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Union Carbide Corporation; Tonawanda, New York

Tonawanda, New York | 1986-Jan-16

Initial Notification: On about January 7, 1986, the Union Carbide Corporation in Niagara Falls, New York, discovered the loss of 50 gallons of polyalkylene glycol from a storage tank located on the facility. The polyalkylene glycol flowed into the cooling water return line, through the outfall system and, finally, into the Niagara River. Union Carbide possess a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under the Clean Water Act for 15 parts per million oil and grease. USCG district 9.

Incident Details
Products of concern:Polyalkylene glycol
Latitude (approximate): 43° 0.50′ North
Longitude (approximate): 78° 51.25′ West