An explosion at Optima Chemical’s plant on the evening of 8 December killed one employee and injured three more. The incident was caused when a 1,200-gallon metal dryer became over-pressurised during a drying operation on a sanitisation compound based on chlorinated dry bleach and methanol.
Chemours has sold its methylamines business to Belle Chemical, an affiliate of Cornerstone Chemical. This has given a lifeline to the 57 workers at the site in Belle, West Virginia, and exemplified enduring interest in US-based chemical manufacture. Financial details were not disclosed.