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

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Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio
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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.

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Radio since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
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