A Rocky Hill business owner wants answers after he claims a hazardous chemical was found all over his new shop.
Soon after AAS Custom Jeep opened, the staff started feeling sick.
This Friday, owner John Turek received more confirmation that what was found inside his shop is a dangerous chemical.
"It scares the hell out of me," said Turek.
The chemical is called Hexavalent Chromium. It is a known carcinogen linked to breathing issues and cancer.
"It's a chemical nightmare," said he said.
Turek opened up shop at the Belamose Business Park last year. This spring, a private testing lab came in to confirm what Turek knew was there.
"We took a sample off the wall because we couldn't get it all off. There was an exhausted system it was an eight inch duct and it was closed up almost to six inches and it was all material caked in the exhaust system," said Stephen Franco of Connecticut Testing Laboratories.
The fine powder is causing big problems, coating the walls, warehouse fencing other surfaces inside the business.
"If I knew it was going to be this bad, I would not have walked in there dressed like this. I would have had a mask on and rubber gloves. Hexavalent Chromium is very dangerous and you shouldn't be breathing it in," said Franco.
Friday, the results of a second study were released to Turek from CONN-OSCA, the state agency that regulates workplace safety. Because this is not a formal investigation yet, the results are not public.
CONN-OSCA shared the preliminary findings with Turek, who says their results mirror what the first lab study found.
The question he has not been able to find an answer to is why he allowed to open up shop in the presence of such a hazardous chemical?
"Somebody signed off that that building was clean," said Turek.
The current property owner had no comment.
We also reached out to Pratt and Whitney, the previous owner of the site.
They sold it in 2001.
The company issued this statement to News 8 saying in Part, "Pratt & Whitney is committed to operating at the highest environmental standards and complying with all laws and regulations governing our global operations."
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