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Hazardous chemicals found on site of closed Slinger metal factory


SLINGER, WI (WTAQ) - The federal EPA said Monday it found almost 8,900 gallons of hazardous chemicals at an abandoned factory in Slinger that made metal plates.

An emergency response team counted 315 barrels and drums of chemicals inside the former Niphos Coatings plant – plus 100 smaller containers.

Crews have been at the plant since the middle of last week. Their next job is to separate various chemicals for disposal and removal, and seek bids from companies to properly get rid of the material.

The EPA’s “Super-fund” program is paying for the work.

So far, there have been no reports of contamination either inside or outside the plant.

Two of the chemicals are considered extremely hazardous – sodium cyanide and nitric acid.

The owner closed the facility in 2010 after the Great Recession dried up the market for its coated metal plates. He was hoping to re-open the facility, but eventually decided that he couldn’t.