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The video that I chose was "Mixed Connection, Toxic Result". The title
caught my attention because it sounded very ominous. The incident in this
video occurred at the MGPI processing facility in Atchison, Kansas. This is a
facility that makes distilled spirits, wheat proteins, and starches. The
incident was caused by a delivery truck bringing routine shipment of
sulfuric acid ( H2SO4 ). The MGPI operator unlocked the sulfuric acid fill
line. The operator thought he pointed the line for sulfuric acid out to the
distributor, however, when the distributor went to fill the sulfuric acid line,
he filled the sodium hypochlorite ( NaOCl ) line because it also happened to
be unlocked. As a result, a green/yellow gas which happened to contain
chlorine gas, began to come from one of the tanks. the distributor was
unable to stop the flow of sulfuric acid because of the cloud of gas. The gas
found its way into the MGPI ventilation system affecting the workers.
11,000 citizens of Atchison and the MGPI employees had to evacuate. 140
people had to get medical attention. Some of those injuries required
Sulfuric acid (H2SO4) is a well known chemical. It is classified as a sulfur
oxoacid. It contains two oxo and two hydroxy groups covalently bonded to
a central sulfur atom. Sodium hypochlorite (NaOCl) also known as bleach, is
classified as an oxidizing agent.
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