Coast Guard, other agencies finish 2-week cleanup, assessments of oil spill in Norfolk creek

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Posted at 10:49 PM, May 25, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-07 19:29:58-04

NORFOLK, Va. - The Coast Guard and its partner agencies finished the cleanup and assessments for an oil spill in Steamboat Creek in Norfolk on Monday, June 7.

They had been cleaning up the spill since May 24.

At the time of the spill, the Coast Guard said about 300 feet of shoreline has been discovered to be impacted from a reported waste oil tank overflow incident that happened on shore.

Pollution teams removed about 250 bags of oiled debris and about 200 gallons of oil from the water.

Six hundred feet of hard boom was removed from the water on Thursday, June 3.

In total, about 10,000 feet of sorbent material was deployed and recovered during the two-week cleanup effort.

A Coast Guard Sector Virginia pollution investigation team, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, the Virginia Department of Emergency Management and the Norfolk Fire Marshal’s Office worked together with local agencies to coordinate cleanup operations and assess impacts.

The agency said the source of the discharge is secured and a responsible party has been identified. This party will continue to monitor the site.

To date, there have been no observed impacts to wildlife. This incident remains under investigation.

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