Chemical Leak causes evacuation in California town

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Kern County, Calif. — (WLNS):

A chemical leak has been reported in Taft, a small city located 25 miles from Bakersfield, Calif.

Homes located within a half mile of the plant are recommended to evacuate, according to the Kern County Fire Department.

The chemical leak is said to involve acroleinm a highly toxic chemical. If ingested in excess, it can cause skin, eye and nasal passage irritation.

The Red cross is opening a shelter in Taft and the county will open an emergency operating center in Bakersfield.

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