Regional District’s role changing in Lemon Creek spill

RDCK transitioning to an assistance and information role as lead agencies step up

The RDCK Emergency Operations Centre is transitioning to an assistance and information role as the Lemon Creek fuel spill moves from a response phase to a recovery and remediation phase.

“We will continue to have staff involved in the management of this ongoing situation that has adversely impacted so many,” said RDCK Chief Administrative Officer Brian Carruthers in a press release. “At this point in time our role will be to assist the lead agencies – Interior Health and the Ministry of Environment – in providing information to the public through our website, social media and toll-free line.

“Executive Flight Centre is fully engaged in remediation efforts. They will be working closely with the involved agencies as the cleanup and remediation of the impacted area continues.”

The company is responsible for all costs stemming from the accident. It has hired two environmental companies for ongoing remediation and assessment work. They have approximately sixty-five people working on-site under the direction of the Ministry of Environment, who are providing oversight and technical advice such as prescribed plans.

Residents impacted by the event should contact: Executive Flight Centre (claims, information on remediation progress, reporting of information, etc.):

– Toll free number to come (being established)

– email: info@lemoncreekresponse.ca

– web: www.lemoncreekresponse.ca (for information updates)

Ministry of Environment (sampling assessments, technical information):

– (250) 354-6333

Interior Health Authority (concerns about wells, environmental health impacts):

– (250) 420-2240 or (250) 420-2220

The Regional District of Central Kootenay’s toll-free line, 1-800-268-7325, can also be accessed to be put in touch with the company and the lead agencies.