Coast Guard responds to pollution on the Willamette River

PORTLAND, Ore. — The Coast Guard is responding to pollution at Riverplace Marina in Portland, Sunday.

Coast Guard Sector Portland responded to and boomed off a combination of gasoline and engine oil discharged into the water after a 24′ fiberglass pleasure craft sank at approximately 7 a.m. The booms deployed will assist with absorbing the spilled engine oil and allow for the gasoline to quickly evaporate.

Coast Guard Sector Portland pollution investigators are on scene and have hired the NRC Environmental Services to remove the remaining gasoline and oil from both the water and the vessel.

“Pollution cases are extremely time sensitive, immediate notification increases the chance for maximum pollutants removed from our local ports and waterways,” said Lt.j.g. Jared Pomajzl, Sector Portland’s Incident Management Division duty officer.

Under the Federal Water Pollution Control Act and the Oil Pollution Act of 1990, the Coast Guard has the authority to conduct all pollution investigations and direct pollution cleanup efforts.

The cause of the sinking is under investigation.

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