By and large, the production of pretty much all electrical components will always result in some level of toxic byproducts being created. As you might imagine, therefore, many major organisations spend an absolute fortune to ensure that not only are these contained but that they are disposed of in an appropriate manner. – Following a report via Videocardz, however, it seems that an accidental contamination leak at a Samsung plant in Austin Texas has resulted in a huge acid discharge into a local stormwater pool that has, for all intents and purposes, killed practically all creatures living within it!
While unclear as to exactly when the contamination started, it’s understood that a failure in one of their waste systems resulted in around 763,000 gallons of toxic waste being accidentally released into a local water environment. Consisting of a hugely acidic substance, it’s understood that this saw the water in the stormwater pool being dropped to around 2-3 pH. A figure which, if you can recall your litmus paper testing from school, is a highly concentrated value.
While this is not thought to have caused any issue to human life, however, it has been confirmed that there is now “virtually no surviving aquatic life” in the water anymore.
In fairness to Samsung, they have acknowledged that the fault is entirely their own, and more so, they have already contracted an environmental specialist to attempt to somewhat rectify the damage caused. A factor that does seem to already be having a positive effect with the pH recently recorded at a far more neutral 6.7 to 8.5.
While details are, of course, expected to emerge as the matter is investigated over the coming months (and specifically as to how the leak occurred in the first place, and more so, how it seemingly happened over what appears to be a significant amount of time without being noticed), I think it would be fair to say that Samsung is likely facing a pretty huge fine here. And while the water pH level might have returned to normal, it’s going to take a lot of effort and time to see life return to normal in the stormwater pool.
As above though, while clearly a huge problem, Samsung is at least owning it and are seemingly making strong efforts to try and put things right!
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