HAZMAT Incidents / Friday, March 6, 2020 @ 11:41 a.m.

Petroleum Incident in Miranda

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 Miranda at around 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2019.

About five gallons of a substance described as “*historical release* diesel fuel” 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:

*Historical Release* RP advised that during a pick up of a 40 yard bin, the dirt road collapsed under the truck that was carrying it, causing the bin to tip over, releasing about 5 gallons of Diesel Fuel, coming from both the truck and the waste contained in the bin, onto the dirt road and into a nearby ditch. The (what seems to be) a man-made ditch contained water that was being fed to two nearby properties. The property owners stated that the water was being used to water agriculture, not for drinking purposes. Fish and Wildlife is en route to the incident location to check out the water source and any lingering impacts.

This incident was originally reported to the local CUPA just after it occurred on December 24, 2019. It wasn't until recently that it was known that further notifications were needed in addition to the concern of any lingering impacts to the area. Remedial actions were taken after the time of the release to clean up the site and absorb any diesel in the water source.

This was the first hazardous materials incident recorded by the Office of Emergency Services in the Miranda area this year and the 12th petroleum spill in the county overall.

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