NEW DELHI: The Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) on Thursday said the Visakhapatnam gas leak seemed to be a case where the company management, in its haste to restart the plant, ignored the protocol of carrying out maintenance work before resuming operations.
“This, combined with the lack of proper storage of gas – not maintained at the temperature required – and faulty fixtures could have resulted in the accident,” the think-tank said while adding that it could just be the tip of the iceberg. The incident saw leak of styrene gas – an organic compound used in the manufacture of polymers/plastic. It is classified as a “hazardous and toxic chemical“.


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