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|The Lubrizol Corporation Media Statement – Incident at Rouen Facility|
At approximately 8 a.m. local time on Monday, January 21, we detected instability with a batch of one of our products at our plant in Rouen, France. The resulting unpleasant smell is caused by mercaptan, which is a non-toxic compound at the quantities involved. This is the same substance commonly used to give natural gas a detectable smell. Neutralizing the mercaptan smell is a slow process, and the unpleasant smell can linger until the process is complete.
We are fully aware that the smell has been detected beyond our property, and we are deeply sorry for any inconvenience. Plant operations have been temporarily suspended, and our teams continue to work in close cooperation with local authorities to stop the smell as quickly as possible.
Protecting our employees, communities in which we operate, the environment and customers is fundamental to our business. We are investigating the incident, working with local authorities to determine an exact cause and identify any needed corrective actions.