Oil Spill In Orange County Leads to Water Testing
An large oil spill in Orange County is leading to water testing.
On Tuesday, oil began to spill from a truck carrying 2,200 gallons of fuel near the intersection of Route 293 and Route 9W in the Town of Highlands.
The Orange County HAZMAT response team, Orange County Department of Health, the New York State Department of Health and multiple other agencies responded.
“The Orange County Department of Health responded with multiple staff and worked closely with the other agencies in determining a corrective action plan,” Commissioner of Health Dr. Eli Avila said.
The New York State Department of Health collected water samples, which will be analyzed by the NYS Wadsworth Laboratory.
The department of health will continue to monitor the water during and after the spill is cleaned up, to ensure the safety of the water supply, officials say.
According to the Orange County Executive’s Office, the water supply that serves the Village of Highland Falls and the Town of Highlands has been switched over to their back-up water source which was not affected by the spill.
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