CORNWALL, ONTARIO, August 27, 2013 – At approximately 6:00 AM (EDT) today at BASF’s Cornwall facility, a storage tank containing
phthalic anhydride over pressurized, causing a loud noise and release of the material into the atmosphere above the plant. The quantity of phthalic anhydride released is not known at this time. Phthalic anhydride is used to manufacture a wide range of materials, including plastics.
There were no injuries. BASF is working closely with the emergency responders who are on the scene. We will continue to monitor the
situation and more information will be communicated to the local community as it is known. News releases with updated information will also be
BASF regards protection of health, safety and the environment as our most important responsibility. As part of our commitment to the Responsible Care® initiative, we are committed to operating our facilities in a safe and environmentally responsible fashion.