60,000 gallons of sewage spill at Little Creek base, Navy says
By KATHERINE HAFNER | The Virginian-Pilot | Published: December 1, 2017
NORFOLK (Tribune News Service) — A ruptured pipe at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek spilled 60,000 gallons of liquid sewage into the surrounding harbor Thursday morning, officials said .
Security workers found liquid under a door at a Navy pump station around 4 a.m., according to the statement from Naval Facilities Engineering Command Mid-Atlantic.
After consulting with the Virginia Department of Health, officials said the accidental discharge does not pose a significant public health risk.
Crews stopped the spill by 8:30 a.m., according to the release. Public works officials on base recovered an additional 60,000 gallons from adjacent drainage lines before they spilled.
Navy officials said in the statement they do not yet know what caused the pipe break and are working to assess repairs.
In May, 94,000 gallons of jet fuel spilled at Naval Air Station Oceana, killing wildlife and sending noxious fumes into nearby neighborhoods. The Navy later disciplined nine sailors and one civilian in the incident, citing human error, dereliction of duty and oversight failures, The Virginian-Pilot reported.
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