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Hazmat Investigation at Point Boro Recycling Center

Center closed pending investigation of chemicals and pesticides dumped in trash

The Point Pleasant Borough recycling center, just off Route 88 and Bridge Avenue, behind the Stop & Shop strip mall, is off limits for now as local and Ocean County officials investigate a load of pesticides and household chemicals dumped into household trash.

The mixture of pesticides and household chemicals was dumped into trash at a home at the corner of Curtis Avenue and Cedar Street, which led to two Roselli sanitation workers becoming sickened, said Ocean County Fire Marshal and Borough Fire Chief Daniel Mulligan at the scene early Thursday afternoon.

"It looks like someone was cleaning out household chemicals," Mulligan said.

The Roselli workers were treated by Point Borough First Aid Squad and released and did not need to be transported to a hospital, Mulligan said.

When the workers became ill from picking up the trash containing the chemicals, they notified Borough Public Works, which alerted the police and fire departments at about 10 a.m., Mulligan said.

The truck was driven to the recycling center where its contaminated load is being examined now by the Berkeley Township's HAZMAT unit, which was called to the scene by the Borough Fire Department, Mulligan said.

HAZMAT workers, wearing protective gear including air masks, are sorting through the chemicals to determine exactly what type of chemicals are in the load, how much, to what extent they may be dangerous and how they can be safely disposed of, Mulligan said.

There have been no other injuries and none of the fire, first aid or police who responded to the scene have become sickened, Mulligan said.

Police have the roadway leading from Route 88 to the recycling center blocked off as first responders continue the investigation.

UPDATE: Officials cleared the scene, but the recycling center is closed until Fri. morning. Please see new story with updated information.

Melissa Adams September 27, 2012 at 06:22 PM
Irony is the county is doing a Hazmst drop off program soon http://www.co.ocean.nj.us//WebContentFiles//1ba92d37-7c99-49e4-9201-1a10253e99e5.pdf
Lynn Faugno September 27, 2012 at 06:33 PM
Household cleaners? Bleach and Ammonia mixing is not a good thing .
hhhhi September 27, 2012 at 07:59 PM
I bet the person didn't know what they were doing and it was unintentional. I've thrown out cleaning products before.
Nj Ghost September 29, 2012 at 12:07 AM
Interesting isn't it? Did anyone at the corner of Curtis and Cedar report getting sick? Did the hazmet people decide if the cleaning agents or pesticides eithe by themselves or mixed were dangerous? None of the fire ,first aid or police got sick either...strange........In such cases do the sanitation workers have a clause in their contract where they can collect any compensation for such incidences??? Just saying
Rudolph S Caparros Jr December 21, 2012 at 08:03 PM
HazMat Experts and Firefighters petition Dow Chemical and Union Pacific for safe rail tank cars transporting gas chlorine. Secondary containment is a necessary improvement that must be implemented. See--PETITION C KIT for First Responders Comments.

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