Coast Guard Monitoring Oil Spill in Passaic River

NEW YORK-The Coast Guard is monitoring the cleanup of approximately 500 gallons of tallow oil in the water four miles north of the entrance to the Passaic River near Harrison, N.J., today.

A manager at the Innovation Fuels Facility reported the spill to the National Response Center (NRC) at about 1:45 p.m. after a transfer line ruptured at the Passaic River Terminal.

Coast Guard Sector New York received the report from the NRC at 2 p.m. and immediately sent a federal on scene coordinator representative to the scene, who reported that the substance was mostly contained within a boom.

“Tallow oil must be heated in order to be transferred through pipes such as what was done at the Innovation Fuels Facility,” said Ensign Maria Rosario, a Coast Guard Sector New York command duty officer. “When the transfer line ruptured, the oil entered the water and then solidified when it made contact with the cool water, which made it easier to recover.”

Kens Marine Services has been contracted to conduct the cleanup.

There were no reports of sheen in the water or pollution as a result of the spill.

The Coast Guard will be conducting further investigation regarding the incident.

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