Chemical Combination Could Be Cause of Chemical Spill

Chemical Combination Could Be Cause of Chemical Spill

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The chemical combination inside a railcar could be the cause of yesterday's chemical spill.

That's according to the railcar owners Kennecott Utah Copper. Today, company spokesman Louie Cononelos said the railcars are used for the transportation of sulfuric acid. However, they were shipping more than sulfuric acid.

Cononelos says the chemical combination attacked the integrity of the railcar. A private company has reported today there were four chemicals inside the railcar. They include acetic acid, hydrofluoric acid, phosphoric acid and sulfuric acid.

Cononelos said there are two other railcars leased to Philip Services. They worked with local authorities to track down the railcars in Ohio. They are now embargoed.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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