SOUTH WHITEHALL TWP., Pa. – Police and first responders have been known as to the GEO Specialty Chemical plant on North Cedar Crest Boulevard round 5 a.m. Sunday after residents reported a powerful odor much like that of material softener.
Residents inside a one-mile radius of the plant have been ordered to shelter in place whereas a hazardous supplies workforce labored with personnel from the chemical plant to establish and include the spill, mentioned officers. They decided that the chemical compounds weren’t harmful, and the shelter-in-place order was lifted round 7 a.m.
Officers say that the cleanup is underway and there’s no danger to the general public, however folks within the space should still discover an uncommon odor for a while.
GEO manufactures a variety of merchandise, together with chemical compounds for wastewater remedy, industrial lubricants and acrylic resins.
The Lehigh County Particular Ops/HAZMAT workforce, together with Woodlawn and Palmer hearth corporations, Cetronia Ambulance and and Allentown paramedics joined the native police division in responding to the incident.