Pro-Enviro Motor offers motor vehicle spill response, cargo recovery, and load shift services 24-hours a day. We offer state-of-the-art spill recovery management that is compliant to state and federal regulations. A significant number of jobs we do are related to heavy truck accidents and diesel spill recovery.
When there is a diesel fuel spill or it leaks near a storm drain, it requires immediate and fast containment and cleanup. Here’s why:
If diesel engine fuel enters a storm drain, it can have serious environmental consequences. Storm drains are designed to carry rainwater and runoff from streets and other surfaces. Then, they typically discharge directly into local streams, rivers, and other bodies of water.
Diesel fuel contains harmful chemicals and toxins that can pollute the water, harm aquatic life, and contaminate drinking water sources. If a large amount of diesel fuel enters a storm drain, it can quickly spread and cause significant damage to the surrounding ecosystem.
In Washington State, the Department of Ecology regulates the handling, storage, and disposal of hazardous substances, including diesel fuel. If diesel fuel is accidentally released into the environment, it is important to report the spill immediately to the Washington State Emergency Management Division and National Response Center. Failure to report a spill can lead to financial and legal consequences.
Then, these departments will dispatch a licensed spill response management company like Pro-Enviro to help with the recovery. In the case of an accident, sometimes the Washington State Patrol or Washington Department of Transportation is involved. Often, we work with these departments to create the recovery plan before it starts.
Washington state law requires individuals or businesses responsible for a diesel fuel spill to report the spill to the appropriate authorities immediately. If you don’t, it could result in fines and penalties, including civil penalties of up to thousands per day for each violation, as well as potential criminal charges.
If the spill causes harm to the environment, wildlife, or public health, you may be held liable for the costs of cleanup and remediation, as well as any damages suffered by affected parties. If a spill reaches a storm drain and contaminates it, you or your company could be liable to pay for the cleanup. And it is not cheap.
Diesel Spill Recovery Minimizes Harm
In addition to reporting the spill, it is also important to take steps to contain and clean up the diesel fuel as quickly as possible to minimize its impact on the environment. That’s where Pro-Enviro comes in. We may use absorbent materials, booms, or other specialized equipment to contain the spill and prevent it from spreading.
Once the spill is contained, the contaminated materials must be properly disposed of according to state and federal regulations. Pro-Enviro takes care of that too.
If you’ve been in an accident and there is a spill, remember to report it to the authorities and contact Pro-Enviro!