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Cleanup of diesel spill in Willamette River complete; Coast Guard investigating

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Two days after more than 400 gallons of diesel spilled into the Willamette River, the U.S. Coast Guard determined the cleanup process was complete.

An overfilled tank on a fuel barge at the Kinder Morgan Bulk Terminal in northwest Portland caused the spill at 5 a.m. Monday, according to the Coast Guard.

The barge is owned by Kirby Offshore Marine.

A containment boom was placed around the spill area to prevent it from spreading.

The Coast Guard reported that response plans were quickly and properly followed by the Kinder Morgan Bulk Terminal and Kirby Offshore Marine.

The Coast Guard Incident Management Division in Portland monitored and oversaw the cleanup. Clean Rivers Cooperative was the contracted cleanup company.

The operation was deemed complete at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday and all cleanup materials were removed from the area.

The Coast Guard's investigation of the spill is continuing.

"Kirby Offshore Marine, the owner of the tank barge, is fully cooperating with the agency's investigation of this incident and is committed to prevention of incidents and protection of the environment," according to a Coast Guard release.

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