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Operations at Neenah Munising Mill disrupted when discharge line fails

MUNISING — The Neenah Paper Munising Mill experienced a disruption to normal operations at 8 a.m. Friday when a discharge line from a bleach bulk storage tank failed, causing a release of 2,000 gallons of liquid bleach within the facility, the company announced.

The mill quickly activated its emergency response plan to contain the immediate risk to employees, the environment and the community. This plan activated additional resources from the community, including the Munising Fire Department, Rock River Fire Department, Alger County Sheriff’s Office and Alger County EMS.

The discharge was contained within the facility, according to Neenah, which does not anticipate any discharge to the environment.

The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy has been notified of the spill and was on site to monitor.

Five employees were transported by Alger County EMS to Munising Memorial Hospital for treatment and monitoring, and were released. The mill then worked to safely resume normal operations.

The company thanked the Munising Fire Department, Rock River Fire Department, Alger County Sheriff’s Office, Alger County EMS, Munising Memorial Hospital, EGLE and Neenah employees at the Munising Mill for responding to the incident.

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