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Eyes on Katrina

A South Mississippi hurricane journal

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Chlorine tank near downtown Gulfport 

By TRACY DASH SUN HERALD Environmental crews, along with Gulfport fire and police officials recovered a chlorine cylinder Tuesday morning that was damaged but not leaking near the intersection of 37th Avenue and 11th Street in Gulfport. According to the state Department of Environmental Quality, Seabees were cleaning the area and found the cylinder. The area was sealed off during the recovery as a precautionary measure, but no one was injured. It was unclear what size cylinder was located. DEQ is working with several agencies including the U.S. Coast Guard to locate tanks of hazardous materials that washed ashore or were damaged by Hurricane Katrina. "We're going street by street, block by block, from state line to state line looking for (tanks of hazardous materials)," said DEQ first responder Earl Etheridge. Crews have found materials such as diesel, gasoline, motor oil, chlorine, liquid oxygen, medical waste and corrosives. Etheridge said they are marking the containers with orange paint to indicate whether they are full or empty. The Environmental Protection Agency has crews that will pick up the materials and dispose of them outside Mississippi. Anyone who finds a hazardous material container is asked to contact the local fire department. Don't touch the container, Etheridge said. He said people should let the fire department know whether the container is leaking.

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