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Worker injured after incident at FutureFuel Wednesday morning

A worker experienced chemical burns after a Wednesday morning incident at FutureFuel Chemical Company in Independence County.

The incident occurred around 7:20 a.m. when there was a release of oleum as a railcar was being unloaded, the company said in a statement.

The FutureFuel onsite emergency response team quickly responded in stopping the leak from the railcar and mitigated the impact to personnel, the local community, and the environment, the statement said.

The FutureFuel team member experienced chemical burns and was transported to the hospital while another team member was transported for observation of minor exposure symptoms, FutureFuel representatives reported.  

An investigation began immediately to determine the cause of the release.  Current plant operations have returned to normal, and the company now says the situation is under control.

Oleum is a dense, corrosive liquid consisting of concentrated sulfuric acid containing excess sulfur trioxide in solution.

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