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More than 800 gallons of Magnesium Hydroxide accidentally released in Patapsco river

Posted at 5:29 PM, Dec 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-09 17:29:31-05

More than 800 gallons of Magnesium Hydroxide was released into the Patapsco river Friday afternoon, Baltimore City Department of Public Works said.

According to city officials the leak started Friday afternoon as 1:00 p.m. due to a broken line on a tank located at the City-installed facility on the south side of the County's Patapsco Pumping Station. 

Officials reported 856 gallons of Magnesium Hydroxide accidently leaked into the Patapsco river.

The river’s color was distorted due to the spill.

DPW crews stopped the leak on Saturday at 8:00 a.m.

The city has announced it is cleaning up the spill.

Officials did report this major spill to the Maryland Department of the Environment.

Magnesium hydroxide, known commonly as "milk of magnesia," is used in the sewage treatment process for odor control and to help with corrosion resistance.