Bucks County Representatives Look to Investigate Chemical Spill in Bristol Township

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The local politicians are looking for answers as to how the spill occurred.

After a major chemical spill in Bucks County left the area in panic, local representatives are looking for answers as to how it happened. Staff writers for the PA Senate wrote about the recent initiative.

Senator Steve Santarsiero and Representative Tina Davis called on the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to investigate the cause of the chemical spill that happened in Bristol Township at the Altuglas Chemical Plant.

The local legislators want DEP to impose proper penalties as well as develop new policies that would be intended to prevent similar spills in the future.

“We are writing to express our deep concern about the chemical spill that occurred in Bristol Township at the Altuglas LLC Chemical Plant, owned by Trinseo (the “Facility”), and to underscore the need for increased monitoring of this and other sites like it,” reads the letter.

On March 24, over 8,000 gallons of acrylic latex polymer spilled into Otter Creek in Bristol Township. From there, the chemicals flowed into the Delaware River, which is the drinking water source for millions of Pennsylvanians. It took more than half an hour to detect the spill.

Read more about the chemical spill in the PA Senate.


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