Eddystone, PA - Fuel oil that spilled from a broken pressure gauge at the Eddystone Generating Station in Delaware County overnight Friday was largely recovered and the affected area cleaned up by Sunday afternoon, Exelon officials said today.
A small amount - estimated at a gallon - made its way to the adjoining Delaware River leaving a thin sheen near the plant bulkhead. Absorbent booms were put in place and the sheen had disappeared by midday Sunday. The booms will remain in place as a precaution.
About 8,000 gallons of No. 2 fuel oil escaped from the broken gauge inside a plant building, most of which was captured by a trench and sump recovery system designed to handle such leaks.
The company notified the Pa. Department of Environmental Protection and the Coast Guard shortly after the leak was discovered. There was no apparent impact on fish or wildlife or other environmental damage from the leak.
Eddystone is a 4-unit power plant that can run on coal, natural gas or oil. The plant is about 10 miles south of Philadelphia.