International Paper says power failure behind Pensacola, FL, mill explosion; caused gas to build up in digester

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International Paper says power failure behind Pensacola, FL, mill explosion; caused gas to build up in digester

April 05, 2017 - 15:01
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PENSACOLA, FL, April 5, 2017 (Pensacola News Journal ) -As International Paper's Cantonment mill resumed full operations this week, the company has released more details about the Jan. 22 explosion.

Spokeswoman Janice Holmes said Tuesday that the mill experienced a power failure the day before the explosion because of an electrical fault in the power distribution system. The power failure forced the mill out of operation, which caused gas to build up in an on-site pulp digester. That is what officials believe ultimately caused the explosion.

The company's preliminary findings released March 9 show that when the digester was out of operation for an extended period of time, the gases built up and created an "explosive atmosphere."

Pensacola News Journal - Officials say power failure behind IP mill explosion

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