Coast Guard responding to oil spill in Westport

The Coast Guard is responding to a 400-by-100-foot oil spill, or “sheen” in Wesport.

The Coast Guard says it was notified on Sunday evening about the problem but couldn’t locate the sheen until daylight Monday. They are working to clean it up with absorbent pads.

The source of the spill has been identified as a boat moored at the Westport Marina.

The Coast Guard and the Washington State Department of Ecology are monitoring the cleanup and investigating the cause of the spill.

Because the Oil Pollution Act of 1990, which amended the Clean Water Act, broadly defines the term “oil,” the sheen rule applies to both petroleum and non-petroleum oils (e.g., vegetable oil). The regulation also provides several exemptions from the notification requirements.

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