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Coast Guard and Local Emergency Planning Committee to conduct spill test on city sewer system

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. – The Coast Guard, in coordination with the Chippewa County Local
Emergency Planning Committee, will conduct a roadway spill/dye test on October 17, 2019 at approximately 1:30 p.m. into the power canal, in Sault Sainte Marie, MI.

The purpose of the drill is to simulate an overturned fuel tanker truck spill and map sewer exit points in the St. Marys River. Validating this information will aid first responders to quickly mitigate a potential spill through an effective and efficient coordinated response. Information gathered during this drill will also be used in the development of future tanker truck spill exercises. The dye that will be provided by the Chippewa County Health Department is Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energry approved and environmentally safe.

Participants in the drill include Coast Guard Sector Sault Sainte Marie, Chippewa County Sheriff’s Office Marine Division, Chippewa County Health Department, and Chippewa County Emergency Management.

Traffic will not be blocked, however, it may be slowed at times; an alternate route may be advantageous for those transiting through the area. Drivers are requested to be aware of emergency response equipment and responders in the area during the drill.


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