A clean-up crew from Pittsburgh was on the scene early Thursday responding to a chemical spill outside Beech Bottom Primary School. The school janitor noticed the spill and called 911 who called the Emergency Management Agency and the Beech Bottom Fire Dept.
The chemical, called polyflux, was reportedly spilled last week by a company and cleaned up. However, last night's rain caused it to seep out onto the road again. Officials say the chemical is not hazardous and the only harm it can cause is moderate skin irritation if someone comes in direct contact with it.
The road in front of the Beech Bottom Primary School was blocked off while the situation was addressed, and parents with children who walked to school Thursday were asked to bring another pair of shoes so the children would not track the chemical around the school.
The EMA will work with prosecutors to look into possible charges against the company who spilled the chemical.