Responders performed some damming to stop the water flow and used oil-selective pads, which are water-resistant and absorb oil and other petroleum-based products, on the ground to soak up any fluids from the truck.
“Those are just some of the tools we have available to lower the environmental impact,” McMaster said.
He said that diesel fuel and oil covered about a 30-by-10-foot area, and a cleanup company will mitigate the site by reclaiming all of the soil. McMaster said he is not sure who will be in charge of the cleanup, but it should take place soon.
“Usually, companies do this as soon as possible,” he said. “They will survey the area and take core samples to see how far [contaminants] soaked into the ground, and they’ll then use heavy equipment to reclaim the soil and remove it as hazardous waste. They take off just enough to get to the clean dirt.”
Since the contaminants were regular vehicle fluids, McMaster said the disposal likely will be handled like any other general waste.