1 hurt in west Charlotte chemical spill

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by Charlotte Observer

WCNC.com

Posted on September 26, 2012 at 7:47 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- One employee was injured Tuesday night in a chemical spill at a west Charlotte plant, fire officials say.

The incident happened shortly after 9 p.m. at Emerald Performance Materials, in the 8300 block of Wilkinson Boulevard. Crews from the West Mecklenburg Fire Department were called to deal with an acid spill inside the plant, which produces additives and processing aids for food, rubber, coatings and other uses.

The Charlotte Fire Department’s Haz-Mat team was called to the scene, and crews quickly controlled the leak.

Authorities say the chemical involved was trifluoromethanesulfonic acid, or triflic acid. According to broadcast reports Wednesday morning, a leaking pipe caused the spill.

The injured employee suffered chemical burns but did not need transport to a hospital.

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