For at least two decades, DuPont has billed itself as a "world class safety leader" and the original promoters of a so-called "zero injury culture." But there are signs of cracks in that lauded corporate culture - including 34 accidents involving toxic releases and at least eight fatalities at DuPont plants nationwide since 2007, public records reviewed by the Houston Chronicle show. From 2007 to 2012, DuPont had reported at least three incidents involving toxic releases and non-fatal injuries at the La Porte plant, built in the aftermath of World War II. That put the facility near the top of the list of total accidents reported by any major U.S. refinery or chemical plant that manages piles of potentially dangerous toxics, based on risk management reports such companies must provide to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Lise Olsen, Houston Chronicle 12/08/2014