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Press Release

Swanson Creek Oil Spill

Phone: (301) 579-2023 or (972) 797-2527

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE)
Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
Potomac Electric Power Company (PEPCO)

April 26, 2000

Ruddy Ducks to be Released from Rehabilitation; Community Meetings Scheduled in St. Mary's and Calvert Counties

Nine ruddy ducks will be released this weekend by the Tri-State Bird Rescue Team. The population was on its northern migration when some of the birds in the area were found soiled. The ducks will be released at Rehoboth Beach in Delaware where a large raft of approximately 500 ruddy ducks was sighted migrating north.

More than 600 people - government agencies, Pepco workers and contractors - will be working on the cleanup. Plans for today's operations include:

To date, more than 34,000 gallons of oil have been recovered from the affected waterway.

A community meeting will be held today, Wednesday, April 26th in St. Mary's County with officials from the Environmental Protection Agency, the Maryland Department of the Environment, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and Pepco. The meeting will take place at the Mechanicsville Fire House. Claims will be taken starting at 6:30; the meeting will begin at 7:30.


  1. All advisories relating to harvesting, fishing and eating of crabs, shellfish and fish have been lifted. Individual fish or crabs that have a petroleum smell should be returned to the water.
  2. Avoid beaches and waterways affected by the spill. Pets and livestock should be kept out of contaminated areas.
  3. The entire Patuxent River is open to vessel traffic. However, there are creeks that remain boomed off. A Marine Information Broadcast (MIB) is in effect. An MIB is a U.S. Coast Guard-issued radio broadcast that announces the transit conditions of the river. Commercial and recreational craft are not to cross boomed areas. In addition, vessels are asked to keep the wake down where booms or cleanup crews are present. Inquiries from commercial vessels requiring transit into boomed areas can be directed to Coast Guard Activities Baltimore Port Safety and Security at (410) 576-2693. Recreational users should contact the on-scene Maryland Department of Natural Resources Police officer at (888) 584-3110.
  4. All advisories relating to beaches and shorelines are still in effect.

Websites where you can find more spill-related information:

Region 3 | Mid-Atlantic Cleanup | Mid-Atlantic Superfund |EPA Home | EPA Superfund Homepage

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