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Chemical cloud at water treatment plant sends 11 to hospital

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Emergency responders at the Roanoke River Service Authority treatment plant on U.S. 1 near Bracey / April 02, 2014
A wrong chemical poured into a tank at the Roanoke River Service Authority treatment plant near Bracey kicked up fumes that reportedly sent 11 people to a local hospital, including seven firefighters and a rescue squad member.

The incident took place Wednesday afternoon at the treatment plant on Route 1, near the Roanoke River near Kerr Dam.

It began when a tanker truck driver who was offloading chemicals at the plant accidentally put the wrong chemical in the wrong tank, according to authorities. The delivery driver and two employees at the plant were among those taken to the hospital. Some were taken because they inhaled the fumes, others were examined for precautionary reasons.

Also hospitalized were seven firefighters and one rescue squad member. The emergency drew a HazMat unit from as far away as Danville.

The accident did not affect the water supplies from the plant. The Roanoke River Service Authority serves Mecklenburg's towns, industrial parks and parts of Brunswick County.

Onlookers reported seeing a green cloud of fumes hovering over the parking lot of the treatment plant.

HazMat, EMS and fire units from South Hill, Buckhorn, Chase City, La Crosse, Lake Gaston, Palmer Springs, Danville and Boydton responded to the scene. A Virginia State Police Trooper said Wednesday afternoon the site was secure, but referred questions to South Hill Fire Department Chief Rosser Wells.

This story will be updated.

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Policies and procedures need to be revised NOW. Only qualified EMPLOYEES should be able to oversee the adding or mixing of toxic chemicals. If not, responders could suffer permanent damage due to this type "incident".


Drink up! Toxic chemicals in the water is good for you.


It is amazing how some people point fingers at the wrong people, and don't blame the idiot who created the mess.


Everybody knows that it was the threat of uranium mining that caused the toxic mess. Uranium mining causes everything, just ask the environuts in Halifax.


Yea, uranium mining is safe, raising the debt ceiling does not increase our debt, and pissing into wind is fun.

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