I-890 in Schenectady reopens after oil spill

Times Union | April 1, 2014 | Staff Report

SCHENECTADY — Traffic is again flowing normally along an entrance ramp of I-890 near Schenectady County Community College after an oil spill Tuesday morning forced city officials to shutdown one of the lanes along the road, according to a fire commander.

Deputy Fire Chief Kurt Gerfin said the department received the call for the oil spill just west of the Exit 4C parallel to a parking lot of SCCC at 11:21 a.m. He said firefighters and the department's hazardous material team found a "thin layer of oil substance in the right lane for quarter-mile."

Gerfin described the oil as a "mineral based fluid" that never posed a threat to the public or the environment.

A substance similar to cat litter was used to clean the oil up, added Gerfin.

He said the state Department of Environmental Conservation and Department of Transportation also responded to the scene. Police had to divert traffic around the spill for about two hours, said Gerfin.


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