South Okanagan Hazmat Incident

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Incident Description

Incident Date November 21, 2017
Name South Okanagan Hazmat Incident (DGIR 172872)
Source Unknown
Nearest Community Kaleden, B.C. 
Spilled Content Caustic substance 
Who is involved? Kaleden Fire Department, RAM Environmental Response Ltd., BC Ambulance Service, B.C. Ministry of Environment & Climate Change Strategy 


Response Phase Detail

The responsible person or spiller is legally required to clean-up or manage the clean-up of a spill. In incidents where the responsible person is unknown, unable or unwilling to manage the clean up, the Ministry of Environment may assume the role. The updates below reflect the Ministry’s oversight of the spillers’ actions; details describe the spill response phase, only, and not the complete lifecycle of the spill. See More Information for other related reports. 

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Most Recent Update

November 21, 2017 - 10:05 am

The Kaleden Fire Department responded to a hazardous material incident early this morning (November 21) five kilometers south of Penticton on BC Highway 97. RAM Environmental Response Ltd., a hazardous material response company, was dispatched to the scene to help dispose of the caustic substance. An Environmental Emergency Response Officer (EERO) was notified and monitored the incident as it unfolded this morning.  

Plans are underway to pack, transport and dispose of the waste in accordance with regulatory requirements. Any risk to human health or public safety has been eliminated. 

No further updates are expected.

Incident Location