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Nitric acid leakoff in Dnipropetrovsk region: No danger of pollution spread

State Emergency Service experts are working to eliminate the consequences of the disaster, as the acid covered a small area of ground in Dnipropetrovsk region
22:51, 7 August 2018

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The State Emergency Service reports that there's no danger of the spread of the pollution after the nitric acid leak that occurred in Dnipropetrovsk region on Tuesday.

According to the authority's spokeswoman Daria Grechishcheva, the Service's agents are now working to eliminate the consequences of the incident that occurred earlier on Tuesday.

'The experts localized the cloud. The remains of the substance, which stayed in the soil, are being neutralized chemically. There's no threat for the adjacent inhabited localities. No evacuations were necessary (...) The soil will have to be restored', Grechishcheva said. She added that the tank car's driver and the owner of the dangerous cargo are interrogated at a police precinct.

Earlier, a tank car with nitric acid inside leaked at a highway, which led to pollution of a small area of ground in Dnipropetrovsk region, southeastern Ukraine. The rescue team got a call at about 4 p.m.; the caller said that an unknown substance leaks from the 35-meter-large tank car not far from Ivanivka village, which lies nearby. The car carried 24 tons of nitric acid; as one of the car's units was damaged, it leaked four tons of acid, and the driver pumped the rest to the other unit. The acid covered and polluted the area of 40-45 square meters. No casualties were reported - neither in the affected area, not in the adjacent inhabited localities.

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