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FOX19 Investigates: Duke Energy Spill is smallest to impact Tri-State this year

The Tri-State area has been impacted by three chemical spills so far this year. The Tri-State area has been impacted by three chemical spills so far this year.
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The Tri-State area has been impacted by three chemical spills so far this year.  At this point, Monday night's spill from the Duke Energy Beckjord Plant appears to be the smallest.

In January, 10,000 gallons of a coal-washing chemical leaked into the Elk River in West Virginia.  The spill was considered one of the most serious episodes of drinking water contamination in U.S. history.  A State of Emergency was declared in at least nine West Virginia Counties, closing businesses and schools there.

As that plume of chemicals moved downstream, it dumped into the Ohio River heading straight toward Cincinnati.  Greater Cincinnati Water Works shut down intake valves as a precaution.

That incident, coupled with Monday night's spill of 4,000-5,00 gallons of oil, has Cincinnati's mayor calling for change.

"We've got to increase inspections and look at our protections to make sure this doesn't happen," Mayor John Cranley said today.

In March, 10,000 gallons of crude oil was discovered spilling from an underground pipeline in a nature preserve in Colerain Township.  At the time, Hamilton County Public Health officials went door to door in the area testing drinking water.  They found no problems.

While the crude oil spill in Colerain Township didn't impact drinking water, dozens of animals in the nature preserve were killed or sickened by it.

According to the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, the environmental impact of Duke Energy's spill into the Ohio River is still being determined.

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