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Caltrans Spills Weed Killer Near Lake Cachuma

200-300 Gallons of Liquid Leaked from Truck in Highway 154 Turnout


Tuesday, March 26, 2013
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A Caltrans truck carrying liquid weed killer spilled approximately 200-300 gallons of its load earlier today on a Highway 154 turnout near the Bradbury Dam. Caltrans spokesperson Jim Shivers said its unclear what caused the spill, but that cleanup crews are on the scene and hope to have the mess completely removed sometime between 4 and 6 p.m. tonight. He said there’s been no environmental impact so far and that officials are keeping a close eye on things to make sure none of the liquid makes its way into nearby Cachuma Lake.

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I'm assuming that they will dig up all of the poisoned dirt and take it to a hazmat facility. that would seem to be the right thing to do.
What are they doing with big tanks of poison on a county truck in SB County to begin with?
The obvious answer would be that they are spraying plants that grow along the road, but isn't there a safer way to deal with that?
It seems that the water that runs off the road in rain storms would then carry that poison into the ground water and the drainage ditches that run along the side of many county roads.
Where does that poisoned water end up?

GluteousMaximus (anonymous profile)
March 26, 2013 at 5:37 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Yeah indeed this had better be cleaned up 100%

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
March 26, 2013 at 5:56 p.m. (Suggest removal)

If a private contractor spilled chemicals like this there would be a huge outcry from all the government agencies. Multiple teams would descend upon the spill area with fines and civil suits and years of chemical monitering. But because it's Caltrans everything ok and cleaned up in 2 hours

CManSB (anonymous profile)
March 27, 2013 at 1:28 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Caltrans is a 7 letter word for incompetence. " Oh , it's just Roundup , don't worry it's safe." Why , because Monsanto tells us it is ? Yeah , I trust Caltrans and Monsanto a lot. Not.

geeber (anonymous profile)
March 27, 2013 at 3:54 a.m. (Suggest removal)

No Tap water drinking for the next 120 days; only bottle water while tests using scientific means, rather than human Ginnie pigs, to test the toxicity of the drinking water from the lake. People, the weed killer is for the weeds growing along the highway, it's either poison of controlled burning and we all know how that pans out, don't we?

dou4now (anonymous profile)
March 27, 2013 at 5:09 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Glad you caught that news..Thanks

Byrd (anonymous profile)
March 27, 2013 at 6:30 a.m. (Suggest removal)

"No Tap water drinking for the next 120 days"? If you're still drinking tap water, well, good luck with that. That ship sailed 20 years ago. I'm not even sure tap water in Alaska would be safe anymore...and as far as this spill goes, let's just hope CalTrans isn't in charge of the clean-up efforts. We all know how THAT will end: 154 shut down in both directions for six weeks while two guys with shovels fill one wheelbarrow a day, "supervised" by twenty others standing around texting each other.

MesaJim (anonymous profile)
March 27, 2013 at 10:09 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I assume the EIR done by Caltrans for roadside herbicide use includes special conservation measures like the frequency they spray, time of year they spray, slope, etc. I believe as long as Caltrans does the spraying during the early dry season (now) there shouldn't be much, if any, of the herbicide getting into the lake. I am much more concerned about pollutants from human activities in, around, and upstream of the reservoir.

SB2SB (anonymous profile)
March 27, 2013 at 10:11 a.m. (Suggest removal)

How are controlled burns poisonous? My garden certainly seems to like it when there is a big wild fire.

loonpt (anonymous profile)
March 27, 2013 at 5:38 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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