Coast Guard, partner agencies monitoring cleanup of former naval vessel

SEATTLE – The Coast Guard has issued a notice of federal assumption regarding the cleanup of a decommissioned Naval vessel currently moored on the Columbia River near Portland, Ore.

The USS Washtenaw County (LST-1166) is a 374-foot former Navy vessel that was decommissioned in 1973. The vessel has been privately owned by various entities throughout the years following its decommissioning.

The vessel poses an environmental threat due to deterioration and the presence of hazardous materials and oil on board. The ship is also a potential danger to other vessels due to improper mooring.

Pollution investigators from Coast Guard Sector Portland and other state and local agencies will continue to oversee cleanup efforts aboard thr vessel, which are expected to be completed by the end of October.

The Coast Guard Captain of the Port of Portland issued an order in June 2008 requiring the owner of the vessel to submit a plan for oil and hazardous material cleanup. The owner failed to meet the requirements of the order.

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