Susan Buckley, RN, Director, Public Health
Ira Singh, MPH, Deputy Director
Donald I. Baird, MD, Health Officer

Division of Environmental Health

PRESS RELEASE

Date Released: 1/21/2011
Subject: FORTUNA LIME RELEASE IS NEUTRALIZED
Contact: Melissa Martel, Division of Environmental Health Director
Phone: (707) 445-6215

The Humboldt County Department of Health and Human Services Environmental Health Division (DEH) has reviewed the conditions surrounding the January 19, 2011 release of “high calcium quicklime” at Fortuna Middle School and area to the east and southeast of the school extending to 12th Street. The pH of the residue left from this event has been neutralized and is now safe. DEH recommends that all contact surfaces be rinsed twice to remove the powder. The residue is safe to enter the storm drain system as it meets the discharge standards for the Eel River Basin Plan.
Quicklime, aka calcium oxide, is a mild corrosive and can cause irritation of the skin, eyes or respiratory system. If you experience symptoms of this type, we recommend that you seek medical advice or contact the Humboldt County Department of Health and Human Services Public Health Branch at (707) 445-6200.
If you have questions about environmental issues associated with this event, please contact the Humboldt County Department of Health and Human Services Environmental Health Division at (707) 445-6215.


 

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