Officials continue to investigate unknown substance found in Lake Erie

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CLEVELAND -   An investigation is underway and clean up continues after an unknown substance was released into Lake Erie. Operations at a Cleveland yacht club will have to wait until the mystery material at the marina is cleared.

Sunday marked day 3 of the cleanup of the marina at Cleveland’s Forest City Yacht Club.  Pollution responders with the Coast Guard and the E-P-A have been working since Friday to contain and clear an unknown substance that spilled into the water.

Lieutenant Hillary Allegretti with the U.S. Coast Guard said the spilled substance appears to have come from an outflow pipe from the Cleveland Public Power Plant that is right next to the marina.  "At some point that outfall was contaminated with this unknown substance which is what we have found in the marina,” Lt. Allegretti said.

Booms are in place to keep the spill from spreading and skimmers are working to clear the murky substance from the water.  "Clean Harbors had recovered about 2900 gallons of an oily water mixture.  We believe about 80-percent was actual oil that was able to be skimmed off of the top using their skimmer equipment,” Lt. Allegretti added

The test results on what spilled into Lake Erie may be known as early as Monday. Cleveland Public Power is accepting the responsibility for the cost of the cleanup.  It may be several more days to a week before the water is completely cleared.

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