East Liverpool officials confirm chemical leak in Ohio River

Crews in East LIverpool, Ohio are working on a chemical leak in the Ohio River.
The Ohio River at East Liverpool.

EASTER LIVERPOOL, Ohio (WKBN) — Officials with the East Liverpool Fire Department confirmed a styrene leak on the Ohio River between East Liverpool and Chester, West Virginia.

Styrene is a chemical primarily used in the production of plastics and resins. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the effects of exposure to the chemical include mucous membrane and eye irritation, gastrointestinal effects, headache, fatigue, weakness and depression, CSN dysfunction, hearing loss and peripheral neuropathy.

Despite this, officials at the scene say there is no need for alarm — it should not pose an environmental or health risk to the public. The spill was quickly contained, as the substance floats, although it is flammable.

The leak was reported about 10 a.m. Friday. It was originally caught in a containment area but made its way into the Ohio River.

The Morning Journal reports that the spill came from a truck traveling from Canada. The newspaper reported that a truck driver failed to make sure all valves and caps were adequately sealed, leading to the leakage of about 50 to 60 gallons.

The Morning Journal says about 10 to 20 of those gallons actually leaked into the river.

Hazmat and the Coast Guard were called to the scene, according to the East Liverpool assistant fire chief. The Environmental Protection Agency will be reviewing the incident.

WKBN 27 First News provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. No links will be permitted. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s