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Seabrook Accident: No Godzilla Yet, But Potential Liability

When you hear about a Seabrook accident, maybe the first thing on your mind is, "grab the kids, we're out of here." Luckily, the accident that occurred on June 13th was the spill of ammonia hydroxide, a common industrial cleaning chemical, reported WBZ-TV.

The spill caused a safety alert in the administration building of the power plant, which is enclosed in the protected area of the plant, according to WBZ.

The alert level is named "unusual event" and is the lowest level of alert, which was then communicated to the public as "an alert," according to the Boston Herald. While the Seabrook firefighters were prepared for the worst, all that was required was a spill clean-up and ventilation of the exposed area, reports the Herald.

The reactor was not affected and there were no injuries. However, ammonia hydroxide is a dangerous chemical that could have injured employees.

If employees had been injured it could have been a classic case of negligence. Negligence, of course, is when someone is not acting in a reasonable way and ends up injuring someone else.

The facts reported here imply that nobody acted quickly to clean up the ammonia hydroxide, as the spill was "found" and then cleaned. Whoever was handling the dangerous chemical would be under a higher standard of care than if it was just soap. That way, even if they had been acting carefully and still spilled the chemical, they could still be liable for not cleaning it up or notifying someone who could.

While the birth of a Godzilla would have been entertaining (to those far enough away), it is a good thing that this Seabrook accident was only a spill of ammonia hydroxide. It is also lucky for the plant and its employees that there were no injuries, as that would have brought on the negligence lawsuits.

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