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Muddy River Oil Response

Sizeable oil sheen that smelled of gasoline or diesel in the Muddy River along Park Drive in Boston

EPA received a call about 9 am March 23, 2010, from a resident concerned about a sizeable oil sheen that smelled of gasoline or diesel in the Muddy River along Park Drive in Boston. The caller said the release appeared to be seeping out of the ground about 20 feet from an overpass along Park Drive. The Mass. Department of Environmental Protection responded and asked for EPA support. Emergency responders determined that the product, possibly diesel, was probably saturated within the river bed and was leaching into the river due to heavy rain the week before. At the request of EPA and DEP, the Boston Fire Department and the Brookline Department of Public Works put absorbent boom at several locations along the Muddy River. While the sheening was not heavy enough to be noticeably collected onto the boom, DEP continued to monitor the river to make sure no other actions were required.

Location: Brookline/ Boston, MA
EPA Mobilization Date*: 03/23/2010
EPA Demobilization Date*: 03/23/2010
Update: 04/02/2010
Contact: Claudia Deane (deane.claudia@epa.gov)

*The information contained on this website is merely informational; any dates found on the website cannot be relied upon to create any rights, substantive or procedural, enforceable by any party in litigation with the United States. EPA reserves the right to change such dates at any time without public notice.

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