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Oil spilled in Black River at Republic Steel (UPDATED)

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    Lorain Fire Department responds to a call at Republic Steel on Tuesday.

    BRUCE BISHOP / CHRONICLE

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LORAIN — Firefighters were called to Republic Steel at about 12:45 p.m. Tuesday for an oil spill into the Black River. 

Lorain Fire Assistant Chief Jeff Fenn said the amount of oil spilled at the facility at 1807 E 28th St. is unknown, and that that the spill is still active. The source of the spill is a pipe at the back of the building, Fenn said. 

“It’s just a matter of finding the source and getting it cleaned up or shut down, whatever it may be,” Fenn said.

Ohio EPA agents and Republic Steel employees were working on the cleanup Tuesday afternoon.  

Anthony Chenault, media coordinator for Ohio EPA, said in a written statement that Republic Steel will also hire an environmental contractor to help with the cleanup. 

Ohio EPA is aware of a sheen on the Black River and has (its) environmental response staff en route to the site.

The agency will be helping coordinate containment of the material and determine potential impact to the waterway; staff also will assist in determining the source, nature and extent of the release.

Republic Steel did not immediately return messages left for comment. 

This is a developing story. Check back for more details.

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