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Chlorine leak evacuates sewage plant in Glassport

| Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, 12:07 p.m.
Hazmat, fire and emergency medical personnel responded to a chlorine leak Wednesday afternoon at Glassport's sewage plant. Jennifer R. Vertullo | Daily News
Area fire departments responded to a chlorine leak at Glassport's sewage plant along Harrison Street on Wednesday afternoon. Jennifer R. Vertullo | Daily News
Glassport police Chief Howard Kifer and John Palcsey of Dravosburg Volunteer Fire Department No. 1 directed traffic away from Glassport's sewage plant as crews responded to a chlorine leak Wednesday afternoon. Jennifer R. Vertullo | Daily News

A chlorine leak caused an evacuation at a sewage treatment plant along Harrison Street in Glassport on Wednesday afternoon.

Emergency responders and HAZMAT crews arrived around 2:15 p.m. and quickly had the leak under control.

Officials said the smell of chlorine permeated the air.

No neighboring properties were evacuated.

“Once the command was established, we realized we had a slight odor of chlorine in the sewage department area,” Glassport fire Chief Wayne Lewis said.

“(With) the quick response by emergency personnel, we were able to find that packing inside a valve was loose. That was contained very quickly. All additional departments that were on location were just backup for the fire department.”

The valve was on a 2,000 pound liquid chlorine tank.

Dravosburg, Jefferson Hills and McKeesport firefighters and Clairton EMS responded to the call.

Lewis said one person was treated at the scene, but refused medical transportation.

Michael DiVittorio is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1965, or mdivittorio@tribweb.com.