Fuel-Tainted Portion Of Ohio River Reopens For Pumping, Cargo

A 15-mile river section, which had closed after the spill, also reopened Tuesday with some restrictions. Vessels traveling through must get Coast Guard clearance.(Photo: Flickr)
A 15-mile river section, which had closed after the spill, also reopened Tuesday with some restrictions. Vessels traveling through must get Coast Guard clearance.(Photo: Flickr)

Ohio and Kentucky water districts have resumed taking water from the Ohio River after a fuel oil spill led them to stop doing so.

The Greater Cincinnati Water Works and the Northern Kentucky Water District stopped pumping drinking water from the river because of the fuel oil spill at a Duke Energy power plant about 20 miles southeast of Cincinnati on Monday night.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is coordinating continuing containment and cleanup of the spill that authorities have estimated could be up to 5,000 gallons.

The water districts reopened their intakes Tuesday night after finding no contamination in river samples.

A 15-mile river section, which had closed after the spill, also reopened Tuesday with some restrictions. Vessels traveling through must get Coast Guard clearance.

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