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Chemical spill at water filtration plant in Ottawa County; HAZMAT called to scene

Posted at 10:12 AM, Aug 05, 2015

GRAND HAVEN TOWNSHIP, Mich. -- HAZMAT crews were called to the scene of a small chemical spill at Grand Rapids' Lake Michigan water filtration plant, 17350 Lake Michigan Dr.

Grand Haven Township Fire Chief Tom Gerencer said a chemical mixture prompted the evacuation Wednesday morning.   Homes and businesses in the area are not being evacuated.  However, Gerencer said residents at four homes to the west of the plant are being asked to keep their windows closed and stay inside.

According to Grand Rapids city spokesman Steven Guitar, 800 gallons of fluoride was accidentally mixed into a tank containing 250 gallons of hypocholorite, releasing a cholrine gas into a storage room.

No injuries have been reported at this time and there is no threat to the water supply, Guitar said.

Lakeshore Drive was closed near Lake Michigan Drive while crews responded to the facility.