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Fuel leak clean up completed

The Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality (NDEQ) recently released an official statement regarding the fuel leak that took place in late November of last year on a Fillmore County farm.

The public notice states that on or about November 21, 2012, refined gasoline and diesel fuel were released from a pipeline owned by NuStar Pipeline Operating Partnership, LP. The release occurred within a farm field located approximately 1.5 miles southeast of Fairmont, the legal notice states. The farm is owned by Howard Lefler of rural Fairmont.

The notice states that the source of the release has been removed. A Rick-Based Corrective Action (RBCA) Tier 1 assessment has been conducted. The assessment indicated the presence of dissolved petroleum compounds in ground water. The contaminant concentrations found were below the numerical levels used by the RBCA process to establish a need for further investigation or remediation. The NDEQ has determined that no further remedial action is necessary due to the lack of threat to human health or safety.

This ground-water contamination event was defined as remedial action Class II by the NDEQ. A final decision by a NDEQ director will take place after all public comments and information are collected. The NDEQ file is listed as RA #112112-JB-1520.