EDISON – Businesses along Meadow Road in Edison were evacuated as a precautionary measure Tuesday afternoon because of a leak at a chemical plant.
According to police, steps were being taken to neutralize the slow leak of titanium tetrachloride at Equistar Chemical.
The Edison Wetlands Association, a community-based environmental activism group that has battled the company in court, called for the state Department of Environmental Protection and federal Environmental Protection Agency to take immediate action to secure the site.
“We are asking the NJDEP and EPA to take whatever actions are necessary to protect both human health and the environment,” said Robert Spiegel, executive director of the Edison Wetlands Association. “If this is not contained and cleaned up immediately, this chemical has the postential to cause devastating effects on the Raritan River.”