|Period | Location:||May—June 2014 | Allentown, PA|
|Work Areas:||Respond to a large spill of diesel fuel and motor oil from a truck accident on an Interstate highway. The resulting spill went down drains and into the nearby Little Lehigh River.|
The spill occurred on a rainy day and the rain moved some of the material down a drain that led to the Little Lehigh River. Rapid Response (RRI) initial response involved placing absorbent material on the spill area, estimated at 300 feet long spreading across all 3 lanes of traffic and both paved shoulders. Two street sweepers were used to pick up the sand and absorbent materials. Personnel with brooms worked the inaccessible areas. The Fire Department placed collection boom into the river to collect fuel that made it to the river. RRI deployed a perimeter of containment boom into the river. The containment boom was lined with collection boom to capture any material that continued to make it into the river. Once the boom was placed a fire truck was used to flush the drains with clear water to remove residual fuel and oil.
Under the highway bridge, over the river, the drain line leaked fuel and oil onto the surface soil. This area is a very active jogging trail. The area is only accessible by a small, restricted weight bridge. Small excavation equipment was brought in and excavated an estimated 20 cubic yards of impacted soil. Back-fill was brought in with small dump trucks, placed, compacted and graded. The boom was left in place for a few large storms to insure that all residual fuel had been collected. The impacted soil was transported out and across the small bridge using small loaders. The soil was placed into roll-off boxes for transportation and disposal at an approved facility. The entire project was completed without any injuries of health and safety issues.