Cause Of Chemical Leak Unknown At West Elizabeth Sewage Plant

Posted: 2:29 pm EDT April 15, 2011
Updated: 5:04 pm EDT April 15, 2011

WEST ELIZABETH, Pa. — Hazmat crews were called to a chemical leak at the West Elizabeth Sanitary Authority on Friday.

Acting Allegheny County Emergency Services chief said the spill was of an unknown hydrocarbon. Alvin Henderson said the substance was drawn into West Elizabeth’s sewer system.

Henderson said, “The chemical was carried to the treatment plant, and some may have entered the Monongahela River. A home near the treatment plant was evacuated. Allegheny County Emergency Services is on site.”

The site is stable, according to Henderson.

There is no word on what caused the leak. Officials said the chemical doesn’t appear to pose any danger.

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