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Crews clean up 1,000-gallon jet fuel spill at JBLM

Post by Adam Lynn / The News Tribune on Oct. 28, 2011 at 5:03 pm |
October 28, 2011 5:03 pm

Nearly 1,000 gallons of jet fuel spilled onto a tarmac at Joint Base Lewis-McChord this morning, but crews cleaned it up before the fuel could contaminate any nearby soil or water, officials said.

Military officials notified the state Department of Ecology about the spill about 6:10 a.m., said Curt Hart, a spokesman for the agency.

An Ecology spill-response team responded to the base and found the fuel contained in a catch basin, Hart said.

Military crews were in the process of cleaning up the spill, he said.

“It didn’t get out into the environment,” Hart said. “We were satisfied with the cleanup.”

Base spokesman Joseph Piek said base officials were investigating how the fuel spilled.

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