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Monday, April 24, 2017

Herbicide Spill Reported at Birchwood Country Club

Westport firefighters, including the hazmat unit, today responded to a reported herbicide spill at Birchwood Country Club.

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Westport firefighters today at the site of a herbicide spill off of Riverside Avenue at the Birchwood Country Club. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

The herbicide concentrate was reported to have spilled into a storm drain at the edge of the club golf course above Riverside Avenue. Firefighters built a dike to try to stem the flow of the stream.

There was no immediate indication the concentrate had crossed Riverside Avenue and into the Saugatuck River, fire officials said.

Firefighters notified the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, which sent emergency responders to the scene.

It was not immediately known how the spill occurred or how much was involved, but Assistant Chief Michael Kronic said it was a considerable amount.

He said it was likely crews would be on the scene for an extended period to try to mitigate the damage.

Dave Matlow contributed reporting.

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Posted 04/24/17 at 02:39 PM  Permalink



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