Workers clean up diesel spill at Ahtna subsidiary

Posted: Friday, January 11, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- About 760 gallons of diesel fuel spilled at Ahtna Construction & Primary Products Corp., a subsidiary of Glennallen-based Ahtna Inc., state environmental officials said Thursday.

Ahtna, a regional Native corporation, presumes the spill occurred sometime between Dec. 15 and Dec. 20 after an underground fuel line ruptured. The failed line was removed and workers used a backhoe to excavate contaminated soil.

The area, at Mile 115 Richardson Highway, was expected to be cleaned by the end of Friday.

''It's embarrassing. It hurts. We're taking care of it,'' said Larry Ables, Ahtna Construction's operations manager.

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