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Lewcott Phenol Release

Lewcott Phenol Release, 86 Providence Street, Millbury, MA

In September 2011, a worker was sprayed with a 98 percent mixture of phenol when he removed the thermocouple on the steel tank during routine maintenance of a 12,000 gallon phenol tank. The pH of phenol was about 5-6. Lewcott quickly initiated an on-site gross decontamination of the individual and the co-worker who came to his rescue. They subsequently were transported to the local hospital, and four others also were taken there with possible inhalation exposure. Lewcott Co. took full responsibility for the incident.

Some 3,000 gallons of phenol was released to secondary containment (concrete berms) at Lewcott Corporation. The leak in the phenol tank was stopped successfully with an inflatable plug; however, a minimum amount of product splashed over the dike initially due to the head pressure in the steel tank. Lewcott's contractor used a vacuum truck to suction the liquid from the secondary containment into drums. The drums then were staged at the scene pending disposal. Several thousand gallons of phenol remain in the tank below the release point.

Location: 86 Providence Street, Millbury, MA
EPA Mobilization Date*: 09/06/2011
EPA Demobilization Date*: 09/06/2011
Contact: Claudia Deane (deane.claudia@epa.gov)

*The information contained on this website is merely informational; any dates found on the website cannot be relied upon to create any rights, substantive or procedural, enforceable by any party in litigation with the United States. EPA reserves the right to change such dates at any time without public notice.

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