Boiler Room Fuel Oil Leak Detected at BMS/RHS on Saturday Morning, March 7, 2020
At approximately 11:30 am on Saturday, March 7, 2020, there was a report of a fuel odor near the Landsman Kill. It was quickly traced back upstream and determined that RHS/BMS could be the source. A RCSD employee inspected the boiler room at the Bulkeley Middle School/Rhinebeck High School and concluded that a pressure gauge on a boiler at the school had developed a leak. An amount of #2 fuel oil, believed to be under 30 gallons, had leaked on the floor of the boiler room. A small amount had seeped into a floor drain. It is estimated that no more than 1-3 gallons of fuel oil may have reached a small stream that leads to the Landsman Kill through a drainage culvert. No damage to property or wildlife has been observed or reported.
The Rhinebeck Fire Department deployed booms on the stream and Landsman Kill to contain any spread of the leak. With the help of personnel from the Rhinebeck and the Hillside Fire Departments, in addition to Rhinebeck Central School District personnel, the fuel that had pooled on the boiler room floor was able to be absorbed, bagged, and safely removed.
The NYS Department of Envirnmental Conservation (DEC) and the Dutchess County Hazardous Materials Response Team also responded to the initial call, according to their protocol. Currently, Miller Environmental Group is on site as a precaution to monitor the situation and handle any further remediation, should that be necessary.
There is no further impact to the school building and schools will open on normal schedule on Monday, March 9, 2020.