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Small Chlorine Leak At Wastewater Treatment Plant

Jacksonville officials say there is no danger from a small amount of chlorine leaking at the city's wastewater land application treatment plant.

They report a tank that had just been delivered was leaking, but an automated system discovered the problem about 6:15 a.m. Friday and began processes to scrub the air inside the storage building. It does not appear that any chlorine escaped the building.

Multiple crews responded and a containment cap was placed over the leaking valve.

According to officials, "chlorine is used as part of the final treatment at the Jacksonville wastewater treatment site and an initial sanitation at the City’s water wells. Tanks are regularly delivered to the site, and are placed in inventory waiting to be used."

They say "Jacksonville has created protocols for actions should a leak be discovered. Should there have been evidence of a leak outside the building, persons nearby and schools in the area would be notified. The building where the chemical is handled has a system that exhausts any chlorine gas into a chamber where a neutralizing agent turns chlorine gas into liquid bleach which can safely be disposed."


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