Fuel leak occurs at Mill Brook in Newington

Published on Thursday, 28 December 2017 22:01
Written by Erica Schmitt

Staff Writer

NEWINGTON – Cleanup at Mill Brook continues after a fuel leak occurred at the school bus garage on Garfield Street mid-week.

An emergency team from the Department of Environmental and Energy Protection worked alongside Connecticut Tank Removal crews both Wednesday and Thursday to mitigate contamination.

According to Newington Facilities staff, the cleanup will continue during daylight hours until all signs of the spill have been remediated. The extent of the contamination in the brook has yet to be quantified, staff said.

The leak was discovered Wednesday by town officials, who were notified by a neighbor who smelled diesel fumes coming from the area near the bus garage. Officials determined the leak occurred in a fuel line connected to the pump used to fill school buses and town vehicles.

Staff have shut off the implicated fuel depot until further notice and have asked bus drivers to use the fuel pump at the town’s highway garage as the investigation persists.

Mill Brook runs beneath Garfield Street into Mill Pond, a popular spot for fishing and ice-skating.

Erica Schmitt can be reached at 860-801-5097, or eschmitt@centralctcommunications.com.

Posted in New Britain Herald, Newington on Thursday, 28 December 2017 22:01. Updated: Thursday, 28 December 2017 22:03.