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Semi-Truck Accident Spills Biosolids into Kittitas County Creek

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Courtesy: Washington state Dept. of Ecology Courtesy: Washington state Dept. of Ecology

KITTITAS COUNTY, WA - A semi-truck crashed Monday morning spilling thousands of pounds of biosolids into a creek on Highway 97 near Blewett Pass.  Here's a release from Kittitas County with all the information available:

Kittitas County, WA -01/19/2015The Kittitas County Public Health Department, King County, the Washington Department of Ecology, and Skagit Transportation, Inc. are responding to a biosolid spill on Highway 97 near Blewett Pass in Kittitas County at milepost 57. Individuals in the area should avoid direct human and animal contact with the spill area and Swauk Creek below the spill until potential risks to health have been determined by the Kittitas County Public Health Department.

Approximately 60,000 pounds of biosolids being transferred from King County spilled into Swauk Creek when a semi-truck overturned early Monday morning, January 19, 2015. The biosolids have been treated by King County to meet Class B requirements which reduces, but doesn't completely eliminate disease-causing organisms. 
 
Biosolids are a treated, nutrient-rich by-product of the wastewater treatment process used as a soil amendment for farming and forestry.  The biosolids were being hauled to a farm in Eastern Washington when the accident occurred.  Cleanup was initiated earlier in the day and is expected to continue over the next several days.

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