DEEP identifies chemical that leaked from tractor-trailer in Southington

DEEP identifies chemical that leaked from tractor-trailer in Southington


SOUTHINGTON — The chemical that leaked from a tractor-trailer on Wednesday was identified as a micro-biocide, an anti-fouling agent and disinfectant, according to the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

A DEEP spokesman said the leak posed no risk to the public.

About 7 a.m. Wednesday, firefighters were dispatched to a hazardous material call in the Price Chopper parking lot off Queen Street. A tractor-trailer was moved to the parking lot after it began leaking the chemical on Interstate 84 east before Exit 32. DEEP responded, as did firefighters, state police and an environmental cleanup contractor to offload the truck and investigate.

Fire officials said about 220 gallons leaked from a 250-gallon tank in the tractor trailer. The tank leaked because it was “damaged in transit,” Dennis Schain, a DEEP spokesman, said Thursday. Schain said micro-biocide is commonly used as a disinfectant in pesticides, fungicides, herbicides, antibiotics, antivirals or insecticides.

About 9 a.m. while firefighters were responding to the leak a house caught fire on Flanders Road. There were no injuries, but to handle both calls fire departments from several surrounding towns were called in to assist.

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