HAZMAT Incidents / Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019 @ 1:17 p.m.

Petroleum Incident in Fortuna

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 a road in Fortuna at around 9 a.m. today.

About 10 gallons of a substance described as “hydraulic oil” 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:

As per caller: during normal operations, a hydraulic line burst on a garbage truck. The release impacted the horizontal driving surface intermittently across the span of approximately 1/4 of a mile. Personnel used a spill kit located on the vehicle to remediate the release. Spill materials used unclude booms, absorbant pads, and absorbant granulate solution.

This was the third hazardous materials incident recorded by the Office of Emergency Services in the Fortuna area this year and the 46th petroleum spill in the county overall.

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