3 sickened by chemical leak

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HOUSTON - A shelter-in-place was ordered at a southeast Harris County chemical plant because of a chemical leak at a nearby facility on Friday.

LynondellBasell officials said employees at the Bayport Polymers Plant in the 12000 Bay Area Boulevard were told to shelter in place as a precaution.

According to AkzoNobel plant officials, there was a release of pivaloyl chloride to the chemical sewer at it's facility in the 12900 block of Baypark about 6:45 a.m. That resulted in the decomposition of the product and three people were exposed to the chemical. They were all taken to a hospital as a precaution.

AkzoNobel ordered a shelter-in-place at its facility, but it was lifted about 8 a.m. The shelter-in-place at LyondellBasell remained active at 11:30 a.m.

Officials said there was not a shelter-in-place for any residents or other businesses in the area.

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