Most people know that hazardous material spills such as oil, gas, and chemicals are a significant hazard to wildlife and human health. Even so, spills go undetected or are not reported.
Case in point:
Stanley Diesel Oil Spill, December 2011
By the time EH&S was notified, most of the diesel had already made its way to the Bay, which made cleanup much more difficult. The University spent over $1 million on cleanup costs and fines.
What you can do:
Report a hazardous spill immediately! Call (510) 642-3073
A hazardous materials spill may be happening if you:
- smell gas or a chemical odor (ignore the gingko trees)
- see a sheen on the water’s surface
- see lots of suds on a non-storm day
Don't know? Call us anyway!
What UC Berkeley is doing:
- Regular staff training
- Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plans (SWPPPs) for all applicable construction sites
- Upgrading creek monitoring stations to include oil spill detection and an alert system
Learn more about other creek pollutants...
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