DEP responds to city chemical spill
By DANIELLE DROLET Gazette Staff Writer
The sodium hydroxide spill originated last Wednesday after a "supplier inadvertently pumped sodium hydroxide into the wrong tank," said Harodite Industries Chief Operating Officer Aaron M. Albert.
DEP Spokesman Ed Coletta estimated the spill of sodium hydroxide to be least 700 gallons.
chemical spill was caused by an overflow of a tank into the land near
Albert said the tank that caused the overflow is intended to hold 1,300 gallons of sodium silicate. But 2,000 gallons of sodium hydroxide was pumped in instead.
Sodium hydroxide is a corrosive substance that can potentially cause burns, Albert said.
"We insist that our workers wears gloves, an apron and a face mask when working with it," he said.
Coletta said it could also cause problems if it gets into the throat or eyes.
Albert said in
addition to the DEP,
Coletta said they hired Clean Harbors to do testing on the river. He said sodium hydroxide does "dissipate" in water and should not be a problem for the river.
Albert said it could take two business days to clean up the spill.
Harodite Industries, Inc., located on
In May 2002,
another spill occurred from a Harodite tank.
Approximately 2,300 gallons of oil leaked from out of a blown gasket on pipes
between a boiler and tank in the boiler room into the