Non-radiological chemical spill in Minnesota shuts down nuclear plant

A non-radiological chemical spill at the Prairie Island Nuclear Generating Plant outside Minneapolis, Minnesota, was said to have shut down the facility on Thursday, January 5, 2012, reports My Fox Phoenix.

State officials did not implement additional safety measures or request that residents in the nearby area take cover.

The reports indicate that sodium hypochloride, otherwise known as chlorine bleach, was found leaking from a tank in the plant's screen house. The company uses the chemical to treat water brought into the facility for cooling.

The leak was immediately contained. No one was harmed throughout the process.

In situations where chemical solutions have leaked from their containers, absorbent devices can be useful. XSORB Acid Neutralizing Absorbent devices can safely and effectively resolve any concerns related to spilt chemicals. The device absorbs most acids on contact, causing the chemicals to turn into a dry substance. Subsequently, officials can simply sweep up the neutralized spill and dispose of it like normal trash.

The proper devices are necessary to have in stock when safety concerns are always a possibility in the workplace. 

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