- Associated Press - Sunday, May 17, 2015

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) - Nearly 300 cubic yards of contaminated soil has been removed from a roadway north of Healy and delivered to an incinerator.

The soil was contaminated when a Big State Logistics tanker-trailer was involved in an accident April 21 about 20 miles north of Healy, at mile marker 271 of the Parks Highway, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported (https://is.gd/jHyTbk).

About 1,900 gallons of aviation fuel spilled when the vehicle left the roadway and rolled. The driver, Robert Myers Jr., 31, of Fairbanks, was cited for negligent driving.

The cleanup included the removal of contaminated material from the site of the accident, located in a right-of-away adjacent to state land.

The soil was taken to an incinerator in Big Moose, according to a final report from the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation.

About 250 gallons of fluids were immediately recovered with the use of absorbent pads after the spill, officials said. Another 900 gallons were pumped from a nearby ditch.

There were no reports of wildlife being affected by the spill.

Big State Logistics is working with the state transportation department to return the affected area to its original condition, with measures including backfilling, grading and reseeding, state officials said.

The spilled fuel also caused structural damages to the asphalt road, and authorities indicated the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities has requested replacement of the affected roadway.

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Information from: Fairbanks (Alaska) Daily News-Miner, https://www.newsminer.com


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