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.
Environmental cleanup crews were sent to contain and clean up the spill.
Ford representatives said they were coordinating with local officials on the cleanup.
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.