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.
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.