US Coast Guard, partners respond to diesel spill near Plum Island, South Carolina

Photo: US Coast Guard

The US Coast Guard and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) are continuing to respond to a report of a diesel release into the water near the Plum Island Wastewater Treatment Plant that had occurred on Saturday, August 15.

A Coast Guard Sector Charleston pollution response team along with SCDHEC personnel are monitoring the response of red-dye diesel that was released into a culvert and marsh near Dill Creek.

The release has a potential volume of up to 11,700 litres.

The responsible party has hired the oil spill response organisation HEPACO to conduct cleanup procedures.
HEPACO responders reported a minimal amount of sheen in Dill Creek and noted that sorbent booms were no longer collecting the product. On-scene crews will maintain sorbent booms and monitor collection with high tide.

A coast guard pollution response team is monitoring and assessing the cleanup efforts. Only high-tide operations and minimisation of foot traffic in the marsh are being conducted to reduce the disturbance of the environmentally sensitive areas.

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