Chemours Leak Explained

An accidental release of chemicals at Chemours prompted employees to shelter in place and nonessential personnel were advised not to report. Company officials say there were no injuries that occurred due to the leak of hydrochlorofluorocarbons and chlorofluorcarbons – highly toxic compounds according to the National Institute of Health.

Hydrochlorofluorocarbons are used in refrigerants, aerosol propellants, solvents, cleaners, fire control systems and limited medical applications, according to the NIH. Chlorofluorocarbons are more commonly known by the DuPont brand name Freon and are widely used in refrigerants and solvents. Officials say the total release of the gases was less than four pounds.

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About Callie Lyons

RCNN Publisher and Editor Callie Lyons is an independent journalist and author living in the Mid Ohio Valley. Her first book, Stain-Resistant, Nonstick, Waterproof and Lethal: The Hidden Dangers of C8, is available at Amazon.com and in hundreds of libraries all over the world. Known as a "warrior for public health", Lyons' environmental investigations have been featured in documentaries, including Good Neighbors - Bad Blood and Toxic Soup, on Swedish National Television and in numbers of television, radio and print media interviews. Her work has appeared on Nova's Whiz Kids and in Mother Jones magazine. More recently, a national audience has come to know her award-winning investigative work through the Environmental Working Group and interviews with leading publications like the Huffington Post. According to Dr. Arlene Blum of UC Berkeley, Lyons' first book provided the inspiration for the Madrid Statement, which documents the scientific consensus regarding the persistence and potential for harm of poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances like PFOA and lays out a roadmap to gather needed information and prevent further harm. In 2006, Lyons received the Associated Press of Ohio Award for Best Business Writer. In 2007, Ohio Citizen Action presented Lyons with the Uncovering the Truth Award for her environmental journalism. In 2015, the Marietta 9-12 Project awarded Lyons the Freedom Pin for her commitment to democracy and free press.
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