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Tuntutuliak Spill

Posted: Thursday, December 07, 2000

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- More than half of the diesel fuel spilled in Tuntutuliak has been cleaned up.

Department of Environmental Conservation said Tuesday about 365 of the 600 gallons spilled in the village 40 miles southwest of Bethel have been recovered.

The spill occurred last week when wind blew a ladder onto the outlet pipe of a bulk fuel storage tank, cracking the pipe.

The tank is owned by the Tuntutuliak Community Service Association.

Some of the fuel migrated under the ice to a pond that drains into a tributary of the Kuskokwim River. Absorbent boom has been placed in the pond.

DEC officials said sandy soil around the base of the fuel tank has high concentrations of diesel fuel. They want the soil removed before breakup in the spring to prevent additional contamination in the pond.



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