Oil and Chemical Spills

Waterbury Metals Factory Spills More Than 1,000 Gallons Of Oil Into Naugatuck River

Waterbury Metals Factory Spills More Than 1,000 Gallons Of Oil Into Naugatuck River

One day after thousands of gallons of oil spurted from a Waterbury metal manufacturing plant, state environmental officials said Sunday more than 1,000 gallons of hydraulic oil are now floating in the Naugatuck River.

At 4 p.m. Saturday, Somers Thin Strip reported to the Department of Energy & Environmental Protection, or DEEP, that a ball valve had burst and hydraulic oil was leaking out of the facility, which manufactures copper, nickel and steel foils.

The oil flowed into a containment area, but because the basin had filled with rain and runoff, the containment area “was not adequate,” said David Poynton, a DEEP emergency response coordinator. The oil streamed across...

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