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Samsung Spilled Up To 763K Gallons of Sulfuric Acid Waste Into Austin Tributary

Saturday January 29, 2022. 02:01 AM , from Slashdot
New submitter blackprint writes: The City of Austin released a memo saying that Samsung released as much as 763,000 gallons of sulfuric acid waste into a Northeast Austin creek over a period as long as 106 days. They confirmed the leak has stopped, but no fish or macro invertebrates survived in the impacted area. They don't know if there are any long-term impacts, but pH levels in the area have returned close to normal. According to the memo, 'Public access to this area is limited, and there are no nearby parks.'

They have not stated the cause of the spill. 'Spill investigators and scientists took a look at the area Jan. 18-19 and saw iron staining in the tributary channel consistent with a low pH environment,' reports local news station KXAN, citing the memo. 'WPD says it was in this tributary stretch from the Samsung plant to the main branch of Harris Branch Creek that WPD staff found no surviving aquatic life, including fish.'

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