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Derby Railyard Facility Oil Spill: Milo, Maine

Derby, Maine Rail Yard Spill

The Derby Rail Yard facility, owned and operated by the Montreal Maine & Atlantic Railroad, has been servicing railroad equipment since 1906. An oil release occurred on Oct. 2, 2009, during filling operations of a 1,000-gallon "day tank" used to provide #2 fuel oil to the boiler heating system from a 30,000-gallon railroad tank car. During night rounds, the overflow of the 1,000-gallon tank's secondary containment was discovered, the fuel transfer was terminated and the facility's environmental director was contacted. The railroad hired a contractor and initiated cleanup of the boiler room floor, secondary containment and the area between the rail car and the day tank. The railroad estimated that 2,000 to 3,000 gallons were released during the transfer. There was no estimate of the amount of #6 oil released separately from an underground tank. While evaluating response actions at the rail spur, responders identified a storm drain that discharged to the Piscataquis River about 2,500 to 3,000 feet from the boiler building. On the afternoon of Oct. 3, 2009, a fisherman observed sheen in the river. The Maine Department of Environmental Protection estimated the sheen was 300 feet long and 100 feet wide. When the release to the river was identified, DEP requested the railroad report the release to the National Response Center. The railroad finished its response actions with oversight by the ME DEP in 2010.

Location: Milo, ME
EPA Mobilization Date*: 10/02/2009
EPA Demobilization Date*: 10/06/2009
Contact: Claudia Deane (deane.claudia@epa.gov)

*The information contained on this website is merely informational; any dates found on the website cannot be relied upon to create any rights, substantive or procedural, enforceable by any party in litigation with the United States. EPA reserves the right to change such dates at any time without public notice.

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