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I-890 oil spill cleaned up in Schenectady

I-890 oil spill cleaned up in Schenectady

The city’s hazmat crew cleaned up a significant oil spill Tuesday on Interstate 890.
I-890 oil spill cleaned up in Schenectady
Schenectady firefighters and the haz-mat team responded to a large oil spill on the entrance ramp to I-890 Tuesday.
Photographer: Peter R. Barber

The city’s hazmat crew cleaned up a significant oil spill Tuesday on Interstate 890.

About 50 gallons of oil covered a quarter-mile of the highway, just west of Exit 4C, near Schenectady County Community College, Deputy Fire Chief Kurt Gerfin said.

“It’s a lot,” he said of the spill.

Firefighters closed the right lane and tested the oil. It was mineral oil — a product likely used in trucking operations, although Gerfin could not definitively identify the source.

“It’s not poisonous,” he said. “It posed no hazard to the public or the environment.”

With that determination, the hazmat crew called DOT to soak up the oil with sand and sweep it up. The entire incident took about 90 minutes, Gerfin said.

By 1 p.m., the lane was reopened.

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