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Mar 13, 2015

05:12:22 GMT--HAZMAT - North-America - USA

EDIS Number: HZ-20150313-47302-USA

Date / time: 13/03/2015 05:06:06 [UTC]


Area: North-America

Country: USA

State/County: State of Texas

Location: Austin [Samsung building]

Number of Deads: N/A

Number of Injured: 2 person(s)

Number of Infected: N/A

Number of Missing: N/A

Number of Affected: N/A

Number of Evacuated: N/A

Damage level: Minor


Two people are being treated after a reported hazmat situation at Samsung Austin Semiconductor on Thursday morning. According to Austin-Travis County EMS, medics received reports of people possibly exposed to sulfuric acid and peroxide at the Samsung building at 12100 Samsung Blvd. A Samsung spokesperson said two employees of Gruene Environmental, a company contracted by Samsung, are being treated for exposure to a chemical mix believed to contain sulfuric acid at University Medical Center Brackenridge. Their injuries are not believed to be serious. Samsung spokesperson Catherine Q. Morse said between 10:30 and 10:45 a.m. Thursday, the contractor's truck was trying to hook up to Samsung's tank to deliver the chemicals when there was a malfunction in the line, causing pressure to build up and the chemical to spill. ATCEMS officials said the chemical mix was 70 percent sulfuric acid and 30 percent peroxide. Morse did not confirm that.

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