The toxic contamination at Samsung’s Austin plant left no aquatic life in its path

2022-04-28 0 By

Home of IT, Jan. 31 – Acidic wastewater has been leaking from Samsung Electronics Co. ‘s semiconductor plant in Austin, Texas, for months, killing all aquatic life in a nearby tributary, according to an Austin City Council investigation.According to a Jan. 27 memo sent to Austin by the city’s Watershed Protection Department, the amount of acid waste entering the tributaries is unknown and has no “measurable impact” on the water chemistry and aquatic life downstream of Harris Branch Creek.The company said in a statement that it discovered an “industrial waste water leak” into its stormwater collection tank on Jan. 14.Samsung said it immediately prevented further reactions and took steps to minimize the environmental impact.Most of Samsung’s manufacturing facilities are in South Korea, IT home has learned, and IT currently has a logical semiconductor plant in Austin in the United States that makes chips for other companies under contract.”Samsung Austin Semiconductor is committed to environmental stewardship and recognizes our role in protecting the natural environment of Central Texas,” spokeswoman Michele Glaze said in a statement, adding that Samsung immediately notified the Environmental Agency.In the memo, WPD staff said they found the remains of dead aquatic species in the unnamed tributary,With little surviving aquatic life — such as fish and large invertebrates — the tributary stretches from Samsung’s property to Harris Branch Creek near Harris Branch Parkway.”This suggests that discharges are having a significant short-term impact on aquatic communities and tributary ecology.It is too early to know the likely long-term impact, “the memo reads.In addition, low pH and orange discoloration were observed in tributaries, according to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality TCEQ.However, the WPD memo states that major portions of Harris Branch Creek have no significant effect on hydrochemistry or iron staining.WPD officials said in the memo that they were documenting the impact on surface water and passing the information on to TCEQ, the lead investigator on the incident.To correct the pH, Samsung used sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) until Jan. 24, Rasp said in an email, and sample results showed that the pH had returned to the normal range.In addition, Samsung began lime treatment of the low-pH water in the on-site stormwater tank, which will be transported to Samsung’s industrial waste disposal unit and released into the City of Austin’s wastewater system once the pH is restored to neutral, TCEQ said.In addition, Since the initial notification, Samsung has provided daily status updates to the TCEQ Austin Area and the City of Austin, and will continue to do so until all corrective actions are completed.