Part of Tesla Gigafactory evacuated after cleaning solvent spill

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STOREY COUNTY, Nev. (KOLO) - Storey County Emergency Manager Joe Curtis confirms to KOLO 8 News Now a chemical spill Monday afternoon.

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A hazardous materials crew was sent to the Tesla Gigafactory at the Tahoe Reno Industrial Center the afternoon of April 17, 2017. Curtis says a 55-gallon drum of a cleaning agent spilled. There is no word how long it will take to clean it up and reopen the portion of the plant that was evacuated because of the spill.

A statement from Tesla spokesman Dave Arnold says, "A drum of standard construction cleaning solvent was spilled at one of the Gigafactory loading docks this afternoon. Although this minor spill poses no threat to the public, per our safety protocols, we evacuated a small portion of the building and alerted the authorities. A cleanup crew is onsite and out of an abundance of caution, a couple of employees who may have been exposed are being transferred to the local hospital. There are no reports of serious injuries. We don’t expect any impact to production.”