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WASHINGTON STATE DEPARTMENT OF ECOLOGY: STATE AND FEDERAL OFFICIALS CONTINUE TO MONITOR OIL SPILL

 OLYMPIA, Wash., June 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Cleanup efforts are continuing today on the fuel spill from the freight vessel CENTRAL, according to the Washington State Department of Ecology.
 Current estimates of the spill are approximately 3,000 gallons of intermediate fuel oil. Although oil has spread throughout the lower Columbia River, most of it is in the form of a patchy heavy sheen and large ribbon patches of brown oil.
 Light oil sheen has been observed as far down the river as Tongue Point in Oregon and Grays Point in Washington. The greatest concentration is in the vicinity of Skamokawa and Steamboat Slough. Other areas impacted are Germany Point Beach, Barlow Point Beach, Willow Grove Beach, and on both sides of Puget Island and Tenasillahe Island.
 The vessel's owners have assumed full responsibility for the cleanup. Riedel Environmental Services is the primary cleanup contractor. Two skimming vessels are on scene and collecting oil with a third vessel en route at this time. Cleanup activities are also being conducted in Steamboat Slough and Coal Creek Slough. Impacts to fish and wildlife resources are still being assessed.
 A news conference will be held at the forward command post at Skamokawa Vista Park at 11 a.m. this morning.
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 /NOTE TO EDITORS: For updates contact the Coast Guard Public Affairs Office in Portland at 503-240-9356 or the Washington Department of Ecology at 206-493-9362./
 /CONTACT: Ron Holcomb of the Washington State Department of Ecology, 206-493-9362; or Lt. Bob Hennessy of the U.S. Coast Guard, 503-240-9356/


CO: U.S. Coast Guard; Washington State Department of Ecology ST: Washington, Oregon IN: OIL SU:

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