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Hazmat crews at Port of Tacoma spill

Post by Brian Everstine on Jan. 25, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
January 25, 2009 10:11 pm

A Tacoma Fire hazardous materials team is at the scene of a chemical spill at Emerald Services in the Port of Tacoma.

Tacoma Fire spokeswoman Jolene Davis said about 150 gallons of methyl ethyl ketone spilled out of its main container, but is being held by an outer, backup container. The liquid is a solvent that can cause irritation to the eyes, nose and throat, according to the EPA.

Crews are on scene at 1825 E. Alexander Ave., but there’s no immediate danger. Davis said there were two employees on scene at the time of the spill, but there are no injuries. Emerald Services is a plant that recycles chemicals, according to the company’s Web site.

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