HMN-Muncie, IN responders cleared fuel from storm sewer. The Star Press reports the fuel was allegedly dumped from a Phillips 66 gas station.
MUNCIE, Ind. — The Indiana Department of Environmental Management is investigating after fuel was allegedly dumped from the Phillips 66 gas station into the storm water sewer collection lines leading from the station at the corner of Wheeling and Centennial avenues Monday morning.
Emergency services, including Muncie police, fire and Delaware County EMS were on the scene starting at 7:30 a.m. Monday after a call about a strong gasoline odor in the area. Responding units from Hazmat were still at the gas station as of 5:30 p.m. due to the cleanup needed.
Jason Rogers, Director of Emergency Management said that residents living down the storm lines flow would potentially have noticed an odor because of the fuel concentrations.
A resident that lived in Cardinal Vista, located at 1200 W. Bethel Ave., noted that a fuel like odor was noticeable in their apartment when they awoke Monday morning.
Low levels of contamination indicated there was no potential for immediate harm to the public. Rogers said that readings from Hazmat teams on scene showed less than one tenth percent. Low explosive levels range up to four percent and residents nearby would only have been evacuated if readings were cause for immediate concern near 10 percent.
Fuel and other contaminants do end up in the storm water system from roadways, Rogers said, but not in the concentrations found leading from the gas station. Twelve 55 gallon barrels were discovered by officials inside a storage or garage area attached to the gas station that used to be an auto repair shop. Rogers believed those were the origin for the fuel that was dumped into the floor drains of the building.
Vehicles and yellow tape blocked entrance to the station, eventually closing Centennial Avenue and a section of Bethel Avenue Monday during the cleanup.
Authorities on scene told The Star Press that they were investigating a fuel dump, deferring to the Indiana Department of Environmental Management.
IDEM said the case was still under investigation and that details would be provided at a later time.