On February 12 a chemical reaction in a freshman chemistry class at Villanova University sent 29 people to area hospitals.
The incident brought police, firefighters, ambulances and the Montgomery County hazardous materials team to campus. Students and others exposed to the chemicals were cleansed in self-contained decontamination tents and Radnor Township sent its health inspector and township workers made sure that none of the contaminated water reached the sewers.
Township officials believe it’s not unreasonable to ask Villanova and the other institutions to shoulder some of the costs for public safety, street lights, traffic lights and snow removal that the township provides. Storm water emanating from the Villanova property is another issue the township contends with, said Stephen Norcini, director of public works.