After a chemical leak at Hydrite Chemical Co.’s Terre Haute, IN, facility, Aug. 15, the company decided to work with its neighbors and stop production when nearby car races are going on.
Production will cease from the piece of equipment that leaked from noon to midnight on race days of the Terre Haute Quarter Midget Association races.
Last weekend, sulfur dioxide gas leaked from the plant and the weather conditions allowed for the gas to float over the race track where at least 200 people were racing or watching the event.
The incident sent 20 people to the hospital.
Exposure to sulfur dioxide can cause “an array of adverse respiratory effects including bronchoconstriction and increased asthma symptoms,” according to the Environmental Protection Agency.