HAZMAT Incidents / Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019 @ 9:26 a.m.

Incident in Loleta

A new hazardous materials incident 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 former landfill (closed for 40+ years) in Loleta at around 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 27.

About 3000 gallons of a substance described as “leachate” were released to the environment, according to the person who called in the report.

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

The leachfield treatment area of a former landfill has exceeded its subsurface capacity due to rain activity. The material in the treatment area (leachate) has remained within the treatment area. The purpose of the notification is to report the new depth level and the ability of the soil to soak up the water from the leachfield (percolation rate). No off-site property has been impacted and no waterways are threatened. Public Works is continuing to monitor the situation.

This was the 1st hazardous materials incident recorded by the Office of Emergency Services in the Loleta area this year.

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