Coast Guard and local agencies continue response to unknown substance in Anacostia River

5th Coast Guard District NewsBALTIMORE — An overflight by a U.S. Park Police aircrew and a District Department of the Environment official along the Anacostia River in Washington, D.C., located an unknown substance in the river, Wednesday.

Members from the Coast Guard, the DDOE, the Maryland Department of the Environment, the Environmental Protection Agency, the District of Columbia Fire Department and the U.S. Park Service have been working together to identify the unknown substance and its source.

Investigators will use the results of the overflight to attempt to locate the potential source of the substance.

Water samples have been taken from several areas along the river and sent to separate laboratories for testing to identify what the substance is.

“We are working to minimize the impact on the environment,” said Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr. Randall Brown, the chief of the response department at Coast Guard Sector Baltimore. “There have been no reports of negative impact on the environment or wildlife at this time.”

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