For Immediate Release
January 9, 2012

KDHE Office of Communications, 785-296-0461

KDHE urging caution along Lime Creek after sulfuric acid spill in Herington

TOPEKA, Kan. — The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) is urging Kansans to avoid Lime Creek in Herington, Kan., after it was discovered last night that sulfuric acid was leaking from a rail yard. The specific area is from Highway 56 North to Avenue 1000. It is estimated that almost 11,000 gallons of sulfuric acid has spilled into Lime Creek.

Residents, their livestock and their pets should avoid that body of water for recreational or drinking purposes. In addition, KDHE and the Dickinson County Emergency Management agency have alerted property owners downstream who use the area for cattle watering.

KDHE will continue to test the area and will send out another notice when the water is considered clear for use.