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Fuel spills into Potomac River near Reagan National Airport

Excerpted from Washington Post: By Dana Hedgpeth and Lori Aratani

Officials last Friday were working to contain a fuel spill at Reagan National Airport that may have dumped 7,500 to 9,000 gallons of aviation fuel into the Potomac River.

The cause of the spill has not yet been determined, but National officials were looking into whether it was linked to an earlier incident on airport grounds.

On Thursday, about 2 a.m., a spill occurred at the airport’s fuel farm, where the material is stored before being discharged into airplanes. Crews were alerted to the problem and a valve was closed, stopping the flow of fuel. Officials thought the problem had been contained.