METROPOLIS — A chemical leak was reported at the Honeywell plant in Metropolis Saturday night.
Company spokesperson Peter Dalpe says it happened around 6 p.m.. The plant declared an alert and notified the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission as per procedure.
Plant personnel activated emergency response procedures and emergency teams responded.
They reported around 8 that the leak had been stopped. The plant stepped down from a plant alert to a plant emergency — the plant’s lowest emergency status – at 8:30 p.m.
No one was injured and no signs of impact to the area were found. Dalpe says plant personnel are working to determine how much material was released and the plant will conduct a thorough investigation of the incident.
The plant produces Uranium hexafluoride, which is used in the uranium enrichment process that produces fuel for nuclear reactors and nuclear weapons.