Spill response official quits over flooding

Posted: Friday, July 31, 2009

FAIRBANKS - An incident commander with the state Division of Spill Prevention and Response, Ed Meggert, said he's leaving his job because of safety failures during spring flooding on the Yukon River.

He told The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner he didn't have enough money to deal with diesel tanks that were toppled by ice jams and other fuel that spilled into the river.

Meggert's team was on the scene in Eagle and other villages. He said he was unable to convince other people in the Department of Environmental Conservation that a disaster existed and that he needed emergency funds. At one point Meggert said he spent $6,000 of his own money to pay a Fairbanks contractor - an expenditure that may not be reimbursed by the state.

Meggert retires Friday.

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