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Crews Working on Oil Spill at USGS HQ in Reston
Released: 1/29/2001

Contact Information:
U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey
Office of Communication
119 National Center
Reston, VA 20192
Butch Kinerney 1-click interview
Phone: 703-648-4732



Environmental clean-up crews are working this morning to determine the size of an oil release that occurred at the U.S. Geological Survey Headquarters in Reston, Va., early this morning.

Shortly after midnight, January 29, 2001, contract employees who run heating equipment for the USGS National Center discovered diesel oil on the ground near fuel oil holding tanks which power the building’s boiler system.

During the night, diesel oil was being moved between holding tanks when a filling cap failed spilling the diesel oil. The oil is believed to be contained in a gravel holding area. Crews are checking now to ensure that the oil has not spread beyond the holding area. Hazardous materials crews from the Fairfax County Fire Department were on-scene early this morning and found no evidence of oil beyond the containment area but contract haz-mat crews are monitoring around the USGS campus to determine if there are any environmental impacts. As much as 15,000 gallons of diesel oil are unaccounted for but are thought to be contained.

Currently, the USGS building is open and employees are reporting as usual. There are no fuel odors beyond the immediate area of the holding tanks which are located several hundred feet away from the main building.

Representatives from the USGS Office of Communications are on hand to escort members of the media to the site if desired. For more information, page Butch Kinerney, USGS Office of Communications, by calling 703-721-7749.


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