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Spill reaches Coralville Reservoir after Monday accident

SWISHER– Liquid runway deicer and diesel fuel spilled after a semi-truck owned by Cryotech Deicing Technology rolled over Monday, Feb. 15, along Interstate 380 about 14 miles south of Cedar Rapids.
The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) assisted with recovery and cleanup of the deicer and diesel fuel that escaped from the semi and flowed into McAllister Creek. About 3,600 gallons of liquid runway deicer and an estimated 50 gallons of diesel fuel flowed downstream about four miles to the Coralville Reservoir.
Cryotech Deicing Technology, based in Fort Madison is the environmental contractor that cut through the ice on the creek Tuesday to place booms to recover diesel fuel. The deicer, potassium acetate, mixes with water. It’s not considered a long-term environmental hazard, but is bright green and will discolor the water.
The Johnson County HazMat team, the state highway patrol and Iowa Department of Transportation responded to the accident Monday. The driver of the semi was reportedly transported to University of Iowa Hospital.
The DNR will continue to monitor the recovery and clean up at the site.