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Updated: Tuesday, 19 Oct 2010, 7:55 PM EDT
Published : Tuesday, 19 Oct 2010, 11:58 AM EDT
CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) - Some 2,000 gallons of chemical fertilizer spilled at Allied Terminals in Chesapeake Monday. This is the second spill in two years.
The spill happened in the railroad loading yard and was contained to just that area, according to Chesapeake Fire Captain Mike Theibault.
Theibault told WAVY.com there is no apparent impact to area waterways or public areas to include the surrounding neighborhoods.
Some residents who live nearby still expressed concerns. "It's dangerous for us," said long-time resident Margaret Banks. "It's a bad thing because the children are going to be the ones to suffer from it. Not us, the children, and once the soil is contaminated it's a problem. It's going to spread" said Dwight Brown.
Another long-time resident was not worried. "It don't bother me. That's their business. That's their company. That's why I live here. We been around tanks all our life. This stuff right here, this ain't nothing new. I don't have a problem with it," said Mike Wilson.
A clean up contractor on-site helped remove soil by vacuuming up the spill.
Theibault said it's unclear how the spill actually occurred.
Authorities were notified of the spill after the load supervisor noticed the spill and activated the emergency shutoff, Theibault continued.
Allied Terminals Vice President Bruce Law told WAVY.com the clean-up was completed and the impacted soil was properly disposed.
An investigation into the incident remains ongoing.
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