All clear given after chemical leak, hazmat situation overnight - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

All clear given after chemical leak, hazmat situation overnight in Akron

(Source: WOIO) (Source: WOIO)
AKRON, OH (WOIO) -

Hazmat crews responded to Emerald Performance Materials in Akron early Friday morning after a power outage caused an equipment malfunction and chemical release.

According to Michael Brooks of the Akron Fire Department, firefighters responded to the chemical production plant around 1 a.m. Friday. A local power outage caused a pressure valve to malfunction, which released acrylic nitrile and butudiene into the air.

The plant was evacuated after the release and firefighters surveyed a two mile radius for higher toxic levels, but hazmat crews eventually gave an all clear at the plant and the surrounding areas just before 5 a.m.

Akron Metro RTA bus service was temporarily suspended during the cleanup.

Bus service was completely restored around 5 a.m.

According to the Emerald Performance Materials website, the site produces specialty chemicals for various products, such as toothpaste, household products, paints, cosmetics, and more.

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