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Oil spill clean-up almost finished in Adams County


Clean-up is almost finished after an oil spill in Adams County last month.

More than 50,000 gallons of oil was spilled in Grand Marsh, and more than 17,000 tons of contaminated soil have been removed. The pipeline has since re-opened.

"It seems like the job has been dying down. The trucks have been slowly (coming) in," Veolia Interim Area Manager Steve Bubert said.

Leaders at Veolia Environmental Services say the soil is being hauled to their location in Wisconsin Rapids. There, it will be treated and eventually end up in their landfill.

"We treat the dirt as it comes in with microbes that eat all of the petroleum out of the material," Bubert said.

The cleaning process can take several weeks and they test throughout, to make sure that petroleum is completely gone.

"Typically it could be weeks or even longer," Bubert said.

The clean-up in Adams County started within a day after that pipeline broke three weeks ago.

"We're hopeful by this Saturday the majority of the clean-up will be done," Enbridge Energy Relations Advisor Jennifer Smith said.

"They're going as well as can be expected. I think this is a large spill and they're moving along as fast as they can," Wisconsin DNR Hydrogeologist Tom Hvizdak said.

A viewer emailed Newsline 9, concerned the contaminated material would be burned, harming the environment. But Veolia officials say that's not the case.

DNR officials say the ground water in Adams County is safe as well.

"We have a process that we work with the DNR, they're fully involved in everything we do," Bubert said.

DNR officials say about 45,000 tons of soil will be removed once the clean-up is complete.

They say this clean-up is about 100 times bigger than a typical project.

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