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Diesel Leak Reported Near Peosta

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is monitoring a leaking diesel tank northeast of Peosta. The leak was discovered at 9:20 yesterday morning. It’s coming from a 2.5 million gallon above-ground bulk storage tank at the BP facility on Old Highway Road. An unknown amount of diesel has reached a tributary of the South Fork of Catfish Creek. Sheen from the diesel can be seen downstream at Cottingham Road. The company has placed absorbent booms and vacuum trucks at several downstream locations to capture the fuel. They’ve also transferred a significant amount of the diesel from the leaking tank to another one, according to the DNR. The agency will monitor cleanup activities and assist in preventing additional impacts downstream. The DNR will also consider enforcement action, if necessary.

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