NY Chlorine Leak Capped; 1 Minor Injury

The leak was detected on Sunday

Monday, May 28, 2012  |  Updated 10:19 AM EDT
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NY Chlorine Leak Capped; 1 Minor Injury

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Hazmat workers have capped a chlorine leak at a New York water treatment plant.

A worker at the plant in Greenburgh escaped with minor injuries after the leak on Sunday.

The Yonkers Fire Department sent specially trained hazmat workers.

Yonkers Assistant Fire Chief John Flynn called it a "super dangerous operation." Flynn says that just a small amount of chlorine gas can be deadly if inhaled.

The Journal News says
a about 10 pounds of gas escaped into the plant and a small amount of gas escaped outside the plant. However, readings showed there was no public threat and it quickly dissipated.

Fairview Fire Chief Anthony Loguidice told the paper that the gas leaked from a cylinder in the plant beginning just before 11:30 a.m. It was capped by about 1:30 p.m.

The News says the leak did not disrupt water flow to residents.

The cause was under investigation.

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