Fuel spill at Donner Lake: Soil clean-up to start next week | SierraSun.com

Fuel spill at Donner Lake: Soil clean-up to start next week

TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; Crews plan to start next week on removing areas of soil near Donner Lake that were contaminated from the May 26 diesel fuel spill.

The spill, caused by a big rig accident on Interstate 80 on Donner Summit, emptied some 3,000 gallons of diesel onto the roadway, the surrounding soil and down Summit Creek into Donner Lake. With diesel no longer detectable in Donner Lake, efforts are shifting to the dirt.

and#8220;While the goal is to move as thoroughly and as quickly as we can, this will be a large operation in a very dangerous area along I-80,and#8221; said Hector Orozco, incident commander for Department of Fish and Game in a press release. and#8220;We need to have all of the equipment and people available and ready go so we can do this right and safely.and#8221;

According to the press release, some soil has already been removed along I-80 on the shoulder, but working in the center divider will be more difficult. Fish and Game said the majority of the diesel was spilled in the center divide area.

The concern with soil contamination is rainwater or snowmelt leaching the diesel back into streams and Donner Lake, so a precautionary boom is still in place on Summit Creek, according to the release.

Fish and Game, along with Nevada County Environmental Health, will continue to test the water in Donner Lake and upstream, said Alexia Retallack, with Fish and Game, in a previous interview. She said that while cleanup could take weeks, restoration and monitoring will go on for months.

and#8220;We will continue to monitor the situation and adjust to any changes,and#8221; said Carol Oz, Fish and game environmental scientist in a press release. and#8220;We have rain contingency plans in place to ensure protection of the public and environment, and additional teams on stand by ready to respond.and#8221;

For more information see https://calspillwatch.dfg.ca.gov.

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