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Apr 7, 2014 5:32 PM by AP (PHOTO COURTESY: KPLC)

State investigating 2012 fire at Westlake plant

WESTLAKE, La. (AP) - Louisiana's Department of Environmental Quality is investigating a 2012 fire at the Axiall Corp. chemical plant in Westlake.

In an email to the American Press department spokesman Greg Langley said the department has begun an investigation and has not decided whether to impose penalties.

Axiall officials have said the blaze started when a pipe failed in one of the plant's PHH units, releasing gases.

The fire was out within 30 minutes. One worker was sent to a hospital for observation.

In the company's final report to the state, Axiall says investigators recommend replacing the line with a corrosion-resistant alloy and regularly checking its thickness.

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