HAZMAT Incidents / Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019 @ 12:15 p.m.

Petroleum Incident in McKinleyville

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 McKinleyville at around 10:55 a.m. today.

About 11 gallons of a substance described as “transformer oil - non pcb” 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:

Per caller, a storm event cause the utility pole to fall causing the transformer to hit the ground and spill the contents onto asphalt pavement and some vegetation. Stopped and not contained. Contractor conducting clean up. No water or drinking water impacted.

This was the fifth hazardous materials incident recorded by the Office of Emergency Services in the McKinleyville area this year and the 63rd petroleum spill in the county overall.

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