Chlorine gas leak contained at Priest River treatment plant - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Chlorine gas leak contained at Priest River treatment plant

PRIEST RIVER, Idaho. - A faulty valve that allowed chlorine gas to escape from a 150 gallon tank inside the Priest River water treatment plant was sealed around 8:45 p.m. Tuesday, nearly five hours after the valve failed.

The Idaho Regional Hazmat team responded to the scene and officials evacuated everyone within eight to 10 blocks of the plant. Provisions for those who were evacuated were set up at the local high school.

Three aboard boats on the Pend Oreille River were unable to return to shore until the evacuation order was lifted.

When chlorine gas mixes with moisture it turns to hydrochloric acid and if it's inhaled, it can burn the lungs or if it mixes with rainwater it can burn skin.

There were no injuries reported, but two operating managers from the plant were taken to an area hospital for precautionary reasons.

The chlorine tank will be packaged up and sent back to its manufacturing facility.

 

 

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