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On December 27, 2017, a resident noticed a diesel fuel odor in the area of Garfield Street near Willard Avenue and reported it to town officials. Town officials immediately responded by dispatching environmental cleanup specialists who arrived within an hour of discovery and contained the release within 24 hours.
The town is working diligently with the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, the cleanup specialists and the town's insurance carrier to remediate the release. The release of diesel fuel was the result of a significant breach to an underground supply line which was located at the school bus garage. The breach was compounded by the extreme ambient temperatures but the town is committed to achieving a complete remedy as soon as possible. Fortunately, the breach is contained and there is no further threat of contamination.
To expedite remediation, Garfield Street may be subject to intermittent temporary closure.
Press contact: Ben Ancona, Newington Town Attorney
Benjamin Ancona Jr.
Attorney at Law
360 Maple Hill Avenue
Newington, CT 06111