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MAINE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION
OIL & HAZARDOUS MATERIALS REPORT



I received a phone call from Toby Zabot of the Portland DEP regional office. Toby asked that I make contact with Mr. Patrick Heelan (415-2107 office 831-6911). Mr. Heelan represents RCC Unicell. He phoned to report a diesel spill from a diesel generator on Heagen Mountain in Prospect. The Heagan Mountain Road is located off Route 174 in Prospect.

The generator on the mountain is used to power the cell phone tower as there is no electrical power source near the tower. Unicell was supposed to have gotten together with Bangor Hydro Electric and have a power pole and power lines installed. Plans are to have a clean up contractor which includes excavation of contaminated soil and replacement of the removed soil tomorrow. The T-Buck Construction Company (783-6223), from the Portland area, will be doing the excavation. Shortly afterward I received a phone call from Mr. John Hyk (469-2193, the property owner), he resides at 287 Heagan Mountain Road. I explained to Mr. Hyk what I knew of the spill so far and that a clean up contractor would be on site tomorrow. I made plans to meet with Mr. Hyk at 0830 on Thursday.

Thursday January 31, 2002 0830

I met with John Hyk who is the concerned property owner. John explained that there are two drinking water wells located about a little more than 300 feet from the cellular phone tower and diesel spill. John was also the vigilant property owner who eventually reported the problem. The following informational log is from John's notes and recollections;


The generator has been powering US Cellular equipment since it was installed on December 21, 2001. It was to be replaced in 30 days with land-line power.

The 250 Gallon skid tank that powers a trailer mount generator was filled with diesel at 1000 on Tuesday Jan 29.

On 01-29-02 the generator started to leak at about 1630.

At 1645 John noticed that the filter on the generator was leaking.

At 1700 John phoned: he reported what he had seen to Doug Wilkes.
(Mr. Wilkes is a New Hampshire representative.)

At 2000 the fuel filter was changed.

The Maine DEP was called at 1150 on January 30.

The skid tank was filled on January 30, at 1500.

The failed spin on type fuel filter burst and pumped around 100 gallons in 3 to 4 hours.

Soon a truck from Vaughn Thibodeau arrived and we waited for T-Buck construction to arrive with the excavator. Once the excavator was on scene and unloaded, we moved the generator and skid tank. Then excavation of the contaminated snow gravel and soil began on this brisk winter day (ambient temperature 10 degrees with a wind chill).

In all, 14 cubic yards of contaminated soil were excavated and taken to Vaughn Thibodeau's Yard in Prospect to his asphalt plant. The material was replaced with clean gravel.   





Spill Report Information
Spill Number:  B-50-2002
Report Status: Final Report
MCD Town:  PROSPECT
Local Name:  PROSPECT
Primary Responder:  TOM L MALECK
Primary Product:  Diesel {29} - 100.00 ESTIMATE 
Subject/Owner: RCC UNICELL - PATRICK HEELAN - 
I. EVENT 
Spill Info
Type: Oil Incident
Source: Equipment - Light
Cause: Accident - Physical Breakage
Spill Date/Time
Spill Date/Time:  01/29/2002 
Reporter Type/Detection Method 
Type: Subject/Spiller {2}
Method: Visual Product
Reported Date/Time
Reported Date/Time: 01/30/2002 00:00 
Subject/Spiller (Potential Responsible Party) 
Contact: PATRICK HEELAN-RCC UNICELL 
44 EXCHANGE STREET - SUITE 301
PORTLAND ME 04101 USA 
Comment:
Primary Responder and Other Employees
Contact(s): TOM L MALECK (Primary Responder)
Comment: No Further Response Action Expected 
II. SITE 
Location
Location Type: Utility - Telecommunications {TC}
Name: RCC UNICELL TOWER
Street Address:  HEAGAN MOUNTAIN RD
MCD Town:  PROSPECT
Local Name:  PROSPECT
State/Province: ME
Spill Point
Spill Point: 
Wells and Media Affected 
Wells Affected: 0 Wells Impacted/ 0 Wells At Risk 
Media Affected:  Land {L}
Tanks Involved
Tanks Involved:  Above Ground Tank(s) Involved-Tank Outside 
III. CLEANUP 
Product Reported: Diesel {29}
Products Found/Amount Spilled: Diesel {29} - 100.00 ESTIMATE (Primary Product) 
Material Recovered: Contaminated Soil {CS} - 14.00 cu. yds. ACTUAL 
Recovery/Treatment Method:  Excavation {G} 
Cleanup DTREE:
Disposal Information:  Thibodeau's Asphalt Plant in Prospect.
IV. NARRATIVE 
B-050-02
Prospect


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Diesel Spill in Maine

14 cubic yards of contaminated soil were excavated.