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Black River Produce

Emergency response at Black River Produce, North Springfield, Vt.

Based on a call to 911, the state and EPA learned of a fuel release Aug. 8 at the Black River Produce Co. at 449 River St. in North Springfield, Vt. A video camera at the facility had recorded a masked and hooded man intentionally releasing the diesel fuel from a refilling pump at about 6 am. The fuel pumps were turned on, the handles activated and then placed on the ground, releasing about 1,200 gallons fuel to the asphalt loading area. Fuel flowed unrestricted across the pavement to a storm drain system that empties to the Black River about 300 feet across the street. Black River Produce, which distributes fresh produce in Vermont and New Hampshire, stores diesel that is used to refuel delivery trucks. Fuel pumps at the back of the facility sit across the street from the Black River. A storm drain system drains the fuel area/loading docks directly to the Black River without an oil/water separator. EPA arrived at the site about 6:30 pm that day and assisted with placement of booms to capture oil from further contaminating the river and environment.

Location: 449 River Street, North Springfield, Vt.
EPA Mobilization Date*: 08/08/2010
EPA Demobilization Date*: 08/08/2010
Contact: Claudia Deane (deane.claudia@epa.gov)

*The information contained on this website is merely informational; any dates found on the website cannot be relied upon to create any rights, substantive or procedural, enforceable by any party in litigation with the United States. EPA reserves the right to change such dates at any time without public notice.

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