Clean-up under way following fuel spill in Hecker

An environmental contracting firm is working under the observation of the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency to finalize clean-up of between 2,500 and 3,500 gallons of diesel fuel following a spill that occurred Monday at Gregson Trucking, located at 7564 State Route 156 in Hecker. 

The scene at Gregson Trucking on Friday following a Monday diesel fuel spill. (Alan Dooley photo)

There was no immediate threat to public safety or wildlife resulting from the spill, IEPA Emergency Response Unit Manager Yeric Yarrington told the Republic-Times.

Yarrington said the incident occurred when a truck was unloading fuel into a stationary above-ground tank at the business and the side of the tank apparently failed, releasing fuel onto the ground and into a ditch, also leaking into a small nearby pond.

This week, the contracting firm has used a vacuum truck to pick up any free standing liquid, and also dug up impacted soil. Absorbent materials are also being used to soak up the spilled fuel.

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Corey Saathoff

Corey is the editor of the Republic-Times. He has worked at the newspaper since 2004, and currently resides in Columbia. He is also the principal singer-songwriter and plays guitar in St. Louis area country-rock band The Trophy Mules.
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