Cleanup of Weekend Fuel Oil Spill at Eddystone Station Nearly Complete
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.
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.
Exelon Corporation is one of the nation’s largest electric utilities with more than $17 billion in annual revenues. The company has one of the industry’s largest portfolios of electricity generation capacity, with a nationwide reach and strong positions in the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic. Exelon distributes electricity to approximately 5.4 million customers in northern Illinois and southeastern Pennsylvania and natural gas to approximately 486,000 customers in the Philadelphia area. Exelon is headquartered in Chicago and trades on the NYSE under the ticker EXC.