PROSPECT, NY – Oneida County Hazmat crews reported to the Mohawk Valley Water Treatment Plant in Prospect this afternoon at about 3:15 for a chemical spill.
Officials say about 4,000 gallons of hydrofluorosilicic acid leaked from the holding tanks onto the floor of the building, but was contained to that specific area.
We spoke to Oneida County Director of Emergency Services, Kevin Revere, who has been on site this entire evening, who says the chemical did not go into the water, and the spill has been contained.
Officials also say in low doses the chemical is not dangerous, and that it’s actually used in the water to help protect teeth enamel.
They do, however, say in concentrated levels, it can be hazardous, but all EPA and Health Department regulations are followed.
“We evacuated the building based on recommendations of HazMat. They’re on scene now and are directing operations. The treatment plant is functioning as it should be so there are no issues from a treatment standpoint. It’s an unfortunate incident, but we’re taking all appropriate measures. There is no danger to the public from the drinking water side or within the surrounding area of the treatment facility,” said Phillip Tangorra the Director of Water Quality for MVWA.
Workers have been evacuated as hazmat crews contain and assess the spill.
Revere commends the cooperation and efficiency from the different agencies – fire, hazmat, emergency services – that worked together today, without which this situation could have gone a different way.
Officials reiterate there is no danger to the water or to residents.
They expect the Department of Environmental Conservation to also assess the situation.
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