Liquid That Prompted Evacuation Identified
KSAL Staff - Thu 03:33 PM 10/04/2012
Officials determine that a liquid substance that prompted an evacuation in Salina does not pose a big risk.
According to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, the liquid officials found spilled in an area at North Santa Fe and 7th Street in Salina is Mercaptan. Mercaptan is an odorant used to give natural gas a recognizable scent.
KDHE determined that the spilled substance poses minimal risk.
State and local officials are aware that some residents and businesses, including a nearby daycare facility, evacuated as a safety precaution. It is recommended that people consider keeping their doors and windows closed and limit outdoor activity where a strong odor is present.
Excavation and cleanup of the contaminated soil is expected to be complete Friday. Until cleanup is complete, nearby residents may experience very unpleasant or repulsive odors associated with this spill.
The source of the spill is under investigation.