Police investigate hazmat incident

Vernon North Okanagan

2022-04-05 11:00 PDT

File # 2022-1744

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The Vernon North Okanagan RCMP are investigating after a large quantity of hazardous materials were left in front of a business in Lumby yesterday.

Shortly before 9 a.m., on Monday, April 4th, 2022, the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP received a report that a large number of containers filled with unknown chemicals were left in front of a business in the 1800-block of Miller Street in Lumby. A few of the containers were labelled hexane, ethanol, isopropyl, and formic acid, while others had no markings. The area was cordoned off and a hazardous materials team from the Ministry of Environment attended and safely removed the material. Two of the substances are confirmed to be petroleum and ethanol and the remainder have yet to be tested and identified.

We’re trying to determine the origin of these materials, states Constable Chris Terleski, Media Relations Officer for the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP. We’d like to speak to the person who dropped them off, or anyone with information as to how they ended up outside of the location. We want to remind the public that if you are disposing of any hazardous materials, or any material that may be toxic, flammable, corrosive, or reactive, it needs to be done properly.

Additional information on safe disposal of materials can be found here.

To report pollution, call 1-877-952-7277 (RAPP).


Released by

Cst. Chris Terleski

Media Relations Officer
Vernon North Okanagan RCMP
3402 30th St, Vernon, B.C. V1T 5E5
Office: 250-260-7161
Fax: 250-260-7191

Email: christopher.terleski@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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