Workers exposed to chemical leak at Intel plant in Arizona

Reuters News
Posted: May 05, 2014 6:36 PM

PHOENIX (Reuters) - A chemical leak at Intel Corp's manufacturing complex in Arizona has been contained and two workers were taken to hospital for observation, a spokesman for the chipmaker said on Monday.

During a tool installation in a basement at the sprawling plant southeast of Phoenix a tube was severed, leading to a spill of around 100 gallons (379 liters) of ammonium hydroxide, said Intel spokesman Chuck Mulloy.

Ten workers near the spill reported to the facility's medical station and two of those people were sent to hospital for observation, Mulloy said.

The spill was in a confined area and no chemicals have been exposed to the public, he said.

"The leak has ended. It has been contained. Right now they're making plans for the cleanup," Mulloy said.

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Last June a gas leak at the plant sickened 43 people, including 11 who were taken to a local hospital.

(Reporting by David Schwartz; Writing by Dan Whitcomb; Editing by Cynthia Johnston and Andrew Hay)