TROPICAL STORM AGNES: PENNSYLVANIA'S TORREY CANYON

This paper presents the "Agnes Story" disaster as related to the largest inland oil spill experienced in the history of U. S. and actions taken by EPA in coping with the problem. The inland rivers of the Middle Atlantic area experienced spills of petroleum products ranging from over 3 million gallons of No. 2 fuel oil, gasoline and kerosene from storage tanks in Big Flats/Elmira, N.Y. (just north of the Pennsylvania border) to 6 to 8 million gallons of black, highly metallic waste oil and sludge from an oil reclamation plant on the Schuykill River. Cleanup of the spilled oil in the midst of other rescue and restorative actions by Federal, state and municipal agencies was fraught with emergency response problems. Major spill effects and significant cleanup operations, problems encountered, and lessons learned are presented so that future responses can be better and more efficiently dealt with in an inland oil spill disaster. /DOT/

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  • Pagination: p. 569-577

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  • Accession Number: 00260497
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 11 1974 12:00AM