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EPA: Fuel spill effect ‘minimal’

September 11, 2018

Most of the jet fuel that spilled into the St. Marys River in Decatur has been recovered, dispersed or evaporated, officials said Sunday.

“Air monitoring will continue this week in surrounding neighborhoods and businesses adjacent to the river to ensure these areas continue to be safe for residents,” the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said in a statement.

“In addition, water quality monitoring will continue at several locations downstream from the spill release location. At this time, minimal impacts have been observed downstream of the spill location,” the statement said.

A pipeline failure caused the accidental leak of 8,190 gallons of jet fuel, which was discovered Friday afternoon. Buckeye Pipe Line Co. L.P. was responsible.

Buckeye Pipe Line is expected to develop a repair plan to restore operation of the pipeline, the EPA said.

No fires or injuries were reported in connection with the leak.

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