Olds Fire Department was called in after containers of unknown chemical were found dumped next to rural roads at several locations.
Fire crews were dispatched about 9:30 a.m. on Sunday to Rural Road 14 in Mountain View County just north of Olds after getting a report about dumped containers.
Olds firefighters arrived to find several containers with various amounts of unknown contents left on the side of the road.
“Upon further investigation a second and third location were found within a five-mile radius, with one location being within Red Deer County,” says a news release from the fire department.
“Some of the contents of these containers had leaked from containment but did not reach local water sources or drainage ditches.”
Firefighters isolated the area creating an isolation zone utilizing roadblocks to protect residents and the public from the potential for exposure and worked to identify the products. A contracted hazardous materials remediation company was called in to clean up the spills and collect the products for disposal.
Fourteen firefighters from Olds spent about seven hours dealing with the incident along with RCMP, Mountain View County patrol and Bowden Fire Department. Alberta Environment was notified of the situation and provided guidance and further tracking of the incident.
There were no reported injuries to the public or responders, and environmental testing and remediation work was completed to remove the danger to the environment.
The circumstances of this incident are currently being investigated by the Olds RCMP. If you have information, contact the Olds RCMP at 403-556-3323. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or online at www.p3tips.com. The public is requested to report any known suspicious activity relating to this matter to Crime Stoppers or the local RCMP detachment.