More than 4,000 gallons of methanol based cleaning compound were dumped into a creek when a tanker truck struck a bridge abutment. Initially, the Texas Department of Environmental Quality (“TCEQ”) representative ordered that the water in the creek and nearby pond be drained and scraped. This scope of work would have involved a large amount of equipment and personnel along with large quantities of soil and liquid disposal costing in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Once the incident was reported on Zurich Environmental Emergency Response, we retained a local environmental consultant who determined that the methanol compound released would evaporate and degrade within eight days with no residual left behind. Based on this information, the TDEQ agreed to a less aggressive approach comprised of remediation of gross soil contamination and sampling of soil and surface water to confirm that the compound had degraded. Within two weeks of the incident, sample results confirmed that the contamination was below regulatory standards. Additionally, our onsite consultant reduced the project costs by having subcontractors bill our insured directly, reviewing contractor costs, and negotiating regulatory response costs.
Total reduction in clean-up costs = $305,271
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