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CSB investigative team to examine fatal ammonia release near Columbia

HazMat responders at work: the US Chemical Safety Board (CSB) is sending a team to investigate the release of ammonia at Tanner Industries in South Carolina, which proved fatal to one victom
HazMat responders at work: CSB will investigate the fatal release of ammonia at Tanner Industries
HazMat incident has tragic consequences

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) is deploying an investigation team to the site of an anhydrous ammonia release that occurred earlier today at Tanner Industries, located south of Swansea, South Carolina, the agency announced.

According to media reports, a woman driving her car near the facility was overcome by the ammonia vapor and was fatally injured. Seven other individuals were taken to a local hospital for what were thought to be non-life threatening injuries.

Ammonia is a strong irritant that affects the respiratory system. It is a chemical used in a variety of industries, including the manufacture of fertilizers and in commercial refrigeration systems.

The CSB team will be headed by Investigation Supervisor Robert Hall, PE. Board Member William E. Wright will accompany the team and act as the chief spokesperson.

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