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News update: Names of 2 killed at La Porte chemical plant released

News update: Names of 2 killed at La Porte chemical plant released

LA PORTE, TX – The names of the two men killed in a chemical leak at LyondellBasell on July 27 have been released by authorities, reports the Associated Press.

Dustin Day, 36, and Shawn Kuhleman, 32, were killed in the industrial accident which released 100,000 pounds of a mixture containing high levels of acetic acid into the atmosphere. Acetic acid is toxic when inhaled and can burn skin.

In addition to the deaths of the 2 men, 30 other workers were hospitalized. As of Thursday, 2 people still remained in the hospital.

Though the exact cause of the leak is not yet known, preliminary investigations indicate it may have been caused by a cap that had burst on a pressurized line of acetic acid.

Multiple agencies, including OSHA, the EPA, the Chemical Safety Board, and HCSO, are investigating the incident.

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