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Subject:   Clean-up Continues On Diablo Lake
For Immediate Release:   
7/16/2008  12:29:00 PM
For More Information Contact:
Scott Thomsen  (206) 386-4233


Residual oil remains in a few areas from June 19 spill

NEWHALEM -- The National Park Service and Seattle City Light are advising the public that a small amount of oil "sheen" remains on Diablo Lake, primarily near the base of Ross Dam. They are asking the publicís cooperation in avoiding the area so clean-up can continue and to prevent any disturbance of remaining oil residue.

On June 19, a small amount of oil - approximately 150 gallons - entered Diablo Lake from a leak in the cooling system of a transformer at Ross Powerhouse. Although the majority of the oil was contained and removed, a residual amount of oil escaped the booms and has been dispersed by the wind, as well as the fluctuating levels of the lake. A small amount of PCB (polychlorinated biphenyl), less than 10 parts per million (ppm), is present in the oil. No PCB has been detected in Diablo Lake water samples. Seattle City Light will continue to sample until the cleanup is complete. "Our goal is to clean-up any remaining oil as soon as possible," says Lynn Best, environmental affairs director at Seattle City Light. "There is very little oil left, but we would like to keep the public away from the area as much as possible to keep from dispersing the oil and to avoid interference with the cleanup effort."

If boaters do go on the lake, we ask that they avoid any oil present. If boaters do come in contact with oil, City Light and its environmental clean-up contractor, NRC, have set-up three locations where NRC will assist them in washing their kayaks, canoes and small boats with a simple soapy solution. The stations have personnel monitoring them during daylight hours. Public clean-up sites will continue to be available until the clean-up is complete.

"We are asking for the publicís cooperation to stay away from the affected areas," said Kinsey Shilling, chief ranger at the North Cascades National Park. "We donít believe itís necessary to close the lake, but we would like to minimize boat traffic in these areas. The Colonial Creek Campground boat launch area is not affected by the spill."

Skagit Tours run by City Light are still operating with only a minimal adjustment to the regular route.

Accompanying this release is a fact sheet. If you would like additional information, contact:

Seattle City Light: Lynn Best (206) 386-4586 or Suzanne Hartman (206) 615-0050
National Park Service: Kinsey Shilling or Kelly Bush at Park Dispatch (360) 854-7249



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