Anchorage, Alaska (KINY) A settlement was reached this week in three fuel spills in Alaska.
The U.S Environmental Protection Agency reached a settlement with Big State Logistics, a fuel hauler and trucking firm in Fairbanks and Valdez, Alaska over three separate spills on Alaska's Richardson Highway in 2016 that spilled over 4,000 gallons of diesel fuel.
One spill was caused by equipment failure and the other two spills involved snow and ice conditions. The company quickly responded and conducted fuel recovery and clean up actions promptly. The company also halted the use of double trailers during the harshest winter months. The company agreed to repay $43,000 in penalties in the settlement. The first spill occurred in Birch Lake on September 5, 2016 that involved 3,571 gallons of diesel fuel. This spill was caused by a defective coupling device on the secondary tanker trailer. Another spill occurred on Tsina River on October 21, 2016. In this spill the truck lost traction, left the road, rolled over an embankment and landed in the river. Approximately 340 gallons of diesel fuel spilled into the water. The third spill occurred at Paxson Lake on November 12, 2016. A truck again lost traction when it tried to stop for wildlife and hunters on the road, and fishtailed. It left the road and jackknifed. The accident resulted in 276 gallons of diesel fuel being spilled onto the ground.
The EPA, the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities and the United States Cost Guard have hosted numerous workshops for agencies in Alaska that transport fuel and bulk chemicals in order to promote safer transportation of fuel during the winter.
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