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Chalmette Refinery Accident

Chalmette Refinery Accident Injury Lawsuits

Chalmette Refinery Accident | Power Outage, Catalyst Powder Release, Material | Injury, Respiratory Problems, Eye Irritation, Property Damage

Was your health or property damaged as a result of the September 2010 Chalmette Refining power outage and catalyst powder release? The Chalmette Refining power outage in Louisiana's St. Bernard Parish released at least 2,000 lbs of spent catalyst powder over much of Chalmette, Arabi and New Orleans' Lower Ninth Ward. At this time, health officials are still trying to determine what hazards the spent catalyst powder might pose.

Our Chalmette Refining powder release lawyers are currently investigating this incident. If your property was damaged as a result of the catalyst powder release, or you or a loved one are suffering from health problems you believe could be the result of the Chalmette Refining catalyst powder release, we want to hear from you today.

Our firm is offering a free lawsuit consultation to all victims of the September 6, 2010 Chalmette Refining powder release. If you and your family were impacted by this incident, we urge you to contact our Chalmette Refining powder release lawyers today.

Chalmette Refining Catalyst Powder Release

The Chalmette Refining powder release occurred around 2:00 a.m. local time on September 6, 2010. At the time, the company said an "undetermined amount" of catalyst powder - a material used in the refining process - was released. It has since been determined that at least 2,000 pounds of the powder had been released over surrounding communities as a result of the outage.

Later that morning, people in parts of Chalmette, Arabi and the Lower Ninth Ward woke up to find their neighborhoods were covered in the fine, white powder. Chalmette Refining officials maintained that the powder wasn't hazardous, and said residents could safely wash it from cars, buildings and other surfaces. According to those officials, Chalmette Refining employees handle the catalyst dust without the use of protective equipment.

However, the material safety data sheet for the substance obtained by one local TV station clearly states that catalyst can be an irritant to the eyes and skin if inhaled or ingested. The data sheet cautions people to wear rubber gloves when handling the powder, and to decontaminate clothes and shoes, or even dispose of them all together.

According to several media reports, some residents in affected towns are already complaining of respiratory problems and eye irritation. They report that the powder is being tracked into homes, and has gotten into air conditioning units. Some residents who tried to wash their cars said that the substance won't come off, even after repeated washings.

Legal Help for Victims of the Chalmette Refining Catalyst Powder Release

It could be months or even longer before the full health consequences of the Chalmette powder release are known. However, our Chalmette Refining powder release lawyers believe it is likely that the substance involved in the September 6 incident is harmful to both people and property. Our firm is taking action right now to ensure that victims of this incident receive compensation for medical monitoring, medical bills, lost wages, and property damage.

If you and your family were impacted by the Chalmette Refining powder release, you have valuable legal rights. We urge you to fill out our online form, or call 1-800-YOURLAWYER (1-800-968-7529) to discuss your case with one of our Chalmette Refining powder release lawyers as soon as possible.



 

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Chalmette Refinery Worker Dies While Working to Repair Gas Leak

Oct 8, 2010 | Parker Waichman LLP
A contractor at the Chalmette Refining LLC facility in St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana died yesterday while attempting to fix a hydrogen sulfide gas leak there. Chalmette Refining, which is partly owned by Exxon Mobile, is the same refinery that released 19 tons of spent catalyst powder during a power outage on Labor Day. According to a report on Bloomberg News, the hydrogen sulfide leak began on October 4. Exxon Mobile Corp. is cutting its production rates at Chalmette Refining while it works...

Chalmette Refinery Accident Poses Danger to Those Already Ill

Sep 21, 2010 | Parker Waichman LLP
An LSU doctor says the chemicals released on Labor Day from the Chalmette Refining facility in Louisiana could pose a problem for people with pre-existing health problems. Dr. James Diaz, of the LSU Health Sciences Center’s School of Public Health, recently told WWLTV that that some of the chemicals released were the same toxins that have been found in defective Chinese drywall. The Chalmette Refining release blanketed parts of Chalmette, Arabi and New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward,...

Chalmette Refining Accident Released Potentially Toxic Chemicals

Sep 16, 2010 | Parker Waichman LLP
Are Potentially Toxic Chemicals Release To The Air? What exactly was released from the Chalmette Refining facility in St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana as a result of a power outage on Labor Day? We’re now learning that some potentially toxic chemicals, in addition to spent catalyst powder, were released into the air from Chalmette refining that day. The Chalmette Refining release blanketed parts of Chalmette, Arabi and New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward, including cars and homes, in...

Lawsuit Filed Over Chalmette Refining Accident

Sep 10, 2010 | Parker Waichman LLP
A lawsuit has been filed on behalf of victims of the Chalmette Refining powder release that occurred on Monday in Louisiana. The suit, which was filed in federal court in New Orleans, seeks class action status. At least 2,000 lbs of the powder, a byproduct of refining operations, was released on Monday as a result of a power outage that occurred around 2:00 a.m. local time. The powder release blanketed parts of Chalmette, Arabi and New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward. Officials from both the...

Reassurances Over Chalmette Refining Powder Release Challenged

Sep 8, 2010 | Parker Waichman LLP
Environmentalist Group Claims Hazards Of Incident Downplayed As the investigation into the Chalmette Refining catalyst powder release begins, one environmental group is claiming that the hazards of the incident are being downplayed. The Louisiana Bucket Brigade said people never should have been allowed to touch the white powder that blanketed Chalmette, Arabi and New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward on Labor Day. At least 2,000 lbs of the powder, a byproduct of refining operations, was...

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