Faulty Sensor Cause of Diesel Spill

Wednesday, July 2, 2014 @ 10:07 AM gHale


A faulty sensor on a generator caused 3,500 gallons of diesel fuel to spill at the Hampton Roads Transit facility in Norfolk, VA, Friday.

Norfolk Fire & Rescue said the spill is 3,500 gallons and occurred in the 1600 block of Armistead Avenue on Hampton Roads Transit (HRT) property. The spill, which occurred at 7 a.m., closed Monticello Avenue in both directions from 14th Street to 20th Street. The street reopened about eight hours later.

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Tom Holden of HRT said the incident occurred when a sensor on an emergency generator called for more No. 2 diesel fuel to add in. The fuel pumped into the generator, but the generator didn’t actually need more fuel, which caused it to overflow.

The faulty sensor on the generator caused 3,500 gallons of fuel to overflow.

Norfolk Fire & Rescue, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, a clean up contractor, and the Norfolk Fire Marshal were on the scene. In addition, a HAZMAT team is also working to make sure there is no diesel fuel in the storm drains. No businesses ended up evacuated.



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