CHICAGO (CBS) — Rescue crews are on the scene of a possible chemical leak at a plant in far southwest suburban Elwood.
The incident occurred around 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday at Stepan Chemical Co., 22500 W Millsdale Road.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Nice Weather Continues
According to the Will County Emergency Management Agency, a relief valve opened up and a chemical called therminol was released in vapor form.
A total of 18 workers in the area were exposed and most used a decontamination shower to treat themselves. One person was taken to a hospital in Joliet.READ MORE: Officer Struck By Car While Directing Traffic In South Loop, 2 In Custody
Several ambulances and hazardous materials personnel were sent to the scene.
According to the company website, Stepan Company was founded in 1932 by Alfred C. Stepan Jr.MORE NEWS: Some Illinois Schools Gave More Failing Grades After COVID Began
Headquartered in Northfield, Stepan manufactures basic and intermediate chemicals for a variety of food and pharmaceutical products.