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Thirty treated for exposure to hazardous materials in Hemet

By in Press Enterprise on October 2, 2017

By Stephen Ramirez

Thirty people were treated and decontaminated Friday, Sept. 29, after being exposed to a hazardous material Friday in Hemet, county officials reported.

The incident occurred in the morning when workers at McCrometer Inc., 3255 W. Stetson Ave., cut into a pipe they thought was empty. Instead, it released “black liquor,” a hazardous waste product, the Riverside County Environmental Protection and Oversight Division reported Monday.

The area was evacuated; 25 employees were taken to the hospital. They were decontaminated, as well as three firefighters and two paramedics from the Hemet Fire Department who were exposed.

The substance can damage the eyes, respiratory tract and cause burns on the skin, the report said.

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