November 13, 2008
Liquid Fertilizer Spill Fouls Va. City
State and federal workers are helping officials in Chesapeake, Va., deal with a spill of 2 million gallons of liquid fertilizer, an official says.
Fire Department spokesman Capt. Steve Johnson said the spill that occurred this week on a Chesapeake road has led to the involvement of a number of state and federal agencies such as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, The (Norfolk) Virginian-Pilot said Thursday.
An additional six people were forced to undergo decontamination services after being exposed to the liquid fertilizer, identified as an ammonium nitrate solution.
Johnson told the Virginian-Pilot he was unsure regarding the condition of those injured in Wednesday's accident, but added that the fertilizer is not being considered a health risk due to not being toxic or flammable.
"This is not a serious product. It's not going to explode. It's not going to rot their skin off if they touch it," he told the newspaper.