Official: White Plains Fuel Leak Found, Stopped

By JIM FITZGERALD
|  Wednesday, Jun 2, 2010  |  Updated 2:16 PM EDT
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Official: White Plains Fuel Leak Found, Stopped

NBCNewYork

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A government spokeswoman says police and hazmat workers have found and stanched a fuel oil leak that fouled the Bronx River.

White Plains spokeswoman Antoinette Biordi says the leak was traced to 235 South Lexington Ave., a downtown office building.

She said Wednesday that workers were able to stop the leak. She had no further details.

Officials have estimated the leak at hundreds of gallons. It was discovered Wednesday morning. Officials said it leached into the Bronx River through storm sewers and spread about two miles downriver.

The smell of oil filled the air along the Bronx River Parkway, a major commuter route, at the end of the morning rush hour. Workers extended booms into the river to trap the spill and used vacuum pumps to siphon it off.

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