Fuel spill dumps 3,000 gallons of oil on VBMC property

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POUGHKEEPSIE – A spill of 3,000 gallons of heating oil behind the new building on the Vassar Brothers Medical Center (VBMC) property has contaminated the area’s wastewater treatment plant, according to the State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC).  The spill occurred on February 10, 2021.

There are no known impacts on drinking water supplies.

The diesel spill occurred on February 10 at approximately 3:00 am.  Hospital officials notified DEC of the leak at approximately 8:30 am the same day.  At around 9:00 am, diesel fuel had infiltrated the wastewater pump station on Rinaldi Boulevard and DEC was notified of the contamination.

The DEC is continuing its investigation into the cause of the spill.

The state agency is coordinating with the treatment plant about potential impacts and remediation; however, the plant continues to operate normally and there is no evidence that the spill impacted the Hudson River.  The home heating oil #2 (diesel fuel) was present in the sewer system from February 10 through February 18.

DEC is overseeing the cleanup and will make a determination on enforcement once the investigation is complete.