Last Updated: 1/18/2023
A large fire broke out at a Carus Chemical Company plant in LaSalle, IL during the morning of Wednesday, January 11. This facility produces the following chemicals that are used for water and wastewater treatment: phosphate-based corrosion control chemicals (e.g., blended phosphates, dipotassium orthophosphate, sodium polyphosphate, zinc orthophosphate), potassium permanganate, and sodium permanganate.
U.S. EPA will continue to monitor this situation. This page will be updated as the situation develops.
1/17 Update: Carus has released a statement noting that additional details on potential impacts to its permanganate lines will be forthcoming and that it does not anticipate significant impacts to its production or deliveries of phosphate chemicals.
1/18 Update: Carus has informed its customers that it is declaring force majeure for its potassium permanganate and sodium permanganate products for approximately 90 days.
To learn more about Potential Impact on Water/Wastewater System Supply Chains and How to Prepare for Potential Supply Chain Disruptions, Read the full article here at EPA.gov