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WHEATLAND, Pa. - Hours after the reported spill, clean-up crews and equipment were still busy at the site.

It was shortly after 3 a.m. when a call reported that a 20-thousand gallon storage tank, containing a 12% sulfuric acid solution had ruptured.

The solution flowed out of the building and across a parking lot into a storm drain, and then discharged into a drainage ditch. Sulfuric acid is corrosive carcinogen used in steel production.

An Emergency Response Team was dispatched from the Pa. Department of Environmental Protection. A statement from the agency says:

"An estimated 5-thousand gallons of solution was released with an undetermined amount reaching the ditch."

The ditch flows into a tributary of the Shenango River, and dead fish were found where the tributary meets the river. It's believed that the fish washed into the river from the tributary, and according to the statement.

The spill had minimal impact on the Shenango River.

Containment dams were placed in the ditch and truck loads of soil and lime were being used to neutralize the solution.

A company spokesman tells 21 News the spill occurred away from production areas and there were no evacuations or injuries.

The tank that ruptured had recently been inspected and the cause of the failure is being looked into.

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