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Emergency Spill Response

Trucking Company

A tanker transporting 6,100 gallons of Diethylene Glycol Monoethyl Ether (GME), a volatile and combustible substance, overturned on the Kennedy Expressway in Chicago. The tanker ruptured and split into two portions, releasing its contents, a portion of which ignited. The fire caused significant damage to surrounding structures, and the portion that did not ignite was released into a culvert and corresponding storm sewers.

Agriculture and Farm Supply

A chemical transport truck hooked and severed a distribution pipe off of an anhydrous ammonia storage tank, releasing 28,000 gallons of anhydrous ammonia into the atmosphere. This happened during a rainstorm, so the ammonia was carried via rain back to the ground, impacting drainage ditches, sewer lines and porous solids in the area.

Agricultural Facility Fire

This Agricultural/Chemical farm supply business sells pesticides and herbicides to local area farmers. When a fire struck at their Chemical Storage Building, fire departments came from five different jurisdictions to extinguish the blaze with more than 80,000 gallons of water.

SET Environmental provided emergency response by capturing the contaminated water with vacuum trucks; constructing an interceptor trench to prevent the contaminated water from reaching the river; and transporting and disposing the water, soil and debris contaminated with 2,4-D impacted soils.