NEW YORK About
5,000 gallons of sulfuric acid spilled from a fiberglass tank
and a holding area at Wheatland Tube Co.s facility in
Sharon, Pa., Aug. 22.
"A fiberglass tank
storing 12-percent sulfuric acid ruptured," Gary Clark,
community relations coordinator at the Pennsylvania Department
of Environmental Protections northwest regional office,
The majority of the
acid that escaped from the 20,000-gallon tank went into a
holding area, but 5,000 gallons flowed across the
facilitys parking lot and into a nearby ditch that
eventually feeds into the Shenango River, according to
Some fish were killed
as a result, but no long-term impact is expected.
"It wasnt a huge
spill," Clark said, adding that the company quickly reported
and responded to the incident. "They did their duty; they
cleaned (it) up as soon as they could."
Steel Group Inc., parent company of Wheatland Tube, declined to