About 679 tons of kaolin involved in weekend spill

Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012 3:59 PM
Last updated 8:58 PM
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A weekend kaolin spill in Jefferson County involved approximately 679 tons of the milky colored material, according to Georgia’s Environmental Protection Division.

The spill, caused by a ruptured pipe near the Georgia Highway 17 bridge over Reedy Creek, involved de-gritted kaolin slurry owned by KaMin LLC, whose Georgia offices are in Macon.

“Based on the 679-ton number, they calculated the release was 187,000 gallons of de-gritted kaolin slurry,” said EPD spokesman Kevin Chambers.

The 7.5-mile pipline has been taken out of service until the cause of the failure can be determined, said KaMin vice president Doug Carter.

The company is also developing a monitoring plan to evaluate the impact of the spill. Reedy Creek flows into Brier Creek.

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Boudreaux
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Boudreaux 01/03/12 - 05:18 pm
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More good fishing destroyed.

More good fishing destroyed. Our local creeks and rivers have took a beating lately, hopefully these companies will be held responsible for damages and fined accordingly.

Anyone notice the odor coming from KaMin lately?

Bruno
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Bruno 01/03/12 - 05:44 pm
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Boudreax, the fishing isn't

Boudreax, the fishing isn't destroyed. Kaolin is a naturally occurring clay. In fact it is probably the most pure clay around. De-gritting is simply taking out the larger particles of clay. It is like complaining that there is dirt at the bottom of the creek.

Chillen
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Chillen 01/03/12 - 06:26 pm
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Oh Boy. Someone gets to deal

Oh Boy. Someone gets to deal with the super powerful (mostly) moonbat EPA. What a nightmare for them.

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Riverman1 01/03/12 - 06:45 pm
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I said yesterday we should do

I said yesterday we should do away with the entire DNR and nothing would change. Ditto EPD.

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burninater 01/03/12 - 07:13 pm
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Bruno. Filling a creek with a

Bruno. Filling a creek with a saturated kaolin solution is in no way the same as having dirt at the bottom of the creek.

I ask you this: would being in a room full of carbon dioxide be like having carbon dioxide in the atmosphere? No. Just because something occurs naturally doesn't mean that animals can survive being in an environment unnaturally saturated with it.

Boudreaux
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Boudreaux 01/04/12 - 12:38 am
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Bruno, really? Drink a gallon

Bruno, really? Drink a gallon of slurry and let us know how that works out.

Bruno
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Bruno 01/04/12 - 12:56 am
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Boudreaux, Kaolin has long

Boudreaux, Kaolin has long been used for stomach ailments. Where do you think the Kao in Kaopectate comes from? The creek isn't "saturated" with it. If left alone with a regular rate of water flow and settlement the naturally occurring clay will be dispersed and reabsorbed by nature probably in a week or two.

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Techfan 01/04/12 - 09:54 am
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How well do fish filter

How well do fish filter kaolin through their gills?

Riverman1
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Riverman1 01/04/12 - 09:56 am
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Fish won't have any diarrhea

Fish won't have any diarrhea for awhile...Kaolinpectate.

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Little Lamb 01/04/12 - 10:05 am
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When I read your question,

When I read your question, Techfan, I thought of this one from Bill Cosby:

How long can you tread water?

:-)

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 01/04/12 - 10:06 am
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That's a pretty photo up

That's a pretty photo up above.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 01/04/12 - 10:12 am
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Here's an interesting

Here's an interesting Chronicle article about kaolin processing and uses:

Kaolin at Reedy Creek

Boudreaux
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Boudreaux 01/04/12 - 10:31 am
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Since they killed the fish

Since they killed the fish off about a month ago we won't know if they could survive in that or not. We'll I do becauase I fish, or used to, in Reedy and Briar and this ain't the first time it has been white, and every time you can forget catching fish till at least next year.

Have you drank your slurry yet? You know just as good as me in large concentrations you'd spew out both ends. Violently.

Boudreaux
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Boudreaux 01/04/12 - 10:34 am
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Bruno- are they doing

Bruno- are they doing something different at KaMin lately? To make that odor?

Bruno
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Bruno 01/04/12 - 11:01 am
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I am not familiar with the

I am not familiar with the odor you speak of. BTW you know that if you drink a large enough concentration of water you'd spew out of both ends. From WebMD, "Kaolin seems to be safe for most people. It can cause some side effects including constipation, particularly in children and the elderly."
TechFan, fish don't actually use their gills to filter water per se. The movement of water past the gills allows the oxygen in the water to be absorbed by the gills. The particle size of the kaolin varies but one can assume since this kaolin was, as reported, only de-gritted, the particle size was large. That is to say large for kaolin. The negative effect on the fish would really depend on the ppm or concentration of the clay to water. That being said, the effect will be lessened by the natural water flow of the stream and the settling and dispersal of the clay. My main point is that this kaolin spill isn't a "disaster" and that kaolin isn't toxic. Simply put, this isn't Chernobyl.

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