An estimated 500 gallons of fuel spilled out into the basement of a Waterbury building with about 100 gallons spilling out into a nearby body of water on Monday.
Members of the emergency response unit from the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection were called to an oil spill at the Exchange Place Towers, which is located at 44 Center St. DEEP said the leak started in the basement.
The spill “impacted a sump pump that discharged to the catch basin network,” DEEP official said. About 100 gallons of fuel was discharged into the Great Brook, which leads to the Naugatuck River. Crews plan to dam and flush the rest from the pipes in the basement.
DEEP officials said the Waterbury Fire Department along with members of the DEEP emergency response unit were able to contain almost all of the fuel “at the point where the brook meets the river.”
Emergency response unit members are working with the Waterbury Department Public Works to determine the "pathway of oil to connect the basement to the brook and there appears to be no other source of this fuel in the brook."
Connecticut Tank Removal was called in to help with the removal and cleanup efforts for the building of the basement and the Great Brook area.
Once all the fuel is removed from the water, the catch basin network will be flushed, DEEP officials said.
DEEP officials said they will also leave a boom in place to help until “another significant rain event.”
The cause of the spill remains under investigation by the DEEP.
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