Crews contain HazMat leak in Norfolk

Norfolk Public Works crews build earth berm around spill site on Aug. 13, 2014. (Photo courtesy City of Norfolk, via Twitter)

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – Part of Indian River Road in Norfolk was blocked Wednesday as crews worked to contain a HazMat leak at a business.

Firefighters were called to Kinder-Morgan, located on Lansing Street near Indian River Road, around 6 a.m. Battalion Chief Julian Williamson with Norfolk Fire-Rescue said the business is a storage terminal for chemicals and other products.

Photos: Chemical spill in Norfolk

Williamson said there was a small leak in one of the terminals, and crews were working to transfer the product to another terminal, which took most of the day. He said the leaking product was sodium hydroxide, commonly known as lye, is sometimes used in water treatment.

WAVY News’ Deanna LeBlanc reported a 900,000 tank was actively leaking, but it was contained inside a protective barrier. Sand was brought in just in case, and it is unclear how much product leaked. According to the City of Norfolk, public works crews were building an earth berm around the spill site.

According to a news release from Kinder Morgan, personnel discovered a bulge in the insulation of a storage tank around 6 a.m. They said a small volume of sodium hydroxide had leaked around the tank and was contained. There were no injuries. Kinder Morgan said the cause of the leak has not been determined, but an investigation will be conducted.

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As a precaution, parts of Colonna’s Shipyard and some local businesses were evacuated. Williamson said the leak did not pose any risk to residents or people in the community.

State and regional HazMat teams were on site.

The westbound lane of Indian River Road was blocked in the area of the 1000 block. Officers were in the area assisting with traffic.

Stay with WAVY News 10 for any updates.

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