Amazon’s NKY cargo hub dumps 1,700 gallons of jet fuel

HEBRON, Ky. – The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet says a faulty valve caused a jet fuel spill at Amazon Inc.’s air cargo hub at CVG Airport in Hebron, Ky. ., but the March 15 spill was contained before causing environmental damage .

An incident report from the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Fire Department said Amazon mechanics initially estimated the spill at between 15,000 and 16,000 gallons of jet fuel. But Amazon later informed the airport that the spill was 1,700 gallons, or 13% of the fuel tank that had a faulty valve.

“The incident was handled in accordance with our approved containment and environmental remediation plans and at no time did it present any safety concerns to personnel or operations at our facility,” the gate said. – Amazon spokesperson, Alisa Carrol.

John Mura, spokesman for the environmental cabinet, said the spill was contained.

“The fire department flushed the material down the drain system that leads to an oil-water separator,” Mura said. “An environmental contractor pumped up the spill and there is no indication that waterways were affected.”

James McCloud, environmental inspector with the Kentucky Emergency Response Team, said it was one of the largest fuel spills he remembered from CVG in recent years.

“It was a big spill,” he said. “It definitely caught our attention.”

CVG spokeswoman Mindy Kershner released a copy of the incident report, but asked Amazon questions.

“The CVG team helped contain the spill and Amazon took charge of the incident,” she said.

The incident report says four fire department vehicles were dispatched and about a dozen people were on duty during the incident, which lasted about two hours.

“The 1 scale crews are meeting with the mechanics of the plane and they said they were changing the fuel pump and when they pulled it out the fuel started leaking out and there is no way to prevent it from sinking,” read the initial report.

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