Cleanup of diesel fuel spill making progress

Posted: Sunday, July 09, 2000

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The cleanup of about 300 gallons of diesel fuel in a Thursday tanker accident spilled north of Paxson is making progress, according to the company that owns the tanker.

Jerry Garcia, a dispatcher with Columbus Distributing Co. in Anchorage, told the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner that the cleanup should be wrapped up within a few days.

The Columbus Distributing tanker rolled over near Summit Lake while carrying 2,500 gallons of diesel along the Richardson Highway from Anchorage to Delta Junction.

Both the company and the state Department of Environmental Conservation say the spilled fuel was contained in a ditch and did not reach the lake.

Garcia said contaminated soil at the scene is being excavated.

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