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For Release: Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Updated DEC - DHSES Statement On Heating Oil Spill In Yonkers, NY

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Spill Response staff responded Saturday morning with the Yonkers Fire Department and other Emergency Responders to a home heating oil tanker truck spill at 125 Bronx River Road. Approximately 2,100 gallons of heating oil #4 spilled from the tanker truck, of which 1,500 gallons were contained by the fire department.

DEC Spill Response staff have remained on the scene to supervise the ongoing clean-up efforts and to investigate contamination of the Bronx River. Through DEC's guidance, the Yonkers Fire Department has pumped impacted sewer infrastructure. The company responsible for the spill has hired TriState and Ken's Marine who are controlling outfall to the river and using sorbent pads to soak up oil along the Bronx River shoreline.

DEC responders report that conditions have improved along the river today and that there is no immediate threat to public health as a result of the spill. DEC will remain on the scene to continue to assess damage and cleanup. This investigation is ongoing and no further updates are available at this time.

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