Diesel tanks at hospital site leak several hundred gallons of fuel oil.Byline: Tim Christie The Register-Guard
SPRINGFIELD - Investigators are trying to determine what caused 500 to 700 gallons of diesel fuel oil to leak onto the ground from an underground storage tank An Underground Storage Tank (UST), in United States environmental law, is a tank and any underground piping connected to the tank that has at least 10 percent of its combined volume underground. at PeaceHealth's new hospital.
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equipment failure, breakdown - a cessation of normal operation; "there was a power breakdown" , spokesman Brian Terrett said Thursday.
On Oct. 24, a subcontractor One who takes a portion of a contract from the principal contractor or from another subcontractor.
When an individual or a company is involved in a large-scale project, a contractor is often hired to see that the work is done. was testing a control system that equalizes the fuel in the tanks. The next morning, workers found fuel leaking out of an above-ground vent pipe, Terrett said.
A safety system designed to prevent such a spill was not connected to the tanks because it was being tested independently, he said.
Two companies were hired to clean up the spill, he said. The first thing they did was pump the remaining fuel out of the tanks and into a tanker truck.
Pea gravel was used as backfill back·fill
Material used to refill an excavated area.
tr.v. back·filled, back·fill·ing, back·fills
To refill (an excavated area) with such material. around the tanks, and crews removed as much of the contaminated contaminated,
v 1. made radioactive by the addition of small quantities of radioactive material.
2. made contaminated by adding infective or radiographic materials.
3. an infective surface or object. material as possible, said Cathy Rodda, a natural resource specialist with the state Department of Environmental Quality in Eugene.
So far, there's no sign the spill reached groundwater in the area, which is about 22 feet below the ground surface, Rodda said.
"We're taking additional soil samples from outside the excavation area to confirm that we're getting everything out of there," she said.
Preliminary estimates indicate the cleanup will cost more than $100,000, Terrett said.
An investigation will be conducted to determine exactly what went wrong and to fix responsibility for the cleanup costs, he said.