DEC says about 3,000 gallons of diesel spilled near village of Beaver

Beaver is a village in the Yukon Flats in the Interior .(Alaska DEC graphic)

There’s been a large fuel spill in the Yukon Flats village of Beaver.

A report from the Alaska Department of Environment Conservation says an estimated 3,000 gallons of diesel were released at the village school Tuesday. The DEC says a heavy equipment operator plowing snow damaged piping at a tank farm. It says a school maintenance worker closed a valve to halt the release. The fuel impacted area is about 600 feet from the Beaver Village well and the Yukon River.

DEC says the Yukon Flat School district and Beaver Village Tribal Council are working with the agency on response to the spill, including a plan to excavate impacted soils

Dan Bross is a reporter at KUAC in Fairbanks.

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