Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Clackamas Fire Hazardous Materials team responds to Metro Waste station in Oregon City (Photo)


News Release from Clackamas Fire Dist. #1
Posted on FlashAlert: June 13th, 2017 9:37 PM
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On Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at approximately 5:33 PM, Clackamas Fire District #1 responded to a reported hazardous materials incident at the Metro South Transfer Station located at 2001 Washington Street in Oregon City. Employees at the location reported a release of an unknown substance from a container inside one of their trash bays.

Upon arrival to scene, Clackamas Fire crews quickly worked to evacuate customers and employees from the location and to contain the area. Washington Street was shut down for approximately 30 minutes to ensure public safety. Clackamas Fire's Hazardous Materials Response Team with the aid of Metros Hazardous Materials team entered the bay where the container was located to determine the identity of the substance. At approximately 6:50 PM, the hazardous materials team determined the substance to be muriatic acid (also known as hydrochloric acid). The container which had been damaged was contained to the waste area. Clackamas Fire determined that there was no further threat to the facility and the surrounding areas.

One patient was transported to the hospital by ambulance for inhalation exposure. No other injuries or exposures were reported. Clackamas Fire was assisted on scene by Oregon City Police, American Medical Response, Metro South and Oregon City Public Works.

Reminder: When hauling trash to local waste facilities keep all hazardous materials separate. Metro South accepts trash, recycling, and hazardous materials. Visit their website for additional information on the disposal of hazardous materials to keep all parties involved safe.
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