HAZMAT Incidents / Saturday, Feb. 19, 2022 @ 12:58 p.m.

Chemical, Petroleum Incident in Unincorporated County Area Humboldt

A new hazardous materials incident involving chemical, 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 an open field in Unincorporated county area Humboldt at around 12:58 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 19.

About three gallons of a substance described as “vehicle fluids” 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 states, An illegal dump site was discovered which contained several container filled with various vehicle fluids. Some of the containers are open and have spilled, approx 3 gallons of material. There is a potential impact to Eel River. No drinking water will be impacted by this incident. It is currently unknown who will be conducting cleanup. The material does not appear to be actively releasing at the time of the call. No containment has been established.

This was the first hazardous materials incident recorded by the Office of Emergency Services in the Unincorporated county area Humboldt area this year and the first chemical, petroleum spill in the county overall.

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