(Information on this site is considered to be accurate at the time of posting, but is subject to change as new information becomes available.)
Wednesday, December 18, 2013 9:10 AM
Crews are removing contaminated soil from the ditch along NE 18th Street
The road will not be closed. However, flaggers will be present so people may
experience some delays.
Friday, December 13, 2013 4:20 PM
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The Mission Hill stormwater system has been pumped and cleaned out.
Response operations are winding down for the day. Work to remove contaminated
soil in the affected ditch will occur next week. First, responders must locate
underground utilities including phone, power and water lines.
Ecology will continue to monitor the affected area over the weekend.
Friday, December 13, 2013 2:45 PM
NE 18th Street has been cleaned and reopened after the tanker-truck was
“stung” to remove fuel in its second compartment, righted, and removed.
Response crews are now focusing on cleaning the Mission Hill stormwater system
and removing contaminated soil from the ditch leading to the system.
Friday, December 13, 2013
Some 3,300 gallons of fuel spilled after a tanker truck incident early this
morning at NE 18th St in Vancouver. No injuries were reported.
Gasoline, a highly flammable liquid, may be explosive under certain
circumstances and is toxic to the aquatic environment. Based on preliminary
assessment, the immediate concerns for public safety and residents were reduced
when it became evident that most of the spilled gasoline soaked into soils and
gravels near the incident site. Environmental impacts appear to be to
soil, gravel, and groundwater in the Mission Hill stormwater system.
Gasoline entered a ditchline and flowed to the Mission Hill apartment complex
stormwater infiltration system.
Ecology, Vancouver Fire Department, and City of Vancouver Public Works responded.
The trucking company contracted with National Response Corporation Environmental
Services (NRCES) and removed 700 gallons of a gasoline/water mixture from one
stormwater catch basin. The apartment complex did not need to be evacuated.
One truck compartment ruptured during the incident and the other remained
intact. NRCES is preparing to remove fuel from the second compartment of the
tanker truck. Thirty-three hundred gallons remain on board.
Next steps include up-righting and removing the tanker truck. Following that,
stormwater cleanup system will begin.
Date of Incident:
December 13, 2013
Approximately 3,300 gallons of fuel
REAL TIME INFORMATION
Department of Ecology