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Sulfuric acid leak sickens 70 in California

8:19 AM MST | November 20, 2013 | Rebecca Coons

Approximately 70 people in the Carson, CA area were sickened by a leak at a nearby sulfuric acid regeneration plant operated by Solvay, according to Reuters (New York) reports. Thirteen were treated at local hospitals and released. Local authorities say a scrubber machine at the facility malfunctioned. The facility is one of 8 Eco Services production units included in Solvay's 2011 acquisition of Rhodia. The technology collects spent sulfuric acid from refiners who use it as a catalyst in the production of alkylate, a key component for producing...

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