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EPA: ‘Significant fish kill’ reported following Tuesday tanker spill near Lyons
Longmont Times-Call
Dana Barnicoat , Environmental Protection Agency Region 8 public information officer, said the EPA is providing assistance in the clean up process. The amount of fuel that entered the North St. Vrain Creek — which is about 20 feet from the spill site — remains under investigation, Barnicoat said.

Officials with the Colorado Parks and Wildlife are helping assess the aftermath of the spill on aquatic species and wildlife. While it isn’t yet known how many fish have died, Barnicoat said “significant fish kill,” was reported as far as three to four miles downstream of the spill.

Jason Clay, Colorado Parks and Wildlife spokesperson, said the types of fish that had been found dead as of Wednesday were brook trout, brown trout and rainbow trout. None of those fish species are endangered.

Around 7 p.m. Wednesday, the EPA tweeted that the source of the spill had been contained, but that there may be an “intermittent slight sheen observed on the water.” The EPA is helping to test the water, as well as providing technical assistance in air monitoring around the scene. A boom, a water barrier, was placed in the creek to help contain leaked fuel, Barnicoat said. Contaminated soil will be excavated. As of Wednesday, Barnicoat said it was not known how much soil would need to be removed.
“We anticipate this clean-up action to take three days to a week to complete,” Barnicoat said. “We will continue to update the public with information that becomes available. Our main concern is that we’re being protective of the environment and human health.”
Member comments
by: Santiago84 on 4/30/2021 9:07:00 AM
Anybody know where about in the canyon this was?
by: Santiago84 on 4/30/2021 9:11:00 AM
It was at Apple Valley Rd and highway 36.
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