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UPDATE: Chemical Spill
Plant managers evacuate the Contiental Teves Auto Parts factory this morning in Fletcher after a chemical spilll.
Officials say no one was injured, 80 workers were quickly evacuated.
They say around 4AM this morning, about 2,000 gallons of hyrdochloric acid leaked out of a 45,000-gallon tank. Luckily, the tank was sitting in a contanment area built to handle that kind of leak.
Continental Teves' plant manger Jeff Scott tells us the worker notified supervisors immediately and set off the alarms.
The plant has agreements with Fletcher and Mills River fire departments for first responders along with the regional hazardous materials team. They arrived and helped workers assess the incident.
Scott says the plant's safety plan worked.
Jeff Scott, Continetnal Teves, "the tank is fully contained, there was no risk to the environment, the employees and our safety team followed their training, they evacuated the facility, and there are no injuries."
At this hour, a team of on-site chemical response experts are cleaning up the spill.
Scott says the acid is used in the coating process for manufacturing brake calipers for the automotive industry.
The plant is going through an expansion at this time, but that's not related to the spill.