Coast Guard, Seattle Fire Department respond to HAZMAT

SEATTLE – The Coast Guard, Seattle Fire Department, Port of Seattle, Seattle Police Department and Washington State Department of Ecology responded to a leaking portable tank that was damaged during offloading at Terminal 5, Harbor Island in West Seattle at 4:15 a.m., this morning.

The tank contained approximately 2,500 gallons of Di-methyl Carbonate, an industrial solvent, which began leaking when it was damaged during offloading from the Liberian container ship Hyundai Patriot.

No injuries have been reported at this time.

Containment boom was initially deployed into the water at 5:00 a.m. An estimated 600 gallons of solvent were released onto the pier, 200 of which is estimated to have entered the water. The operators of Terminal 5, Eagle Marine Services, have contracted National Response Corporation Environmental Services to contain, offload and decontaminate the tank and recover absorbent material. The cleanup operation is expected to conclude early this afternoon.

The immediate area has been evacuated and the Coast Guard and Seattle Police Harbor Patrol Unit are maintaining a safety zone extending from the mouth of the Duwamish Waterway to the Spokane Street Bridge. The Seattle Fire Department is maintaining a 200 yard exclusion zone in the vicinity of the terminal.

The cause of the spill and any environmental impact will be investigated jointly by the Coast Guard and the State Department of Ecology.

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