Leaking Sulfuric Acid Found at Houston-Area Storage Facility

State authorities are cleaning up sulfuric acid that leaked from five drums abandoned at a Houston-area storage facility.

Galveston County Emergency Management Coordinator Garret Foskit said Sunday the leak has been stopped but cleanup crews are still on-scene at the facility in Texas City. The highly corrosive chemical leaked from five 250-gallon containers and caused the brief closure Saturday of the Texas City Wye, a section of road near the Gulf Freeway.

Foskit estimates about 75 full or partially filled 250-gallon containers were left at the facility, though it's unknown whether all contained sulfuric acid.

State agencies, including the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, have responded to the leak. A Texas City official said air tests did not find any detectable threat.

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