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Waterway Cleanup Almost Complete

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Officials say they believe they know now what led to an oil sheen on Cady Marsh Ditch in Lake County last week. "At this point what appears to have happened is that due to the heavy rains, there were some misplaced totes that were leaking that happened to discharge to a storm sewer that leads to the Cady Marsh Ditch," said Jacob Hassan, on-scene coordinator for the US Environmental Protection Agency, who said said the totes were 330-gallon poly, or plastic, totes. He says the source has been determined, but is not being identified, as the investigation continues. "The responsible party has been very cooperative and has been willing to work with us, and things have been going very smoothly," Hassan said.  Hassan says he anticipates cleanup could be complete by Tuesday or Wednesday. The waterway flows from Calumet Township to Munster, emptying into the Little Calumet River.
Hassan says the sheen was called in late Wednesday night last week by a concerned citizen who happened to be driving past Ross Road and noticed a significant sheen on the river, and made a phone call to the National Response Center, which is operated by the US Coast Guard, who then contacted the EPA. You can hear more of today's  interview with Jacob Hassan from the US EPA at news audio on demand at Regionnewsteam-dot-com.
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