Waste Oil Spill On Mainline Tracks
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Client: Waste Oil Recycler
Contract Amount: $40,000
A waste oil recycler tanker spilled an estimated 600 gallons of waste oil that flowed through a storm drain and onto two main line tracks covering 140 ft of drainage ditch and 60 ft of track.
Regulatory/railroad cleanup criteria required no oil migration off the railroad ROW and no sheens in stormwater runoff. Six (6) cubic yards of oil saturated gravel/soil were excavated from the stormsewer outfall and ditch adjacent to the tracks. A poly sorbent/straw filtration/containment system was installed in the drainage ditch. Seventy (70) ft x 6” diameter HPDE drain pipe (terminating in a 20-gallon sump) was installed between the two mainline tracks and a second system was installed in the ditch.
Six (6) HC-2000 applications were made during the initial 4 month period. Leachate collection and filtration system maintenance & monitoring continued for an additional 8 month period until sheens in stormwater runoff and oil collection in the leachate collection systems dissipated.
Cost savings to the railroad on this project were: Ballast removal/replacement estimate was $100,000 plus track service interruptions for 25 to 75 trains/day or an estimated $250,000/day.