Northampton City Council grants license for formaldehyde tank to chemical manufacturer Chemiplastica Group
The City Council during a special meeting Monday voted to issue a license to chemical manufacturer Chemiplastica Group for a 15,000 gallon formaldehyde tank on Nonotuck Street, on the condition that the tank be inspected annually. Formaldehyde, a hazardous liquid that is both flammable and corrosive, is used to embalm corpses. It is a respiratory irritant and can cause cancer with long exposure. Formaldehyde is essential to the manufacturing of plastic, according to Gary M. Roberts, an inspector with consulting engineers Tighe & Bond.