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Monday, November 17, 2014

FMC's Rochester Road plant has mostly resumed normal operations as of this
morning. The plant shut down Friday after smoke was seen coming from a vent
MIDDLEPORT — The FMC plant on Rochester Road mostly resumed normal plant operations this morning, following an incident Friday that temporarily caused the plant to stop for an investigation.

At approximately 10 a.m. Friday, the facility noticed smoke coming from a vent associated with its Building 70 process,  where blending and packaging of products occur.  Operators immediately shut down the process and followed safety procedures by calling for outside emergency response.  Facility suppression systems activated and the incident was under control in just a few minutes.

Through the weekend the facility temporarily ceased operations as officials investigated the incident. The  root-cause investigation continues to understand the cause of the incident and plant officials are uncertain how much time the investigation will take. They say they are committed to being thorough and stress the importance of learning exactly what happened, its cause and to use this knowledge for prevention.

As of this morning, the facility has resumed normal operations, except for Building 70, where equipment is being inspected and assessed.

On Friday, the plant notified the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation of the incident "in an abundance of caution while we investigate," according to a plant-issued press release. "Also, FMC immediately notified the Royalton Hartland School nearby of the situation as a precautionary measure."

"We remain committed to safe operations and regret any concern this incident may have caused to our neighbors and employees and their families," the statement said.

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