NY Plant’s Chlorine Gas Leak Forces Evac

Friday, May 12, 2017 @ 05:05 PM gHale

Emergency crews from around New York State’s Southern Tier helped clean up a chlorine gas leak at the Walton Wastewater Treatment Plant.

The plant ended up evacuated at 11:30 a.m. Thursday along with a nearby head-start program for young children, officials said.

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A delivery vehicle emptied its contents into the wrong tank at the plant causing a chemical reaction producing potentially harmful gases, according to the Walton Central School District.

The scene cleared around 10 p.m., said Walton Fire Chief Bob Brown. He said a chemical company neutralized the chemicals in the container, and transported them away.

Brown said there is a lingering odor in the area, but it is not a threat to the public.

Ten acres around the plant ended up roped off to keep everyone safe. There were no injuries in the incident.

Hazardous Materials Response Teams from Broome, Chenango, and Delaware counties were called to the plant.

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