Earlier this month, the town of Kearny, NJ announced that cleanup efforts at the site of a chlorine plant explosion from May have officially transitioned to site remediation.
The Kearny Fire Department released a statement on June 6
outlining plans to begin site remediation on June 11. This would signal that there is no longer an active threat to public health, and any cleanup that is still underway has been contained.
Is your team ready for an emergency release? Find out who needs HAZWOPER training at Lion.com/HAZWOPER.
This announcement comes three weeks after the chemical fire at the chlorine processing facility in South Kearny on May 17. Late that night, gases accumulated as a result of ongoing chemical reactions,
creating one explosion that night and another one on the afternoon of May 19, according to Kearny Fire Department Chief Steve Dyl.
Firefighters struggled for days to contain the blaze, and DOT officials were forced to close nearby Pulaski Skyway, Routes 1 and 9, and a portion of the NJ Turnpike
due to the spread of toxic fumes.
Now that the situation is officially in remediation, air monitoring stations are being demobilized in neighboring areas, although air monitoring will continue at the explosion site until remediation is completed. A Licensed Site Remediation Professional (LSRP) will also be present to coordinate the remaining cleanup the efforts.
Stay Up to Date on EPCRA and CERCLA Regs
Make sure your facility knows its hazardous chemical inventory reporting, release notification, and emergency planning responsibilities with Lion’s Superfund and Right-to-Know Act Regulations
online course. From Tier I and Tier II regs to Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) reporting, this course goes over all the chemical inventory reporting and release reporting regulations required by US EPA, leaving you feeling knowledgeable and confident in what needs to get done to keep your facility in compliance.
This online course is perfect for busy environmental managers, safety professionals, engineers, and others responsible for achieving facility compliance. You can start, pause, and come back to the course anytime and on any computer, smartphone, or tablet.