OAK RIDGE, Tenn. — Federal authorities have responded to a chemical spill in a building at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant in Oak Ridge.
Federal spokesman Steven Wyatt said that the chemical acetonitrile, which is a flammable and toxic solvent, was spilled this morning at the Purification Facility. He said employees were evacuated from the building and no injuries were reported.
Wyatt said less than ten employees were affected.
At 2 p.m. he said that the spill had evaporated, the spill is stable, and officials have entered the facility to bring the event to a closure.
The National Nuclear Security Administration and its Y-12 contractor, Consolidated Nuclear Security, responded to the incident.