Chemical Spill closes Highway 7 in Buena Vista County
The rollover of a tractor-trailer owned by Packers Logistics out of Kieler, Wis., closed part of Highway 7 just east of Newell in Buena Vista County Wednesday.
The Newell Fire Department, Buena Vista County Emergency Management, Buena Vista County Environmental Health and Zoning, and the DNR have been on site since early this morning.
The accident threw at least three chemical products into the ditch causing the containers to leak or rupture. They include three 55-gallon drums of phosphoric acid, three to five 275-gallon plastic containers of sodium and potassium hydroxide mix, and one 55-gallon drum of chlorine bleach.
“Fortunately, there have been no injuries and the chemicals do not appear to have impacted state waters,” said Ken Hessenius, supervisor of the Spencer DNR field office.
The cleanup will begin about 5 p.m. when a Des Moines environmental company arrives. The highway will remain closed until cleanup is completed safely.
The DNR will monitor the site as cleanup of contaminated soil begins on Thursday.
For more information contact: Ken Hessenius at 712-260-0926,Kenneth.Hessenius@dnr.iowa.gov or Jennifer Christian at 712-262-4177, Jennifer.Christian@dnr.iowa.gov.