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Diesel fuel spill passes through Cincinnati area with no contamination

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Crews on scene Tuesday as they attempted to make sure the Ohio River was safe (Photo: FOX19) Crews on scene Tuesday as they attempted to make sure the Ohio River was safe (Photo: FOX19)
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

A diesel fuel spill on the Ohio River that forced the shutdown of the water intake valves has passed through the area without contaminating supply.

Officials gave the all-clear around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday night, almost 24 hours after the spill was first reported. 

Greater Cincinnati Water Works officials said they shut down the intake valves and began using a backup reservoir until the threat had passed and tests revealed there was no contamination.

Thousands of gallons of diesel fuel was leaked into the Ohio River Monday night due to a spill at a Duke Energy plant.

Duke Energy says the spill happened Monday at 11:15 p.m. at W.C. Beckjord Power Plant, located in New Richmond about 20 miles east and upstream of Cincinnati.

Duke Energy says 5,000 gallons of fuel was released during what it called a "routine transfer of fuel oil" that was stopped 15 minutes after the initial discharge. Coast Guard Officer Mark Nemeck says that amount is considered a "medium oil discharge for inland waters."

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