The mountains form the backdrop for Kenai Lake, which is still partially frozen, on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 seen from the bridge in Cooper Landing, Alaska. The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation on Saturday cleaned up a small spill left over from a truck accident in February near the shore of the lake alongside the Sterling Highway. (Photo by Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion)

The mountains form the backdrop for Kenai Lake, which is still partially frozen, on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 seen from the bridge in Cooper Landing, Alaska. The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation on Saturday cleaned up a small spill left over from a truck accident in February near the shore of the lake alongside the Sterling Highway. (Photo by Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion)

DEC cleans up small spill on Kenai Lake

State spill response workers cleaned up some contaminated soil on the shore of Kenai Lake left over from a truck accident in February.

Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation workers cleaned up about 4 yards of contaminated soil on the edge of Kenai Lake on Saturday near where Quartz Creek Road intersects with the Sterling Highway.

The spill dates back to Feb. 26, when a dump truck being hauled by a semi truck overturned onto the lake ice, according to an email from Prevention, Preparedness and Response Program Manager Graham Wood.

“Department staff responded on 2/27 and after several follow ups with the responsible party, it was deemed no further action was necessary,” he wrote.

However, last Saturday, someone notified DEC that there was some sheening at the lake edge, he wrote. A spill response team responded to the lake, which is beginning to melt but is still partially frozen, and removed the contaminated soil from the lakeshore. The incident is still open but will be closed once samples show no further contamination and the soil is properly treated, Wood wrote.

Reach Elizabeth Earl at eearl@peninsulaclarion.com.

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