Hospital generator leaks fuel during power outage
225 gallons of diesel seep onto Takoma Park campus and into Sligo Creek
A backup generator at Washington Adventist Hospital in Takoma Park leaked 225 gallons of diesel fuel onto the property and into Sligo Creek on Thursday evening.
Crews completed a cleanup of the fuel Friday, said Lydia Parris, spokeswoman for Washington Adventist Hospital. The leak was not in the hospital building, but adjacent to another building on the hospital's campus, she said. The leak did not endanger patients or affect hospital operations.
The hospital contacted the proper agencies, including the Maryland Department of Environment, and worked with an environmental company to clean up the spill, Parris said.
Hospital representatives are waiting for recommendations from the generator's contractor on how to prevent future leaks, she said.
The backup generator was in use during a power outage caused by Wednesday's snowstorm.
Montgomery County firefighters responded to a call at about 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Parris said.