One restaurant in Wallingford is accused of illegally dumping grease and other harmful chemicals into the sewer.
Ricks on 5, located on North Colony Road, serves breakfast and lunch. However, Duane Woodbury said he noticed something else taking place at the restaurant.
“I caught an employee dumping a five gallon bucket of what looked like chocolate water with white foam on it into the sewer grate,” Woodbury said.
On Wednesday, Woodbury said he was walking by the diner when he saw the illegal dumping of grease. On Thursday, Eyewitness News saw what appeared to be oil stains on the grate directly behind the restaurant.
“It’s a 165 feet from the river,” Woodbury said. “Whatever he dumped in there by the time I called the state and they showed up, that liquid was gone.”
Woodbury said his biggest concern is that the waste made its way down a brook and into the Quinnipiac River.
“This area has spent years trying to clean up the Quinnipiac River,” Woodbury said. “All of that stuff is going to go out to sea. You got grease and chemicals.”
The State Department of Energy and Environmental Protection told Eyewitness News they did receive a complaint – and told the owner that doing that type of dumping is illegal.
DEEP said the restaurant does have the proper containers for disposing of the liquid, but why they weren’t used is unclear. The state did have a contractor come in and clean the drain to ensure there would be no future backups.
“I just want to make sure it doesn’t happen again,” Woodbury said.
DEEP said the local health department will ensure the restaurant complies with the law.
Eyewitness News tried visiting the restaurant for comment, however they were closed. Eyewitness News also did leave a message for them, but so far hasn’t heard back.
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