Clean-up crews removed some of an estimated 1,000 containers of hazardous chemicals from a house in Seattle’s Green Lake neighborhood today, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.
After finding a large number of containers in the house, located near 65th Street and Fifth Avenue Northeast, officials determined they would pose “a substantial threat to public health and the environment if released,” the EPA said. At least 40 different chemicals considered hazardous were found in the various containers.
The containers were not properly managed, and many were rusting, officials observed. Multiple containers were outdoors in the side yard and along the backyard fence line, and some containers were labeled “poison” or “corrosive.”
One of the residents, a 91-year-old, is a research chemist, the EPA said. A chemical company registered at the address closed in 1992, according to the Washington State Department of Revenue.
Crews will continue to clean up through the rest of the week. The removed containers will be taken off-site for disposal, the EPA said.