Marines Say 19,000 Gallons Of Wastewater Leaked

About 19,000 gallons of untreated wastewater has accidentally been released from a water system at Camp Lejeune, and some has entered a nearby creek.

Officials at Camp Lejeune said Tuesday that a contractor inadvertently hit an air release valve on a 24-inch wastewater line Monday afternoon. The station powering the spill was shut off about 20 minutes later.

About 5,000 gallons of the wastewater entered Cogdell's Creek located 100 yards away. Officials say personnel have cleaned up the spill area. They are currently testing the creek and nearby New River. They will release the results at an unspecified date.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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