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For Release: Monday, December 12, 2016

DEC Update on Ethanol Spill on I-690 in Van Buren

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Region 7 Spills Response Unit immediately responded to a traffic accident involving a spill of a hazardous material on Saturday, December 10, 2016 at 5:35 a.m. on I-690 southbound in the town of Van Buren, Onondaga County. Approximately 300 gallons of ethanol spilled, meeting the notification requirements of Section 17-1743 of the Environmental Conservation Law.

Ethanol, an alcohol, is a highly flammable and colorless liquid that is used as a fuel additive. The tanker truck was en route to a fuel terminal to blend the ethanol with gasoline. Ethanol entered standing water on the side of the highway. The standing water containing ethanol was vacuumed and properly disposed of. Impacted vegetation was removed. Booms were left in place over the weekend to collect any residual ethanol. There was no direct impact to groundwater. DEC will continue to monitor the area to ensure there are no impacts to the environment.

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