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White City, OR—UPDATE #2
Thursday, Aug. 8

Cleanup efforts continuing along Antioch Road in White City

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality continues to oversee cleanup and monitoring at the site of an Aug. 5 tanker crash and fuel release west of Antioch Road near White City. About 2,500 gallons of aviation fuel was released. Drinking water is not impacted.

Crews began excavating on Wednesday and removed more than 1,000 tons of contaminated soil from the west side of Antioch Road. The soil was taken to Dry Creek Landfill.

Results of samples taken from the nearest domestic well are expected today. Monitoring and sampling of the well will continue as needed to ensure there are no impacts on a longer-term basis.

Crews will continue excavation on the west side of Antioch Road today.

View www.TripCheck.com for the latest information about road closures and detours.


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UPDATE #1
Wednesday, Aug. 7

Cleanup efforts underway along Antioch Road in White City

Well-coordinated emergency response and cleanup actions continue on the west side of Antioch Road near White City.

Around 8 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7, work crews began excavating and removing contaminated soil near the site where a tanker crashed Monday, Aug. 5 around 10 p.m.

First Strike Environmental and subcontractors have been moving the soil to Dry Creek Landfill using about 20 dump trucks and other equipment.

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and contractors will collect soil samples and well water samples near the crash site. Although the nearest domestic groundwater well is located several hundred feet from the spill site and faces uphill, DEQ is taking precautions to prevent risk to residents nearby.

DEQ is also monitoring air quality at the work site and the nearest residence.

Antioch Road is now closed until further notice in the vicinity of the spill and detours are in place.

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Tuesday, Aug. 6
DEQ responds to spill on Antioch Road in White City

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality is responding to a tanker crash that spilled 2,500 gallons of aviation fuel on the west side of Antioch Road near White City. The spill poses no threat to groundwater wells or surface water.

DEQ is working with Croman Corporation to clean up the fuel. Crews will start excavation and removal of contaminated soil around the crash site Wednesday. The soil will be taken to Dry Creek Landfill.

The Jackson County Roads Department has closed Antioch Road to through traffic between Highway 234 and Modoc Road until further notice. The roadway remains open to local traffic. Cleanup operations may take more than a week and motorists should find alternate routes.

The Medford Fire Department reported the spill to the Oregon Emergency Response System on Monday, Aug. 5, around 10 p.m. The accident occurred on Antioch Road between Modoc and Loch Lomond Road on the east side of Upper Table Rock in White City.

Contact: Jennifer Flynt, DEQ, 503.730.5924, flynt.jennifer@deq.state.or.us

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