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Chemical Leak Forces Evacuation of Rayonier Employees

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All employees at the Rayonier, Incorporated plant in Jesup, GA were evacuated from the facility recently after a sulfur dioxide (So2) leak was detected.

A chemical leak at Rayonier, Incorporated forced the evacuation of hundreds of its employees.

It happened at the plant just outside of Jesup, GA Friday night.

According to Wayne County EMA Director, Keith Wright, several hundred employees were removed from the plant around 8:30.

Wright said he was told by plant officials the leak of sulfur dioxide or So2 was considered small in nature.

Employees were cleared to return to work after about 3 hours.

Wright says according to plant officials, the local community was not in any danger. No one was injured.

Points to consider:

Be aware sulfur dioxide (UN 1079) reacts with chlorates to form chlorine, which may become explosive at elevated temperatures. It forms sulfuric acid solutions with water, and is corrosive and irritating to the skin causing acid-like burns. For general operating procedures refer o the Emergency Response Guidebook, guide # 125.



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