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Posted: Tuesday, April 16, 2013 12:07 am | Updated: 12:09 am, Tue Apr 16, 2013.

FAIRBANKS — About 3,200 gallons of diesel fuel spilled within 150 yards of the Yukon River last week near the village of Rampart.

A bulldozer pulling a tanker trailer lost control on a road west of the airport. The trailer rolled into a ditch where its aluminum tank ruptured, according to an Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation situation report distributed Monday afternoon.

The spill occurred at 9:30 p.m. Thursday and was reported at 12:47 p.m. Friday, according to the report, which identifies the Rampart Village Council as the “potential responsible party” for the spill.

Clean up of the contaminated snow has not begun. Two DEC employees responded and have pumped 580 gallons from the trailer, which is not leaking, according to the report. They have marked the affected area and were trying to obtain equipment to remove the spilled fuel, according to the report.

DEC’s John Ebel described the spill area as a 240-foot stretch of land along the road. At its closest point, the spill is about 150 yards from the Yukon River, he said.

Rampart is a community of 24, according to the 2010 census, some 80 miles northwest of Fairbanks.

Contact staff writer Sam Friedman at 459-7545. Follow him on Twitter, @FDNMcrime.

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