Cleanup crews to return to oil spill site in Waterbury - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Cleanup crews to return to oil spill site in Waterbury

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WATERBURY, CT (WFSB) -

A near environmental disaster continued to be cleaned up in downtown Waterbury Tuesday.

More than 1,500 gallons of heating oil spilled in the basement of an apartment building on Center Street on Monday afternoon.

The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection then said a sump pump flushed hundreds of gallons of the fuel into the Naugatuck River, putting wildlife in danger.

An emergency responder told Eyewitness News that most, but not all, of the oil was found and collected. More remains in the building’s pipelines.

Investigators continue to look into the cause of the spill.

Firefighters, DEEP and a fuel tank company were call called to the scene.

DEEP said surface water was affected after the sump pump collected the oil from the spill and discharged it into a catch basin that leads to the river.

Crews laid down a boom in the brook leading to the river and said it absorbed most of the oil.

They kept an eye on the situation overnight and said they’ll be back on Tuesday to finish what remains.

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