State funding allows Truckee gas station cleanup to continue
April 23, 2009
NEVADA COUNTY Nevada County has enough state funding to finish groundwater cleanup at the old Gateway Pat andamp; Ollies gas station.The board of supervisors accepted $700,000 from the State Water Resources Control Boards emergency, abandoned, and recalcitrant account, which should be enough to complete cleanup of the gasoline leak discovered in 2001 on the Donner Pass Road property.Weve been authorized $700,000 but I dont think well need to spend that much, said Wesley Nicks, director of the Nevada County Department of Environmental Health. We hope to have this closed in a couple of years.The leak likely occurred when a someone at the gas station was using a stick to measure how much gasoline was left in the tank, and accidentally poked a hole in its side, Nicks said.It was a few thousand gallons, Nicks said. The plume reached several hundred yards off site … we were concerned wed lose control over the plum.Gasoline components including benzene and MTBE, if left untreated, could threaten the Truckee River, according to a environmental health department staff report.But using a pump-and-treat system a series of wells that pump the ground water up, filter it through activated carbon, and re-release the clean water has shrunken the contamination back to within the property boundaries.Supervisor Ted Owens said the county, rather than the Town of Truckee, is doing the work because the county has a department of environmental health.Nothing happens on that site until that cleanup is finished, Owens said.Nicks estimated the work taking another two or three years.Its a good thing we were able to secure this funding so we can close the case and take that ugly fence down so somebody can utilize that location, Nicks said.