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State issues compliance orders against Geismar plant

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BATON ROUGE, La. (KNOE 8 News/AP) - The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality has issued two new compliance orders against Williams Olefins over air and potential water releases stemming from a June 13 fire and explosion at its Ascension Parish facility in Geismar.

The new compliance order dealing with air quality cites the Tulsa, Okla.-based company for at least 39 air permit or reporting violations starting in 2007 and extending to the day after the June blast.

U.S. Chemical Safety Board officials testified to Congress last week the explosion sent a fireball high in the air seconds after a 200-foot-high vapor cloud was emitted from the facility. Two men were fatally burned and 114 people were injured.

Keith Isbell, Williams spokesman, said the company is in the early stages of reviewing the order.

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