Beaches In Huntington And Newport Reopen Following Oil Spill
“Water quality testing samples collected on Friday did not show unhealthful levels of petroleum-related toxins.”
On October 2, a pipeline failure off the coast of Orange County caused at least 144,000 gallons of oil to spill into the Pacific Ocean and caused nearby beached to close.
Environmental response crews have been hard at work since, and multiple beaches in Huntington and Newport reopened today.
Huntington Beach city officials and California State Parks released a statement saying water quality testing found non-detectable amounts of oil-associated toxins in the water.
According to CBS:
The city of Huntington Beach hired an independent contractor to conduct water quality testing on 40 different sites. The testing for all but one of the locations returned non-detectable amounts of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAH) and Total Petroleum Hydrocarbons (TPH). The only site that returned a detectable amount was just north of Warner Avenue, the city said, which showed a “non-toxic level” of oil in the water.
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