Visakhapatnam gas leak: 12 including CEO, two Directors of LG Polymers arrested

July 7, 2020: Twelve people including the CEO, two directors and other staff of LG Polymers have been arrested by police in crackdown over the Vizag gas leak incident.

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Visakhapatnam gas leak

July 7, 2020: Twelve people including the CEO, two directors and other staff of LG Polymers have been arrested by police in crackdown over the Vizag gas leak incident.

As per reports, the arrested people include LG Polymers MD and Technical Director, both of whom are foreign nationals.

At least 14 people were killed after hazardous styrene gas leaked from LG Polymers plant in Andhra Pradesh's Visakhapatnam on May 7, 2020.

Earlier on Monday, a high-level committee was constituted by the Andhra Pradesh government for LG Polymers gas leak submitted its report saying it found multiple inadequacies at a South Korean company's plant. The 4,000 page report was submitted to Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy.

The committee established that an uncontrolled styrene vapour was released from the N6 tank of LG polymers on May 7.

The report further added, "The temperature in the tank rose substantially. The rise in the temperature caused the styrene liquid to eventually vaporise and increase the pressure; it was a tank with small vents."

It also found the poor design of the tank, inadequate refrigeration and faulty cooling system, absence of circulation and mixing systems, inadequate measures and parameters and poor safety protocol which led to the disaster causing loss of lives. 

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