Company cited for Candler fuel spill

Feb. 27, 2014 @ 02:23 PM

North Carolina environmental officials have cited a company in Candler that the state says spilled thousands of gallons of diesel fuel.

Chuck Cranford with the North Carolina Division of Water Resources said Harrison Construction Co. faces fines of up to $25,000 a day for three violations, the Asheville Citizen-Times reported.

Cranford says fuel spilled Feb. 14 and contaminated Hominy Creek. Cranford says the creek now appears to be clear. He says there does not appear to be any damage to aquatic life.

"There is no other remediation that needs to be done along the stream," he said. "There is nothing left to collect from the spill that has gotten into the water."

Officials said the spill resulted from a leak from an above-ground storage tank at the company. Harrison president Todd Quigg said the company is working to figure out what caused the spill.

"We're conducting internal investigations and trying to determine the root cause and how we can ensure that we don't have a failure such as this in the future," Quigg said. "It really was an overwhelming thing."

The company has 15 days to submit a report to state officials on the cause, significance and extent of the release.

The spill was discovered when workers at nearby Vulcan Materials noticed fuel running across the property and through a storm drain into the creek.