Honeywell probing leak at southern IL plant -

Honeywell probing leak at southern IL plant

METROPOLIS, Ill. (AP) -- Honeywell says it is investigating an acid leak at a southern Illinois uranium-conversion plant where replacement workers for months have taken the place of union employees locked out over a labor dispute.
   Company spokesman Peter Dalpe tells The Paducah (Ky.) Sun that no one was injured during the nearly two-hour leak of hydrofluoric acid at the Metropolis plant Wednesday. He says the escape was confined to the plant.
   There were no evacuations of nearby homes and businesses.
   Hydrofluoric acid isn't radioactive but is corrosive and known for its ability to penetrate human tissue.
   Metropolis Mayor Billy McDaniel says the leak will heighten community concern about safety of the plant where union workers have been locked out since June, with no new talks scheduled for the rest of the year.
   Information from: The Paducah Sun,
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