Friday’s incident involving a large amount of the acid isn't the first chemical spill in that immediate area.
FOX 11’s Robert Hornacek has been On Special Assignment Friday afternoon. He’s been checking on facts from the past
Robert spent the afternoon digging through government records and looking at our archives to find out how many other incidents have happened at Hydrite Chemical in Oshkosh.
We've found more than a half dozen incidents at or near the company in the last 20 years.
There was also a nitric acid spill in April 2002. About 2,500 gallons spilled. More than 100 homes and businesses were evacuated.
Two years before that, a chemical boxcar near Hydrite started on fire. More than 700 homes and businesses were evacuated for four days.
Two other companies later agreed with Hydrite to pay a $98,000 settlement. The money went to evacuation and Hazmat costs.
Robert also looked at the environmental spill database from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.
Those records show six other spills dating back to 1994. Those involved things like chlorine gas, bleach, petroleum and pesticides.
In regards to Friday’s incident, Robert spoke with an environmental expert with the DNR who says the emergency notification system worked very well. And that the company immediately notified state and federal officials about the incident.
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