UPDATE 3: Crews continue to investigate, clean spill near Forest City Yacht Club
CLEVELAND — Crews continue to investigate and clean up an unknown substance that was released Friday into Lake Erie near the Forest City Yacht Club in Cleveland.
The crews are operating under the direction of a unified command, consisting of the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, City of Cleveland Public Utilities, and Cleveland Public Power.
Cleveland Public Power has accepted the role of responsible party for the cleanup.
The spilled product coming from an outflow pipe near the marina appears to have ceased.
Investigators believe the outflow pipe is connected to the nearby Cleveland Public Power plant and Coast Guard pollution responders have taken samples to determine if the recovered product matches the product samples taken from the plant and are awaiting results.
As of this morning, Clean Harbors-operated vacuum trucks have made good progress recovering spilled oil and the response continues to identify and remove recoverable oil.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources is responding to any reports of impacted wildlife.
Coast Guard pollution responders from Marine Safety Unit Cleveland and a contractor from Clean Harbors remain on scene to monitor the situation.
The investigation and cleanup operations are ongoing, and more information will be released as the situation develops and it becomes available.
Previous releases from this case can be found here:
- April 4, 2015: UPDATE/PHOTOS: Cleveland-based Coast Guard pollution responders continue investigating, responding to spill at Forest City Yacht Club