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E-M:/ Toxic spill into St. Clair River

Enviro-Mich message from Mary Beth Doyle <marybeth@ecocenter.org>

 From Today's Free Press:


Michigan lifts no-drink warning after St. Clair River chemical leak

February 2, 2004, 3:29 AM

PORT HURON, Mich. (AP) -- A water advisory has been lifted in Macomb 
and St. Clair counties after tests revealed water supplies were not 
affected by a toxic chemical spill in the St. Clair River, Michigan 
environmental officials said Monday.

The advisory, urging residents in six communities to refrain from 
drinking, cooking with or bathing in, tap water was put in place 
after as much as 39,000 gallons of chemicals used in the 
manufacturing of lubricating oils spilled from the Imperial Oil plant 
in Sarnia, Ontario, across from Port Huron.


Imperial Oil had said in a statement it was responding to the spill 
of methyl-ethyl ketone and methyl-isobutyl ketone, chemicals which 
the company described as low-toxicity solvents used in making 
lubricating oils but which are also found in nail polish and paint.

Mary Beth Doyle, MPH
Environmental Health Project
Ecology Center
117 N. Division
Ann Arbor MI 48104

734-663-2400 ext 108
734-663-2414 (fax)


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