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Some Meriden residents advised to evacuate after acid spill

August 17, 2021 GMT

MERIDEN, Conn. (AP) — Residents of a Meriden neighborhood were told to shelter in place or evacuate their homes after a chemical spill at a waste management plant.

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection said its emergency response unit was at the Tradebe facility on Gracey Avenue on Monday after receiving reports of an “unknown acid spilling from a tractor trailer into their outdoor containment area.”

Department staff members at the scene determined that a mix of hydrofluoric acid, nitric acid and chromium was leaking from one of several damaged drums, officials said.

The Hartford Courant reported that Duffy Avenue and Gracey Avenue were closed to traffic for several hour s while cleanup crews removed the trailer and drums.

As of 9:30 p.m., DEEP said that 16 of 23 of the damaged drums were packaged and ready for removal.

Kirstin Etela, U.S. general counsel for Tradebe, a global waste management company, said in an email Tuesday that the company is investigating the cause of the spill in cooperation with DEEP.