Notice from Hamilton Township Regarding
Hazmat Situation at US Postal Facility
Mayor Kelly Yaede and Hamilton Township’s Office of Emergency Management is
providing the following update regarding a HAZMAT situation at the United
States Postal Carrier Annex on Route 130 in Hamilton Township.
At approximately 9:50
a.m. today (Friday, May 15, 2015), local Fire Department and EMS personnel were
dispatched to the United States Postal Carrier Annex on Route 130 with the
report of one male employee feeling sick.
The United States
Postal Carrier Annex is a warehouse processing and distribution facility that
is not accessible by the general public.
This facility is a separate facility from the John K. Rafferty Post
Office, also located on Route 130 in Hamilton.
Following the dispatch
of emergency responders, the United States Postal Carrier Annex was immediately
evacuated and HAZMAT responders were called to sweep the building, as well as
the vehicle of the ill employee.
All HAZMAT meter readings
were negative. There is no indication of any spills or
leaks and no liquid or powder substances that were found in the building.
US Postal officials are confident that there is no
danger in opening mail that has been distributed through this facility. All mail distributed from this facility has
previously been processed by the United States Postal Service.
inaccurate reports, all mail carriers were not asked to return to the facility
following this morning’s events. Rather,
only carriers with symptoms were asked to return to the Annex facility for evaluation
by EMS personal and so that their vehicles could be inspected by HAZMAT
officials. At the time of this notice,
13 individuals are being monitored on site; and all individuals are currently
in stable condition.
“The safety, security and well-being of everyone is our
main priority. We are doing everything
in our investigatory powers to get to the bottom of this issue. Everyone affected is being monitored and all
appear to be doing fine. Only mail
carriers with symptoms are being asked to return to the facility,” said Reginald Wade, Jr., United States Postal
will continue to provide any important updates to residents through its website
(www.HamiltonNJ.com) and official
Township social media sources.