Police & Fire

Diesel Fuel Spill Affects Two Miles of Rockaway River

938d9a4f3c46ac814556_image.jpg
Members of the Morris County Hazardous Materials Team and Parsippany Fire Department District 5 Hazardous Materials Team during clean-up efforts in Rockaway River, Montville, NJ.     Credits: Morris County Department of Law and Public Safety
5e89bef65814781b83d9_image.jpg
Members of the Morris County Hazardous Materials Team and Parsippany Fire Department District 5 Hazardous Materials Team during clean-up efforts in Rockaway River, Montville, NJ.     Credits: Morris County Department of Law and Public Safety
938d9a4f3c46ac814556_image.jpg

This story is a follow-up to TAP into Montville's initial story 'Diesel Fuel Spill at Municipal Fields in Montville' dated Aug. 13.

MONTVILLE, NJ - More than 400 gallons of diesel fuel were mistakenly spilled into the Rockaway River on Tuesday, Aug. 12, according to a report released by Captain Jeffrey Paul of the Morris County Department of Law and Public Safety.

The spill occurred when a driver for Finch Fuel Oil, registered to Veryak Petroleum Enterprises of Kearny, delivered diesel fuel to the former location of the Montville Township Department of Public Works (DPW), according Montville Police Chief Rudy Appelmann. DPW has not been at that location since 2005.

Sign Up for E-News

The call came to the Montville Township Police just after 3 p.m. on Aug. 12, and police and firefighters were dispatched to the scene, according to Capt. Paul's report. Police and fire responders then placed a call to the Morris County Hazardous Materials (HazMat) team and the Parsippany HazMat team to respond.

After the HazMat teams arrived, it was determined that the fuel spill had migrated from the fuel station located at 86 River Road to the Rockaway River via the storm drains.

The HazMat team placed absorbent materials at the spill site, booms in the river at various locations to absorb and contain the fuel, and they used vacuum trucks to collect diesel fuel floating on top of the water, the report indicated.

The absorbent materials were bagged for proper disposal. Finch Oil Company hired a private clean-up contractor which began remediation Tuesday night, and the HazMat teams remained on-site until midnight.

The report further indicated that two miles of the Rockaway River were affected by the spill, but the NJ Department of Environmental Protection is continuing to monitor the recovery operation.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Montville

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_af4c3a418ec5644b036d_2_boy_and_goat

Fri, July 20, 10:00 AM

Chubb Park, Chester

Morris County 4-H Fair - Fireworks Night

Arts & Entertainment

Carousel_image_7e5ac2d13988b2d93c4c_3_4h_girl_and_horse

Sat, July 21, 10:00 AM

Chubb Park, Chester

Morris County 4-H Fair

Arts & Entertainment

Carousel_image_e91b431ea3ab48b08c35_sam_jam

Sat, July 21, 12:00 PM

Amphitheater behind the Montville Twp Public Library, Montville

Sam Jam Benefit Concert

Arts & Entertainment Giving Back

Carousel_image_24806eed49ef556255a5_4h4

Sun, July 22, 10:00 AM

Chubb Park, Chester

Morris County 4-H Fair

Arts & Entertainment

Carousel_image_59e5781ac9f1a583cddc_stream_study__2018_tapinto_montville____1.

Sun, July 22, 10:30 AM

Pyramid Mountain, Montville Township

"Stream Study"

Education

Montville Township High School Hall of Fame Committee Seeks Nominations

July 19, 2018

MONTVILLE, NJ – The Montville Township High School Hall of Fame Committee has announced that its next induction banquet will be held on April 26, 2019. The committee is currently seeking nominees for its 2019 induction class. 

The MTHS Hall of Fame seeks to honor alumni of MTHS for their exceptional achievements and for being outstanding representatives of the values ...

How About a Montville Twp Staycation?

July 16, 2018

MONTVILLE, NJ – Staying in Montville Township this summer? How about a Montville staycation? There’s lots to do in the township, all throughout the summer.

