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Diesel fuel leak closes UC Berkeley’s Stanley Hall

Posted: 12/11/2011 11:03:22 AM PST
Updated: 12/11/2011 09:31:07 PM PST
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A university employee posts a warning sign by Strawberry Creek after a diesel fuel spill closed…

BERKELEY — Emergency crews from five different agencies spent Sunday cleaning up a diesel fuel leak that closed UC Berkeley’s Stanley Hall and seeped into nearby Strawberry Creek.

A pump valve failure for a diesel fuel storage tank for an emergency generator in the basement of Stanley Hall is being blamed for 1,700 gallons of fuel leaking into the basement and eventually into Strawberry Creek and the San Francisco Bay, according to university spokeswoman Janet Gilmore.

A campus police officer noticed an odor of diesel fuel coming from Strawberry Creek around 7 p.m. Saturday, Gilmore said. After an investigation, employees from the Office of Environment, Health and Safety discovered the leak and closed the building, which is the largest research building on campus and home to the university’s bioengineering department.

The leak was contained by 9 p.m. Saturday but an unspecified amount of fuel seeped into Strawberry Creek through pumps in the basement of Stanley Hall.

The emergency generator tank needs to constantly hold enough gas to power the building for 24 hours should there be an emergency, Gilmore said. It’s regularly tested to be sure it’s working, and as those tests use fuel, a dedicated storage tank sends the generator a top-off.

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-Lee Geurts

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