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PORT HUENEME : Oil-Spill Response Center Planned

The Port of Hueneme will become the West Coast center for cleaning up oil spills under an agreement expected to be signed in two weeks.

Marine Spill Response Corp. and $60-million worth of equipment would be housed at the port, said company spokesman Skip Onstad.

The company could open offices in Port Hueneme as soon as next week, Onstad said, but the center would not be able to respond to oil spills until February, 1993.

The agreement is “the biggest thing the port’s put together,” said William Buenger, the port’s deputy executive director. About 65 new jobs would be created, with most workers hired locally. Employees will be needed to staff a 210-foot-long ship used for oil-spill cleanup.

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