A chemical spill caused by a fire at Schultz Xtruded Products in Hernando, Mississippi, resulted in Hydrofluoric Acid leaking into Mussacuna Creek. The DeSoto County Government has confirmed that the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality is satisfied with the progress, and the dam is being removed to allow the creek flow to return. The DeSoto County Government also states that the consensus among environmental companies and MSDEQ confirm that there is no indication of contamination of drinking water for either the city water system or private wells in the areas along the creek.
Although the spill is being cleaned up and the affected areas have been remediated, community air quality survey testing was conducted as a precaution, with no measurable detection obtained. Air monitoring will continue on-site throughout the cleanup, and cleanup efforts will continue on-site at SXP for several more days. Crews will also assess nearby creeks and waterways for any impacts from the spill. Mitigation efforts and protective measures will remain in place to prevent any future contamination.
What is Hydrogen Fluoride (HF)?
Hydrogen fluoride (HF) is a chemical compound composed of hydrogen and fluorine. It is a colorless gas or a colorless, fuming liquid with a pungent odor. It is highly corrosive and can cause severe burns upon contact with the skin. Hydrogen fluoride is used in various industries for the production of refrigerants, pharmaceuticals, herbicides, high-octane gasoline, plastics, aluminum, electrical components, and fluorescent light bulbs. It is also used in etching glass and in the production of uranium for nuclear fuel. Hydrogen fluoride is extremely hazardous and requires careful handling to prevent accidental exposure or release.
If you or a loved one were exposed to Hydrofluoric Acid, seek medical attention immediately. Exposure to hydrogen fluoride can cause serious symptoms, including irritation of the eyes, nose, and respiratory tract leading to death from an erratic heartbeat or fluid buildup in the lungs, especially when there is high-level or prolonged exposure.
What is a toxic tort?
A toxic tort is a legal claim that arises from exposure to a hazardous substance that causes injury or harm to a person or a group of people. A toxic tort case may involve exposure to a wide range of substances, including chemicals, drugs, and other toxic materials.
Toxic torts are typically brought by individuals or groups of people who have been harmed by exposure to a hazardous substance. The plaintiffs in these cases may be seeking compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages.
Examples of toxic torts include cases involving exposure to asbestos, lead paint, pesticides, contaminated groundwater, and other harmful substances. Toxic tort cases can be complex and difficult to prove, as they often require extensive scientific evidence and expert testimony.
Toxic tort claims may be brought against manufacturers, distributors, or other parties responsible for the creation, distribution, or use of a hazardous substance. In some cases, toxic tort claims may also be brought against landlords, employers, or other parties who expose individuals to a hazardous substance.
If you believe that you or a loved one were exposed to a hazardous substance and suffered harm, seek medical attention and contact a qualified attorney for legal advice. An experienced toxic tort lawyer from Parker Waichman LLP will help you understand your legal rights and options and can assist you in pursuing compensation for your injuries and/or substantial property damage.
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