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Wells remain closed after chemical spill in Southington

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Crews worked to clean up chemical spill at metal company in Southington last week (WFSB). Crews worked to clean up chemical spill at metal company in Southington last week (WFSB).
SOUTHINGTON, CT (WFSB) -

It’s been five days and two Southington wells are still closed after a gallons of a cancer-causing chemical seeped into the town's storm drains.

Many are wondering why the reopening keeps getting pushed back, especially since all tests so far have come back clean and they're anticipating another one to come back clean too.

However, because drinking water is involved, they're taking no chances.

Since Wednesday night, Light Metal Coloring company has been flooded with state and local crews, cleaning up 350 gallons of hexavalent chromium.

The cancer causing chemical spilled off the roof after a heating jacket tank cracked and flooded a boiler. Since then, two wells were shut down, and they still are.

Fishing and eating fish from nearby parts of the Quinnipiac River was banned, and that's been lifted. Work ceased as the company's roof was removed. Over the weekend, it's been replaced.

All tests done so far have come back clean, so by all accounts, local crews say they're done.

They're turning the investigation over to the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

There is no estimate as to when the wells will reopen, but officials said residents shouldn’t worry and they don’t have to do anything out of the ordinary.

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