Fuel spills from tank supplying rural water treatment plant

The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation is monitoring a spill of about 2,000 gallons of diesel fuel at a northwest Alaska village.

The agency says a fuel tank overflowed at the water treatment plant in Kiana, a village of 400 about 57 miles east of Kotzebue, as the tank was being filled.

The spill was discovered Tuesday night. The cause is under investigation.

City and water treatment plant workers built a dike to prevent fuel from flowing downhill.

The DEC says two city water wells are “indirectly downhill” about 800 feet from the spill.

Workers pumped free-standing fuel into drums.

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