NEW RICHMOND, Ohio (Aug. 22, 2014) — Spill clean-up operations have transitioned to monitoring the Ohio River shoreline following the diesel oil spill from Duke Energy’s W.C. Beckjord Station that occurred Monday night. All Ohio River restrictions have been lifted.
Local, state and federal response agencies have worked diligently with Duke to coordinate response, recovery and restoration efforts. Unified Command, comprised of U.S. EPA, Ohio EPA, Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection, Pierce Township Fire Department and Duke Energy representatives, has begun the demobilization process and will close officially on August 23, 2014.
Shoreline assessment teams have evaluated approximately 15 miles shoreline on both the Ohio and Kentucky banks. Cleanup crews will remain in the area to respond to any reports of oil residue found in the water or along the shoreline. To report any substantial pooling of diesel or strong petroleum odor, the public is asked to contact the Cleanup Hotline at 855-645-8265.
For additional information on this spill:
Clermont County EMA: http://ema.clermontcountyohio.gov
Hamilton County EMA: http://hamiltoncountyohioema.org
U.S. EPA: http://epaosc.org/dukeenergyspill
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