Chemicals spill, causing stench

February 03, 1997|By Consella A. Lee | Consella A. Lee,SUN STAFF

A leaking valve or gasket is suspected of causing a chemical spill at a Brooklyn Park pharmaceutical plant that led residents to complain about a strong stench, a spokesman for the Maryland Department of the Environment said Friday.

Quentin W. Banks, the spokesman, said MDE's emergency response team was notified about 5 p.m. Thursday of a spill at Consolidated Pharmaceuticals Group Inc. in the 6100 block of Robinwood Road. The plant produces penicillin.

"The Consolidated Pharmaceutical people were emptying a storage tank into a tank they use for waste material" when the spill occurred, Banks said.

Less than 50 gallons of chemicals spilled, causing a strong, offensive odor, Banks said.

The plant, which residents had complained about before, closed four years ago after a grand jury indicted its owners on charges of violating environmental laws. MDE officials allowed it to reopen under new owners two years ago.

Pub Date: 2/03/97

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