DEEP Emergency Response Unit responds to hazmat situation in Meriden

New Haven

MERIDEN, Conn. (WTNH) — DEEP Emergency Response Unit personnel responded to the Tradebe Facility in Meriden for a hazmat situation Monday. It closed down two streets and caused several nearby homes to shelter in place or evacuate.

Duffy Avenue and Gracey Avenue in Meriden were closed, according to DEEP, and have since reopened. It is not known if evacuated residents will be let back into their homes at this time.

DEEP responded Monday following reports of an unknown acid spilling from a tractor-trailer into the facility’s outdoor containment area.

DEEP said it has been determined one of the leaking drums contains a mix of hydrofluoric acid, nitric acid and chromium. The floor of the trailer was damaged severely and several other drums were also damaged.

Sixteen out of 23 affected drums inside the trailer have been packaged and readied for removal, according to DEEP. The remaining drums will be packaged and all product will be removed from the trailer Monday night.

DEEP said sodium bicarbonate will be used to neutralize the damaged trailer floor as much as possible and the trailer will likely be cut into pieces by a machine and removed as hazardous and non-hazardous waste.

Several thousand gallons of acid-impacted water in the containment area of the loading dock will be pumped out to a stainless vacuum truck.

DEEP Emergency Response Unit personnel anticipate turning the scene back over to Tradebe around midnight Tuesday. They will return Tuesday for oversite of final clean-up.

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