Tests conclude lube oil spilled into Lake Erie in yacht club - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

Tests conclude lube oil spilled into Lake Erie in yacht club

Cleanup crews from Clean Harbors work to recover the oil. (Source: U.S. Coast Guard District 9) Cleanup crews from Clean Harbors work to recover the oil. (Source: U.S. Coast Guard District 9)
Protective boom helps contain spilled product and contaminated debris. (Source: U.S. Coast Guard District 9) Protective boom helps contain spilled product and contaminated debris. (Source: U.S. Coast Guard District 9)
Crews from Clean Harbors monitor vacuum recovery trucks as part of ongoing cleanup efforts. (Source: U.S. Coast Guard District 9) Crews from Clean Harbors monitor vacuum recovery trucks as part of ongoing cleanup efforts. (Source: U.S. Coast Guard District 9)
Results of testing from the Good Friday spill into Lake Erie have confirmed lube oil as the previously unknown substance. The oil is 93 percent mineral oil, which has toxicity levels on par with baby oil. 

Crews have been on site around the clock since Saturday, cleaning the oil from the containment area near the Forest City 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.

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 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 clean-up operations are ongoing. 

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