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Rep. Bellino visits Huron River oil leak; speaks with EGLE director to urge a swift cleanup
RELEASE|March 4, 2022

State Rep. Joe Bellino today visited the site of an ongoing Huron River oil leak in Flat Rock.

According to reports, an underground storage tank full of fuel oil was found buried at a Wayne County steel factory in Flat Rock, just north of Monroe. Neither the steel factory nor the state of Michigan had prior knowledge of the fuel tank.

“This is an extremely dangerous matter,” said Bellino, of Monroe. “I personally visited the leak in Flat Rock, and spoke with the director of our state Environment, Great Lakes and Energy department Liesl Clark to ensure their department is remedying the situation in a swift manner.”

Parks in the area along the river have been closed due to the situation, as environmental consultants and contractors hired by the steel company have been collecting the leaked oil with containment booms and vacuums.

“Steps are being taken to clean up this mess as fast as possible,” Bellino said. “I will continue to monitor this situation until the matter gets resolved.”

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