Coast Guard, Dept. of Ecology responds to mineral oil spill in Willow Creek

SEATTLE – The Coast Guard and the Washington Department of Ecology responded to a reported 85 gallon spill of mineral oil from a transformer at Willow Creek near Tukwila, Wash., today.

The oil leaked from a transformer on a downed power pole and ran into a storm drain overnight, some of it reaching Willow Creek.

Seattle City Light notified the Coast Guard of the incident around 4:10 a.m. NRC Environmental Services, under contract with Seattle City Light, have created small dams in the creek with absorbent materials to help with the cleanup.

“The mineral does not contain Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCB) and there were no reports of dead fish or wildlife,” said Chris Wilkerson of the Department of Ecology. “The cleanup contractor will monitor the area through the weekend for any environmental damage.”

The Washington Department of Ecology will return to the site Monday.

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