May 2008

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HP Water Management: Could your process cooling tower close your plant?

LORAINE A. HUCHLER, Contributing Editor    Comments? Write: editorial@HydrocarbonProcessing.com If legionella bacteria were present in the..

Huchler, L. A., MarTech Systems, Inc.

LORAINE A. HUCHLER, Contributing Editor    Comments? Write: editorial@HydrocarbonProcessing.com If legionella bacteria were present in the cooling water and elderly or sick residents living downwind of the facility inhaled aerosolized cooling tower drift, your plant could infect these residents. That is exactly what happened in Harnes, France, in late 2003. French authorities concluded that drift from a cooling tower from a US-owned petrochemical plant infected residents living within a 3-kilometer radius of the facility. Investigators found legionella bacteria in the cooling tower of this petrochemic

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