Investigation and cleanup of Forest City Yacht Club spill continues

An aerial view of pollution at Forest City Yacht Club in Cleveland, Saturday, April 4, 2015, allows Coast Guard and other responders to survey the overall size of the pollution and to ensure it had not spread to other areas. Coordinating efforts between responders during cases like this one is key to mitigating additional spread of pollutants. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Air Station Detroit)

An aerial view of pollution at Forest City Yacht Club in Cleveland, Saturday, April 4, 2015, allows Coast Guard and other responders to survey the overall size of the pollution and to ensure it had not spread to other areas. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Air Station Detroit)

CLEVELAND — Crews are continuing their investigation and cleanup Sunday for an unknown substance that was released Friday into Lake Erie at the Forest City Yacht Club in Cleveland.

The crews are operating under the direction of a unified command, consisting of the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, City of Cleveland Public Utilities, and Cleveland Public Power.

Cleveland Public Power has accepted the role of responsible party for the cleanup.

The spilled product coming from an outflow pipe near the marina appears to have ceased.

Investigators believe the outflow pipe is connected to the nearby Cleveland Public Power plant and Coast Guard pollution responders have taken samples to determine if the recovered product matches the product samples taken from the plant.

As of Saturday evening, two Clean Harbors-operated vacuum trucks completed work on about 20 feet of shoreline and recovered about 1,500 gallons of contaminated lake water. The protective boom was also repositioned to account for changing overnight weather conditions.

“We are working closely with our partners in the unified command to clean up this spill quickly and safely,” said Cmdr. Joe Higgins, Coast Guard incident commander. “We are pleased with the level of support received and anticipate that cleanup operations will continue throughout the day.”

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources is responding to any reports of impacted wildlife.

A pollution responder from Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Cleveland and a contractor from Clean Harbors remained on scene overnight to monitor the situation.

The investigation and cleanup operations are ongoing

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