On June 6, 2021, an accident involving a semi-tractor trailer needed an extensive fuel spill response. When Team Pro-Enviro got there, we connected with the Department of Ecology to properly assess the spill cleanup. First, would apply an absorbent on the paved area to soak up the fuel and stop any additional contaminants from leaking into the soil.
A Plan for Digging Up Soil
Pro-Enviro estimates that an area of about 30 feet long and 10 feet wide, east of the roadway to the barrier marker, was contaminated. For a proper spill cleanup, we would have to dig out six to eight inches of soil in this area, remove and dispose of it. The Department of Ecology agreed with this plan, and we dispatched the right fuel spill response equipment to get the job done.
Fuel Spill Response Equipment Arrives
After we made arrangements with the trucking company and got authorization, we brought in the equipment. It included a flatbed truck, Bobcat with a yard bucket and roadway sweeper attachment, an environmental van trailer, and a 14-foot dump trailer. In addition, we took soil samples for documentation.
Spill Cleanup Begins
After applying and sweeping up absorbent, twice, and cleaning up fuel-soaked debris, we removed it all for disposal. Then, about 15 to 20 yards of contaminated soil was removed and hauled away in the dump trailer.
This fuel spill response was more extensive than the original scope of work. Therefore, we needed further planning, communication, and approval before continuing the additional work and spill cleanup. However, once the extra work was approved, we wasted no time getting this job done and clearing the scene.
As always, all equipment was properly cleaned and conditioned, and all paperwork was filed to officially complete the job. The roadway and surrounding area were completely clean and contaminate-free, and it was another spill cleanup well-done by Team Pro-Enviro!