Ecolab Inc.
Nalco Finance Holdings LLC (Form: 8-K, Received: 01/09/2007 16:53:49)



Washington, D.C.  20549



Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report:

January 9, 2007







(State of Incorporation)

(Commission File Number)

(IRS Employer Identification Number)


1601 W. Diehl Rd., Naperville, IL





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Item 8.01.

Other Events

On January 8, 2007, Nalco Holding Company, parent of Nalco Finance Holdings LLC, issued a press release containing a statement about a chemical release that occurred at its Sugar Land, Texas plant. A copy of that release is being furnished to the SEC as an exhibit to this form.

Item 9.01.

Financial Statements and Exhibits



The following exhibit is furnished pursuant to Item 9.01 of Form 8-K:


Press release of Nalco Holding Company dated January 8, 2007, containing a statement about a chemical release from its Sugar Land, Texas plant.  


Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned.




/s/ Stephen N. Landsman




Date: January 9, 2007


News Release   

Date: January 8, 2007

Statement from Nalco Company Regarding Chemical Release at Sugar Land, Texas Plant

Statement from Nalco Company Sugar Land Plant Manager John Wantuch:

Sugar Land, Texas -- We had a release today of what appears to be a combination of water vapor and a chemical – ethylenediamine.  As best we can tell at this time, three Nalco employees have been sent to the hospital for treatment.  Approximately 14 other employees have also received medical attention as a precaution.  We are not aware of any other injuries. Although we will conduct a thorough investigation, we believe a pressure relief valve on the truck may have dislodged, causing the release into the atmosphere.  The chemical involved can be an irritant to the skin and eyes and could cause headaches, nausea and vomiting to those significantly exposed.  There are no chronic adverse effects.  When the release occurred, we immediately contacted emergency responders and also sheltered employees in place.  We will work with the emergency responders and outside environmental firms to understand the causes of the release.  We appreciate the outstanding work of the City of Sugar Land and emergency responders in helping to minimize the impacts of this incident.

About Nalco

Nalco is the leading provider of integrated water treatment and process improvement services, chemicals and equipment programs for industrial and institutional applications.  The company currently serves more than 70,000 customer locations representing a broad range of end markets. It has established a global presence with more than 10,000 employees operating in 130 countries supported by a comprehensive network of manufacturing facilities, sales offices and research centers. In 2005, Nalco achieved sales of more than $3.3 billion. For more information visit