Saturday, October 15, 2011

Ecology, Coast Guard and others responding to diesel spill from fishing support vessel at Tacoma's Hylebos Waterway

By Kathy Davis, Communications Manager, Hazardous Waste Program

Ecology, U.S. Coast Guard, Tacoma Fire Department and Washington State Maritime Cooperative (WSMC) are responding to a diesel spill at the mouth of the Hylebos Waterway in Tacoma.

The 195-foot fishing tender, “Eastern Wind” spilled an unknown amount of diesel while transferring fuel within the vessel – from one tank to another. The vessel’s owner, Trident Seafood, had placed boom around the vessel prior to fueling as is its practice, so boom was already in place when the spill occurred. The recoverable diesel is now contained within the boomed area.

A clean-up contractor, NRC-Environmental Services, will also be assisting in the spill response.

All spills matter, regardless of size. Diesel fuel is an environmental poison and adds to the toxic load already impacting Puget Sound.

For more information call Kathy at: 360-701-9254

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