Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Chemical spill reaches creek near city's drinking water source, Canada

Emergency crews are relying on sandbags to contain a dangerous chemical leak Monday morning into a creek near North Bay’s drinking water source in Trout Lake.

Police at this time not commenting on the risk to the city’s drinking water.

A tanker truck overturned in a single-vehicle crash on Highway 63 north of Silver Lady Lane at about 8:30 a.m. and is leaking fuel as well as formaldehyde that it was carrying.

The driver has been transported to hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Emergency crews are trying to determine how much of the highly toxic chemical has leaked from the truck, said OPP Const. Shawn Fougere.

Residents in the immediate area of the crash were forced to evacuate, and discussions are continuing as to whether that order should be expanded.

“There could be more evacuations,” said OPP Const. Shawn Fougere.

He said the recommended distance around the spill is 800 metres or about a half mile, but wind could determine if that evacuation order will extend to other areas.

The fumes would cause immediate burning in the eyes and throat, and anyone experiencing those symptoms is asked to seek medical advice. Read More

Formaldehyde cannot be removed by boiling the water or using ultraviolet or other home water treatment devices.