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Chemical Spill Closes Burlington Beach

A Burlington beach has been closed due to a chemical spill. According to the Agency of Natural Resources, a fire-suppressing foam was discharged into a brook a short distance from Lake Champlain near Blanchard Beach at Oakledge Park.

The spill occurred Thursday at Global Company LLC and continued for an unknown period of time until it was detected and stopped shortly before 3 p.m.

According to a notice from the agency, “Risk to human health/environment has not been determined, though anticipated to be small due to dilution. State department of health was consulted but does not have thresholds for the constituents in the foam (polyethylene glycol, cumene sulfonate, calcium chloride and zinc chloride).”

The agency says the spill occurred when the foam was somehow diverted from a holding tank into a stormwater pond.

Steve has been with VPR since 1994, first serving as host of VPR’s public affairs program and then as a reporter, based in Central Vermont. Many VPR listeners recognize Steve for his special reports from Iran, providing a glimpse of this country that is usually hidden from the rest of the world. Prior to working with VPR, Steve served as program director for WNCS for 17 years, and also worked as news director for WCVR in Randolph. A graduate of Northern Arizona University, Steve also worked for stations in Phoenix and Tucson before moving to Vermont in 1972. Steve has been honored multiple times with national and regional Edward R. Murrow Awards for his VPR reporting, including a 2011 win for best documentary for his report, Afghanistan's Other War.
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