CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY - Almost two dozen citations have been issued within the past year at a north Charlotte chemical plant where there was a fire early Wednesday morning.
There was an active chemical leak when firefighters arrived at The Dow Chemical Company on Orr Road forcing evacuations of plant workers.
The cause of the fire was a thermal reaction inside a drum that contained the chemical divinylbenzene, according to the Charlotte Fire Department. Firefighters say the drum over pressurized and caught fire. The fire has been ruled an accident.
No one was hurt and there was no environmental damage, according to officials. But some workers at neighboring businesses were concerned that they didn't get notified about the fire.
“Obviously they do produce a lot of dangerous chemicals so of course, it is, the first importance is to inform everyone,” Abi Kasthurirangan said.
In February 2017, The Dow Chemical Company on Orr Road was issued 23 citations, classified as "serious" and a fine of $38,850, according to the North Carolina Department of Labor. The citations were related to the company's plan for how chemicals are handled, stored and managed, based on a random inspection of the plant in September 2016 by the Department of Labor.
Dow Chemical has contested the findings, according to the Department of Labor, which says the outcome of that has not yet been resolved.
You can check for citations for a specific address on North Carolina's Department of Labor website.
If you want to know specifically which chemicals are used at a plant you can contact the fire department and set up a meeting about a specific location. You won't find it online due to security reasons.
Fox 46 Charlotte reached out to The Dow Chemical Company public relations division for comment Wednesday, but we did not hear back.
To learn more about the citations, click here.
For information on what chemicals plants in your area are storing, visit: https://echo.epa.gov/detailed-facility-report?fid=110000349418