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A chemical spilled at a Ford Motor Company plant in northern Ohio and entered Lake Erie but wasn’t considered a serious health hazard for humans.

About 5,000 gallons of a rust-proofing solution spilled Saturday, and an unknown amount of that got into a storm sewer and discharged into the lake, according to the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.

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Environmental cleanup crews were sent to contain and clean up the spill.

Ford representatives said they were coordinating with local officials on the cleanup.

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The chemical is a skin irritant, but the spill wasn’t considered a health hazard because there is no public beach in that area and it wasn’t expected to affect the city’s water intake, said Avon Lake Assistant Fire Chief Jeff Moore.

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