Corrosive Chemical Eats Straight Through Concrete but Poses “No Immediate Danger”
A March 30 spill of dangerous fluorosilicic acid from a tanker truck delivering “fluoride” to the water treatment plant in Rock Island, Illinois is a grim reminder that this could happen anywhere. Fluoride Free Austin’s March 17 Open Records request to the City of Austin soliciting the cost of insurance against just such a mishap has so far gone unanswered. Tanker trucks arrive in Austin from Florida to deliver our expensive order of fertilizer-industry toxic waste four or five times a year. Is it possible that the city carries no such insurance?
A visit to the Austin Water Utility two years ago revealed corrosion on a rung of the ladder alongside a fluoride acid storage tank. It looks relatively small, but the question is: how did it get there? Escaping fumes, perhaps? AWU has assured us that the operation is completely safe because it is “fully automated.” That makes it completely safe? Some assurance! How often has a fully automated system crashed in your presence?
I’m not accusing. I’m just saying I wouldn’t bet the rent on it.
Storage Tank View of Containment Area Corrosion on Ladder