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CONYNGHAM – Emergency crews responded to a liquid chlorine leak at the Conyngham Borough Water Authority this morning, but the issue was quickly resolved and there was no danger to the public, officials said.

Approximately 20 gallons of chlorine leaked into a storm pipe and a culvert before workers were able to shut off a valve, said Colleen Connolly, spokeswoman for the state Department of Environmental Protection.

One worker was overcome by fumes and was taken to a hospital. Information on the worker’s condition was not immediately available. Connolly said DEP inspectors are at the scene trying to determine what caused the leak.

The Luzerne County Emergency Management Agency placed a hazardous material team on standby, but did not respond to the incident, said Lucy Morgan, deputy coordinator.

“They got in under control pretty quickly. There was no vapor cloud or air quality issues,” Morgan said.

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