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City says fuel spill didn't pollute water, groundwater

A heating fuel spill Wednesday did not pollute nearby water or groundwater, said city of Bainbridge Island officials.

A city public works crew was called to the scene of an accidental fuel spill near Viewcrest Avenue late Wednesday afternoon, and the crew found that less than 200 gallons of residential heating oil was released into the stormwater drainage system along Viewcrest.

Bainbridge staff met with Kitsap Public Health District Solid and Hazardous Waste program staff and Department of Ecology spill response officials at the scene to assess the extent of the release and to continue containment and cleanup efforts.

Officials said the city has contracted with National Response Corporation Environmental Services to complete the initial cleanup efforts, and absorbent pads and booms were placed in the ditches to capture any remaining oil.

The area will be monitored over the next several weeks to make sure that any lingering fuel is captured and removed.

Responders who evaluated the spill said neither surface water nor groundwater appeared to be impacted.

City officials said the Kitsap Public Health District is the primary agency for determining if the cleanup is complete and will issue a final statement on the incident.

 

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