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Norton Sound Regional Hospital Fuel Release

Hospital aboveground storage tanks.

Hospital aboveground storage tanks.

NSHC

ALASKA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION
Division of Spill Prevention and Response
Prevention and Emergency Response Program

SITUATION REPORT
Norton Sound Regional Hospital Fuel Release
SITREP # 1
SPILL #: 14389917101

TIME/DATE OF DISTRIBUTION: 11:00 a.m. June 24, 2014

POTENTIAL RESPONSIBLE PARTY (PRP): Norton Sound Health Corporation (NSHC)

INCIDENT LOCATION: Norton Sound Regional Hospital in Nome

TIME/DATE OF SPILL: NSHC employees discovered the spill outside the hospital at 4:11 a.m. on June 20, 2014. A local resident who detected a fuel odor from the hospital reported the spill to ADEC at 5:10 a.m. on the same day.

TYPE/AMOUNT OF PRODUCT SPILLED: NSHC estimates that approximately 800-1,200 gallons of home heating oil (#1 diesel) was spilled. NSHC reported that the fuel leaked from above ground storage tank #2, which has no lined secondary containment.

CAUSE OF SPILL: While being filled the actuator valve on tank #2 failed, causing tank #2 to overflow.

SOURCE CONTROL: The pump feeding tank #2 was shut down by a NSHC employee, stopping the release.


Area underneath tanks after release. (Photo/NSHC)

 

RESPONSE ACTION: NSHC staff initiated a cleanup using absorbent pads and boom to recover pooled fuel. NSHC hired the Bering Straits Native Corporation (BSNC) to conduct indoor air monitoring in the hospital and remove contaminated soil from around and beneath the tank area. A diesel odor inside the hospital was reported during the release, but no reports have been made since that time. As of June 23, indoor air monitoring showed no evidence of diesel vapors inside the hospital, and over 200 cubic yards of contaminated soil had been excavated from underneath the tank area. An ADEC representative from the Fairbanks office will be on-site tomorrow to monitor the cleanup.


Removing contaminated soil below the tank area. (Photo/NSHC)

RESOURCES AFFECTED: NSCH estimates the size of the spill area to be approximately 2,500 square feet. It is currently unknown if any groundwater has been contaminated. There have been no reports of affected wildlife.

FUTURE PLANS AND RECOMMENDATIONS: NSCH and BSNC will continue the removal of affected soil and monitoring of indoor air inside the hospital. ADEC will continue to monitor the cleanup activities to ensure the safety of hospital patients and personnel.

WEATHER: Nome. Today: Mostly cloudy skies this morning will become partly cloudy this afternoon; high 47°F; west-southwest winds at 10 to 20 mph. Tomorrow: Generally sunny despite a few afternoon clouds; high around 55°F; west winds at 10 to 20 mph.

UNIFIED COMMAND AND PERSONNEL:
Incident Commander: Cyril Lyon, NSHC
SOSC: Tom DeRuyter, ADEC
Field SOSC: Wesley Ghormley, ADEC

TIME/DATE OF THE NEXT REPORT DISTRIBUTION: As the situation warrants.

This sitrep and additional photos will be available at the following website:
http://dec.alaska.gov/spar/perp/response/sr_active.htm
 

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