Site of proposed A's ballpark next to potentially toxic factory
FREMONT, Calif. -- The proposed site of the Oakland Athletics' new ballpark sits next to a factory that produces highly toxic materials used to make computer chips, officials said.
Fremont officials told A's owner Lew Wolff last year that he would need to buy and relocate the plant or mitigate the potential hazards posed by Scott Specialty Gases, which is across the street from the envisioned ballpark village.
An accident at Scott Gas could create a cloud of deadly arsine floating as far as seven-tenths of a mile away from the plant, according to city hazard plans showing the "worst-case scenario."
The plant, located in an area zoned for heavy industrial uses, also emits hydrogen chloride, ammonia and chlorine and other highly toxic gases.
Wolff and representatives for Scott Gas declined to comment.
In recent months, Wolff has laid out plans to build a 32,000-seat stadium amid a village of townhouses, shops, restaurants and a hotel in Fremont, about 30 miles south of its current stadium in Oakland.
Wolff announced his intention to buy the land from Cisco Systems in November, but the transaction has not closed and he has not submitted a development proposal to the city.
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