Boise's uncoated freesheet paper mill in Jackson, Alabama, closed briefly by chlorine leak on Nov. 11; workers were sickened but no injuries were reported

LOS ANGELES , November 13, 2012 () –

A chlorine leak at Boise Inc.’s uncoated freesheet paper mill in Jackson, Alabama, caused operations to come to a halt for a few hours while police investigated and crews worked to fix the problem, reported WKRG-TV News on Nov. 11.

Workers were evacuated from the mill as a precaution and had to wait outside from Sunday afternoon until just before dark, when police allowed them to re-enter. Although there were no injuries, several people indicated being sickened by the strong odor.

Jackson police blocked off entry to the mill and were prepared to evacuate the area around the mill, where several homes are located; however, the emergency reverse 911 system was not activated, WKRG-TV News reported.

Boise Inc., which is headquartered in Boise, Idaho, is the third-largest North American manufacturer of uncoated freesheet paper, with a focus on office papers, according to the company’s website.

The primary source of this article is WKRG-TV News, Mobile, Alabama, on Nov. 11, 2012.


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