cover are
process controls for ethylene oxide production including redundant
temperature controls, calibration programs and safety checklists; and
modification of the process so that liquid levels in the oxide recovery
still reboiler are monitored and kept at safe levels.