Chemical leak in Baton Rouge goes undetected by facility monitoring system

Officials at the Honeywell chemical plant in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, are investigating the cause of a leak at their facility, The Republic reports.

Company spokesman Peter Dalpe reports hydrofluoric acid began leaking at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, May 14, 2012, but the solution was quickly contained and did not seep outside of the facility, according to the news source.

Alarmingly, the plant’s unique monitoring system did not detect any leaks in the area, which may have initially delayed cleanup efforts.

Hydrofluoric acid is a hazardous chemical solution used to make octane for gasoline and certain refrigerants for air conditioning units. Fortunately, no one was injured in the spill.

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