MUSC says fuel pump leaked diesel into Charleston Harbor - WCBD-TV: News, Weather, and Sports for Charleston, SC

MUSC says fuel pump leaked diesel into Charleston Harbor

Posted: Updated:
Charleston - Monday afternoon the Medical University of South Carolina issued a statement saying a a malfunctioning generator fuel pump atop the Institute of Psychiatry was the source of the diesel fuel leak into Charleston Harbor during the weekend.

The rooftop generator apparently failed to shut off and leaked diesel fuel into a storm drain which emptied eventually into Charleston Harbor. Employees of MUSC¹s physical plant turned off the generator when the leak was discovered during regular maintenance rounds and the university notified the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control of the incident immediately.
 
University officials are working to determine the cause of the generator malfunction and determine how much fuel was leaked.

Saturday the Coast Guard responded to pools of thick, purple diesel-type product and sheens in the water at Bristol, Ashley River, and Charleston City Marinas.


A boater reported the pollution to Coast Guardsmen in the Sector Charleston command center at 6:20 p.m. Saturday April 19. Additional reports from other boaters followed.

The Coast Guard federalized the response, using the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund, to ensure swift and appropriate action was taken to mitigate environmental impact. The Coast Guard stated the product appeared to be pooling in the marinas’ boat slips and does not appear to be spreading outside of the marinas' basins with only a light sheen observed in the Ashley River.

The Charleston City Marina dock master deployed boom in an attempt to contain the product.



  • Missing diver's remains found near Folly Beach

    Missing diver's remains found near Folly Beach

    Thursday, July 24 2014 2:53 PM EDT2014-07-24 18:53:21 GMT
    The remains were identified as 18-year old Tristen Allen.The remains were identified as 18-year old Tristen Allen.
    Officials from the Charleston County Coroner identified the remains of a missing diver, who didn't resurface two weekends ago near Folly Beach.
    Officials from the Charleston County Coroner identified the remains of a missing diver, who didn't resurface two weekends ago near Folly Beach.
  • Missing Ocean Isle Beach teen located

    Missing Ocean Isle Beach teen located

    Thursday, July 24 2014 1:44 PM EDT2014-07-24 17:44:56 GMT
    Haley in a Facebook photoHaley in a Facebook photo
    Brunswick County Sheriff's Office detectives are searching for a missing teen from Ocean Isle Beach. Haley Brook Clark, age 16, was last seen Tuesday at approximately11 p.m, officials said.She is approximately 5'4" tall, slender build and has brown hair and blue eyes.
    Brunswick County Sheriff's Office detectives announced 16-year-old Haley Brook Clark from Ocean Isle Beach has been located and she is safe.
  • Officer arrested for counterfeit money and speeding

    Officer arrested for counterfeit money and speeding

    Thursday, July 24 2014 1:40 PM EDT2014-07-24 17:40:28 GMT
    Wednesday night around 1 a.m. a North Charleston Police Officer was arrested in North Charleston for possessing counterfeit money during a traffic stop.
    Wednesday night around 1 a.m. a North Charleston Police Officer was arrested in North Charleston for possessing counterfeit money during a traffic stop.
Powered by WorldNow

210 W. Coleman Blvd.
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464

Telephone: 843.216.4875
Fax: 843.881.3410
Email: news@wcbd.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.