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Cleanup Underway at Major Diesel Fuel Spill at Metro North

April 2, 2008

First discovered on Saturday, March 29, 2008, cleanup of a 17,000 gallon diesel fuel spill on the 1,000-acre Metro North facility in Croton-on-Hudson began yesterday, April 1.

Adjacent to a large fuel storage tank is a large gaping hole that measures nearly 100 feet in diameter from which a hazardous materials cleanup contractor has begun removing fuel-soaked soil.

The site of the spill, as shown in the following three photographs, is visible from the southern side of the bridge that carries Croton Point Avenue over the rail yards, and is not near the Hudson River. However, the aftereffects of the spill create additional activity in an already-busy area where several new construction projects, part of a major expansion project by the MTA, are under way.

metro north diesel fuel spill cleanup

metro north diesel fuel spill cleanup

metro north diesel fuel spill cleanup

The magnitude of the cleanup project is a reminder of the often-overlooked potential for environmental disaster posed by the presence of the MTA’s railroad servicing and repair facility in one of the most sensitive areas of the village of Croton-on-Hudson.

On April 27, 2008 7:50 PM, TeaDrinker said:

The following is an update on Metro-North’s cleanup efforts at Croton-Harmon Yard as per email from the Village of Croton-on-Hudson.

“We have now recovered 13,198 gallons of diesel in liquid form, and approximating we have recovered another 1,000 gallons in the 650 tons of soil we have removed. Several of the temporary recovery wells we have been pumping are showing less and less diesel in them. We have been delineating the plume and have reached clean areas to the south, east and west. So we are focusing on the northeast area towards our tracks and shop where there still appears to be a significant amount of diesel and are going to install a more permanent recovery system, hopefully a recovery trench or string of recovery wells, and these will be used to continue to remove diesel and keep it from migrating. The geologist on site feels that the clean up is progressing well.”

On April 11, 2008 12:35 PM, TeaDrinker said:

Follows is a letter from Richard K. Bernard, Vice President and General Counsel, Metro North Railroad, to the Village of Croton-on-Hudson, in connection with the diesel fuel spill that occurred at the Harmon Yard on March 29, 2008.


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