Over 3,000 gallons of diesel fuel discharged into Charleston marsh

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UPDATE: U.S Coast Guard officials say estimated 3,100 gallons of red-dye diesel was collected from the Dill River and the marsh.

A hard boom is still in place and an additional sorbent boom was added leading to main waterways.


CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – The U.S. Coast Guard said 3100 gallons of diesel fuel was discharged from an above-ground tank at the Plum Island Wastewater Treatment Plant in Charleston.

Officials say it happened on the morning of Saturday, August 15.

According to Charleston Waterworks, staff found the spill after changing shifts and began to clean up the spill by daylight.

Officials say it’s estimated that 20% has spilled on land and 80% has spilled in the water.

The land portion is already cleaned up and crews are actively working on the marsh.

A HEPACO vacuum truck is on scene removing fuel from the marsh and Dill Creek is hard boomed.

The U.S. Coast Guard and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) are both on scene and have communicated information to the Environmental Protection Agency.

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