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Foss Construction Diesel Release

EPA received a report April 1, 2011 of a release of 1,000 gallons of diesel at 438 Tibbetstown Road in Columbia Falls, Maine. The release, thought to have occurred on March 28, was caused by a pump failure from an oil storage/delivery truck at the Stanley P. Foss Construction Company. The release was discovered March 29 and DEP arrived on the scene and sent a cleanup contractor. The owner of the facility accepted responsibility for the release and helped DEP clean up, using its own equipment. Impacts of the release have extended about 3.5 miles. The released oil migrated to a drainage swale at the rear of the parking lot, to a seasonal runoff, to an unnamed brook, to Little River, that feeds Pleasant River which discharges to the Atlantic Ocean.

On April 2, EPA arrived at Foss Construction and met with the DEP, Foss, the US Coast Guard and the biologist from the hatchery. The hatchery biologist said that although there was an oil odor, the hatchery did not experience any fish kill. From March 29 to April 6, Foss, under the direction of DEP used its own work force and equipment to recover about 300 gallons of oil and excavate 220 tons of oil saturated soil. Foss also build a clay barrier and installed a gravel recovery well. DEP’s cleanup contractor put in absorbent pads, boom, and containment at several locations downstream of the release. The booms and pads were changed on a regular or periodic basis depending on level of saturation. A vacuum truck skimmed and pumped free oil and saturated soil. About 200 gallons of oil, and four cubic yards of oil saturated soil were collected. The contractor also flushed the oil impacted river bank areas to the collection points. Once the impacted areas were cleared of oil, an additional round of flushing to direct the oil to the collection points was done. The contractor installed a carbon filtration system to ensure the wellbeing of the fish hatching during oil recovery and continued to daylight operations needed to ensure oil does not go beyond the containment boom or impact additional areas.

Location: 438 Tibbetstown Road, Columbia Falls, Maine
EPA Mobilization Date*: 04/01/2011
EPA Demobilization Date*: 04/02/2011
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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