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Chemicals Spilled on Fowler Avenue in Ossining

OSSINING, N.Y. - A tractor-trailer on its way to the Ossining Village/Indian Brook Water Treatment Plant in Ossining spilled chemicals on the road near the intersection of Fowler Avenue and Old Albany Post Road Thursday afternoon.

“The tractor-trailer had a load shift of chemicals that was on its way to the water treatment plant to make a delivery,” said Ossining Fire Chief Tom Reddy. “We had a spill onto the roadway and the item inside the truck is still spilling. We’re going to try to neutralize it and get it cleaned up.”

Reddy said at around 4:30 p.m. Thursday the fire department was working with Montrose V.A. Hospital’s Fire Department's Hazmat team and the Department of Environmental Conservation to clean up the spill. He added that members of the fire department were attempting to stop the chemicals from spilling.

The spilled chemical was a polyaluminum chloride, a corrosive coagulant used in the water treatment process, said Andrew Tiess, Ossining WTP superintendent.

“It’s a coagulant that we use at the filter plant to filter the water,” Tiess said, adding that the material was not likely to cause any lasting environmental concern once removed. “It’s in a concentrated form but once it’s cleaned up it should be clean.”

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