Notices
Results 1 to 4 of 4

Thread: Treatment of spilled acid

  1. #1 Treatment of spilled acid 
    Forum Freshman
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Posts
    29
    Say for example, a truck carrying a strong acid spills the acid on a road. What would be the best substance that can be used to treat the spilled acid? I am thinking of NaOH, CaCO3 and CaO. Which of the three would be better?


    Science is a mountain of theories based on a molehill of facts.
    Reply With Quote  
     

  2.  
     

  3. #2  
    Forum Ph.D.
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Posts
    951
    Ca C03 least caustic and generates least heat


    Reply With Quote  
     

  4. #3  
    Forum Sophomore
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Posts
    131
    Depends.

    Best for what?

    The immediate spilled site?
    The general surrounding environment?
    Human and animal safety?
    Damage to tools used in clean up?

    ....thus the need to also identify the acid.

    For example Perchloric acid is a 'strong' acid much stronger than 'strong' nitric acid.

    One of the dangers working with acids is that each has its own properties. I use a lot of hydrochloric acid and ascetic acid... I splash one one on my lab coat and I start to burn....the other and I only smell bad for the rest of the day.
    Reply With Quote  
     

  5. #4  
    Forum Professor
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Posts
    1,893
    Bicarbonate (baking soda) would work nicely and be safe and environmentally friendly.
    Reply With Quote  
     

Bookmarks
Bookmarks
Posting Permissions
  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •