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Oil plant explosion expected to have no negative impact on environment
Ohio EPA says transformer oil fire in Canton on Sunday was effectively contained
by WKSU's AMY COOKNICK


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Hydrodec North America:

An explosion and fire at a Canton oil recyling plant will have no ill effects on the environment, says the Ohio EPA.

Spokeswoman Erin Strouse says the cause of the fire Sunday at Hydrodec North America in southeast Canton is still under investigation.

Strouse says the plant houses about 220 gallons of transformer oil, the majority of which was safely contained on site during the fire.

A small amount of the hazardous oil that leaked offsite was trapped in an emergency retention basin.

Strouse says less than a gallon of oil leaked offsite

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"Probably less than a gallon did manage to get off site, where a clean-up contractor will complete that clean up today. That happened as a result of the ... runoff  from the firefighting water, escaped through some storm drains outside the containment area on site."

Strouse says no one was injured or evacuated during the fire. Offsite cleanup is wrapping up as the company waits for an insurance evaluation to begin cleanup inside the facility.

Meanwhile, Hydrodec’s stocks took a dive Monday after the company confirmed the damage at the plant.

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