DEQ Crews Continue Site-Clean Up And Monitoring Near Scottsburg

Nov 1, 2018

More than 18,000 tons of soil contaminated with spilled fuel have been taken from a crash site near Scottsburg.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, crews are monitoring clean-up following a tanker truck accident late last month.

DEQ crews removing fuel-drenched soil from site of the October 22, 2018 tanker truck spill.
Credit Submitted by Katherine Benenati / DEQ

Investigators with the state Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) say there’s no risk to people or wildlife.  Crews have been at the site where a truck hit a cow, then a power pole, before turning over on October 22nd. Both the animal and driver died.

About 9,000 gallons of diesel and gasoline were spilled.

DEQ investigators examine water in the Umpqua River.
Credit Submitted by Katherine Benenati / DEQ

“We’re continuing to have samples taken from the Umpqua River, and at this point, they’re not showing gasoline or diesel," Katherine Benenati of the DEQ says.

"However, we have detected some gasoline and diesel in groundwater in the area, and so we’ve placed some monitoring wells and we’ll continue to take data from those for a longer term look at the impact.

"Drinking water wells in the area have not been impacted.”

The incident happened at Milepost 21 on Highway 38 near Scottsburg. Motorists are advised to visit for travel conditions near the site.

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