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Oil sheen on Potomac near DC under investigation

Federal, state and local authorities are investigating an oil sheen first reported Wednesday that at one time covered an 8-mile stretch of the Potomac River just south of Washington, D.C.

The oil sheen does not pose a health threat at this time, but responders are on the lookout for wildlife that may have been affected, said Lt. David Ruhlig, incident management chief at Coast Guard Sector Baltimore, which covers Maryland and the Washington region. Eighteen oil-coated Canada geese recovered from a riverside wildlife pond in Arlington, Va. are being treated, said Ruhlig.

The sheen may be the result of oily runoff from snow melting in the region, but agencies are still investigating that possibility while moving to contain and treat oil found coming from an outfall near Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, said Ruhlig.

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