HAZMAT Incidents / Friday, Jan. 17, 2020 @ 4:48 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 merchant/business in Eureka at around 4 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 17.

About 20 gallons of a substance described as “diesel” 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:

RP advised that after using their backup generator for the day, they noticed that it had been releasing Diesel Fuel onto the surrounding black top, into a drainage ditch, that had soil and gravel in it, and down the drainage pipe that leads to the street gutter. The diesel fuel did no make it to a storm drain, no waterways were impacted. A contractor is on site conducting clean up at this time.

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

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