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eNews from Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Sulfuric Acid Leak Prompts Hazmat Crew Call to Pacific Ethanol Plant

KTXL-TV (Sacramento, CA) -- STOCKTON -- March 22, 2011 -- Hazmat crews were called to control a sulfuric acid leak at an ethanol plant in Stockton Tuesday afternoon.

Just after Noon, the Pacific Ethanol plant called emergency crews about the leak of the highly flammable acid.

The leak was from a joint on a 5,000-gallon tank at the Stockton plant along Navy Drive.

Pacific Ethanol was not evacuated, but workers are being kept away from the area of the leak. A police training facility is nearby, they stopped their exercises for safety reasons.

The crews were able to slow the leak, not completely stop it. But the leaking acid is being contained, and is not a risk at this time.

According to Pacific Ethanol's website, they operate four production facilities in California, Oregon and Idaho; combined they produce 200 million gallons per year.

Author: Sam Cohen

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