EPA: Air, drinking water levels good following tanker explosion

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – As the thick black smoke rose into the sky from the fiery crash on I-75 Sunday, so close to the river, there were concerns about possible contamination.

Officials told 2 NEWS the tanker was filled with gasoline when it exploded prompting the Environmental Protection Agency to respond.

Over the past 24-hours the EPA and Dayton Water Department have worked around the clock to make sure the impact from the tanker explosion did not affect the Great Miami River or the drinking water for the area.

The massive explosion sent plumes of black smoke into the air and into sewer drains.

Unsure if there was a fire underground or just the drainage blowing out smoke, the city of Dayton Fire Department, Water Department and EPA flushed the storm sewers Sunday night.

A statement from the Environmental Protection Agency reads in part:

“There is no danger to the neighborhood; there were no evacuations. Dayton’s drinking water sources were not impacted. The fire was extinguished before the fire department departed the scene yesterday.  The fire department also flushed the storm sewers to push out  the gasoline.  To supplement, overnight, an environmental contractor ventilated the storm sewer.  The environmental contractor will be conducting air monitoring today at the pump house.

Water levels in the river are high from weekend storms. When the river level falls, the contractor will contain and recover any fuel that discharges from the storm sewer outfall.”

“We’ll just continue to monitor the sewer system, as far as the levels, and the air-quality in the sewer system over the next few days to make sure that nothing changes.  We don’t expect anything to change, but we’ll just confirm,” Dayton Water Department Division Manager David Shade said.

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