DEEP: Avoid Fish Due To Southington Contamination

(Southington, Conn./CBS Connecticut) – The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is advising the public not to eat fish from a section of the Quinnipiac River in Southington.

This, after a leak Wednesday of a chemical from a plant near the river.

An estimated 300 gallons of hexavalent chronium was released from the Light Metals Coloring facility on Spring Street.

DEEP put out the advisory until it gets a handle on the extent of any lingering contamination.

Experts say contact with the chemical could lead to long-term health impacts and skin irritations in the shorter term.

The department says section of the Quinnipiac to avoid is beween West Queen Street and downstream to Route 10.

Deputy Commissioner Susan Whalen says they expect to have the results of soil sediment and water samples tomorrow.

On another front, the town is temporarily shutting down a pair of wells until it has a better sense of the spill’s impacts.

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