CF Industries releases more information on incident at Donaldsonville facility

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

CF Industries this morning provided an update on the condition of those who were injured as a result of yesterday's incident at its Donaldsonville, La., nitrogen complex. Following the incident, four CF Indusries employees and three contract employees were sent to local hospitals for treatment. One CF employee remains hospitalized in stable condition. All others have been treated and released.

The event resulted in fatal injuries to Ronald "Rocky" Morris, Jr., a 34-year employee with the company.

"Our priority right now is the health and safety of our employees," said Lou Frey, Vice President and General Manager of the Donaldsonville Nitrogen Complex. "CF Industries has activated an Employee Assistance Program for our employees and their families to assist them in this difficult time."

The incident occurred at approximately 6 p.m. Friday evening in a section of the plant that had been shut down for maintenance activity. The incident involved the rupture of a nitrogen distribution header during the off-loading of nitrogen. There was no fire or chemical release nor was there any threat or hazard posed to the community.

CF Industries is investigating the cause of the incident and continues to cooperate with local and regulatory agencies throughout the process.

CF Industries manufactures ammonia and other nitrogen fertilizers at its Donaldsonville facility. The company is headquartered in Deerfield, Illinois.