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Wheatland Tube sulfuric acid spill kills fish

Keywords: Tags  JMC Steel Group, sulfuric acid, spill, Wheatland Tube, Gary Clark, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Thorsten Schier

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 Protection’s northwest regional office, told AMM.

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 facility’s parking lot and into a nearby ditch that eventually feeds into the Shenango River, according to Clark.

Some fish were killed as a result, but no long-term impact is expected.

"It wasn’t 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."

Chicago-based JMC Steel Group Inc., parent company of Wheatland Tube, declined to comment.

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