Another Bleach Spills of 2,000 Gallons in El Cajon

EL CAJON, Calif. — A harmful materials spill was reported Monday at an El Cajon pool supply company.

Around 5:30 a.m., workers at Abcana Industries revealed that a 4,000- gallon storage tank filled with bleach had been drained to half its volume, Heartland Fire and Rescue spokesman Sonny Saghera said. The 2,000 gallons of bleach went into a secondary containment area that also had a breech, and the chemical afterwards flowed into the storm drain and the company’s parking lot at 545 W. Bradley Ave., Saghera said. 

Heartland Fire and Rescue personnel were joined by San Diego County and city hazmat or hazwoper crews conducted at the scene around 7:20 a.m. to clean up the spill, which was restricted to people, Saghera said. An environmental crew was on scene to finish cleaning up the hazardous pool chemical, Saghera said. Some of the bleach did spill into the storm drain, although they don’t know how much. 

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The costs reaches $62 million for California Oil Spill Cleanup

GOLETA, Calif. (AP) — The cleaning up cost of the oil spill that polluted beaches last May on California coast has grown to $62 million so far, the pipeline company said. The Costs are running at $3 million a day, and there is no schedule for when the cleanup will be completed, Plains All American Pipeline's on-scene coordinator, Patrick Hodgins, told The Associated Press. 
The company is responsibility for footing the bill after a pipeline break near Santa Barbara and enforced the closure of two state beaches and urged a fishing ban in the area. Hodgins said the pipeline operator is not concentrated on the money. "The main concern here is to get it cleaned up as quickly as possible," he said. About 76 percent of 97 miles of coastline — mostly sandy beaches — have been cleared of oil. Crews are using putty knives and other tools to scrape oil off rocks and cobble beaches — a labor-intensive process that's dictated by tidal conditions.

"The beaches are fairly clean," said Coast Guard Capt. Jennifer Williams, one of two federal response coordinators. "We're making progress on the shoreline cleanup." The May 19 oil spill occurred after an onshore pipeline operated by Texas-based Plains All American ruptured, leaking up to 101,000 gallons of crude.

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