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HAZMAT Team Dispatched to Claremont Rd. in Ridgewood

Insulation foam leaked into storm drains, determined to be "non-toxic"

A "non-toxic" leak from a truck spraying foam insulation into a home on Claremont Road prompted response from the county HAZMAT team Tuesday afternoon.

According to Captain Paul Monton, run off from the leak spilled into two separate storm drains. 

"They have two parts that they mix together in the back of a box truck," Monton explained. "One of the hoses leaked from one of the barrels of the chemicals, spilled into the truck and there was a stream of the product coming out onto the roadway and into the storm drains."

The chemicals were a "non-toxic" product but the contractor was still required to have the county HAZMAT response team clean the estimated 10-gallon spill because there exists potential for environmental harm, Monton said. The foam was found as far as Glen Rock, he added.

"A good part of the 10-gallons that spilled stayed in the truck and never leaked out," Monton said.

In addition to the county response team, and fire responded to the call.

Keith McElwee January 18, 2012 at 03:10 AM
I hope they follow up on the "Non-Toxic" chemical that spilled into the Diamond Brook all the way down to Glen Rock. I think a fine is in order for the company that drained into the storm drain. I will put up photos of the foam in the brook by Rock Rd. I doubt it was harmless to the Mallards in the brook. I will be looking after the health of the ducks in our yard for the next few weeks.
RdgwdGRock January 18, 2012 at 08:13 PM
look on the bright side, the storm drain is now insulated

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