3 workers injured at ExxonMobil plant in Baton Rouge, 2 hospitalized

3 workers injured at ExxonMobil plant in Baton Rouge, 2 hospitalized

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Officials said three workers were injured at a Baton Rouge chemical plant Monday morning, sending two of them to the hospital for treatment.

A spokeswoman for the ExxonMobil Baton Rouge Chemical Plant said three contract workers were treated at the scene, but then two of them were taken to the hospital for further evaluation.

"We regret that this incident has occurred, and our thoughts are with the individuals injured," ExxonMobil Chemical Plant Manager Dave Luecke said in a written release. "Our priority is always the safety of our workforce and community."

Officials added there was no offsite impact.

Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality spokesman Greg Langley says the agency wasn't immediately sure what caused the sulfuric acid release at the Baton Rouge plant.

Langley says the acid released was a small amount, which was contained onsite. He expects any investigation to be performed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

The Associated Press reports Exxon is anticipated to file a letter with the state within the week to explain how the sulfuric acid was released.

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