Small spill on private land |

Small spill on private land

The Nevada County Environmental Health Department is ordering a private property trustee to deal with a hazardous waste site on McCourtney Road.

Department spokesman David Huff said Judith E. Elster has been ordered to hire someone to assess the damage from unknown liquids and hydraulic fluid that leaked onto the land at 20358 McCourtney Road. The spilled liquids are not considered a health threat because they are in an isolated area, Huff said.

“No one is walking through or around the place,” he said.

But Huff said liquid from about 15 to 20 small buckets and the same amount of 55-gallon drums flowed with rainwater earlier this week into the Clear Creek Lateral canal, which belongs to the Nevada Irrigation District. Several burn piles also added to the runoff, which had a sheen of contamination when county inspectors saw it Monday, Huff said.

Elster has 30 days to get the problem studied and a report made for the county, Huff said.

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