Chemical spill temporarily puts SRS on lockdown

November 4, 2006

There was a chemical spill at the Savannah River Site this morning. It was the largest emergency response the facility has seen in more than 15 years.

A leak of formic acid provoked an emergency response that closed Highway 125 and put the site on lockdown.

The acid was in a storage tank when the leak began.

It has since been contained in a concrete dike and will be pumped out to a proper storage container.

"That's part of what we'll be doing over the course of at least the remainder of this day, is trying to verify exactly what happened. And you can imagine there will be a fairly extensive critique of not only what happened to cause this in the first place, but also the response to it," said spokesperson Will Callicott.

Areas of the Savannah River Site remained closed as a precaution.

We are told that the formic acid spilled is not a threat to the environment.

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