Chemical Leak Forces Evacuation in PA

Thursday, September 8, 2016 @ 03:09 PM gHale


A Westmoreland County, PA, business and a nearby community college evacuated Tuesday because of a chemical spill.

The leak at DNP Imagingcomm America Corp., a printing company, in East Huntingdon Township, PA, ended up reported just before 1 p.m. Tuesday, county officials said.

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Employees of businesses in the technology center evacuated around 12:50 p.m.

The chemical spill was the result of a large chemical tank rupturing, officials said.

The company released this statement on the incident:

“At approximately 12:45 p.m., there was a spill of flammable liquids from the overflow of an above ground storage tank located inside of our facility. For the safety of our employees, and others at the site, all team members were evacuated. There were no injuries or other property damage at the site. All material is fully contained inside of our process area, and we are working with the site and local authorities on the safe and proper cleanup and removal of the material.”

First responders from across Westmoreland County arrived on scene, all in an effort to stop the leaking chemical, which was apparently flammable. Two hundred gallons of the product spilled.

Westmoreland County Community College, whose Advanced Technology Center is adjacent to the business, also moved out its students and staff.