Chemical spill at Spokane Valley plant prompts hazmat investigation

Chemical spill at Spokane Valley plant prompts hazmat investigation
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The Spokane Valley Fire Department and hazmat team responded to reports of a chemical spill at the Kemira plant in Spokane Valley on Friday.

A pump valve reportedly broke on one of the rail cars, spilling 6,500 gallons of the iron compound ferric chloride.

Authorities confirmed one employee cam in contact with the chemical, but was released from the hospital.

SV Fire just cleared a hazmat scene at the Kemira plant along Sullivan. A pump valve on a rail car broke spilling 6,500 gallons of ferric chloride. One employee got splashed in the face – already released from hospital. #4NewsNow pic.twitter.com/sEdSyLo8Mi

— Kyle Simchuk (@KyleKXLY) October 26, 2019