Small eco-friendly leak reported on the Hiwassee River

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Posted 12/30/17

Emergency response teams were called to a minor leak into the Hiwassee River Thursday.

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Small eco-friendly leak reported on the Hiwassee River

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Emergency response teams were called to a minor leak into the Hiwassee River Thursday.

According to the Hamilton County Hazmat Facebook page, that agency assisted Bradley County EMA with a Hazmat spill in the Hiwassee River near Olin Chemical.

“It was a loader that busted on Thursday,” explained Troy Spence, BCEMA director. He said  the residue from the leak adhered to the salt loader, and it eventually led to the leak into the Hiwassee.

According to Hamilton County Hazmat, officials in Bradley County reported approximately 15 gallons of fluid leaked from a piece of equipment used to unload salt from barges that support Olin Chemical.

Spence said Olin did not experience any issues with the leak, and no injuries were reported. He added  the river was not shut down due to the leak, which he said was of eco-friendly chemical much like vegetable oil is to water.

The leak was contained to a small portion of the river, and presented no problems to the water there, Spence said.

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