TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Salvage crews have begun an underwater procedure to pump a hazardous oil-based mostly material from a sunken barge that apparently had been sitting down undiscovered on the bottom of Lake Erie for practically 80 several years.
Crews have been checking the site in close proximity to the U.S.-Canadian border given that discovering a small leak in Oct that appeared to be coming from a barge referred to as the Argo that sank during a storm in 1937.
A statement by the U.S. Coastline Guard and the U.S. Environmental Security Agency, which are overseeing the undertaking, says the very first of Argo’s eight tanks was tapped Saturday.
The wreckage is one particular of 87 shipwrecks on a federal registry that identifies the most serious air pollution threats to U.S. waters.
The Coast Guard has been maintaining boaters away from the spot.
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