Crews from Atlantic Response, Inc. were cleaning up diesel fuel Wednesday that had spilled into the Rockaway River during a delivery to the Montville Department of Public Works on River Road Tuesday, August 12. Officials from the state Department of Environmental Protection and the Morris County Hazardous Materials team were also present during clean-up efforts Wednesday
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Efforts to clean a fuel spill into the Rockaway River will continue for several more days, according to the Morris County Office of Emergency Management
Tuesday, a Finch Fuel Oil delivery truck was transferring diesel to the Montville fuel station’s underground storage tank when more than 400 gallons spilled, according to the OEM.
Montville Police and Fire Departments responded, and called in the Morris County and Parsippany Hazardous Material Teams, which found heavy rains sent the fuel into the Rockaway River via the property’s storm water system, it said.
The hazardous materials teams placed absorbent materials at the spill site and absorbent booms in the river at various locations, to contain the spreading oil, the OEM said. They also used hard booms in two locations along the river: one at the River Road and Knolls Road Bridge, and a second at Stiles and Vail Road in Parsippany, to act as collection points, according to the OEM.