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King County, state respond to minor oil spill in county stormwater retention pond

Summary

Clean-up crews are responding Saturday afternoon to an oil spill that was discovered in a King County stormwater retention pond in White Center.

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An estimated 20 to 50 gallons of what is believed to be white_center_oil_spill_110715_rszcooking oilwas found floating in the pond, which sits along 13th Avenue Southwest at Southwest 100th Street in unincorporated King County. Lab analysis of the oil will determine its exact composition.

Employees with the Water and Land Resources Division (WLRD) of the King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks were at the pond this morning, along with Washington Department of Ecology spill response personnel, to assess the spill and determine its source.

An oil-spill response team from NRC Environment was also on site this morning to contain and clean up the oil from the pond.

Several birds, including ducks, geese and herons in the pond appeared to have been in contact with the oil. A crew trained in cleaning wildlife was on its way to the pond to capture and clean the estimated 20 waterfowl that appeared to have been in contact with the oily water.

Stormwater system experts with WLRD will look into how the oil got into the retention pond, which accepts runoff from the surrounding neighborhood and helps clean stormwater runoff before it continues downstream to Hicklin Lake.

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