Workers contain diesel spill on Donner Summit |

Workers contain diesel spill on Donner Summit


Workers contained more than 17,000 gallons of red diesel spilled as a storage tanker transferred fuel to another tank car along the Union Pacific railway near Lake Van Norden on Feb. 26.

Work crews from the state Department of Fish and Game, UP and the Erikson Cleanup Co. are concerting efforts to keep the fuel from flowing into the lake, Incident Command Post spokesperson Alexia Retallack said.

Water sampling and monitoring programs are set in the Lake Van Norden area atop Donner Summit, she said. Results indicated, however, no fuel product entered the lake, she added.

One tributary reportedly appeared affected, but crews were able to construct containments in that area, Retallack said.Soil contamination tests are being established to determine if any diesel made it to the meadows surrounding the lake.

Crews are in the process of removing snow to gain access to the area, Retallack said, adding rail traffic, steep terrain and winter weather conditions hinder the clean-up process.

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