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UPDATE 8: Progress continues on removal of shoreline debris

CLEVELAND – Crews are continuing to clear debris from the shorelines in the vicinity of the Good Friday oil spill, and Coast Guard pollution responders from Marine Safety Unit Cleveland and contractors from Clean Harbors remain on scene to monitor the situation.

The Forest City Yacht Club reopened yesterday, one week after a lube oil spill affected the daily operations at its Marina.

The lube oil that leaked into Lake Erie on Good Friday was successfully recovered and a majority of the water and shoreline impacted by the spill was cleared for boaters by the U.S. Coast Guard, Ohio EPA and NOAA. This enabled the Forest City Yacht Club to resume normal operations in less than one week.

“All of the responders worked together around the clock to contain and recover the oil, minimizing further impact on the marine environment and the Port of Cleveland,” said Cmdr. Joe Higgins, the Coast Guard representative in the unified command. “As a result of this dedication and hard work, the harbor remains a clean and safe environment for mariners, families and wildlife.”

On behalf of the Unified Command and all of the responding crews, I would like to thank the Forest City Yacht Club and its members for their patience and assistance,” stated Cleveland Public Power Commissioner Ivan Henderson. “The Club has been a tremendous partner, and we were pleased to get them back up and sailing in time for the nice weekend forecast.” 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.

Photos:

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Previous releases:

April 11, 2015 UPDATE 7: Forest City Yacht Club reopens following oil spill

April 10, 2015:UPDATE 6: Forest City Yacht Club reopens after oil spill j

April 8, 2015: UPDATE 5: Tests conclude lube oil as product spilled into Lake Erie

April 7, 2015: UPDATE 4: Crews making progress in cleaning spill near Forest City Yacht Club 

April 6, 2015: UPDATE 3: Crews continue to investigate, clean spill near Forest City Yacht Club

April 5, 2015: UPDATE 2: Cleveland-based Coast Guard pollution responders continue investigation, cleanup of Forest City Yacht Club spill

April 4, 2015: UPDATE/PHOTOS: Cleveland-based Coast Guard pollution responders continue investigating, responding to spill at Forest City Yacht Club

April 3, 2015: Cleveland-based Coast Guard pollution responders investigating potential spill at Forest City Yacht Club 

Date: Apr 12, 2015

Time: 6:00 PM

Cleveland Public Power, Cleveland Public Utilities

Contact: Shelley Shockley 216-857-6899 or Erica L. Creech 216-857-7951

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UPDATE 7: Forest City Yacht Club reopens following oil spill

CLEVELAND – The Forest City Yacht Club reopened for business today, one week after a lube oil spill affected the daily operations at its Marina.

The lube oil that leaked into Lake Erie on Good Friday was successfully recovered and a majority of the water and shoreline impacted by the spill was cleared for boaters by the U.S. Coast Guard, Ohio EPA and NOAA.   This enabled the Forest City Yacht Club to resume normal operations in less than one week.

“All of the responders worked together around the clock to contain and recover the oil, minimizing further impact on the marine environment and the Port of Cleveland,” said Cmdr. Joe Higgins, the Coast Guard representative in the unified command. “As a result of this dedication and hard work, the harbor remains a clean and safe environment for mariners, families and wildlife.”

“On behalf of the Unified Command and all of the responding crews, I would like to thank the Forest City Yacht Club and its members for their patience and assistance,” stated Cleveland Public Power Commissioner Ivan Henderson. “The Club has been a tremendous partner, and we were pleased to get them back up and sailing in time for the nice weekend forecast.”

Crews will continue to clear debris from the shorelines in the vicinity of the spill, and Coast Guard pollution responders from Marine Safety Unit Cleveland and contractors from Clean Harbors remain on scene to monitor the situation.

The crews are operating under the direction of a unified command, consisting of the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Environmental Protection AgencyOhio Environmental Protection AgencyCity of Cleveland Public Utilities, and Cleveland Public Power.

