June 21, 2009

News Release

For Immediate Release

Chemical Leak Contained at Treatment Plant

A hydrogen peroxide leak at the Southwest Wastewater Treatment Plant has been contained and is in the process of being mitigated following its discovery Saturday night.

Springfield Fire Department responded to the incident about 9 p.m. Saturday after Treatment Plant staffers discovered a leak believed to be in a discharge line connected to a tank containing hydrogen peroxide used for odor control. The tank had not yet been used in operations at the plant and the cause of the leak is unknown at this time.

It is not yet clear how much hydrogen peroxide leaked out. As part of the mitigation process, a storm drain in the vicinity was blocked and the ground surrounding the tank was diluted with water. Hydrogen peroxide breaks down into water and oxygen and it is not expected to create any long-term adverse effect. The hydrogen peroxide used for odor control is essentially a higher concentration of the common household product.

Sunbelt Environmental Services arrived at the Treatment Plant this morning to pump the remaining chemical into a new tank. The volume of chemical pumped into a new tank is unknown. The tank holds a total of 2,800 gallons. The process will be completed this morning.

The Department of Natural Resources has been notified. Public Works staff will work to identify the cause of the leak after the transfer of the remaining material to the new tank is completed.

For more information, contact: Ed Malter, Superintendent of Sanitary Services, 840-9501.

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Department of Public Works

840 Boonville Avenue • P.O. Box 8368 • Springfield, MO 65801
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