HAZMAT substance detected in Chesterfield creek is antifreeze

Posted at 4:25 PM, Feb 07, 2015
and last updated 2015-02-07 18:31:17-05

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. – HAZMAT units were called to the 6600 block of Public Safety Way in Chesterfield County at approximately 2:15 p.m. on Saturday.

The crew found a bright green substance in the creek that runs along the walking trails in the Chesterfield County Government Complex. According to county officials, it was determined that the substance was leaking from the HVAC units at the County Jail. The substance was identified as antifreeze and is in areas of the creek running from the jail to Krause Road.

The clean-up process could take several days.

County officials have stressed that the spill does not in any way effect the drinking water to county citizens. But, it is important to note that antifreeze has an inviting aroma and a sweet flavor to pets. Its appealing smell and taste often tempt animals to drink the highly poisonous substance. Please avoid any contact with the green water in the creek over the next several days.