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Energy & Environment

Investigators: La Porte Workers Died In Building With Broken Vent Fans

Accidents at facilities that handle dangerous chemicals in Texas were at the center of a hearing in Washington. The team sent to investigate the toxic gas leak at the DuPont plant gave testimony today.


Federal investigators are revealing the latest on their investigation into the four deaths at a DuPont pesticides plant in La-Porte last month.

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board says that there were problems with the system that handled a toxic chemical, methyl mercaptan.

Investigators said chemical fumes flowed into a building that had ventilation fans that were not operating.

The safety board said workers were not wearing air respirators as they tried to fix the malfunctioning equipment.