The death toll mounted quickly as neighborhoods were evacuated, traffic on Indiana 930 halted and a shelter was set up at Paul Harding High School after a chlorine gas leak Saturday.
That was the scenario that played out at Brenntag, an international chemical distribution company on Estella Avenue, during a local disaster drill Saturday morning. About 300 first responders, volunteers and observers participated in the three-hour drill.
State and federal laws require public safety agencies to run live scenarios that deal with an environmental or chemical disaster every two years.
These “Right to Know” laws require businesses to report any chemicals or hazardous materials to local fire departments and that those departments know how to respond in the event of a release or spill, said Tony Burrus, Allen County safety/environmental director.
In addition to the chlorine release
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