19 plant workers sickened at Craig power plant

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Craig, Colo. (AP) - An official with the Tri-State Generation and Transmission Plant in Craig says the company is trying to figure out how 19 workers suffered burning eyes and nausea while working on a generating unit.

Company Spokesman Jim VanSomeren says no serious injuries were reported but seven workers were taken by an ambulance to a Craig hospital and another 12 sought treatment later. An initial report incorrectly put the number of sickened workers at 31.

VanSomeren says the company is looking into whether acetate from a welder's torch made the workers sick.

Six hundred workers have been performing maintenance and upgrades to the unit, which has been shut down since April 4.
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