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Nitric acid spill at Hubel closes road

raspberryA spill of nitric acid at red fruit company Hubel in Pechão, Olhão, forced the closure of a public road, until the chemical was made safe and removed.

When firefighters arrived at the site, 1,000 litres of the highly toxic and corrosive chemical had spilled from a tank onto the road.

Bombeiros were called, the Portuguese Environment Agency was alerted and the local mayor, António Pina, said that everything was cleaned up safely.

"Our mission was to make a containment barrier with sand and, according to product specifications, the spill was covered in sand. The Portuguese Environment Agency was in place and will now be the company responsible for the removal of the waste," said the Bombeiros chief.

The acid spill occurred during the transport of a nitric acid in a container.

This highly corrosive acid is used to flush out drip and spray irrigation systems used by Hubel in its artificial, controlled environment greenhouses where chemically induced red fruits are grown for export.

The question that has not been covered by the various bodies involved, is what normally happens to the diluted acid after flushing?

Being a major local employer of hundreds of subsistence-level foreign workers, Hubel is unlikely to face official censure for this serious occurrence.

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0 #4 Ed 2018-08-10 13:13
Quoting Avril Thomas:
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Hi Avril and thanks for your comments.
If you get some horrible illness because of dirty production machines you will blame who????
I have not suggested horrible illnesses. The acid is used to dissolve any blockages in the nozzles of the irrigation equipment.
Will you stop people buying and eating the fruit???? NO!!! We live in a world of blame, someone always has to be blamed, the poor public can never rest easy for a minute without some articale of dred triggering their anger about crap.
This is the primary role of much media.
Do you have no concept of the anquish most Algarvians are in at the moment with the fires?
Yes – rather more than ‘a concept,’ in fact.
Get a life.
Thanks for the advice.
Give people something they can feel good about.
I report on what is going on, not all of it is good news. I could fill algarvedailynews with happy stories of uncorrupt councils, charming officials, toll-free motoring, lovely tourist resorts being built on bird sanctuaries, the benefits of a domestic oil business and the jobs he first spill will bring to the region, but that’s not life, is it?
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+1 #3 PeterT 2018-08-09 13:10
Quoting Avril Thomas:
It is not the mission of many media services only to report good news. Maybe some totalitarian states' official news channels do this but not algarvedailynews - maybe try the parish magazine or Watchtower if tht's what you are after.

As for having "no concept of the anquish most Algarvians are in at the moment with the fires?" what on earth has this got to do with a corrosive acid spill at Hubel? How are the two related?

I am pretty damn sure Ed has as much empathy with those affected as everyone else here and has covered the saddening Monchique fire events daily.

Sorry if the fire was 'bad news' too. The PM tried to turn it into good news and has been ridiculed for his attempt.

Anyway, the article did not state that 'dirty production machines' whatever those are, would make us ill.

The acid is used to dissolve cal in the irrigation sprays and nozzles - the legitimate question was - what happens to this solution after cleaning?
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+3 #2 DRT 2018-08-09 11:07
Quoting Avril Thomas:
This article drives me mad as a hatter. Instead of reporting the incident for the information of the public it has become a political issue to inflame the public's attention. If you get some horrible illness because of dirty production machines you will blame who???? Will you stop people buying and eating the fruit???? NO!!! We live in a world of blame, someone always has to be blamed, the poor public can never rest easy for a minute without some articale of dred triggering their anger about crap. Do you have no concept of the anquish most Algarvians are in at the moment with the fires? Get a life. Give people something they can feel good about. Oh but forgive me this would actually mean you have to get off your butt and go an look for something because with all the misery out there and easily available something good could be difficult to find.
hard to put a positive spin on1000litres of acid spilt onto a public road. For those wanting good news stories, try the newspapers but leave us with Algarve daily news - it is the only media with an opinion. I am suspicious of Hubel and it's immigrant contract wages well below the national minimum wage, the company's effect on the underground water supply and the chemical mix used in production. Ed's question is a good one, how is the diluted acid disposed of? Drawing attention to anguish over fires, when Algarve news has covered the topic ceaselessly, is bizarre....
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-4 #1 Avril Thomas 2018-08-09 10:25
This article drives me mad as a hatter. Instead of reporting the incident for the information of the public it has become a political issue to inflame the public's attention. If you get some horrible illness because of dirty production machines you will blame who???? Will you stop people buying and eating the fruit???? NO!!! We live in a world of blame, someone always has to be blamed, the poor public can never rest easy for a minute without some articale of dred triggering their anger about crap. Do you have no concept of the anquish most Algarvians are in at the moment with the fires? Get a life. Give people something they can feel good about. Oh but forgive me this would actually mean you have to get off your butt and go an look for something because with all the misery out there and easily available something good could be difficult to find.
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