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A recent chemical spill at a water treatment facility in Rock Island, Ill., required the assistance of an emergency relief crew decked in the very same type of hazmat suits being worn by workers at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant in Japan. Except instead of radiation, the leaked chemical at the water plant was actually hydrofluorosilicic acid, a chemical fluoride component commonly added to drinking supplies for the stated purpose of preventing cavities. This fluoride chemical is so hazardous that it actually began to burn through parking lot cement in Rock Island before emergency crews arrived on the scene.
Originally posted by SvenTheBerserK
"Hydrofluorosilicic acid is used to add fluoride to the plants water."
Originally posted by Aggie Man
Actually, it was hydrofluorosilicic acid that was spilled, not flouride. Big difference.