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Former Airline To Pay Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport For Fuel Spill Cleanup

A regional airline that went out of business last year will pay Phoenix to clean up a fuel spill.

In February 2019, a faulty valve caused Compass Airlines to spill a thousand gallons of jet fuel at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

A City Council report says the spill damaged airfield pavement and contaminated subsurface soils. An airport spokesperson tells KJZZ shortly after the city approved the airline's cleanup plan, it stopped operating.

Compass flew regional routes for Delta from Phoenix and American at other locations until last April.

Compass will pay Phoenix $150,000 as part of a negotiated settlement.

A Sky Harbor spokesperson said the fuel contacted the surface-pavement binder and, although there were no obvious signs the fuel weakened the pavement, the airport generally requires it be replaced.

The settlement will cover the cost of removing and replacing the pavement, sampling the soil and, if needed, removing and replacing it.

As a senior field correspondent, Christina Estes focuses on stories that impact our economy, your wallet and public policy.