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Chemical leak that caused days-long stench has ‘fully ceased.’ N.J. truck stop reopens.

NJ.com 8/18/2022 Jeff Goldman, nj.com

A chemical leak from a parked tanker truck that caused a horrid odor to linger over a large swath of South Jersey for days has “fully ceased,” officials said.

The truck stop in Gloucester County where the truck was parked has reopened and the vehicle has been moved to a corner of the lot as it awaits removal, Gloucester County Emergency Management officials said Wednesday night.

“Environmental mitigation crews have dismantled the majority of their equipment and loaded any recovered hazardous waste... into a new vessel for proper disposal,” emergency management officials said. “Environmental and air monitoring crews remain on site fully monitoring the truck and the surrounding area until its departure.”

The TA Travel Center located off exit 18 on Interstate 295 in East Greenwich was back open for business at 7 p.m. Wednesday after being cordoned off for a week.

An additive in the chemical Lubrizol-1389 — methyl mercaptan — triggered the stench on the afternoon on Aug 11 and an unknown number of people experienced symptoms such nausea, vomiting, dizziness, cough, headaches, lung irritation and eye irritation.

A Washington Township woman earlier this week sued the chemical hauler — ChemUSA — as well as the chemical manufacturer Lubrizol for $1 million.

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Jeff Goldman may be reached at jeff_goldman@njadvancemedia.com.

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