Seattle, WA, United States (4E) – Hazardous material teams completed removing about 4,000 containers of hazardous chemicals from a Seattle home Wednesday, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Firefighters discovered the chemical stockpile in the Green Lake neighborhood home while helping a resident walk down the steps of the house on April 8. They alerted the EPA because some of the containers were leaking and many were stored improperly and unlabelled.
It took nine days to clean up the home of a brother and sister in their 90s as the containers had to be safely packed before removal. Absorbent pellets were used to capture and neutralize chemicals spilling from leaking and open containers placed in plastic buckets.
The 91-year-old co-owner of the house told EPA inspectors that he’s a scientist and he never felt endangering himself or his neighbors.
Investigators, however, said chemicals oozing, seeping and spilling out of containers pose danger to neighbors as they could produce violent chemical reaction or cause a fire, said Jeffrey Rodin, on-scene coordinator for the EPA.
Neighbors were unaware of the chemical stockpile in the home and they were relieved when the cleanup was over.