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“All clear” given after chemical spill at Mastronardi Produce facility in Berea prompts evacuations

Smoke from a chemical spill at the Mastronardi Produce, formerly AppHarvest facility in Berea
Samantha Fisher
Smoke from a chemical spill at the Mastronardi Produce, formerly AppHarvest facility in Berea

An “all clear” has been given for the area around the Mastronardi Produce, formerly AppHarvest building in Berea. On Wednesday evening, the Berea Fire Department was dispatched to the scene for a possible hazardous material spill.

A press release from the department stated that crews found an active spill of a container of nitric acid spilled in semi-trailer outside of the facility. The area was evacuated and the spill was contained. A hazardous material team arrived to assist in the neutralization, removal, and disposal of the chemical spill.

Authorities say there are no threats posed to the community or the environment. No injuries were reported by employees or response crews.

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Stan Ingold is WEKU's News Director. He has worked in public broadcasting for 18 years, starting at Morehead State Public Radio before spending the past 10 years at Alabama Public Radio. Stan has been honored with numerous journalism awards for his public radio reporting.
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