Croton architect charged in chemical spill that hurt DPW worker

A retired architect from Croton is facing environmental and criminal charges, accused of throwing out toxic chemicals that badly injured a village sanitation worker.

Paul Ingvoldstad, 67, was arraigned in Croton Village Court Wednesday on a felony charge of endangering the public health, safety or the environment, as well as second-degree reckless endangerment and third-degree assault, both misdemeanors. He is free on $2,500 bail.

According to the Westchester District Attorney’s office, Ingvoldstad, who lives on Old Post Road South, put out drafting printers with six one-gallon containers of ammonium hydroxide, which are used in those printers, for bulk pick up in early July.

The village’s public works department took away the printers at his request but left the containers of ammonium hydroxide on the curb, which were thrown out with some household trash about a week later, on July 7. When sanitation workers placed the trash in the garbage truck, the ammonium hydroxide containers burst, releasing fumes.

Three public works employees were exposed, and one, a 46-year-old man, was knocked unconsciousness for more than an hour. That employee also suffered burning, vomiting, dizziness, shortness of breath, and extreme sensitivity to light from the fumes, prosecutors said.

A resident called 911 after seeing one of the workers lying on the ground. The worker has recovered from the injuries.

Ingvoldstad is due back in vilage court on September 29. He faces up to seven years in state prison if convicted of the felony charge.