Thousands of gallons of toxic phenol reportedly spilled this week at a Philly chemical plant
An accident at the AdvanSix plant in Philadelphia releases up to 2,000 gallons of phenol into a channel that leads to the Delaware River. - Dreamstime/Dreamstime/TNS

PHILADELPHIA — A worker failed to shut off a valve Thursday at the AdvanSix plant in Philadelphia and up to 2,000 gallons of phenol spilled, with some possibly entering the sewer system, according to a police report. The incident occurred about 4:20 a.m. on the 2500 block of Bridge Street. The fire department responded, but did not call for an evacuation. No one was injured. Phenol can be toxic to humans. The company’s Frankford plant is one of the largest producers of the phenol in North America. The chemical is used in the manufacturing of nylon polymer for carpet fibers, plastics and films,...