WATERBURY, Conn. (WTNH) — The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) responded after thousands of gallons of hydraulic oil leaked from a Waterbury factory on Saturday night.
According to officials, DEEP Hazmat, the EPA and the Waterbury Fire Department responded to the Somers Thin Strip Company location on Piedmont Street after an equipment failure.
DEEP says the failure resulted in the release of up to 6,000 gallons of hydraulic oil, while city officials say approximately 5,000 gallons were released.
Officials say the oil leaked onto the factory’s property, pavement, soil and storm-water catch basins.
Authorities reported that the basin did not initially release the oil, however it was later discovered that the oil was leaked into the Naugatuck River.
DEEP says the Waterbury Fire Department placed booms at the location of the discharge pipe at the intersection of South Main Street and Piedmont Street.
No further details are available at this time.