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Scientist to investigate apparent chemical drip from bridge

July 13, 2018

ROYALTON, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont state scientist will be investigating an apparent chemical drip from a Royalton bridge into the White River.

During a recent heat wave, multiple people who were tubing on the river say they suffered chemical burns on their skin after the black wood preservative creosote dripped off the bridge and into the water. The Valley News reports sand, concrete and vegetation beneath the bridge are streaked with the oily substance.

The bridge drippings have been an intermittent feature of the bridge for an estimated 30 years. The state Department of Environmental Conservation sent a scientist to inspect the bridge Thursday.

The Royalton Select Board expressed concern for the public’s safety during a Tuesday night meeting, but members said they were not sure how to proceed.

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Information from: Lebanon Valley News, http://www.vnews.com

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