Verso: Verso Androscoggin Mill in Jay, Maine, evacuated employees this morning
Verso said in a statement: "At approximately 9:30 a.m. today, the Verso Androscoggin Mill in Jay, Maine, evacuated employees working on its paper machines as a precautionary measure after an isolated internal release of chlorine dioxide gas was detected by sensors in the mill. There were no injuries to employees. Four contractors were transported to a local hospital as a precautionary measure. The release occurred as the result of a valve that was left open as the mill was making a normal transition from unbleached to bleached paper grades on the paper machines. The valve was immediately closed when the gas was detected, the air in mill was tested and determined to be clear, and employees returned to work."