4:47pm#Fiarfield CT— Fairfield HazMat Technicians made entry and found a small amount of 65% Nitric Acid on the floor, counter and sink and two open containers. The Entry Team replaced the tops on the containers and wiped up the product using Chemsorb pads, placing all within the hood system, according to HazMat Operations Officer A/C Schuyler Sherwood. The Entry Team left the building at 5:19pm, and Connecticut Tank Removal was called by SHU officials to remove remaining product and absorbent materials from the lab.
“Unfortunately we needed to secure the first and second floors of the SC Wing while entry was being made to ensure that the atmosphere was not contaminated,” explained Sherwood. Fire Units were expected to clear shortly after 6:00pm pending arrival of the private cleanup contractor, according to Incident Commander A/C George Gomola. “While classes can resume at this time, evening classes that start by 5:00pm needed to be cancelled,” added Paul Healy, Emergency Management Executive Director at Sacred Heart University. “Classes will resume their normal schedule tomorrow.”