A chemical spill Wednesday afternoon that forced employees of ITW Polymers Coatings to evacuate their building at 130 Commerce Drive in Montgomery Township in an industrial park off Stump Road was quickly contained by emergency responders, and no injuries were reported.
Around 2 p.m. on Wednesday,We have a wide selection of handsfreeaccess to
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ITWs research and development lab that created a potentially dangerous
vapor cloud, Fire Department of Montgomery Township Fire Chief Bill
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an array of colors. There was some off-gassing which we were concerned
about, said Wiegman, who did not name the chemical that was released
pending further investigation and confirmation he explained that the
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building was evacuated; employees milled about in a nearby parking lot
as members of Montgomery County Hazmat Station 81 went into the building
to do air and temperature checks. Ambulances from Volunteer Medical
Service Corps stood by; joining FDMT crews was Wissahickon Fire Company
with Ladder 7 to handle decontamination in case anybody gets any product
on them, Wiegman explained.
By 3:30 p.m. the shelter-in-place
emergency procedure was lifted. Wiegman said the chemical was contained
within the building, that there was no public health risk and fire crews
were providing ventilation and standing by as the chemical continues to
cease with all its by-products.
Wiegman said that ITW building
management was being very helpful in determining the type and amount of
the chemical in question, and that more information about the chemical
would be issued following further investigation.
Department Superintendent David Billips said mandatory non-essential
water use restriction began Wednesday effective through Sept. 30.
non-essential water use is only allowed on Tuesday, Thursday and
Saturday before 9 a.m. and after 5 p.m. at odd-numbered houses.
Non-essential water usage is allowed on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
before 9 a.m. and after 5 p.m. at even-numbered houses.
classified non-essential water use as irrigation of lawns via sprinklers
or automatic systems; washing of vehicles, except in a commercial car
wash; washing of exterior building surfaces, parking lots, driveways or
sidewalks, except as necessary to apply surface treatments such as
paint, preservatives, stucco, pavement or cement.
Billips said a
water supply shortage has been created by Granville reservoir supply
being temporarily removed from service in order for workers to replace a
100-year-old raw water main that has been delivering only half of the
The water main from the reservoir to the
treatment facility has to be replaced, he said. Its 100 years old and is
exposed in some places putting it at high risk. Its been putting out
two million gallons of water per day, and its a four million gallon
Also needing repair is the spillway at the Granville
reservoir that collapsed in August 2011 from damage caused by Tropical
Storm Irene. The collapse, Billips said, occurred right at the point
from which the water comes out at Granville.
Without it, weve
had to keep the reservoir at a lower level and cant supply as much, he
said. We have enough water without it, but were concerned about the high
The cost of replacing the water main, Billips
said, is $2.8 million, which is being funded by a low-interest, state
revolving loan, while the anticipated cost of repairing the spillway
will reach $1 million to $2 million and is reimburseable through the
Federal Emergency Management Administration.
greatly appreciates the opportunity to comment on the Merced Wild and
Scenic River Draft Comprehensive Management Plan (MRP). As you know, the
Eastern Madera County portion of our county is largely composed of
southern gateway communities that directly benefit from tourists
visiting the park. Accordingly, we consider our county a park partner
who is directly impacted by park policy, particularly policy regarding
Our board certainly understands the
difficult task the National Park Service faces in balancing protection
of the river with providing public recreation. We also understand that
the Park Service must adhere to a court settlement that viewed
commercial activities as unnecessary or inappropriate in the Merced
However, in the often referenced "footnote five,"
the Park Service is asked to make a "conscious choice" with regard to
which commercial activities should be allowed. Our board believes that
the choice should favor the general public instead of those few
represented in the litigation and advice from your legal counsel. Fear
of further legal action should not supersede what is best for the
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the Preferred Alternative 5 in the plan, the Park Service attempts to
add more campgrounds in Yosemite Valley. Although our board appreciates
this effort, we strongly encourage the Park Service to make available at
least the number of sites that existed prior to the flood of 1997. We
believe that this can be done without encroaching on the river's edge.
Camping is the low-cost, traditional family way to over-night in
Yosemite Valley and has been enjoyed for many generations.
the preferred alternative calls for an increase in parking spaces.
Since adequate parking is essential to preventing traffic congestion in
the park,We offer over 600 chipcard at
wholesale prices of 75% off retail. our board is grateful to see the
increase. However, we encourage more parking be restored than is
indicated in Alternative 5 to adequately provide for visitor needs and
to help address traffic congestion. Increases in campgrounds will
certainly provide more parking.