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Hazardous materials spill reported at the Veterans Hospital

Original post made on Nov 4, 2022

For the second time in three weeks, diesel fuel spilled at the VA Palo Alto Healthcare System on Thursday afternoon, Battalion Chief Shane Yarbrough said.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, November 3, 2022, 7:07 PM

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Posted by felix
a resident of Barron Park
on Nov 4, 2022 at 1:33 pm

felix is a registered user.

Thank you for covering the ongoing toxic spills by the VA. As you say, the 2nd in 3 weeks. What is to be done given Palo Alto has no enforcement jurisdiction over federal property? Yet this simply can't continue - another spill into Matadero Creek seems inevitable given time.

The VA clearly is unable or not interested in controling it's diesel fuel. What of other toxics it stores and uses? Years ago it was solvent spilled into the Creek. I don't know the answer, but surely there is a way to exert control over the VA.

Posted by MyFeelz
a resident of JLS Middle School
on Nov 5, 2022 at 2:11 pm

MyFeelz is a registered user.

@felix, the VA is accountable to no one locally or even in the State. The reports in local newspapers barely touch on the subject of the incident(s) that happen there. In order to fully understand what happens at ANY VA facility, you have to make a request under FOIA rules to ask. Once you start running on that hamster wheel, they keep you chasing until you exhaust yourself. All we will ever know is what's written in the reports (detailed above) by local agencies that provided aid to contain an environmental disaster.

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