Two companies could be fined $50 to $5,000 each for unrelated diesel fuel spills in area waterways, which occurred during late April.
The Kaw Sand Co., 803 E. Eighth, could be fined for spilling up to 400 gallons of diesel fuel into the Kansas River in East Lawrence on April 30, when a Kaw Sand Co. fuel truck was overfilled, said Angela Termini, environmental protection assistant at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's regional office in Kansas City, Kan.
Farmland Industries, Inc. of Kansas City, Mo., also could be fined for spilling up to 900 gallons of diesel fuel into Slough Creek near Oskaloosa on April 27, Termini said. Slough Creek runs into Perry Lake. A Leavenworth County Co-op Assn. fuel storage tank was overfilled by a Farmland Industries fuel truck, she said.
Termini has sent both spill cases to the U.S. Coast Guard, which could levy the fines against Kaw Sand and Farmland Industries.
Reports of the spills originally were made by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, which forwarded the cases to the EPA.
Termini said the Kansas River spill was 10-50 feet wide near the south shore, and traveled 1 to 1 miles downstream and a -mile upstream.
The spill near Oskaloosa traveled 5 to 10 miles downstream, she said.
Lucy Riley, violations clerk at the U.S. Coast Guard's district office in St. Louis, said a Coast Guard hearing officer would not review the cases until August.
The hearing officer would issue fines and determine how much the fines would be, she said.
Both spills were cleaned up within days by contractors hired by the companies.
David Penny, Lawrence city commissioner and owner of the Kaw Sand Co., said cleanup of the Kansas River spill cost him $15,000.