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Lansing utility cleaning up a small oil spill in the Grand River

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Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio

An equipment malfunction led to a small oil spill into the Grand River in Lansing over the weekend.

The Board of Water and Light admitted today that a malfunctioning piece of equipment at the utility’s Eckert Power Plant Sunday created an oil spill that overflowed the plant’s containment area.  

A utility spokesperson says fewer than 300 gallons of oil seeped into the Grand River.  Oil-collecting booms have been deployed to contain the spill. 

The spill has been reported to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.

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