HAZMAT Incidents / Friday, Jan. 4, 2019 @ 3 p.m.

Petroleum Incident in Eureka

A new hazardous materials incident involving petroleum has been reported to the California Office of Emergency Services.

According to a report published by the office, the incident took place at or near waterways in Eureka at around 2 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 4.

Here’s the description of the incident that was recorded by the Office of Emergency Services:

RP states, It is currently unknown how this release occurred, however it was discovered that an unknown petroleum product is releasing from a storm drain, creating a 30 ft by 30 ft sheen on the water. This release has been ongoing for approx 1 week, according to Eureka Public Works. A boom has been placed around the sheen, however it is ineffective at containing the sheen and the reporting party has provided instruction on how to make the boom more effective in containing the sheen. The City of Eureka will be conducting cleanup of the release.

This was the 1st hazardous materials incident recorded by the Office of Emergency Services in the Eureka area this year and the 1st petroleum spill in the county overall.

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