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 The cleanup of Monday’s chemical spill at the Escondido Water Treatment Plant continues and has been divided into two phases.  The first phase, which involved the removal of approximately 20,000 gallons of sodium hydroxide released into a containment area, as well as the removal of the remaining solution left in the failed tanks, has been completed. This work was performed by NRC Environmental Services. 

 The second phase involves the cleanup of the spill that traveled down an adjacent hillside by the Charros Horse Arena. Remediation has begun and includes the removal of dirt and plants done under the supervision of a certified biologist.  This remediation plan was developed collaboratively by the City of Escondido, County HazMat, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, and NRC Environmental Services. The affected area has been cordoned off and signs posted advising people not to enter the area.

The cause of the spill appears to be a breach in the tank and a representative of the manufacturer has been invited to inspect the tank.