By JOHN GORALSKI
A chemical spill at Light Metals Coloring on Spring Street had Southington Fire Department crews, along with the DEEP and U.S. Coast Guard working throughout the night on Wednesday.
According to officials on the scene, the Light Metal Coloring (LMC), Inc. was addressing a boiler pipe leak when an accident occurred at approximately 10 a.m. yesterday. Approximately 350 gallons of a heavy metal, hexavalent chromium, spilled, reaching a catch basin at the Quinnipiac River.
Clean Harbors crews have been working through Thursday morning, along with the Southington Fire Department, the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP), and the U.S. Coast Guard.
“As far as health hazards, it’s a dry powder that will suspend in water,” said SFD Chief Harold L. Clark who has been on the scene throughout most of the cleanup. “When it’s in water it’s not really a problem unless you get sprayed in the face with it. You have to ingest it, taste it, get it into your system somehow.”
As of now, about 100 feet of curb and pavement have been removed, and workers are about to remove and replace a portion of the LMC roof so that no further contamination can happen.