Bristol, Pa. — An equipment failure at a Trinseo plc facility in Bristol resulted in the release of a latex emulsion product that spilled into a nearby waterway late March 24 that prompted concerns about the water supply in Philadelphia.
In a release issued March 26, Trinseo said that some of the latex emulsion product overflowed the on-site containment system and entered a storm drain where it flowed to the Otter Creek and then into the Delaware River.
In all, Trinseo estimates, about 8,100 gallons of the solution was spilled from the facility, which is operated by Altuglas LLC, a Trinseo subsidiary.
The Delaware River is a source of drinking water for the city of Philadelphia. The Philadelphia Water Department advised customers to drink only bottled water during the weekend, but then revised it saying any material from the spill wouldn't reach its systems until late March 27. It now says it is monitoring water quality and will issue updates as needed.