Federal report details cause of chemical cloud in Kansas
January 5, 2018
ATCHISON, Kan. (AP) — Small key rings that were missing from chemical storage tanks and a lack of attention to proper procedures were primary reasons a chemical cloud spread over a city in northeast Kansas in 2016, according to a federal report.
The cloud caused more than 140 people to seek medical attention and others to either stay indoors or evacuate Atchison for several hours.
MGPI Processing used metal key rings to secure pipelines to chemical storage tanks at the plant. The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board found that an employee opened one line to take delivery of...