PRINCETON — A release of a regulated substance at the Fast Break on Broadway Street does not come with health concerns for the public, according to a health department report.
State law requires local health departments to inform the public of the discovery of a released substance or a spill or overfill. Indiana Department of Environmental Management was notified Nov. 5 of an incident within those guidelines at the Fast Break.
Benjamin Dye, a general sanitarian with Gibson County Health Department, said the substance was something petroleum-centric, but there aren't concerns for public health.
Dye said he is not sure exactly what caused the release, but it could have been from construction happening in the area or simply someone over-filling a gas tank.
"They just said they had a release to the ground," Dye said.
IDEM has a whole department focused on the regulation of leaking underground storage tanks. Each incident requires an investigation and if necessary, clean-up.
Dye said the main concerns come from large spills, especially ones that could enter the water supply.
But small-scale incidents have little effect on the public. He said future issues are unlikely to arise unless the site where it happened would no longer be a gas station.
In that case, the site could be restricted until it tests clean.
"(There's no issue) unless they change what they're doing out there," Dye said. "If they put a produce garden out there, we would have some problems with that."