Watch the video of the accident that caused acid to leak into the river in Joinville
The company responsible for the truck that overturned and spilled sulfonic acid into a river in Joinville, in the north of Santa Catarina, was fined BRL 3,352,500 this Friday (2) by the state Environmental Institute (IMA). The fine was for environmental pollution. O g1 was unable to contact the company.
The accident occurred on Monday morning (29). The truck spilled the toxic acid into the Rio Seco after tipping over in Serra Dona Francisca, on SC-418. Twenty gallons with 50 liters of sulfonic acid each leaked into the Rio Seco. The truck driver lost control of the steering on a straight line. He, who suffered injuries, was hospitalized and discharged on Tuesday (30).
The fine was given through an environmental infraction notice. Starting this Friday, the company has two days to respond to the notification and 20 days to defend.
The Environmental Institute reinforced that, as there are still barrels of acid to be removed from the accident site, there is still a risk of leaks. Therefore, the guideline is that, until the work and environmental impact studies are completed, the population avoid direct contact with water and vegetation which are located in the vicinity of the place where the accident occurred.
IMA delivered the technical notification for the company to begin extensive monitoring of the fauna and water resources impacted by the product. The idea of the Environmental Institute is that, if damage to the environment is found, it can provide environmental restoration, reintroduction of fauna and remediation of contaminated areas.
IMA technicians continue to help with the cleaning work that is being carried out by professionals from the company specializing in environmental emergencies hired by those responsible for the cargo. The task force consists of rescuing around 20 barrels that are in difficult to access locations.
Standardized water supply
The water supply in Joinville is back to normal. The Cubatão treatment station (ETA), which supplies 75% of the city, was closed after the accident and reopened on Tuesday (30). As a result, the arrival of water to the homes served by ETA gradually returned to normal.
Regarding the quality of water collected for human consumption, the Joinville Water Company carries out analyzes every 30 minutes. According to IMA, the company informed that the use of treated water is safe and that it will continue to monitor until all the material that fell from the truck is removed from the area.
Foam on the sides of the highway in Joinville
In addition to the acid in the water, the accident also caused foam, which could be seen in the river and also on the banks of highways in Joinville.