Pa. DEP starting investigation into chemical spill in South Whitehall Twp.

The Pennsylvania Division of Environmental Safety stated it is starting an investigation right into a chemical spill in South Whitehall Township.

The spill occurred Sunday morning on the GEO Specialty Chemical plant. Lehigh County Emergency Companies tells us the state DEP is coping with GEO Specialty Chemical substances straight, and the corporate has employed an impartial contractor to deal with the cleanup.

So Lehigh County Emergency Companies is not concerned, however they had been capable of inform us the spill has been contained, they usually do not imagine any chemical obtained into the close by Jordan Creek.

The chemical has been recognized as Dowtherm A. Emergency Companies stated the product truly froze after spilling early Sunday morning, prompting a shelter in place order for individuals residing inside a one-mile radius of the plant in South Whitehall Township. Emergency providers later stated there was no quick menace to the general public.

Dowtherm A is a warmth switch fluid, and a truth sheet from the producer Dow Chemical says it might trigger pores and skin and eye irritation. It additionally says “Spills or discharge to pure waterways is prone to kill aquatic organisms.” However in the future after the spill we had been capable of see fish alive and swimming within the Jordan Creek.

Emergency providers was no capable of inform us precisely how a lot of the chemical spilled in whole. They don’t imagine anybody wanted to be handled for publicity.

The state DEP stated its investigation is in its early levels and it has not but despatched somebody out to go to the positioning.

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