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Cleanup continues at Medford Fuel Depot

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MEDFORD – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, and NEXGEN Logistics, LLC continue their cleanup of petroleum products released during Tuesday night’s fire at the Pacific Pride Commercial Fuel Station in Medford, and have restored access all businesses in the area.

The agencies continue to monitor the light sheen on the Rogue River downstream of Bear Creek.

Cleanup crews are removing oil and debris from the bank of Bear Creek and continue to use hard boom – which traps petroleum – and absorbent boom to remove petroleum from the creek.

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife biologists have conducted intensive surveys looking for immediately affected fish and wildlife. They will continue to look for delayed impacts to wildlife such as future health, fitness, and reproductive success of fish and wildlife in this area. Thus far no impacts to fish have been observed.

Wildlife agencies advise the public to not approach or pick-up any oiled wildlife but to instead notify International Bird Rescue at 707-689-3944 to ensure trained wildlife rehabilitation experts help the animals.

NEXGEN Logistics LLC, the owners of the Pacific Pride fuel depot in Medford that burned Tuesday night, is funding the significant response to the incident, including all wildlife rescue and recovery efforts.

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