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Acid spill cleaned up at Whitcraft plant in Whitestown

Sean I. Mills
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Posted 10/5/22

An acid spill at Whitcraft on Halsey Road in Whitestown Tuesday evening had to be neutralized by the Oneida County Hazardous Materials Team.

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Acid spill cleaned up at Whitcraft plant in Whitestown

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WHITESTOWN — An acid spill at Whitcraft on Halsey Road in Whitestown Tuesday evening had to be neutralized by the Oneida County Hazardous Materials Team, according to the New York Mills Fire Department.

New York Mills Fire Chief Rick Ulinski said the spill in the processing area of the aerospace manufacturing plant was a combination of hydrochloric acid, nitric acid and a water solution. He said the initial spill was believed to be hundreds of gallons, but it was far less.

"There was too much heat in the reaction and it boiled over the product tank, and the product landed on the floor," Ulinski explained. The facility was evacuated.

Emergency personnel were called to the scene at about 6:30 p.m., including the county hazmat team out of Utica. The chief said it was simply a matter of neutralizing the acid on the floor with chemistry.

"Once it's neutralized, it's basically a waste material," Ulinski said. Whitcraft then cleaned up the waste material.

Three Whitcraft employees were nearby when the solution spilled, and the chief said they were checked at the scene by medical personnel.

"They were fine," the chief noted, with no injuries resulting from the spill.

Chief Ulinski said Whitcraft was back open and back to work later Tuesday night.

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