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Spill Me A River: Semi Truck Spill Recovery on Federal Way, WA

Spill Me A River: Semi Truck Spill Recovery on Federal Way, WA

On September 18, 2019 this semi-truck and trailer jackknifed on Federal Way, Washington. It slammed through heavy jersey barriers, which caused a rupture in the fuel tanks. Approximately 200 gallons of diesel fuel and engine oil was spilled on the I-5. This incident required immediate semi-truck spill recovery. Team Pro-Tow and Pro-Enviro were quick to respond.

Keeping Motor Vehicle Fuel Out Of Storm Drains

One of the biggest concerns during a semi-truck spill recovery is containing the spill before it can run into a storm drain. If oil or diesel fuel goes into the drain, it can pollute the natural waterways. If you can get the spill before it does that, you can avoid contamination and, in some cases, fines from the local government.

When there is a spill, the owner of the truck or trucking company is responsible for clean up. Semi-truck spill recovery is less complicated and less expensive if the spill can be kept out of the storm drain. Plus, it causes less harm on the environment. In this accident, the recovery and cleanup service was performed quickly to prevent wreaking havoc on nearby waterways.

Products To Clean And Recover

During a semi-truck spill recovery job, products are used to assist with clean up. You’ll notice a light-colored, dust-type material around the spill in the images below. This product is made from recycled, chemically modified cellulose fibers. Using nitrogen, phosphorous and sulfur, the components literally consume hydrocarbons as food. It wicks away the diesel fuel and engine oil and assists with biodegradation of the harmful fluid. The toxins are absorbed, preventing them from getting into the ground or running into the storm drain.

Jack and Spill on The I-90

Jack and Spill on The I-90

In this incident which occurred on July 15, 2019, a tractor-trailer jackknifed on the Interstate Highway 90 in Snoqualmie, WA. The semi-truck accident caused the fuel tank to break open, spilling an entire tank of diesel fuel onto the roadway. Both Pro-Tow and Pro-Enviro were called to the scene to help with the semi-truck spill recovery and to get the busy highway open again for traffic.

We worked with the Department of Ecology, WashingtonState Department of Transportation, and WSP to safely execute semi-truck spill recovery. Because the spill was large, it required fast action by everyone at the scene. It is crucial to contain any contaminants, so they don’t go into nearby storm drains. In this case, there was a drain nearby, and so we needed to block it temporarily, clean it, and evacuate the hazard to prevent downstream diesel fuel spill contamination.

Why Do We Need To Protect Storm Drains?

Oil and fuel spills can present a significant threat to the environment. Unfortunately, stormwater pollution from regular urban runoff, close to vehicle and heavy machinery use, already creates a negative environmental impact. Whatever gets into those storm drains, will make its way eventually into natural waterways.

If one of your commercial vehicles has a spill and it contaminates the water,semi-truck spill recovery and containment are required immediately. Failure to do so can result in waterway contamination and hefty fines from government bodies. When a spill does occur, you are responsible for cleaning it up. If it is contained before it gets to the storm drain, the recovery is less involved and thus less expensive. So, the sooner you call Pro-Enviro to the scene, the more effective and affordable the cleanup cost. Plus, the less impact it will have on local waterways.

Semi Truck Spill Recovery Saves Local Waterways

Semi Truck Spill Recovery Saves Local Waterways

Pro-Tow Responds to a Diesel Fuel Spill Containment Emergency in Tacoma, Washington.

When there is a hazardous spill caused by a semi truck accident, immediate response is required to reduce environmental impact. On August 2, 2016 after refueling, this semi truck’s trailer disconnected from the tractor, causing it to smash into the road and damage the diesel fuel tank.

Diesel had spilled and Pro-Tow was among many first responders on the scene including the Fife Fire Department, Fife Police Department, Fife Public Works, Department of Ecology and Love’s Truck Stop. Thanks to everyone quick response and hard work, the spill was contained, and no diesel leaked into nearby storm drains and waterways.

Why is fast response so important with semi truck spill recovery?

Simply put, you need to get the contaminant clean up quickly to reduce damage to the environment. A spill can contaminate waterways directly or through storm drains. It can also contaminate the ground and soil. If you get it contained before that happens, recovery will be far less extensive.

Not only is quick action better for the environment, it will also reduce your company’s spill recovery costs too. If you get it before it does too much damage, the clean up can be minimal.

What can a logistics company do to prepare for these kinds of accidents?

Any company that operates commercial vehicles should have a spill recovery plan in place. This plan should lay out responsibilities of staff and include a list of emergency numbers to call. On this list of contacts, you should include emergency response, regulatory agencies, applicable environmental protection agencies and semi truck spill recovery contractors like Pro-Tow. This way, you’ll know exactly who to call and will have all the information required to respond quickly and accurately.

When you have Pro-Tow on your emergency spill response team, you can count on us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Working along side fire, police, public works and other agencies, we will access the situation, contain and clean up the spill as quickly as possible. To learn more about our spill recovery process, contact us.

Semi Truck Spill Recovery Saves Local Waterways

Emergency Diesel Fuel Spill Containment in Tacoma, WA

Pro-Tow Responds to a Diesel Fuel Spill Containment Emergency in Tacoma, Washington.

When there is a hazardous spill caused by a semi-truck accident, an immediate response is required to reduce environmental impact. On August 2, 2016, after refueling, this semi truck’s trailer disconnected from the tractor, causing it to smash into the road and damage the diesel fuel tank.

Diesel had spilled and Pro-Tow was among many first responders on the scene including the Fife Fire Department, Fife Police Department, Fife Public Works, Department of Ecology and Love’s Truck Stop. Thanks to everyone quick response and hard work, the spill was contained, and no diesel leaked into nearby storm drains and waterways.

Why is fast response so important with semi-truck spill recovery?

Simply put, you need to get the contaminant clean up quickly to reduce damage to the environment. A spill can contaminate waterways directly or through storm drains. It can also contaminate the ground and soil. If you get it contained before that happens, recovery will be far less extensive.

Not only is quick action better for the environment, it will also reduce your company’s spill recovery costs too. If you get it before it does too much damage, the clean up can be minimal.

What can a logistics company do to prepare for these kinds of accidents?

Any company that operates commercial vehicles should have a spill recovery plan in place. This plan should lay out the responsibilities of staff and include a list of emergency numbers to call. On this list of contacts, you should include emergency response, regulatory agencies, applicable environmental protection agencies and semi truck spill recovery contractors like Pro-Tow. This way, you’ll know exactly who to call and will have all the information required to respond quickly and accurately.

When you have Pro-Tow on your emergency spill response team, you can count on us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Working alongside fire, police, public works, and other agencies, we will access the situation, contain and clean up the spill as quickly as possible. To learn more about our spill recovery process, contact us.