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MAINE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION
OIL & HAZARDOUS MATERIALS REPORT

Spill Report Information
Spill Number: P-861-2010
Report Status: Final Report
MCD Town: POLAND
Local Name: POLAND
Primary Responder: GREGORY B O'BRIEN
Primary Product: #2 Fuel Oil {02} - 0.00 UNKNOWN
Subject/Owner: - HELEN AND GORDON ANDREWS -
I. EVENT
Spill Info
Type: Oil Incident
Source: Storage Unit - Aboveground Storage Tank
Cause: Mechanical Failure - Loose Fitting
Spill Date/Time
Spill Date/Time: Date and Time Unknown
Reporter Type/Detection Method
Type: Public Official {4}
Method: Visual Product
Reported Date/Time
Reported Date/Time: 10/29/2010 00:00
Subject/Spiller (Potential Responsible Party)
Contact: HELEN AND GORDON ANDREWS-
2 CHESTER ST
PORTLAND ME 04103 USA
Comment:
Primary Responder and Other Employees
Contact(s): BARBARA T PARKER
GREGORY B O'BRIEN (Primary Responder)
Comment: No Further Response Action Expected
II. SITE
Location
Location Type: Residential - Single Family {SF}
Name: GORDON ANDREWS
Street Address: 34 MCCAN ST
MCD Town: POLAND
Local Name: POLAND
State/Province: ME
Spill Point
Spill Point:
Wells and Media Affected
Wells Affected: 0 Wells Impacted/ 0 Wells At Risk
Media Affected: Land {L}
Tanks Involved
Tanks Involved: Above Ground Tank(s) Involved-Tank Inside
III. CLEANUP
Product Reported: #2 Fuel Oil {02}
Products Found/Amount Spilled: #2 Fuel Oil {02} - 0.00 UNKNOWN (Primary Product)
Material Recovered: Unspilled Product {VP} - 160.00 gals. ESTIMATE
Recovery/Treatment Method: Pumps {B}
Cleanup DTREE:
Disposal Information: Unspilled product was recycled.
IV. NARRATIVE
The Department was contacted by the Poland Code Enforcement Officer (CEO) who requested our review of a leaking oil tank and potentially contaminated soil in the basement of this residence. I visited the site to meet with the CEO and the Andrews. We (Mr. Andrews included) recognized the fitting connecting the supply line to the filter had been weeping and there was visual evidence of contamination. Through conversation, it was deduced the quantity lost was not catastrophic due to the presence of approximately 100 gallons of heating oil in the tank and its lack of use because the furnace had not been viable for some time. Nonetheless, it was a situation that warranted attention. Of particular concern were the egregious code violations associated with their Aboveground Storage Tank (AST) which presented the threat of a discharge. I did discuss the Department's AST replacement program with them but made no promises. I expressed confidence in their ability to qualify for the program given the information presented to me at that time.

The original plan was to pump out the remaining fuel in the tank, coordinate a replacement tank and then return the fuel. The first stage of the process was initiated and the Department retained the services of ENPRO to facilitate pumping out the contents of the tank into drums; an effort funded by the Ground Water Oil Clean-up Fund. It was necessary to remove the vent piping to gain access to the fuel which had to occur from the outside in. At that time, it was discovered both the vent and fill piping were partially buried, an illegal setup, so the vent and fill piping were removed (other violations included unsheathed copper line in contact with dirt floor, no cement pad or even blocks and no feet on the tank legs). The structural integrity of the foundation was not interrupted and the location where the piping went through the foundation was backfilled with the same few bricks. When we began pumping out the tank, visual and olfactory evidence suggested the fuel deteriorated due to it having sat for an unknown length of time. Mr. Andrews agreed with the assessment so I offered to simply dispose of the fuel; an offer he accepted.

Regarding the tank replacement, I came to learn the Andrews do not actually live in that house. Their primary residence is in Portland and they actually own five pieces of property in the State of Maine. I explained the program is reserved for primary residences and for those whose fiscal situation is dire. Also, as I mentioned, the furnace is out of code and doesn't even work which makes justifying their participation in the program even more difficult. In addition, and perhaps the most pertinent aspect of this situation, the Town of Poland deemed the house uninhabitable due to severe structural integrity issues (unrelated to the piping removal).

The Department will not install a tank in a non-primary residence, to [not] be hooked up to a non-working furnace in the basement of a house that is not inhabited. Further, removal of the fuel was a prudent act to mitigate the potential for a catastrophic discharge given stability of the tank and the condition of the structure. I understand this was not the course we originally discussed but the outcome was within the scope of my responsibilities as a steward for Maine's people and environment.

The Andrews have also spoken at length with Chris Fournier, Bekka Koroski and Barbara Parker.
V.ATTACHMENTS
Attachment Type Description
Paper Attach Town of Poland documentation