Date: Tue, 3 Jun 2003 09:28:09 -0400
Reply-To: Dennis C Hendershot <DHendershot**At_Symbol_Here**ROHMHAAS.COM>
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From: Dennis C Hendershot <DHendershot**At_Symbol_Here**ROHMHAAS.COM>
Subject: Re: safety and nomenclature

This can happen on a large scale as well. A 1999 explosion in an
agricultural chemical plant in Wuppertal-Elberfeld, Germany, was reported
to be caused by adding potassium hydroxide to a process instead of
potassium carbonate. Initial reports stated 91 people were injured and
damage was estimated to be hundreds of millions of Deutsche marks.


"Explosion Rocks Bayer's Wuppertal Plant." Chemical Week. (June 16, 1999),
"Bayer Says Chemicals Mix-Up Caused Blast." Chemical Week. (June 23,
1999), 8.

Dennis Hendershot
Rohm and Haas Company
Engineering Division
PO Box 584
Bristol, PA 19007

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