Material Spilled on Highway Was ‘Non-Toxic,’ Mississippi Silicon Says

A backhoe cleans up the spill on U.S. 72 in Corinth on Monday. (Photo by Josh Mitchell/Corinth Today)

Staff reports

Mississippi Silicon released a statement Tuesday regarding the material that accidentally spilled from a truck on U.S. Highway 72 in Corinth just east of Fulton Drive on Monday afternoon.

The material involved in the spill was a non-toxic, non-hazardous material, the Burnsville company said in a statement. It was a “co-product of the silicon-production process” called silica fume that is used as a strengthening agent in concrete, the statement added.

The material was being hauled by an independent trucking firm contracted by Mississippi Silicon.

The company, which produces silicon metal, thanked Alcorn County Emergency Management Director Ricky Gibens, Corinth Police, Corinth Fire and the Mississippi Department of Transportation for responding to the situation.

No one was hurt in the incident.



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