|R. Scott Gallagher|
Today, MMT has been manufactured and marketed by T2 Laboratories, Inc., Jacksonville, Florida, as Ecotane® which acquired EPA approval for use in the United States and attained widespread use in over 70 countries worldwide.
In its "finished" form, MMT is safe; however, the manufacturing process reportedly involves chemical reactions that put the components under high pressure. It's thought that the manufacturing of Ecotane® caused the massive chemical explosion on December 19, 2007 that killed 4 and injured 33. Originally, it was reported that only 14 were injured, but one month later the number was more than double that.
In Memorium: Those who lost their lives that fateful day include 49-year-old Robert Scott Gallagher [pictured here], co-owner of T2 Laboratories Inc., 48-year-old Charles Budds Bolchoz, 35-year-old Karey Renard Henry and 36-year-old Parish Lamar Ashley. I worked closely with Scott Gallagher at a previous company, Glidco / Millennium Specialty Chemicals and knew Charles Bolchoz who also worked at that company.