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Clean-up Continues at Berlin Falls Park After Chemical Spill Discovered

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BERLIN, Md.- The clean-up continues after a chemical spill was discovered at Berlin Falls Park. The town was notified of the spill on June 26 after a Facebook post started circulating.

The spill was found near two ponds and the town says it took immediate action to start the clean-up process.

The park has been temporarily closed as clean-up continues.

"Giving us the opportunity to go through the property with a fine-tooth comb and identify any other issues in terms of taking chemicals off the property," said Town Administrator Laura Allen.

Demolition work has been underway at the park as part of a project to revamp the former chicken processing plant.

Back in spring, the town hired contractor Coastal Site Works to remove several small buildings around the park.

However, Allen said the incident is still under investigation.

"We are investigating. We have appropriate agencies that are also following up. We did hire an outside party to look at the process the town followed to make recommendations regarding what we should be doing going forward," said Allen.

Recently, the Berlin mayor and council voted to pay Chesapeake Environmental Services $107,000 for clean-up services.

"The town will take all steps to reasonably recover what we can in this. Again, because it's under investigation it's hard for me to get into a lot of details," said Allen.

One major concern from neighbors is why the town did not take action sooner if they knew chemicals were on site.

"What were they doing there in the first place? We were told that was a safe place to go," said neighbor Marie Velong.

Allen would not comment on the matter further, also because of the investigation.

Allen expects the park to remain closed for another two or three weeks.

 

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