Sulfuric Acid Leak At Mirant Plant Safely Contained

6:01 AM, Apr 27, 2011   |    comments
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ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA) -- Fire officials say a hazmat situation at an Alexandria plant poses no threat to public safety.

Battalion Chief Bryan Hricik says firefighters were alerted to a sulfuric acid leak from a tank at the Mirant plant on North Royal Street around 2:00 Wednesday morning. Hricik says the leak had stopped by the time hazmat units arrived on the scene, but they did find 1,300 gallons of the material in a containment basin located directly underneath the tank.

Hricik says none of the leaked material or fumes from the sulfuric acid was released into the environment.

As a precaution, Bashford Lane at N. Royal Street and some of the Mt. Vernon Bike Trail behind the plant were closed for about an hour and a half.

Fire crews are still on the scene waiting for a contractor to arrive and begin the clean-up operation.

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