UPDATE: Cleanup of unknown substance continues in Lake Erie

UPDATE: Cleanup of unknown substance continues in Lake Erie
Cleanup continues of unidentified substance (Source: WOIO)
Cleanup continues of unidentified substance (Source: WOIO)

Crews are continuing their investigation and cleanup Sunday for an unknown substance that was released into Lake Erie on Friday at the

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 responsibility for  the cleanup.

Investigators believe the unidentified substance came from an outflow pipe near the marina, which is believed to be connected to the nearby Cleveland Public Power plant.

U.S. Coast Guard pollution responders are working to determine if the substance matches samples taken from the plant. 

As of Saturday evening, two Clean Harbors-operated vacuum trucks had completed work on about 20 feet of shoreline and recovered about 1,500 gallons of contaminated lake water.

The protective boom was also repositioned to account for changing overnight weather conditions. 

"We are working closely with our partners in the unified command to clean up this spill quickly and safely," said Cmdr. Joe Higgins, Coast Guard incident commander. "We are pleased with the level of support received and anticipate that cleanup operations will continue throughout the day."

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources is responding to any reports of impacted wildlife.

Check back for updates.

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