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Leaked Chemical Found in Coldwater Creek

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BERKELEY, Mo (KMOX)- A Department of Natural Resources team has found that some of the  Ammonium Hydroxide that leaked from a Berkeley chemical company made its way into Coldwater Creek, but they say it should cause major problems.  

About 5,400 gallons of the chemical leaked from a valve at the Univar plant on Seeger Industrial Drive. 

DNR Spokesman Larry Archer tells KMOX, “They found a discoloration of the water, kind of whitish, greenish, cloudy look to it. There was also a change, an increase, in the ph of the water.”

Archer says the water returned to normal about a mile and a half downstream from the plant.

As for long-term impacts, Archer says, “It’s fairly contained now. Of course, with the weather being projected for rain, we believe the amount of water entering the stream will pretty much dilute the ammonia that was lost to the stream and pretty much neutralize it.”

As for animals along the creek, Archer says, “I wouldn’t want to be the raccoon that might stumble in take a drink today, but after the rain tonight there shouldn’t be much evidence of impact.”

Berkeley Assistant Fire Chief Jeffery Collier says the leak began at about 4:00 am.  He says the fire department was called about three hours later.

Two moon-suit wearing haz mat crew members entered the building at about 11:00 am.  The all-clear at the plant was given around noon.

No one was injured.

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