Acid leak at paper mill deemed minor

Published 12:00 am Thursday, January 3, 2008

FRANKLIN-A leak from the top of a CSX railcar carrying sulfuric acid at Franklin’s International Paper plant Monday was noticed by an IP employee, and units from Franklin Fire and Rescue as well as Carrsville volunteer fire companies responded to the scene. The site was declared safe by early evening.

According to Isle of Wight Sheriff’s Department officials, a regional hazardous-materials team was also called to the scene but served as a backup. A HAZMAT team from the mill was also called to the scene.

At about 3 p.m., an IP employee noticed the leak and notified plant officials. By 5 p.m., pressure was bled from the top of the car and the leak had stopped.

According to reports, Chief Chris Carr of the Carrsville Volunteer Fire Department said the emergency response was precautionary.

A local contractor hauled away the contaminated soil.

The Franklin mill, located just over the Blackwater River in Isle of Wight County, employs about 1,250 people.