Blue Grass Chemical Specialties is a leading Aqueous Inorganic Metal Salt Solutions manufacturer located in New Albany, Indiana. On Thursday August 3, 2023, at 3:00pm EDT, one of our reactors released NOx (oxides of nitrogen), a common by-product of the standard chemical process at Blue Grass, beyond the amount our scrubber system could handle, leaving a yellow plume that eventually made its way out of our plant.
Our team acted swiftly and effectively to contain and resolve the reaction issue, and we are grateful to report that there were no injuries to our employees and the plume was deemed not harmful by safety officials. We are complying with the standards of Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) and are conducting a thorough internal review to determine the cause of the incident. Blue Grass has voluntarily shut down all of the affected processes and will not operate them again until the root cause of the emission is found and internal processes are changed.
We want to assure the public that the safety of our employees, the surrounding community, and the environment is our top priority. We also understand the importance of transparency in situations like this and will continue to keep our stakeholders informed.
Thank you to our employees, the first responders and the community for their support.
Blue Grass Chemical Specialties, LLC
895 Industrial Boulevard
New Albany, IN 47150