If you’re free on Tuesday nights, take in some music as the recreation department’s free summer concert series has started. Bands such as the Chapel band, Degrees Below Zero and Arena will be rocking at the ...

Montville's Hero and POW Hjalmar Johansson Dies

July 1, 2018

MONTVILLE, NJ – Montville resident and World War II prisoner of war Hjalmar Johansson died suddenly on June 30. He was 92.

Johansson was a nose gunner in the Air Force during WWII in a B-24 bomber aircraft. He was shot down during his first mission and then survived six months in a German prisoner of war camp. One of 17,000 prisoners, he was freed by the Russian forces. By that ...

Montville Township Public Schools Named National District of Character; Lazar Middle School Named National School of Character

July 12, 2018

MONTVILLE, NJ – Montville Township Public Schools was one of only five districts in the nation to be named a 2018 National District of Character by Character.org, a nonprofit organization that validates character initiatives in schools and communities around the world. In addition, Montville Township Public Schools’ Robert R. Lazar Middle School has been named a 2018 National School ...

Prescription Drug Drop Installed at County Govt. Center in Morristown Offers Safe Disposal Site for Prescription Drugs

July 15, 2018

MORRISTOWN, NJ – Morris County employees and residents now have an additional location, inside the county government complex in Morristown, to safely and conveniently dispose of unwanted or leftover prescription drugs.

A new prescription drug drop box has been added to the lobby of the Morris County Administration and Records Building, which is located at 10 Court St. in Morristown, ...

Rutgers Hikes Tuition, Student Fees for 2018-2019 Academic Year

July 19, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Rutgers University Board of Governors today approved a 2.3 percent hike in tuition and fees, as well as increases for dorm rooms and meals, for the 2018-2019 academic year.

The increase now brings the annual cost for undergraduate students to $14,975, which is $337 more than this past school year.

Student housing will increase 1.9 percent, and ...

RE/MAX Neighborhood Properties New Listings

July 18, 2018

Click HERE to see all New Listings.

Columns

OPEN HOUSES This Weekend July 14 & 15, 2018

The following homes have OPEN HOUSES presented by RE/MAX NEIGHBORHOOD PROPERTIES this weekend.

SATURDAY, JULY 14:

 From 12 - 2 p.m.

  4 Hickory Drive, Montville

  Click HERE to see full listing.

 

  From 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.

  25 Kanouse Lane, Montville

  Click HERE to see full listing.

 

 From 11 a.m. to 1 ...

OPEN HOUSES This Weekend July 7 & 8, 2018

The following homes have OPEN HOUSES presented by RE/MAX NEIGHBORHOOD PROPERTIES this weekend.

SUNDAY, JULY 8:

  From 1 - 4 p.m.

  63 Francine Avenue, West Caldwell

  Click HERE to see the Full Listing.

 

  From 12 - 2 p.m.

  11A Oklahoma Avenue, Montville

  Click HERE to see the Full Listing.

 

AtlantiCast

AtlantiCast: Episode 18

On this week’s AtlantiCast, you’ll find out how accessing care at Atlantic Health System is now easier, more affordable and closer to home than ever, learn which item from the produce aisle could be the newest weapon against cancer, see what Atlantic Health System, the New York Times and Instagram all have in common and much more.

 

 

Pet Corner

Summer Adoption Event at the Montville Animal Shelter

July 17, 2018

MONTVILLE, NJ - If you’re considering  a furry addition to your family, the summer season is the perfect time to provide a shelter dog or cat with a loving home. To encourage pet adoption and bring even more joy to your homes this season, the Montville Animal Shelter is hosting a adoption event on July 28, 2018!

On July 28, 2018 enjoy discounted fees on all animals ...

Summer Adoption Event at the Montville Animal Shelter

July 17, 2018

MONTVILLE, NJ - If you’re considering  a furry addition to your family, the summer season is the perfect time to provide a shelter dog or cat with a loving home. To encourage pet adoption and bring even more joy to your homes this season, the Montville Animal Shelter is hosting a adoption event on July 28, 2018!

On July 28, 2018 enjoy discounted fees on all animals ...