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Small amount of ethylene oxide leaks at Bayer CropScience plant in Institute


INSTITUTE, West Virginia — A Kanawha County emergency official says a small amount of ethylene oxide leaked at Bayer CropScience's plant in Institute.

C.W. Sigman with Kanawha County Emergency Management tells media outlets that the leak was reported around 8 a.m. Thursday.

Sigman says the leak was contained to the plant and doesn't affect the public.

He says Bayer CropScience crews responded to the leak.

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration says ethylene oxide is primarily used in the production of ethylene glycol and other industrial chemicals. The chemical is flammable. Exposure could result in respiratory irritation and lung injury, headache, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, shortness of breath, and cyanosis.

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