Photos:

https://www.dvidshub.net/image/1864495/multiple-agencies-responding-cleveland-oil-spill

https://www.dvidshub.net/image/1864479/multiple-agencies-responding-cleveland-oil-spill

Previous releases:

April 10, 2015: UPDATE 6: Forest City Yacht Club reopens after oil spill

April 8, 2015: UPDATE 5: Tests conclude lube oil as product spilled into Lake Erie

April 7, 2015: UPDATE 4: Crews making progress in cleaning spill near Forest City Yacht Club

April 6, 2015: UPDATE 3: Crews continue to investigate, clean spill near Forest City Yacht Club

April 5, 2015: UPDATE 2: Cleveland-based Coast Guard pollution responders continue investigation, cleanup of Forest City Yacht Club spill

April 4, 2015: UPDATE/PHOTOS: Cleveland-based Coast Guard pollution responders continue investigating, responding to spill at Forest City Yacht Club

April 3, 2015: Cleveland-based Coast Guard pollution responders investigating potential spill at Forest City Yacht Club

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 Date: Apr 11, 2015

Time: 4:30 PM

Cleveland Public Power, Cleveland Public Utilities

Contact: Shelley Shockley 216-857-6899 or Erica L. Creech 216-857-7951

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UPDATE 6: Oil from Good Friday spill recovered, Marina open for boaters

 CLEVELAND – Lube oil that leaked into Lake Erie on Good Friday has been successfully recovered and the water surrounding the spill has been cleared for boaters by the U.S. Coast Guard, Ohio EPA and NOAA.

“All of the responders worked together around the clock to contain and recover the oil, minimizing further impact on the marine environment and allowing the impacted Forest City Yacht Club to resume normal operations in less than one week,” said Cmdr. Joe Higgins, the Coast Guard representative in the unified command. “As a result of this dedication and hard work, the harbor remains a clean and safe environment for families and wildlife.”

“On behalf of the Unified Command and all of the responding crews, I would like to thank the Forest City Yacht Club and its members for their patience and assistance,” stated Cleveland Public Power Commissioner Ivan Henderson. “The Club has been a tremendous partner, and we were pleased to get them back up and sailing in time for the nice weekend forecast.”

Crews will continue to clear debris from the shorelines in the vicinity of the spill, and Coast Guard pollution responders from Marine Safety Unit Cleveland and a contractor from Clean Harbors remain on scene to monitor the situation.

The crews are operating under the direction of a unified command, consisting of the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Environmental Protection AgencyOhio Environmental Protection AgencyCity of Cleveland Public Utilities, and Cleveland Public Power.

 Photos:

https://www.dvidshub.net/image/1864495/multiple-agencies-responding-cleveland-oil-spill

https://www.dvidshub.net/image/1864479/multiple-agencies-responding-cleveland-oil-spill

Previous releases:

April 8, 2015: UPDATE 5: Tests conclude lube oil as product spilled into Lake Erie

April 7, 2015: UPDATE 4: Crews making progress in cleaning spill near Forest City Yacht Club

April 6, 2015: UPDATE 3: Crews continue to investigate, clean spill near Forest City Yacht Club

April 5, 2015: UPDATE 2: Cleveland-based Coast Guard pollution responders continue investigation, cleanup of Forest City Yacht Club spill

April 4, 2015: UPDATE/PHOTOS: Cleveland-based Coast Guard pollution responders continue investigating, responding to spill at Forest City Yacht Club

April 3, 2015: Cleveland-based Coast Guard pollution responders investigating potential spill at Forest City Yacht Club

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Date: Apr 10, 2015

Time: 2:00 PM

Cleveland Public Power, Cleveland Public Utilities

Contact: Shelley Shockley 216-857-6899 or Erica L. Creech 216-857-7951

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UPDATE 5: Tests conclude lube oil as product spilled into Lake Erie

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CLEVELAND — Results of testing from the Good Friday spill into Lake Erie have confirmed lube oil as the previously unknown substance. The oil is ninety-three percent mineral oil which has toxicity levels on par with baby oil.

