Minor acid spill under investigation at reclamation plant

Aerial view of RSR facility (Facebook photo)

TOWN OF WALLKILL – Police in the Town of Wallkill and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration are investigating what has been described as a minor spill of sulfuric acid at the Ecobat facility, former called Revere Smelting and Reclamation.

A statement from Ecobat said that early on Thursday morning, “one gallon of sulfuric acid was inadvertently released in our Middletown facility during a pump changeover, which took place in a contained location. We immediately activated our incident response protocols, called local emergency responders and are working to clean the area affected.”

The incident occurred around 4 a.m. on Thursday with Wallkill Police Chief Robert Hertman saying one male employee sustained non-life-threatening burns to his face.

The Ecobt plant reclaims old lead batteries at its Ballard Road plant.

The cause of the chemical spill was not immediately known.