A failing fuel filter in a locomotive began leaking diesel into the ground at the Alaska Railroad Corporation's Seward yard Monday. The leak was discovered at about 2:30 p.m. and could spill up to 1,300 gallons of fuel into the yard, said spokesperson Patrick Flynn.
The company immediately implemented its material response plan, using absorbent plastic material to soak up the fuel, planning excavation of the site and calling in personnel trained for such situations, including contracted emergency consultant Alaska Chadux. The city of Seward also was notified of the situation.
Flynn said the fuel was not running free and the spill was contained in the railroad yard, not adjacent to any bodies of water. There should be no negative impact, he said.
The cause of the fuel filter failure had not been determined as of Monday evening.
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