The full-scale investigation into the July 27, 2021 acetic acid reactor release continues. In support of the investigations, we have established a security area and health and safety zone around the reactor. It will take some time before a conclusive determination is made regarding the cause of the incident. While we do not yet know what caused this event, we want to better understand the details surrounding it with the aim of preventing a similar incident from occurring.
With the approval of the appropriate regulatory agencies, we are restarting our polymers and olefins units. Both units are located in other parts of the La Porte site. When the olefins unit restarts, the potential exists for flaring to occur, which is a normal occurrence. As a reminder, a flare is a safety device used to safely burn off excess hydrocarbons, preventing them from directly entering the atmosphere. Individuals may notice a visible flame or a rumbling noise; both are normal in a flare situation.
We recognize this is a difficult time for our employees who continue to grieve the loss of their colleagues and are offering assistance where needed. Our workforce, and the communities where we operate, are our family, and they are our first priority.