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Fire at Tosoh’s VCM Plant in Japan Kills One

2:09 AM MST | November 14, 2011 | Deepti Ramesh

Tosoh says that a fire broke out following an explosion at about 3.24 p.m. yesterday at the company’s No. 2 vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) plant at Nanyo in Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan. An employee has been killed as a result of the incident, Tosoh tells CW. The fire has now been extinguished, but the cause of the accident is not yet clear, the company says. The No. 2 VCM plant, which has a production capacity of 550,000 m.t./year, and the No. 3 VCM plant at the site have been temporarily shut. The company says it is yet to assess when the plants can be...

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