LG Polymers staff ran away at time of leak: Panel report
The maintenance staff at LG Polymers plant in Visakhapatnam ran away for their safety when the styrene gas leaked from its storage tank on May 7 while people in the surrounding villages were not even alerted, a probe committee has found. The panel on Monday submitted its report dated May 28 to the National Green Tribunal that had constituted it. The leak left 12 people dead and caused hospitalisation of nearly 500 people.
The committee, which included retired high court judge justice B Seshaseyana Reddy, conducted the inquiry at the plant on May 11, 12 and 14.
The plant's director (operation) and production manager G Raju tried to explain that he and others tried to add para-tertiary butyl catechol to reduce the intensity of the leakage.