Samsung accused of lying over gas leak containment claims

Korean Police have today accused Samsung of lying over their claim that a fatal gas leak at one of their manufacture's semiconductor plants was contained. At the time, Samsung told the press that the possibility that the gas had leaked out was "zero", however new evidence puts that claim in the spotlight. 

The evidence suggests that up to 10 litres of hydrofluoric acid, "a colorless acute poison that can damage the lungs and bones, and even affect the nervous system", leaked out of the plant causing one death and the injury of four others.  

"Hydrofluoric acid has been leaked outside of the chip plant after an analysis of CCTV footage taken inside the Central Chemical Supply System of the chip plant," Song Byung-sun of the Gyeonggi Provincial Police Agency who is leading the investigation into Samsung's misconduct said. 

The Korean Police are investigating whether Samsung broke the law, however, a clause exists in the Clean Air Conservation Act that allows the "discharging [of] contaminated material without using discharge facilities or other facilities in emergency situations." 

A special probe has been launched by the Ministry of Environment to discover if Samsung wilfully misrepresented the situation to the press and outside world. "The investigation will focus on whether Samsung properly managed and monitored chemical substances", an official said. A local environment group reported that the concentration of hydrofluoric acid was higher than usual levels up to 2km from the plant. The Korean Police said they are "not ruling out the possibility that some of the tens of thousands of residents living inside a radius of 2 kilometers of the Hwaseong plant have been partially affected by the gas."

Source: Yonhap News Agency

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I blame apple, they hacked in... well paid some chinese hacker to hack in and cause a discharge to make samsung look at fault. we should all be grateful they didnt try it themselves because looking at the effort that is apple maps they'd of blown up the plant

psionicinversion said,
I blame apple, they hacked in... well paid some chinese hacker to hack in and cause a discharge to make samsung look at fault. we should all be grateful they didnt try it themselves because looking at the effort that is apple maps they'd of blown up the plant

I'm sorry, but I find nothing amusing in this, or worthy of humor, and I find your BS comment in very bad taste.

I am not a chemical expert but
a) Hydrofluoric acid
b) A local environment group reported that the concentration of hydrofluoric acid was higher than usual levels up to 2km from the plant

AFAIK, acid, while dangerous it should react with the water, so it should be dissolved in a small radius, specially if we are talking about 10 liters. Something is missing, may be Samsung is still lying, specially about the magnitude of the crisis.


Anyways, it is not the first time that Samsung do that

http://www.rsc.org/chemistrywo...c-acid-gumi-korea-leak-hube


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