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Hazmat crew works to clean up chemical spill at Mississippi plant

February 15, 2012
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GULFPORT, Miss. — A hazmat crew is working to clean up a corrosive liquid spill at Channel Chemical Corp. in Gulfport, Miss., reported.

The spill apparently occurred after a valve malfunctioned on a tank that held 2,000 gallons of phosphorus acid, hydrochloric acid and a type of ethanol.

“Close to 1,000 gallons came to rest inside their facility and another 1,000 gallons spilled outside the fence,” said Earl Etheridge of the state Department of Environmental Quality. “What I’m more concerned about right now is what is outside the fence line near the public right-of-way.”

Channel Chemical manufactures industrial chemicals mainly for the oil and gas industries.

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