- Associated Press - Thursday, October 2, 2014

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — The Coast Guard is preparing for an environmental cleanup at a former power plant in New Haven following an oil spill.

The New Haven Register reports (https://bit.ly/1x1TcB6 ) that Cmdr. Jonathan Theel of the Coast Guard says it was contacted by the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection after oil slicks were seen on the Mill River near the former English Station power plant.

Oil was found in a catch basin, but Theel says it’s possible it may not be from the power plant or nearby. Still, he says the Coast Guard considers the oil slicks “a substantial and imminent threat” and has deployed containment and cleanup booms.

Dennis Schain, spokesman for the state environmental agency, says it contacted the Coast Guard because the oil could head into Long Island Sound.

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Information from: New Haven Register, https://www.nhregister.com

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