On June 29, John O'Conner took over the DuPont Chemical Plant in La Porte, Texas. He is the 5th to take over in the past 6 years, following a string of DuPont accidents. The most recent accident was the December tank spill, and the most notable accident was the gas release that killed four last November at its Lannete Unit in La Porte.
In a public meeting this month, Randy Clements, a manager of DuPont's La Porte plant, addressed lapses in safety procedures that played a part in the deaths of four workers at the plant last November. The special meeting held within the La Porte Citizen's Advisory Council (CAC) was called to address further citations issued on DuPont by the Safety and Health Administration for persistent safety violations at the pesticide unit. The CAC, formed within the community to address industrial disasters, aims to increase communication between residents and industry leaders, but Clements would not field any oral questions or concerns at the meeting due to pending litigation. Attendees were instead encouraged to write their thoughts down.
It was reported on November 15, 2013 that a deadly disaster killing four workers and seriously injuring a fifth, occurred at the DuPont chemical plant in La Porte, Texas. The plant is approximately 25 miles from Houston.