The Port of Olympia Commission meets Monday and will spend part of that meeting discussing a recent chemical spill.
On Jan. 28, hydrogen peroxide, which is used in the port’s stormwater treatment process, leaked from a storage tank. The chemical rose into the air in the form of white clouds, or water vapor.
That led the Olympia Fire Department, the lead emergency response agency among several responders that day, to evacuate several businesses within a quarter-mile of the port’s marine terminal.
No injuries were reported.
Because of the spill, the port contacted NRC Environmental Services and an emergency contract was approved by port executive director Ed Galligan to assess and clean up the site. It is that contract, which is estimated not to exceed $25,000, that needs to be ratified by the commission Monday.
Although no injuries were reported, a “minor amount of hydrogen peroxide entered the local sewer system,” according to an agenda description for Monday’s meeting.
In a news release the day after the leak, port officials said some of the chemical flowed down sewer lines toward LOTT’s Budd Inlet treatment plant.
“As a precaution, LOTT staff diverted the flow into storage basins where any of the chemical that remained could be diluted before it entered the active treatment processes within LOTT’s plant,” according to the news release.