Crews have been on site around the clock since last Saturday cleaning the oil from the containment area near the Yacht Club. The remaining product continues to be captured and removed by responders as well as dissipate through natural processes.  The rainbow sheens currently visible represent significantly thinner layers of oil as the remaining amount of spilled product continues to be reduced. With this progress, the tanker trucks and skimming boats have been replaced with Pom-Poms and other collection techniques to absorb the remaining oil on the surface.

The crews are operating under the direction of a unified command, consisting of the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Environmental Protection AgencyOhio Environmental Protection AgencyCity of Cleveland Public Utilities, and Cleveland Public Power.

Cleveland Public Power has accepted the role of responsible party for the cleanup.

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 Coast Guard established a safety zone from the southeast corner of Burke Lakefront Airport to the western breakwall of East 55th Street Marina. Boaters are prohibited from transiting through, anchoring or entering into the safety zone. Additionally, boaters must not produce wake while transiting near the Forest City Yacht Club since doing so reduces the effectiveness of the substance containment and recovery equipment being used.

The investigation and cleanup operations are ongoing, and more information will be released as the situation develops and it becomes available.

Photos of the response are available at the links below.

https://www.dvidshub.net/image/1861067/crews-making-progress-cleaning-spill-near-forest-city-yacht-club

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Previous releases can be found here:

April 7, 2015: UPDATE 4: Crews making progress in cleaning spill near Forest City Yacht Club

April 6, 2015: UPDATE 3: Crews continue to investigate, clean spill near Forest City Yacht Club

April 5, 2015: UPDATE 2: Cleveland-based Coast Guard pollution responders continue investigation, cleanup of Forest City Yacht Club spill

April 4, 2015: UPDATE/PHOTOS: Cleveland-based Coast Guard pollution responders continue investigating, responding to spill at Forest City Yacht Club

April 3, 2015: Cleveland-based Coast Guard pollution responders investigating potential spill at Forest City Yacht Club

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Date: Apr 8, 2015

Time: 4:30 PM

Cleveland Public Power, Cleveland Public Utilities

Contact: Shelley Shockley 216-857-6899 or Erica L. Creech 216-857-7951

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UPDATE 4: Crews making progress in cleaning spill near Forest City Yacht Club

CLEVELAND — Crews continue to make progress in cleaning up an unknown substance that was released Friday into Lake Erie near the Forest City Yacht Club in Cleveland. Much of the heavy product in Lake Erie has been recovered.

Remaining product continues to dissipate through natural processes, such as rainfall and evaporation, causing it to pool less and making it more visible as a rainbow sheen on the surface of the water. This may cause it to appear as if the spill is spreading when, in fact, the rainbow sheen reflects a thinner product and requires the use of different equipment and techniques, which responders have prepared for, and will begin using during the next 24 hours.

The crews are operating under the direction of a unified command, consisting of the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Environmental Protection AgencyOhio Environmental Protection AgencyCity of Cleveland Public Utilities, and Cleveland Public Power.

The Coast Guard established a safety zone from the southeast corner of Burke Lakefront Airport to the western breakwall of East 55th Street Marina. Boaters are prohibited from transiting through, anchoring or entering into the safety zone. Additionally, boaters must not produce wake while transiting near the Forest City Yacht Club since doing so reduces the effectiveness of the substance containment and recovery equipment being used.

The investigation and cleanup operations are ongoing, and more information will be released as the situation develops and it becomes available.

