Coast Guard responds to diesel spill near Southwest Waterfront in DC

BALTIMORE — The Coast Guard and local authorities are responding to a diesel fuel spill in the Potomac River along the Southwest Waterfront in Washington, D.C. Tuesday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Baltimore were notified at approximately 12:45 p.m. that a barge split in half and its 500-gallon fuel tank leaked fuel into the Potomac River.

It has not been determined how much fuel was in the tank, and the fire department contained the spill with boom. A Coast Guard pollution response team also responded.

The responsible party is hiring an environmental response contractor to clean up the spill. The Coast Guard will continue to monitor the cleanup efforts.

“Coast Guard Sector Baltimore has dispatched a pollution response and investigation team to the scene,” said Lt. Cmdr. Jonathan Andrechik, a member of the response department at Coast Guard Sector Baltimore. “The team will meet with D.C. Fire Department, D.C. Department of the Environment, and the responsible party to determine the best course of action for clean-up of the spill.”

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