Coast Guard responding to oil release in Black River in Lorain, Ohio

National Response Center logoCLEVELAND — The Coast Guard is responding to a report of an oil sheen due to a petroleum product being released into the Black River in Lorain, Ohio, Tuesday.

The total amount released is estimated at 20 gallons of mixed petroleum products, which includes hydraulic and waste oils.

The Coast Guard was notified of the release at Republic Steel by the National Response Center shortly after 10 a.m.

The reporting source stated a sump pump at the steel manufacturing facility failed and released the product into a creek connected to the Black River.

A contractor has been hired by Republic Steel to begin clean-up operations. The area has been boomed off.

The Coast Guard is coordinating with the U.S. EPA and the Ohio EPA to ensure the released product is quickly and effectively removed from the river.

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