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Alcoa cleaning up oil after accidental discharge near Calcasieu Point boat launch

Last Modified: Thursday, November 29, 2012 9:45 PM

By Lance Traweek / American Press

Workers on Thursday continued to clean up oil that was discharged from Alcoa Primary Metals the day before and ended up at the Calcasieu Point boat launch.

Alcoa discovered the problem Wednesday morning during a regular inspection and notified authorities before bringing in a cleanup crew.

“A portion of the plant was shut down for repairs, but the water pump was still operating,” said Alcoa spokesman Kevin Boll. “As water levels dropped, oil was being pulled into the pump instead of water.”

The Coast Guard arrived on scene at about noon Wednesday and is overseeing the cleanup operation.

Waste Water Specialties Inc., contracted by Alcoa to clean the spill, recovered 40 barrels of oily water, said Coast Guard spokesman Will Fediw. He said officials are working with the company to determine how much of that is the spilled product.

“At this time we do not have a definite completion time frame, but we have made significant headway and are in the final stages of the cleanup operation,” Fediw said. “We are working diligently to ensure the matter is resolved in a timely manner.”

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