North Carolina company fined for February fuel spill in Highland County

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The Roanoke Valley Regional Hazardous Materials Team was deployed to Highland County on Feb. 26, 2021 after a tanker truck overturned in the Jackson River. (Photo: Courtesy Roanoke Fire-EMS)

HIGHLAND COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) – The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has levied a fine on a North Carolina company for its role in a fuel spill that took place earlier this year in Highland County.

The incident took place on Feb. 26 when a tanker truck carrying fuel crashed on Route 220 in Highland County and ended up in the Jackson River, losing half of its load.

The DEQ has said that most of the fuel that was spilled was recovered; however, an estimated 1,470 gallons of fuel had spilled — some of that into the Jackson River.

No public water supplies were impacted by the spill; however, the DEQ says that around 500 trout and 370 minnows were killed in a 2.5 mile stretch of the Jackson River.

The company that owns the truck, Reliable Tank Line LLC from Winston-Salem, North Carolina, has been fined $13,223 for its role in the incident.

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