Trace amounts of chemicals found in creek near charred Garland plant

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by BYRON HARRIS

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Posted on November 19, 2012 at 4:23 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 19 at 7:50 PM

GARLAND – A city of Garland spokeswoman says hazardous materials experts have returned to the area near the Nexeo Solutions plant that caught on fire last Friday.

Dorothy White said the blaze resulted in a water runoff that flowed into a creek that runs east from Shiloh Road between English and Sussex Drives. In that runoff, White said, was "very small amounts" of methanol and motor oil, both of which are considered chemical contaminants but do not present a threat to residents. 

The HAZMAT crew is attempting to rid the creek of any chemicals that flowed in following the fire. The blaze broke out at the Nexeo Solutions plant in the 3100 block of Wood Drive and Industrial Lane at about 3:30 p.m. 

Acording to the Garland Fire Department, the plant contained 10 chemicals filed as Tier 2 hazards according to EPA policy. The Environmental Protection Agency sent so-called sniffer planes to detect any chemicals in the air. Results found no evidence of any harmful amount of contamination. 

Deep plumes of smoke were visible as far away as Oak Cliff. Nobody was injured in the fire, which began in the loading racks of the plant.

Southbound Shiloh Road will be closed while the creek is cleaned. White did not say how long the cleanup would take. 

She did say there is no danger of contaminating the drinking water there, however. 

E-mail bharris@wfaa.com

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