Diesel fuel drains into Lake Kittamaqundi

spill is cleaned up

January 08, 2002|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Five to 8 gallons of diesel fuel drained into Columbia's Lake Kittamaqundi on Friday after a spill at a nearby construction site, an official with the builder said yesterday.

Construction workers and Columbia Association employees put out buoys to contain the spill, said Don Guglio, senior project manager with Clark Realty Builders of Bethesda.

Ice on the lake also helped keep the fuel from spreading, Columbia Association President Maggie J. Brown said. The association owns the 27-acre lake.

"From our standpoint, we really don't see any environmental issues from it," Brown said. "The good news is that the ice helped to kind of gel the fuel, so it basically kept it in one spot."

Clark Realty, which is erecting the 531-unit Archstone Columbia Town Center apartment complex, hired Safety-Kleen of Glen Burnie to clean up the spill.

After working through the weekend, Safety-Kleen crews certified yesterday that the cleanup had been completed, Guglio said. The crew will return Friday for a follow-up test, he said.

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