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More than 850 gallons of magnesium hydroxide leak into Patapsco River

More than 850 gallons of magnesium hydroxide were accidentally released into a river in Baltimore.

The Baltimore City Department of Public Works says in a release that 856 gallons of the chemical commonly known as milk of magnesia started to leak into the Patapsco River around 1 p.m. Friday.

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The leak started from a broken line on a tank located at a facility on the south side of Baltimore County's Patapsco Pumping Station. The spill was stopped at 9 a.m. Saturday.

The department says the spill distorted the water color of the river.

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Magnesium hydroxide is used in the sewage treatment process to control odor and help with corrosion resistance.

The spill has been reported to the Maryland Department of the Environment.

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