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Y-12: Chemical leak contained to building, no employees hurt
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ID=3358971Emergency officials are closely monitoring a facility at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge after a chemical leak Tuesday afternoon triggered an emergency alert.

According to spokesperson Steven Wyatt, the chemical is called acetonitrile. It is a flammable solvent used in processing uranium for nuclear weapons maintenance. Acetonitrile is not radioactive, but it is toxic.

Wyatt says no employees were hurt. There were fewer than ten people in the building at the time of the spill, and none of them were in the immediate area.

Y-12 officials say the spill is contained to the building where it happened. On Twitter, they describe the spill as "well below reportable limits" and call the emergency response a "conservative" one.

There is no danger to the public.

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Emergency personnel are responding to what a press release calls an "event" at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge on Tuesday.

Officials have not released any details about what happened, other than it occurred at 10:24 am and there are response personnel at the scene.

The release said they have taken "appropriate precautionary protective actions" for Y-12 employees who are not involved in the emergency response.

We are working to obtain more information, and will update this story as soon we get it.

The release says additional public information regarding the emergency will be made available on the following social media sites: Y-12 on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Flickr.


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