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Acid leak shuts down half of Sydney port
May 14, 2012
A CONTAINER leaking nitric acid has been removed from a ship at Port Botany and is being investigated by the fire brigade and police.
At 1am today, a ship carrying containers of nitric acid arrived at Port Botany from Freemantle and the captain of the ship reported a suspected leak coming from one of the containers.
"The container was removed from the ship and placed in a bundled area,'' a police spokesman said.
"HAZMAT officers from Fire and Rescue NSW, along with NSW Police, NSW Ambulance Service and the Sydney Ports Authority commenced an operation to establish the nature and scope of the leak.
"As a precaution, a 250 metre exclusion zone has been set up to perform the operation which is expected to continue for a few more hours.
"At this stage there have been no injuries or environmental impact as a result of the leak.''
The main use of nitric acid is for the production of fertilizer and explsives and metal etching.
The major hazard posed by it is chemical burns.