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Nine people treated following chlorine leak at NC scrapyard

Keywords: Tags  Gilbert Iron & Steel, chlorine, Kenneth Lagonia, Nathan Laliberte

NEW YORK — A chlorine leak at a scrapyard in North Carolina sent nine people to the hospital.

"We took in a tanker from a company we have been doing business with for a number for years," Kenneth Lagonia, chief executive officer of Charlotte, N.C.-based Gilbert Iron & Steel LLC, told AMM. "We were assured there were no toxic materials of any kind. We tried to open the hatch but it was rusted and there was no window. Only after we were assured the tanker was empty did we cut into it. What we found was that it was loaded with chlorine gases."

Fire crews responded immediately and the leak was contained within 90 minutes, Lagonia said.

"A couple of our employees did not want to go to the hospital, but I insisted they did," Lagonia said. "Everyone has since been released."

Lagonia declined to give the name of company that supplied the tanker. "I have multiple calls into them but I have yet to receive a call back," he said. "They took their problem and made it ours."

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