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5/15/2015 - Notice from Hamilton Township Regarding Hazmat Situation at US Postal Facility - May 15, 2015

 

Notice from Hamilton Township Regarding
Hazmat Situation at US Postal Facility

 

Hamilton Township 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.

 

Contrary to 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 Inspector.

 

Hamilton Township will continue to provide any important updates to residents through its website (www.HamiltonNJ.com) and official Township social media sources.

 

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