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THIS IS A DRILL.

PRESS RELEASES

UMATILLA DIESEL RAIL CAR RELEASE PRESS RELEASE

At 3:00 am this morning, Tidewater Transportation and Terminals became aware of a rail car leaking No. 2 diesel at their Umatilla Terminal. The leak was immediately controlled at the source.

 

Tidewater’s Oil Spill Response Organization and Spill Response Team were promptly contacted and mobilized to the site to establish a Unified Command for the Umatilla Rail Car Release. Other governmental authorities, including the United States EPA, United States Coast Guard, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, and the Cities of Hermiston and Umatilla, were also alerted to the release. The Unified Command’s top priorities are to protect public health, safety, and limit environmental impacts as the spill is contained and cleaned-up as quickly and efficiently as possible.

 

Initial reports indicate the released diesel is estimated at 20,000 gallons onto terminal property. At this time, the diesel has not been found in the river. Four hundred feet of boom has been deployed in the Columbia River for pre-emptive containment if the spill were to reach water.

 

Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, Clean Rivers Cooperative, and Tidewater have established a safety zone around the site to ensure public safety during the incident response. Air monitoring has been established and all readings are within safe levels. The public is requested to remain a safe distance from the area and to stay off area beaches. If anyone comes into contact with oil or feels any symptoms, they should seek help and go to the nearest emergency room.

TIDEWATER PRESS CONFERENCE

October 25, 2018

4:30pm

Red Lion Hotel - ______Room

2525 N. 20th Ave   Pasco, WA  99301

TIDEWATER COMMUNITY OUTREACH TOWN HALL

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KEY PHONE NUMBERS

JOINT INFORMATION CENTER
360-980-2170
emergencyresponse@tidewater.com

CLAIMS HOTLINE - TOLL FREE
844-814-0710

CLAIMS FAX NUMBER
360-694-8981

OILED WILDLIFE REPORTING HOTLINE
Washington State Emergency Division
800-258-5900

CLAIM FORM: REFER TO CLAIM #CLM18047 (need to check)

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