Fire Log: Mobil Station Cleanup, Mercury Spill
The following information was supplied by the Westwood Police Department. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.
Mobil Station Update
The incident occurred on New Year's Eve, but was not addressed until Jan. 2, and, due to the nature of the spill, prompted involvement from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection.
Since then, recovery wells have been installed, the contaminated soil has been removed and an air evcavator was installed into the basement of Coldwell Banker next door to cleanse the air of any fumes.
"They removed as much soil as they're going to remove," Westwood Dep. Fire Chief Mike Reardon said. "They excavated what they did. It was certainly helping out next door just getting rid of that 'dirty' dirt."
Mitigation is ongoing, but management at the Mobil station has been cooperating, Reardon said.
"I think it's getting much better," he said of the scene.
Mercury Spill on Glacier Drive
Jan. 25, 4:15 p.m. - The Westwood Fire Department, assisted by Haz Mat crews responded to 60 Glacier Dr. in Westwood after receiving a report of a mercury spill.
The spill occurred after an employee of a business on the road dropped a large thermometer, which contained a small amount of mercury.
"It couldn't have had two tablespoons, but the long-term effects could have caused some health effects," Reardon said.
Reardon said employees and crews were able to clean up the spill quickly and that there was "no issue."