MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - The Missoula City-County Health Department is asking residents not to throw away toxic chemicals after bleach and liquid fertilizer mixed while being compacted in a garbage truck, sending two trash collectors to the hospital.
Environmental specialist Travis Ross tells the Missoulian (http://bit.ly/17fIqem ) that two Republic Services of Montana workers complained of headaches and nausea last Thursday and were treated and released from the hospital.
No one was harmed Wednesday when muriatic acid reacted to cause strong fumes in a trash bin.
Republic Services municipal manager Max Bauer says workers are told to leave hazardous materials with notes telling people where to get more information about disposal options. However, on Thursday, the chemicals were in black bags.
Ross and Bauer note Missoula plans a citywide hazardous waste collection in September.
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