Minor release of chlorine from Axiall railcar reported

By By Frank DiCesare / American Press

A minor release of chlorine from an Axiall railcar was reported along Pete Manena Road in Westlake Wednesday morning. No injuries were reported.

Sgt. James Anderson, state police Troop D spokesman, said the leak occurred in a railcar’s valve shortly before 6 a.m.

Axiall’s emergency response team capped the leak within 30 minutes. The leak caused no offsite impact.

The state police’s emergency services unit responded and closed Pete Manena Road while the leak was capped.

Dick Gremillion, director of the Calcasieu Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, said Axiall officials reported the incident to his office at 5:58 a.m.

Gremillion said the railcar was located on the north side of Pete Manena Road.

“The wind was blowing from the northwest so it would’ve been blowing towards the Axiall facility,” he said. “It wasn’t a big leak. It’s not unusual after cars are loaded to have a small leak in the loading hatch.”

He added that because the incident only impacted the Axiall facility there was no need for an evacuation.

In a statement to the American Press, Plant Manager Jon Manns said the repaired railcar has been moved into the plant.

“We will, of course, be investigating the cause and will provide additional information as appropriate,” his statement read. Nobody was hurt and I want to thank everyone who responded to this situation. “