Spill response shifts to assessment of Ohio River shoreline

Beckjord StationNEW RICHMOND, Ohio  —   Response efforts are shifting to assessment and monitoring of the Ohio River shoreline four days after the diesel oil spill from Duke Energy’s W.C. Beckjord Station.

Shoreline assessment teams are evaluating approximately 15 miles of the Ohio River on both the Ohio and Kentucky banks. Cleanup crews have been working to mitigate any remaining oil residue found along the shoreline. Wildlife officers continue to assess the impact to fish and wildlife and have observed no issues to date.

To report any substantial pooling of diesel or strong petroleum odor, the public is asked to contact the National Response Center at 800-424-8802 or Ohio EPA at 1-800-282-9378. Diesel fuel is a skin irritant.  In case of any contact, wash the area with soap and water.

For additional information on this spill:

U.S. EPA:  epaosc.org/dukeenergyspill
Clermont County EMA: ema.clermontcountyohio.gov
Hamilton County EMA: hamiltoncountyohioema.org
Duke Energy: 1-800-544-6900; www.duke-energy.com/news
For claims regarding the spill, contact Sedgwick, Duke Energy’s claims administrator at: 855-398-2370

For public health related questions or concerns:

Clermont County Public Health: 513-732-7499
Hamilton County Public Health: 513-946-7800
City of Cincinnati Health Department: 513-357-7200

Content Provided by:  Unified Command Center
For additional information, contact the Duke Energy Command Center at (513) 467-4130.