Chlorine leak at Coon Rapids water treatment plant

A chlorine leak sent the North Metro Chemical Assessment Team to the city of Coon Rapids east water treatment plant on Dogwood Street early Monday morning.

Two members of the North Metro Chemical Assessment Team donned hazardous materials suits to enter the city of Coon Rapids’ east water treatment plant early Monday morning to turn off valves to stop a chlorine leak. Photo: Coon Rapids Fire Department

Two members of the North Metro Chemical Assessment Team donned hazardous materials suits to enter the city of Coon Rapids’ east water treatment plant early Monday morning to turn off valves to stop a chlorine leak. Photo: Coon Rapids Fire Department

An automatic alarm alerted the on-call city of Coon Rapids public works employee of the chlorine leak about 5 a.m. and the Coon Rapids Fire Department was called in.

According to Fire Chief John Piper, two members of the chemical assessment team, comprising firefighters from the Coon Rapids, Fridley and Spring Lake Park-Blaine-Mounds View (SBM), that responded put on hazardous materials suits and went into the water treatment plant to turn off the valves to both chlorine tanks and both sulfur dioxide tanks.

The treatment plant’s scrubber system removed the chlorine, Piper said.

According to Rick Bednar, city utilities operations supervisor, the leak was caused by a loose fitting.

Only two pounds of chlorine got out, which is a very small amount, Bednar said.

The system is set up so any chlorine leak is confined to the chlorine room and the scrubber system is automatically activated to get rid of the chlorine, he said.

The city’s water supply was not impacted because the plant was not running at the time, Bednar said.

“Chlorine can be very dangerous, but this leak was a miniscule amount and there was no impact to the city’s water supply,” he said.

Firefighters cleared the scene before 7 a.m., according to the fire department run report.

Peter Bodley is at peter.bodley@ecm-inc.com

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