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NATIONAL BRIEFING / ILLINOIS

Times Wire Reports

A holding tank broke at a Caterpillar facility in Joliet, spilling about 65,000 gallons of oil sludge and contaminating a three-mile section of the Des Plaines River, officials said.

The substance was reported to be hydraulic and cutting oil, said Maggie Carson, a spokeswoman for the Illinois Emergency Management Agency.

“It is being contained, and there is no evidence of a fish kill or harm to waterfowl,” Carson said in an e-mail.

Most of the sludge spilled on land, but 6,000 gallons seeped into Des Plaines River water, U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer William Mitchell said.

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He said the oil waste poses no risk to human health but could be dangerous to animals.


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