Photos of the response are available at the links below.

https://www.dvidshub.net/image/1861067/crews-making-progress-cleaning-spill-near-forest-city-yacht-club

https://www.dvidshub.net/image/1861068/crews-making-progress-cleaning-spill-near-forest-city-yacht-club

https://www.dvidshub.net/image/1861071/crews-making-progress-cleaning-spill-near-forest-city-yacht-club

https://www.dvidshub.net/image/1861066/crews-making-progress-cleaning-spill-near-forest-city-yacht-club

https://www.dvidshub.net/image/1861058/crews-making-progress-cleaning-spill-near-forest-city-yacht-club

https://www.dvidshub.net/image/1861059/crews-making-progress-cleaning-spill-near-forest-city-yacht-club

https://www.dvidshub.net/image/1861063/crews-making-progress-cleaning-spill-near-forest-city-yacht-club

Previous releases can be found here:

April 6, 2015: UPDATE 3: Crews continue to investigate, clean spill near Forest City Yacht Club

April 5, 2015: UPDATE 2: Cleveland-based Coast Guard pollution responders continue investigation, cleanup of Forest City Yacht Club spill

April 4, 2015: UPDATE/PHOTOS: Cleveland-based Coast Guard pollution responders continue investigating, responding to spill at Forest City Yacht Club

April 3, 2015: Cleveland-based Coast Guard pollution responders investigating potential spill at Forest City Yacht Club

April 6, 2015: Crews continue to investigate, clean spill near Forest City Yacht Club

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Cleveland Public Power, Cleveland Public Utilities

Contact: Shelley Shockley 216-857-6899 or Erica L. Creech 216-857-7951

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Crews continue to investigate, clean spill near Forest City Yacht Club

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 AgencyOhio Environmental Protection AgencyCity 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 5, 2015: UPDATE 2: Cleveland-based Coast Guard pollution responders continue investigation, cleanup of Forest City Yacht Club spill

April 3, 2015: Cleveland-based Coast Guard pollution responders investigating potential spill at Forest City Yacht Club

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Tips on Preventing Illness after a natural disaster

As the City of Cleveland and Cuyahoga County begin to recover from the effects of Hurricane Sandy, the City of Cleveland and Cuyahoga County Office of Emergency Management has issued the following tips:

KEEP FOOD AND DRINKING WATER SAFE

  • Discard any perishable food (like meat, poultry, fish, eggs, and leftovers) that have been above 40 °F for over 2 hours.
  • For the refrigerator: Pack milk, other dairy products, meat, fish, eggs, gravy, and spoilable leftovers into a cooler surrounded by ice. Inexpensive styrofoam coolers are fine for this purpose.
  • A freezer that is half full will hold food safely for up to 24 hours. A full freezer will hold food safely for 48 hours. Do not open the freezer door unless necessary.
  • Listen to and follow public health and safety announcements.

PREVENT CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING

  • Carbon monoxide (CO) is an odorless, colorless gas that can cause sudden illness and death if you breathe it. Never use generators, pressure washers, grills, camp stoves, or other gasoline, propane, natural gas, or charcoal-burning devices inside your home, basement, garage, or camper—or even outside near an open window, door, or vent.
  • Don’t heat your house with a gas oven.
  • If you are too hot or too cold, or you need to prepare food, don’t put yourself and your family at risk of CO poisoning—look to friends, family, or a community shelter for help.
  • If your CO detector sounds, leave your home immediately and call 911.
  • Seek prompt medical attention if you suspect CO poisoning and are feeling dizzy, light-headed, or nauseated.
  • For further guidance on avoiding CO poisoning, go to http://www.bt.cdc.gov/disasters/carbonmonoxide.asp.

CLEAN UP SAFELY AFTER FLOODS

  • To prevent illness, disinfect and dry buildings and items in them. This will prevent growth of some bacteria, viruses, mold, and mildew that can cause illness.
  • For more information, go to http://www.bt.cdc.gov/disasters/cleanup.asp

ANIMAL AND INSECT-RELATED HAZARDS

  • Avoid wild or stray animals and biting or stinging insects.
  • Call local authorities to handle animals.
  • Dispose of dead animals, according to local guidelines, as soon as you can.
  • For more information, contact your local animal shelter or services, a veterinarian, or the Humane Society for advice on dealing with pets or stray or wild animals after an emergency.
  • For information on specific animal and insect issues, see go to http://www.bt.cdc.gov/disasters/animalhazards.asp.

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