The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is reassuring residents in Howell that “there has not been, nor is there currently a need for evacuations” after numerous national and local media reports this week about the potential need for evacuations due to toxic chemicals found in drums at a shuttered site.
The chemical drums were first found more than a month ago, but the national media only picked up on the story this past weekend, causing a new – and unnecessary – frenzy.
The EPA says it is now “making progress” in “assessing and addressing” the some 300 chemical drums.
“Since EPA has been involved, the Compounders Inc. property has been more secure than it has been in years,” an EPA official said. “An established fence line and a security guard have made sure of that.”
“Howell Township, in an effort to be proactive, developed an evacuation plan as a precaution, but there has not been, nor is there currently a need for evacuations,” an EPA update said this week.