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EPA and Local Authorities Continue Response to Jet Fuel Release in Decatur, Ind.

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Rachel Bassler (

CHICAGO (SEPT. 9, 2018) — U.S. Environmental Protection Agency continues to work with local authorities to respond to a release of a reported 195 barrels (8,190 gallons) of jet fuel from a pipeline operated by Buckeye Pipe Line Company, L.P. into the St. Mary’s River in Decatur, Ind.

The majority of the spilled product has either been recovered, dispersed or evaporated. Air monitoring will continue this week in surrounding neighborhoods and businesses adjacent to the river to ensure these areas continue to be safe for residents. In addition, water quality monitoring will continue at several locations downstream from the spill release location. At this time, minimal impacts have been observed downstream of the spill location. 

It is expected that Buckeye Pipe Line will develop a repair plan to implement in the near future to restore operation of the pipeline.

EPA is coordinating with the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, Adams County Emergency Management, the City of Decatur, and Buckeye Partners to manage the response and protect human health and the environment.