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DuPont Won't Use Phosgene At W.Va. Plant

Plant Manager James O'Connor said told the decision isn't related to a phosgene leak in January 2010 that resulted in the death of a worker.

BELLE, W.Va. (AP) -- A DuPont official says the company isn't going to manufacture any phosgene-related products at its Belle plant this year.

Plant Manager James O'Connor told the Charleston Daily Mail that the decision isn't related to a phosgene leak in January 2010 that resulted in the death of a worker. He says business conditions have changed since the accident.

The Belle plant used phosgene to manufacture a product used to kill weeds on commercial farms. O'Connor says the company doesn't currently need that production from the Belle plant.

O'Connor says the Small Lots Manufacturing Unit will be idled but no jobs will be lost.

Phosgene is used to make plastics and pesticides, and can damage the respiratory system.

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