Turners fire chief: 50 gallons of urine dumped near bike path

Recorder Staff
Friday, September 22, 2017

TURNERS FALLS — Town officials are investigating the illegal dumping of urine that was pumped out of a trailer home into a pit and eventually onto Rod Shop Road, near the bike path, Thursday afternoon.

According to Turners Falls Fire Chief John Zellman, at about 12:30 p.m., a caller reported someone was dumping an unknown liquid into the street.

When fire officials arrived, they noticed a strong chemical and sewage smell. The state Department of Fire Service’s Hazardous Materials Response Team was called, along with Department of Environmental Protection officials. The liquid was determined to be urine from an un-permitted building on Rod Shop Road, Zellman said.

The man responsible, who was on the scene, said the urine was drained from the holding tank of a camper into a cement pit; and from there it was pumped out of the pit and into the street.

“That’s were the bike path is and where people walk,” said Zellman. “It created an extreme public safety issue.”

Zellman said the area was treated with lime to “decontaminate the affected area.” The cleanup took most of the afternoon, until about 5:30 p.m., he said.

Zellman said the man’s name “is not being released pending court actions.”

“There are building code violations and fire code violations,” he added. “There are also wetlands issues.”

Zellman said the building inspector and Board of Health are also involved in the investigation.